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The How-To Lounge: Helping a Friend Cope With a Miscarriage

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life, but unfortunately, pregnancy is not always a happy time for everyone. The risk of miscarriage is always a possibility. If you've never had to support a friend who has suffered from one, here are some tips to keep in mind.

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  • As a friend, there is nothing you can do to take away the pain your friend and her husband are enduring. The best thing you can do is simply let her know you're there for her. Sometimes knowing you have a shoulder to cry on is all it takes.
  • Since miscarriages are so unfortunate, disappointing, and personal between couples, give your friend some space. Once you've expressed your sorrow either via phone or sympathy card, let her come to you when she is ready to talk, ask for help, or ready to see her friends and family.
  • While it's always a nice gesture to send flowers, sometimes they can just make people more upset. Opt for sending a food basket or even have some groceries delivered to her house instead.

Fortunately, I have never been in this situation so if any of you have other suggestions you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.


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