If your friend has lost a parent, ask them outright what their special days are. Maybe they are birthdays and death days, but they could also beMother鈥檚 Day or Father鈥檚 Day, certain holidays, wedding anniversaries, or anniversaries of diagnoses. Mark those days down in your calendar and set a reminder to check in on each of them.
People also ask
What do you do when a friend loses a parent?
Before my father passed away, I did all the things you are 鈥渟upposed鈥?to do when a friend loses a parent: send a card, send flowers, say a prayer. I asked every so often if my friend was okay and if they 鈥渘eeded anything鈥?(God, I loathe that phrase鈥?.
Should I send a sympathy note to a friend who lost a parent?
It鈥檚 always a good idea to send a sympathy note to a friend who has lost a parent. Relationships with fathers vary, so unless you know the person well, try not to get too personal. Don’t ask a lot of questions or try to make sense of the death.
What does it feel like to lose a parent?
Losing a parent is one of them. Our parents are meant to leave us. They bring us into the world, they love us, they teach us, they deal with our struggles, and they celebrate our successes. And if we鈥檙e lucky, and if they鈥檙e good at their jobs, they watch us grow into adults who don鈥檛 really need them anymore.
What to say to a grieving parent who lost a child?
Get comfortable with silence and just be physically present with the grieving parents. When the time is right, express what the deceased child meant to you. This might not be appropriate to do immediately following the child’s death.