What can you say to a father who has lost a child? A child’s passing is so unfathomable that finding the words to offer anything of meaning to the bereaved is incredibly difficult. I often find myself at a loss for words when I first hear about a child’s passing, which is ironic because I lost my daughter, Madeline, in 2009. Of course, when I step back and think about the things I appreciated being said to me at the time—and those that I didn’t—I realize I have a much better idea of what to say than most. It should be mentioned that everyone grieves in their own way, but with that said here are six tips for talking to a father who has lost a child.
Co-author of the parenting blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying, Mike Spohr is a father of three who lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which supports the families of NICU babies. When not changing diapers or playing pretend, he loves baseball, movies, and strumming his guitar.
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