Miscarriage, pregnancy loss, neonatal loss, or infant loss are all difficult times for any woman. If you know a grieving mama or someone who has gone through a pregnancy loss, it can be hard to know what to do or how to show your support. One way that you can show your support is by sending a free miscarriage gift. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best free miscarriage gifts that you can send to a friend or family members who are going through a tough time.
It does not matter what gestational age you were, the grief and pain are still there. Even if you were not considered that far along, you still lost a baby and will grieve over that loss. When you experience the loss of a baby, you also lose all the plans and dreams you had for them and for your family. One of the best things you can do for someone after the loss of a child is simply to acknowledge their loss. It sounds incredibly simple, but is so important! By acknowleding the child they loss and the grief they are going through, you are giving the bereaved parents validation. You are letting them know you are there to listen when they need to talk.
The expectation is for loss families to move on and get back to “normal” as soon as possible. Some people never reach out in the first place because they want to think of the “right” thing to say or want to only give the perfect gift. You do not need to be perfect, you just need to show up. Over time, people stop reaching out and following up. Let them know you are there for them when you need them. Make sure to check with your local hospitals for additional bereavement resources including support groups and counseling services.
You can also check out our post on the best miscarriage jewelry, memorial jewelry, and memorial gifts for other perfect sympathy gift ideas.
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Hand-Written Note/ Sympathy Card
A free, yet meaningful, gift you can give is a hand-written note or card. A simple message letting the parents know you are thinking of them can go a long way. You could also include a poem or quote that you think might help them in their grieving process. Do not worry about finding the exact right words to say. The important thing is that you do reach out in some way and let them know you are thinking of them. Whatever you choose to write will be meaningful to loss parents.
The Cooper Project
The Cooper Project offers the Pink and Blue Awareness Program. You can order a free bracelet to wear during Pregnancy And Infant Loss Awareness Day. This day happens every year during the month of October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This is a month that is dedicated to honoring the babies and families that have been affected by loss. During the year 2020, they sent out over 24,000 bracelets to people across the United States.
Mamie’s Poppy Plates
Mamie’s Poppy Plates offers a free plate for bereaved parents, along with additional plates available for purchase. The plates are customized with the baby’s name, footprints and/or handprints, and birth stats. The plate can take anywhere from 8-10 weeks to receive. They are all hand painted and packaged by volunteers.
Touchdowns for Travis
Touchdowns for Travis is a non-profit organization that will gift a a wooden memory heart to bereaved families. These can also be purchased as a gift. The heart is personalized with the baby’s name or nickname.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep offers free photography services for bereaved parents. A professional photographer will come to the hospital and take pictures of your baby. They also offer photo retouching that is another free service. You can send in your photos and they will do the retouch for free. To loss parents, these photos are one of the few things they will ever have of their baby and are such a valuable and important keepsake. We used their photography services after the loss of our daughter, Jasmine. They are something I will truly cherish forever.
Lincoln’s Bunnies provides a free comfort bunny to parents who have recently experienced a pregnancy loss. You can also purchase these as a gift if you want to help support the organization. Each bunny is unique and special, just like the baby it represents. The bunnies are a huge comfort as they provide something for the bereaved parents to be able to hold.
On Angels’ Wings
On Angels’ Wings is a non-profit organization based in Missouri. They offer a variety of free photography sessions and support for loss moms and parents who have gone through pregnancy or child loss or have children that are medically fragile. The organization also has a grief recovery group available. Some of the participants from Project Finding Your Rainbow have participated in the rainbow baby sessions this organization offers.
You can read their stories:
Jessica P’s Story
Liam Caracci Foundation
The Liam Caracci Foundation provides a comfort cub to families that have experienced the loss of a baby. The bears are made to weigh the exact weight the baby was when they were born. These bears provide comfort to bereaved parents and helps give them a small representation of the physical embodiment of their baby.
Rachel’s Gift is a non-profit organization based out of Georgia. They provide support and resources for loss families. There is an angel wall on their website that allows you to add your baby’s name. The organization also makes keepsake boxes to place in hospitals that are available to parents going through loss. Other resources include provider education and support groups.
Molly Bears provides free teddy bears to parents who have experienced the loss of a baby. The bears come in different sizes and are made to weigh the exact weight the baby was at birth. The teddy bears can be personalized with the colors or pictures/symbols that are important to you and your baby. The online form opens on the 15th of each month. The Molly Bears are very special to so many loss moms and help fill their empty arms, even if just for a moment. The organization takes great care in creating these special bears.
Project B.E.A.R is another organization that provides a free bear to loss families. Due to a high number of requests, the waiting period on these bears is 8-12 months until further notice. They have an order form you can fill out online to get in line for your bear request.
Mother of Wilde
Mother of Wilde provides a variety of memorial keepsakes for puchase to help remember all angel babies. The most popular item is the memorial print, which includes a picture of your precious baby at any gestational age and their birth information. The prints are a beautiful way to memoralize your baby, as you can frame it and hang on the wall. For every print you purchase, there is one the company donates for free to a newly bereaved family. There is also free shipping on the memorial prints, which are ready in 4-5 business days. Some clothing items and gift cards are also available for purchase and are a great way to show your support to the loss parents in your life.
Early Pregnancy Loss Recognition Certificate
If you are located in Australia, you can now request an early pregnancy loss recognition certificate if your baby was born before 20 weeks gestation. There are two options to choose from. This is not a legal document and you cannot use it for any legal purposes. These certificates are extremely important because they acknowledge your baby’s existence, which are not always otherwise recognized.
Hope Mommies is a non-profit organization that provides free support to parents who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss. They create and distribute Hope Boxes to hospitals around the country. The boxes are given to loss parents to help them through the difficult time that follows the loss of a child. Hope Mommies also provides the option to purchase a one year closer box to gift to a loss family. It includes a special candle to help remember your hope baby’s first birthday or due date. The organization also offers weekend retreats that occur each year.
Miscarriage Care Package
Though this option may not be free, it is a very thoughtful way to show all loss mamas that you love and remember them. There are so many different things you can include in the package. Some ideas a meaningful greeting card, any remembrance items for their baby, relaxing candles or essential oil, or their favorite snack. You could also include gift cards or a special frame for their sonogram photos. Make it a comfort kit with things they love that will help them recover through their grieving period. You can put all the items in a gift bag or create gift baskets. A care package is good for all loss moms, including those who have experienced pregnancy loss, neonatal death, infant loss, or other child loss.
If you or someone you know has experienced a miscarriage or other pregnancy loss, remember there are many ways to show your support. From free teddy bears to recognition certificates, these thoughtful gestures will let the parents know that they are not alone in their grief and that you will remember their baby along with them. The loss of a child is hard for all grieving parents, no matter how old their baby was at the time. Just know that you are doing the most important thing by being there for them. Whatever gift or gesture you choose to give will be the right one.
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