A husband with his heart in the right place, but his brain in the wrong one, tried to make his wife feel better after miscarrying by gifting her a hamster.
Losing a child is one of the worst experiences a parent can possibly go through. Whether it be the death of a child, a stillbirth, or a miscarriage, it will understandably be one of the darkest periods of a person's life should they be unlucky enough to go through it. While both parents will naturally be left devastated, miscarriages and stillbirths will hit the mom particularly hard.
That is not a slight on the dad in any way, it's simply because the mother carried that baby inside of her. With a stillbirth, she even has to go through labor only for it to end with what will likely be the worst moment of her life. After such a tragic situation, it is often difficult to know what to say or what to do to console the mom, especially for the dad.
Whatever you decide to do, and most of the time it really is just best to be there for her and listen to her, do not do this. An unnamed man recently took to Reddit to speak about his and his wife's experience of miscarriages. Due to his wife having a heart-shaped uterus, she has already miscarried twice by the age of 21. After the second, she was understandably in a bad place for months.
Her 24-year-old husband's bright idea to make her feel better? Buy her a hamster. While not a great idea already, buying her a hamster without explanation might have been an okay thing to do. It was the card that accompanied the furry new addition to the family that was the biggest mistake. The card that came along with the surprise hamster read "Would you be my new mommy?"
As insensitive reactions to your wife miscarrying go, this one has got to be up there with the absolute worst. We understand that he had the best intentions, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. Had he bought a hamster and made out it was for the both of them, and not a substitute for their unborn baby, it might not have been as bad. That being said, it's probably best not to buy any pets so soon after losing a child.