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Nurturing the Memory of Our Child Who Has Died: Honoring Their Legacy with Love and Compassion

By Mimi Rothschild, Founder, Global Grief Institute

The death of a child is an unimaginable loss that leaves parents grappling with grief and a profound emptiness. During this painful journey, finding ways to nurture and preserve the memory of our beloved child becomes an essential part of the healing process. Though their physical presence may no longer be with us, their spirit and impact on our lives can endure forever. In this article, we explore the importance of nurturing the memory of a child who has passed away and offer meaningful ways to honor their legacy with love and compassion.

  1. Creating a Memorial Space

Establishing a memorial space in our home or garden can provide a comforting and tangible connection to our departed child. This space can be adorned with pictures, mementos, candles, or items that hold special significance. Spending time in this dedicated area allows us to feel close to our child, fostering a sense of solace and peace.

  1. Engaging in Acts of Kindness

Honoring the memory of our child can extend to acts of kindness and compassion in their name. Participating in charitable work, volunteering, or supporting causes that were close to our child's heart can create a positive impact and leave a lasting legacy that reflects their spirit.

  1. Celebrating Special Days

Birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays can be particularly challenging after the loss of a child. However, embracing these days as an opportunity to celebrate their life can be deeply healing. Establishing new traditions or rituals in remembrance of our child can bring a sense of continuity and connection during these difficult times.

  1. Sharing Their Story

Telling our child's story is a powerful way to keep their memory alive. Sharing memories, anecdotes, and experiences with friends, family, and even others who may not have known our child can help create a collective sense of remembrance and appreciation for their life.

  1. Establishing Scholarships or Awards

For parents who have lost older children, creating scholarships or awards in their name can be a meaningful way to honor their memory and support causes that were important to them. These initiatives can provide opportunities for others while ensuring that our child's legacy lives on through the achievements of others.

  1. Expressing Emotions Through Creativity

Art, writing, or other forms of creative expression can serve as therapeutic outlets for our grief and a way to channel our emotions into something meaningful. Creating poems, songs, or art inspired by our child can be a powerful tribute to their memory.

  1. Seeking Support and Connection

Grieving the loss of a child is an incredibly challenging process, and seeking support from others who have experienced similar losses can be invaluable. Joining support groups or seeking counseling can offer a safe space to share our feelings and receive understanding and compassion.

  1. Embracing Moments of Remembrance

Moments of quiet reflection and remembrance are essential in nurturing the memory of our child. Taking time to sit with our thoughts, revisit cherished memories, or speak to our child in our hearts can provide comfort and a sense of continued connection.


The death of a child is an irreplaceable loss that changes the course of our lives forever. Nurturing the memory of our child allows us to navigate through grief, ensuring that their impact on our lives and the world remains ever-present. Whether through creating memorials, performing acts of kindness, or sharing their story, honoring the memory of our child becomes an enduring legacy of love and compassion. As we embrace our grief and find ways to keep their spirit alive, we can find healing, strength, and hope in cherishing the precious memories we hold dear.


Mimi Rothschild

Mimi Rothschild is the Founder and CEO of the Global Grief Institute which provides Certification training programs forGrief Coach, Trauma Coach, End of Life Coach, and Children's Grief Coach. She is a survivor who has buried 3 of her children and her husband of 33 years. She is available for speaking engagements and comments to the press on any issue surrounding thriving after catastrophic loss. MEDIA INQUIRIES:

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