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Handling a Miscarriage

Mommy Dearest: How to Cope With Miscarriage?

Mommy Dearest,

My friend recently suffered a miscarriage and is devastated by the loss. I want to help, but honestly cannot find the words to comfort her. Would sending her flowers be a morbid reminder of recent events? How can I be there for her in this time of despair without overstepping my bounds?

— At a Loss

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Dear At a Loss,

I am sorry for your friend's loss. Suffering a miscarriage is a terrible event in a woman's (couple's) life. It is a topic close to my heart as both my mother and sister have had multiple miscarriages.

In these situations, there's very little you can say or do to make your friend feel better. But words of encouragement serve as a reminder that she is loved and will get through it. Sending flowers and a card also remind the woman that she has a support system. Spill out your heartfelt sympathy and encourage her to reach out to you when she feels the time is right. And until then, let her know she is in your thoughts.

— Mommy Dearest

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