Do’s and Don’ts for Friends of Bereaved Parents

Developed for the J.O.S.H. Foundation, this pamphlet serves as a gentle assistant to friends of those who have lost a child. So many times, family and friends do not know what to say or do when someone close to them experiences a loss as tragic as that of a child. Many offer a simple, “He’s in a better place,” or, “You have other children.” Instead of helping, those comments can harm the delicate state of a bereaved parent.

Do’s and Don’ts: Trifold Brochure
Please feel free to print and distribute this brochure AS IS. Any changes or ommisions of information are prohibited.
Click here to view the trifold

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs,
educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to
those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

Triple “S”- Suicide Loss Survivors-And Overdose Support Group
Meeting Place

Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, Prayer Chapel Room
961 Johnsville Road, Sykesville, Maryland 21784
Meeting Time(s)
The group meets continuously throughout the year. Meetings are held monthly on the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Barbara Cataneo
For local information contact Lori Barnard-Lowe

Web Links
Angel of Hope Memorial Garden –
Visit the site to read about the tragic loss experienced by Cindy Hughes and her family that led to this Memorial Garden.
Richard Paul Evans
Learn more about Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestselling book, and the inspiration for our Angel Monument.
Compassionate Friends TCF,, National Office-877-969-0010 ( their website along with Bereaved Parents group will have link for groups in your specific area)

Bereaved Parents of the

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church


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The J.O.S.H. Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts are tax deductible within the limits set by law.
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The J.O.S.H. Foundation
612 Falmouth Ct.
Sykesville, MD 21784