Actor John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston suffered a devastating loss on Friday when their 16-year-old son, Jett, died. Being predeceased by a child is a parent's worst nightmare. The mere thought of losing one's offspring is enough to bring a mother or father to tears. The reality is difficult to fathom so finding the words to appropriately comfort someone who is grieving such a loss can be hard. Here are some tips to use in coping with the sensitive task of supporting a parent whose child has died.
- Behave naturally
- Show genuine concern
- Offer love patiently and unconditionally
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- Offer hugs or an arm around the shoulder, as appropriate
- Sit next to the person who wants closeness
- Make it clear that you are there to listen
- Express your care and concern
- Say that you are sorry about the loss
- Say “I love you” if you feel close enough
- Talk openly and directly about the person who died
- Cry if you feel like crying
- Keep in mind that evenings, weekends, anniversaries and holidays can be extra challenging times.
Our hearts go out to the Travolta family.