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Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Stillborn Child

This Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Stillborn Child comforts a friend who has lost her son.  It acknowledges the fact that parents of a stillborn child grieve just as much as any other parent.  Also notice that the writer mentions the child by name at the end of the letter, which emphasizes her recognition that the birth of other children can never replace this one.  If you’re writing to someone experiencing this particular loss, offer practical help according to her specific life situation, such as temporary care for the other child.  Remember to write honestly, as this friend does: she admits that she’s never experienced such loss and expresses regret at not having been in touch.  Sincere expressions of sympathy mean so much more to the bereaved than empty platitudes.  Use this Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Stillborn Child to create your own message of condolence.

Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Stillborn Child

Dear Maureen,

Gary and I were so saddened to hear about the loss of your baby. You have been on my mind ever since I heard the news last week.

I have never experienced this sort of loss, so I really can only imagine how you might feel—devastated, perhaps, as hopes and dreams for your son have been shattered. Your sense of emptiness must be overwhelming. You and John have each other to lean on, but I expect you may both experience depression, even loneliness.

I know how much you and John wanted this son and how you must mourn for him as much as any parents mourn the loss of a child. Even if you have many more children, you will always long for that precious little boy. No other child can replace him.

I know we haven’t been in touch for awhile, and I regret that. But I am thinking about you now and praying for you. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you need to talk or if you just need me to come and sit with you for awhile.

During this emotionally draining time, please take care of yourself physically. You and John may need some extra time to rest or to be alone. If it would help, let us take care of Missy for a weekend—or even just for a few hours…whatever works best for you.

May God comfort you and John with His peace and with the knowledge that baby Tyler now lives with Him.

Your friend,

Hope Johnson

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