Losing a child may always be one of the most difficult things to go through in life. It can be hard knowing just how to support a grieving parent who is faced with this kind of loss.
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- Personalized Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Their Daughter
- DIY Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Their Daughter
- Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Baby Daughter
You can always offer practical support, like organizing a meal train or helping with day-to-day chores. You can also buy books about losing a child for them to read. Or, you can get them a special memorial gift to commemorate their lost loved one.
Here, we explore some memorial gifts intended to honor daughters who have passed away.
Tip: If you are the executor for a deceased loved one, it isn't just the memorial that can cause stress. Handling their unfinished business can be overwhelming without a way to organize your process. We have a post-loss checklist that will help you ensure that your loved one's family, estate, and other affairs are taken care of.
Personalized Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Their Daughter
When you get a gift in honor of someone who has passed away, it can be a deeply intimate gesture. You may not want to get a generic gift. The gesture should be specific and meaningful.
Personalized gifts are a great way to honor the life of someone special. Here are some personalized gifts for parents who have lost a daughter:
1. Personalized memorial wind chimes
One of the hardest things about losing a child is the sudden feeling of absence. Many of us are with our children almost constantly. It feels lonely to have them ripped away from us.
Some people believe that every time a wind chime clinks together, it’s the spirit of a loved one reminding us they are with us. Personalized wind chimes are a great way to help someone feel closer to their late child.
2. Memorial or sympathy jewelry
If your loved one has their daughters's lock of hair or cremated remains, you can send them in to be turned into a memorial diamond. After a consultation and a few months of waiting for the diamond to grow, you'll have a custom diamond that you can get set on a ring, necklace, or other jewelry.
Some companies, like Eterneva, create lab-grown diamonds and allow you to pick from several cuts and colors for your gemstone.
If you're looking for something more solid and tangible, companies like Parting Stone create beautiful, handheld cremation stones to help someone grieving keep their loved one close by.
3. Name a star after her
Several companies offer people the chance to name a star in the night sky after a loved one. This is a great way to help someone feel as though their late child is looking over them from above.
4. Dedicated park bench or stone
If someone loved taking their child to a certain park or playground, it may be painful for them to return. Even if they have other kids who like it there, it can be traumatic for them to visit a place and not see their daughter there.
Many parks will let you purchase a memorial plaque for benches or stones in the area. You can get one to memorialize a loved one’s daughter in connection to their family. It may help them to feel closer to their child whenever they see the plaque.
Even if they end up no longer going to the park, it can make them feel better to know there’s a lasting memorial to a child in a place they loved.
5. Personalized memory jar
When a child dies, people can be weird about talking about them. They want to avoid opening up wounds for surviving family members. But avoiding the subject of a child who has passed can actually make their family members feel even more isolated.
A memory jar affords them the opportunity to write down memories of their child that they want to preserve. You can pick up a beautiful vessel to serve as a memory jar, along with some slips of paper and nice pens.
Be sure to write your own memories on slips of paper and put them in the jar. You can ask other friends and family members to include their own memories, too. It will make grieving parents happy to know that other people remember their daughter so fondly.
DIY Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Their Daughter
Sometimes the most meaningful gifts are ones that come from the heart. A handmade gift can feel incredibly special and personal. If you have some DIY skills, these memorial gift ideas will be right up your alley:
6. DIY photo frame luminaries
A photo frame luminary is a sweet and simple way to pay tribute to a loved one who has died. It’s essentially a small candleholder featuring pictures of the deceased. You can build the frame by gluing four picture frames together in a cube shape. Print four different photos of the deceased onto vellum paper. Slide the vellum into the picture frames, but leave any backing off.
The only thing visible besides the frames themselves should be the photo and the glass. Put a candle inside the holder. A flameless LED votive candle may be best. Because the vellum isn’t opaque, the flickering flame will light up the photos from behind. This is an especially thoughtful gift for people who like to light candles in honor of their deceased loved ones.
7. Dried funeral flower arrangement
When someone dies, their next-of-kin may put a lot of thought into planning their funeral. They often pick out everything with close attention to detail right down to the flowers. This is because it’s a way we can honor our loved ones one last time.
You can preserve some of the funeral flowers to make a thoughtful memento. Dry flowers out, and then arrange the buds into a heart. Mount that heart into a shadow box. Or, get a few different types of flowers and dry them out. Arrange them in a mason jar for a sweet, rustic look. Finish it off by tying a lace ribbon around the jar.
8. DIY photo display
When a loved one dies, photos are often the best things we have to feel connected with them. We can look at their faces in pictures and commit their features to memory. We can also reminisce about the happy times that we spent together.
If your friends have lost a daughter, it will mean a lot to them to get new pictures of her. Scour your social media and then reach out to other friends and family members. You may find photos that the family doesn’t know about or hasn’t seen in a long time.
You can compile these into a photo album, or display them in a frame that allows for several photos to be displayed. It is a touching and personal memorial.
9. Handpainted memorial stones
Sometimes when you know a child that has died, it’s because she was friends with your own children. You’ll be put in the position of having to explain death to your own kids.
Some children process this kind of subject matter better when art is involved. You can sit down with your kids and paint stones in memory of their lost friend. It might feature pictures or her favorite color or a memorial quote. You can present these memorial stones to the child’s parents. It can bring them comfort to know their daughter is still loved and valued by her peers.
Memorial Gift Ideas for a Loved One Who Lost Baby Daughter
It’s always difficult to lose a child. But it can be especially emotionally challenging when that child is a baby. You aren’t just mourning a person. You’re mourning all of the things they never got to experience.
These memorial gifts are the perfect way to honor a life that was taken to soon.
10. Memorial pillow
Sometimes a much loved or wanted baby may not survive until birth. If you were working on a baby blanket, you may just put it to the side when the pregnancy ends in a miscarriage or stillbirth.
But parents will mourn this loss just as keenly as they would mourn the loss of a child that was born. Instead, consider repurposing this baby blanket into a little memorial pillow. Stuff it with cotton batting and stitch it closed. If you don't have a baby blanket, you can order a customized pillow with a picture or message printed on it. It’s a thoughtful gesture that shows you acknowledge their very real loss.
11. Garden stone
When a pregnancy ends in early miscarriage, the parents may not be able to have a burial. But that doesn’t mean their child shouldn’t be honored. You can get them a natural garden stone engraved with the child’s name, or with a simple memorial quote.
It’s a lovely way to show that you honor their loss. They can place the stone out in their yard and have a little place to visit when they want to remember her.
12. Make a donation in their baby’s memory
If your friends lost their baby as the result of an illness, you may want to make a donation to a reputable foundation that deals with that disease.
For instance, if the baby died of pediatric cancer, you would donate to a nonprofit foundation that researches looking for a cure. A gift like this is a way to show that even tragedies can inspire good acts.
13. Get a custom portrait done
One of the hardest things parents face after the death of a child is the knowledge that they won’t be able to form new memories with their deceased child. You can at least help them look at their existing memories in a new light.
Hire an artist to paint a portrait based on a beloved family portrait. It may help parents feel as though their shield is still with them, just in a new and different way.
Memorial Gifts to Help People Cope With the Loss of a Daughter
When someone loses a daughter, it’s hard to know how to help them feel better. Sympathy messages for someone who lost a child help, but they can only do so much. These memorial gift ideas may inspire you when it comes to making a more concrete gesture.
At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is keep showing up for your friend and loved one. The death of a child can shape the lives of the people who are left behind. Continuing to offer support may ultimately be the best gift you can give.