Monday, May 26, 2014

Helping a Friend to Grieve

Crochet teddy bear for stillborn or disabled baby and grieving parents

I have a long-distance friend who is due the same day I am. This is especially blessed news, especially since they had suffered from years of secondary infertility. Unfortunately, they soon found out that the unborn son has a genetic disorder that may result in stillbirth or death soon after delivery. I... had no idea what to say or do. After doing some research on this life-threatening disability, I decided to make them a teddy bear. I'm not sure if it will be a toy for the little one or a memorial gift if he passes away. I can only hope that it brings my friend some modicum of comfort in the remaining days of her pregnancy. Please pray for their family, that they would have peace and strength beyond all understanding in these coming days.

Question:
How have you helped friends grieve for a past, current, or uncertain future situation? Have you ever used crafting to help comfort them?

2 comments:

Corrine Laarveld said...

Thank you for your thoughtfulness. Your gift will comfort your friend more than you know. My 4th child was stillborn in Dec 2011. Please direct your friend to www.missfoundation.org it is a nonprofit founded to help grieving parents. It was an invaluable resource after my son died. They have online forums and local support meetings hosted by other grieving parents. My thoughts are with your friend always.

Anne G. White said...

Corrine, my condolences on your loss. Thank you so much for your kind words and invaluable resource. I will absolutely send this to my friend. I truly appreciate your willingness to share your story and experiences on my blog. God bless.