In the United States, we’re not used to children dying—and that’s a good thing. From 1980 to 2016, the death rate in the United States for children ages 1-14 dropped significantly, so we’ve become accustomed to declining death rates. While that’s a good thing, each one of those deaths still represents a devastated family who hates being part of the statistics.
(And let’s be honest, miscarriages and adult-child deaths aren’t part of these stats, so there are even more hurting families.)
No form of death was part of God’s original plan for this world. So until Jesus comes back to take us to heaven where there is no more death, we will always know people who have said a far-too-early goodbye to their children and need our love.
That’s why I appreciated a thoughtful question posed recently by a friend of mine on Facebook.
“May I ask a tough, personal question? If you are a parent who has lost a child, what was/would have been most helpful? I know the best of intentions can be counterproductive, so I’m seeking input. Thoughts?”
A number of people responded, and I thought we all could use their wisdom and insight as we serve the grieving parents around us. So with minimal editing and some combining, I offer you their 12 ideas:
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who is so thankful for Facebook friends who want to bring hope and light to the hurting in this world.
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