Expressions of Sympathy

Do you have a friend or family member who is going through a particularly rough time with the loss of a loved one?  Do you want to help them through their time of grief but aren’t exactly sure what you should do?  If so, then you can show that person that you are thinking about them by sending a sympathy gift that may help brighten their day.

Alternative-giftThere are many different ways, some traditional and some more contemporary, to express sympathy after someone you know loses a loved one.  Although flowers are still the most popular option, you might consider a more personalized gift.  For instance, a sympathy card, particularly one with a personalized note, may be more appropriate to express your condolences.   To this end, a message sharing a treasured memory of the deceased if you knew him or her or a note expressing your fondness for the card’s recipient in addition to your feelings about the loss are thoughtful touches.  In addition to sympathy cards, sympathy gift baskets are a particularly considerate choice.  Edible gift basket choices range from fruits, crackers and cheeses to “comfort food,” while other baskets contain reusable gifts such as mugs, books and candles which will be a lasting reminder of your expression of sympathy. 

           

Performing chores for the bereaved is yet another great way for you to express your condolences while also freeing up time for the family member to complete the many tasks that must be done.  You might consider volunteering to help out with the shopping or childcare, both of which show your heartfelt commitment to helping the bereaved in their time of need.  For some families, food is a big comfort when mourning.  If you live close by, you could prepare some easy entrees that can be frozen and reheated, or if you are from out of state there are excellent meal services you can order to send such as Honey Baked Ham or you can often call a local restaurant and have a meal sent over.

           

Finally, other nontraditional gestures of sympathy may be appropriate depending on your budget and affiliation with the deceased.  For instance, you might consider an engraved memorial plaque or a website filled with pictures and remembrances.  Other ideas include donating to the deceased’s favorite charity or even dedicating a public room, wing, or building in the deceased’s honor.

           

However you chose to express your sympathy to the bereaved, the important thing is to let the person suffering the loss know that he or she is in your thoughts and can rely on you in their time of need. For more ideas please ask one of our funeral directors and they would be happy to give you some suggestions.

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