There’s no easy way to know what to say to someone who had a miscarriage, but no matter how they’re grieving, they need your support.
One in four women lose their baby during pregnancy, birth, or soon after, but experiences of loss go way beyond a statistic.
They can be a daily struggle for many.
“In the last six months, I’ve lost four babies to miscarriage. I’ve never felt grief or pain like it. No one can prepare you for pregnancy loss.”‒ Holly, Peanut user.
Even though nothing can take away the deep emotional and physical pain of loss, you can still be a great source of comfort through what can be an incredibly isolating experience.
Let’s take a look at what to say to someone who had a miscarriage.
In this article: 📝
- How to support someone who had a miscarriage
- How do you comfort someone who has had a miscarriage?
- What to say to someone who had a miscarriage
- What is an uplifting message for miscarriage?
- What to write in a sympathy card for someone who miscarried?
- What not to say to someone who had a miscarriage
- What to do for someone who had a miscarriage
- What to say after miscarriage: Let them know they’re not alone
How to support someone who had a miscarriage
When someone’s in the midst of grief, they really want you to listen, to know that you’re there for them and that they can turn to you for support.
It may be that nothing you say will provide them with comfort—and that’s okay.
You don’t have to provide solutions or life-altering words of wisdom.
Sometimes just holding space and agreeing that what their experiencing is tough is enough.
And look, we get it; it’s hard to see someone close to you struggle—to feel real loss and feel lost.
But don’t underestimate how much your presence, empathy, and understanding can make a significant difference.
So if you’re wondering what to do for someone who had a miscarriage, the best thing is to be there and listen if they want to talk.
Make sure you allow your friend to talk about their loss openly—give them your undivided attention and truly focus on their needs.
It seems simple, but some people worry so much about saying the wrong thing that they choose to say or do nothing at all.
When really, all that’s often needed is acknowledgment.
Whether you choose to express it in a heartfelt note, a meaningful text, or in person is down to you.
Even if that’s all you do, expressing your miscarriage condolences is impactful and validates their pain.
And most importantly, kindly remind them that blame has no place in this chapter.
How do you comfort someone who has had a miscarriage?
Nothing can take away the deep emotional and physical pain of pregnancy loss, but you can still be a comforting presence in an isolating experience.
Here are some steps you can take to show your support to someone recovering from pregnancy loss:
- Focus on comforting them by making sure they know you’re so sorry for their loss
- Acknowledge their feelings without saying you know how they feel—even if you’ve been through a similar experience, everyone’s feelings are unique.
- Some words can be triggering, so ask your friend if there’s anything they’d like you to avoid talking about
- If your friend is talking to you about it, try not to take over the conversation. Let them talk
- Avoid unsolicited advice. Everyone’s story is different, just like every body is different. All they need is empathy. They’ll figure out the rest in their own time.
- Offer support in practical ways. Help to ease the weight of the day-to-day by running errands or preparing meals.
- Remember significant dates. Whether it’s the date they found out they were pregnant, the date of the loss, or the due date. Time is a healer, but these dates may be difficult in future.
If you’d like to write a letter to a friend who had a miscarriage or simply share a meaningful miscarriage sympathy message, below are some tips on what to say to someone who had a miscarriage.
What to say to someone who had a miscarriage
There is no magic formula or perfect words that will take away the pain of pregnancy loss.
It doesn’t mean you should stay silent.
If you’re stuck for what to say when someone has a miscarriage, here are a few suggestions from our community on Peanut:
“I’m so sorry for your loss”
It sounds cliche, but acknowledging their loss can be reassuring for them.
These words may sound simple, but the validation can be so affirming. And kind.
It provides their grief with a much-needed comfort blanket of social acceptance, allowing it to take up space openly.
“Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help”
You can even list some ways you can help because they may not be thinking as clearly as usual.
It doesn’t always need to be strictly practical.
You can help research support groups, look up therapy options, or help protect boundaries as they move through their grief.
“I’m here if you want to talk about it”
Only offer if you’re comfortable with this conversation (your feelings are valid, too).
If you can hold that space, let them know you’re here only to listen—judgment and advice free.
And if they’re not ready, respect those boundaries but keep your door open.
“If you’d rather have a distraction, let me know”
Offer some suggestions of what you can do to help take her mind off her loss.
We’d recommend asking first.
Don’t be afraid to make her laugh either—just maybe keep the material light.
Never underestimate the power of a good anecdote or a great TV series.
“Thinking of you”
Knowing they’re in your thoughts during this tough time can be a comfort.
Everyone grieves in their own way—some prefer solitude, others do better in the company of loved ones.
A simple text to say you have them in mind is a beautiful way to show support no matter what they need.
“It’s not your fault”
It’s a horrible fact, but sometimes pregnancy losses just happen without any real reason.
She may feel as though she’s to blame for her miscarriage, so reassuring her she’s not could provide a little comfort.
“Take all the time you need”
A pregnancy loss is just that—a loss—so they may need time to grieve.
Encourage them to take as much time as they need to process their emotions (all of them).
Everyone heals at their own pace, they just sometimes need a reminder.
“Say baby’s name”
If your friend told you the name of their baby, use it—it’ll be appreciated.
Small gestures like this can let you know you’re keeping their baby in your thoughts.
“Ask about their partners or, if applicable, other children, too”
Pregnancy loss is hard on the person carrying the pregnancy but also on those around them.
Acknowledge that this is a loss felt by the entire family and equally valid.
It’s important to remember that while words do have power, it’s likely that no words of comfort for miscarriage will make them feel better.
But speaking about it, offering miscarriage condolences, and breaking the silence and the stigma, can help your friend know they’re not alone.
Your support is the best you can do for her right now.
What is an uplifting message for miscarriage?
If you’re looking for heartfelt miscarriage quotes for a friend to write in a card or send in a message, here are 10 sympathy quotes for miscarriage:
- “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho
- “You never arrived in my arms, but you will never leave my heart.” – Zoe Clark-Coates
- “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson
- “It hurts because it matters.” – John Green
- “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – A. A. Milne
- “There is no right way to grieve; there is only your way to grieve, and that is different for everyone.” – Nathalie Himmelrich
- “There is no time limit to healing. You take as much time as you need.” – S.L. Gray
- “At sunset the little soul that had come with the dawning went away, leaving heartbreak behind it.” – L.M. Montgomery
- “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie The Pooh
- “Even those that never fully blossom bring beauty into the world.” – Unknown
What to write in a sympathy card for someone who miscarried?
Sometimes it’s easier to write some meaningful words of comfort for miscarriage in a card rather than saying them aloud — especially if you’re also grieving.
If you’ve decided to write a note but you’re not sure what to say, here are some more suggestions:
- “As you grieve the baby you were so excited to meet, know that you (and your partner) are in my thoughts. Take all the time you need, I’ll be here waiting in the wings when you need a helping hand.”
- “I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending caring thoughts and hopes for healing to you.”
- “I know how much you loved and wanted this baby [use baby’s name if known]. I am so sorry for your loss. As you take time to grieve, just know I’m close by and thinking of you.”
- “I wish I had the words to make you feel better, but I know there are none. The pain can only be matched by the love I know you already had. For whatever you need, I’m here for you, always.”
- “Don’t forget to be as kind to yourself as you can right now. Allow yourself the same kindness you would give anyone else. There is no space for blame because there is none. There is only the love you had and still do for baby [name].”
- “You are so strong but don’t feel like you need to be strong right now. No one can know how devastating this loss feels to you. Take all the time you need.”
- “This sucks, and I hate that you’re going through it. Whatever you need— talking, listening, crying, watching terrible movies—I’m here for you.”
- “I love you, and I am so so sorry. I know your heart is aching, and if you need a space to share, I’m here to hold it for you.”
- “I don’t know how you feel, but I do know you don’t have to handle it alone. We are here and will be for as long as you need us to be. We’ve got you”.
If you’d like more inspiration, click over to our collection of beautiful rainbow baby quotes
What not to say to someone who had a miscarriage
More important than “what to say to a friend who’s had a miscarriage” is “what not to say to a friend who’s had a miscarriage”.
So many people say things to those who have suffered a pregnancy loss that are unintentionally hurtful or dismissive.
We know you wouldn’t want to say anything that could hurt your grieving friend, so here’s a list of what not to say to someone who had a miscarriage.
Content warning: Some of the comments in this section are insensitive and hurtful, so if you want to scroll past, scroll on.
- “You’re young. You can always have another baby:” Age isn’t the only factor in having a baby. At the same time, being ‘young’ doesn’t diminish their grief.
- “It wasn’t meant to be” or “it was for the best:” It’s really not your place to say whether it was ‘meant to be’ or not.
- “At least you weren’t further along:” Sure, more complications can happen in a late miscarriage, but it’s a sentiment that dismisses pain rather than soothes it. It doesn’t matter if it happened in the first trimester or the third; the emotional pain is very real.
- “When the time is right…:” For your friend, the time was right. That’s what makes this so hard for them right now.
- “At least you have other children.:” Regardless of whether they have children already, it doesn’t take the pain away of losing one.
- “So what’s wrong with you?” Don’t ask or make assumptions about why the miscarriage occurred. Sometimes, there is no reason.
- “You must feel [emotion]:” There’s no way you could know how they feel, even if you’ve been through something similar.
- “It’s just a bunch of cells, not a ‘real’ baby:” Yes, this has been said to some of our Peanut mamas after a pregnancy loss.
- “At least you know you can get pregnant:” ‘Getting pregnant’ isn’t really the issue here. It’s having a baby.
- “What you should do is…:” Only offer advice if they ask for it—unsolicited advice is unwanted advice. Many women tend to blame themselves for pregnancy loss, and hearing statements about what they should or should not do can be more harmful than helpful.
Generally speaking, any sentence that starts with “at least” isn’t an empathetic response.
Trust us, your friend doesn’t want to hear it!
What to do for someone who had a miscarriage
During a time when your friend might not be able to—or want to—do much for themselves, show you want to take care of them.
Whether that’s picking up their little one from school, bringing over a home-cooked meal, or offering to tidy their home, a small act of kindness can go a long way.
Here are some ideas of what to do for a friend who had a miscarriage to help ease the burden and show them how much you love them:
- Babysitting other children they might have to allow them time to grieve.
- Sending a care package—chocolate, flowers, books, and their favorite snacks. Wrapping it in a pink and blue ribbon is a nice touch, too—that’s the symbol of pregnancy loss.
- Gifting them a massage or beauty treatment: Many women find it hard to practice self-care at this time.
- Gifting them and their partner a date night: Pregnancy loss can be hard on a relationship.
- Offer to sort out gifts for friends or family with children’s birthdays coming up or baby showers.
- Send flowers: The lily is a symbol of grief, white daisies represent pregnancy loss, and forget-me-nots are just a nice touch.
- Offer to cook dinners: Whether that means hosting a meal at your place, preparing a bunch of oven meals for them during the week, or gifting a voucher for takeaways.
- Plant a tree in honor of baby or gift a star as a token of remembrance
- Keep extending invitations: Even if it comes from a kind place, leaving your friend off the gueslist for social activities (especially kid-related ones) can feel like exclusion. Isolation is the last thing they need, so let them know there’s no pressure, and they can choose if it feels right.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for ideas of what to do for someone who had a miscarriage, the best thing you can do is listen.
What to say after miscarriage: Let them know they’re not alone
Losing a pregnancy is an isolating experience, but a lot can be said for the power of community.
If you can’t personally relate to your friend, let them know that they can join support groups where they’ll be able to share their story, find support, and speak to other women surviving after loss.
And if you need any more support, feel free to join our Peanut community, where you’ll find other women who have experienced pregnancy loss.