This Sunday 31 March is Mothering Sunday in the UK. Child Bereavement UK has provided the following helpful information to get through this day for families who have lost a child.
When someone has died, occasions such as Mother’s Day can be difficult to manage. People who are bereaved may be affected differently, whether they are a bereaved child, parent, partner or grandparent. If you know someone who might be struggling this year, here are some simple ways to support them:
Acknowledge: Bereaved families we support tell us how important it is to them when someone acknowledges their loss. Sending a lovely card or a simple message to tell someone that you’re thinking of them can mean a great deal.
Reach out: Ask them how they are and be led by them. Let them know that you’re there for them if they need you; just being available for a chat can be helpful. Or they can call our confidential helpline on 0800 02 888 40. (UK only)
Do something different: Let them know that it’s OK to do their own thing to remember their special person and even to create their own new traditions. Remember there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
Offer practical support: Bereaved families say that the build-up to a day like Mother’s Day, with all the reminders in the shops and expectations around it, can often feel worse than they day itself. You can reduce pressure by doing something thoughtful for them such as cooking them a meal, offering to help with shopping or jobs, or just going for a walk together.
You can find further support on the Child Bereavement UK website.