The National Bereaved Parents Day is an awareness holiday observed in the United States on the 3rd of July annually. This holiday is observed not only in the United States but all around the world.
The awareness holiday was set up to recognize parents who have lost a child and to remind them that they are not alone.
National Bereaved Parents Day
For the year 2022, this holiday will hold on Sunday, the 3rd of July and you can reach out to bereaved parents to comfort them. The theme for the 2022 edition of this awareness event is “Remember Me”. This holiday is similar to the International Bereaved Mother’s Day which is held on the first Sunday of May.
But it addresses both mothers and fathers who have lost a child. It’s a time to provide love and support to the bereaved parents and show them that you truly care.
History of the National Bereaved Parents Day
You may be wondering what brought about this international awareness holiday. It was suggested by a Charity organization called “A Child of Mine” when it realized there was no day to recognize parents who have lost their child of any age and due to any cause.
During this holiday, awareness is raised and bereaved parents are also reached out to. This is a way to tell them that they are not alone. Also, donations are given to support bereaved parents. The holiday also serves as an opportunity for bereaved parents to come together to support and comfort one another.
What to Say to Parents who have lost a Child
One of the ways to comfort and sympathize with a bereaved parent is to tell them comforting words. Sometimes, it may be hard to choose the right words to say. If your case is so, you can go through the list below for an idea of the right words to use.
- It’s sure going to take some time for you to get through the shock of the loss. Just want you to know that I’ll be here for you.
- Your child was a sweetheart, he or sighed will be remembered and always loved.
- Your Child was such a wonderful boy. I was lucky to know him.
- I am extending my sympathy to you. I’ll always pray for you.
- Your child had a big heart and a personality that was so contagious. He’ll forever remain in our hearts.
- I am glad to have known your son or daughter for the time I did. My prayers are with you.
- I am sending lots of love and prayers and I hope you are able to pull through this dark period.
These are some ideas of words you can say to a bereaved parent or write in a letter. You should also give them time to grieve their losses and let them know that you will be there for them. Sharing your memories of their child with them could also help.
How to Support Bereaved Parents on the National Bereaved Parents Day
Besides telling them comforting words, there are other things you can do to show bereaved parents that you truly care. They include:
- Write them a Letter. This should contain healing words.
- Send them encouraging scriptural verses. This can also be comforting.
- Make a photo collage of the late child and send them to the parents.
- Take them on an outing to ease the tension. Make sure you choose an activity that they love doing.
- Pray for them.
- You can also search for a support group and encourage them to join.
- Share a memory you have of their child with them.
These are some of the things you can do to comfort bereaved parents during this holiday. You should make it count for them by showing that you care and asking how you can be of help.