Our expert says:
You're an excellent friend, and he sounds like a splendid guy. It's appalling that the hospital was so callous and careless in dealing with the baby and with him. Counselling IS what he needs, beyond doubt, as he will eventually need to recognize. A counsellor is not a stranger --- he/she is someone with proper training and experience, who has learned about such problems through working with others with similar griefs, and can be helpful. They can understand, and can help. let him take time. And as suggested, it can be helpful for him to memorialize he child that he lost --- to devise, maybe with you, some form of remembrance, if a burial was not practical, then maybe plant a flowerbush in the garden in the baby's memory. In general, to have an opportunity to express his love and caring, and to let go, and then move on. A grief counsellor would be ideal.
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