When you or a close relation loses a loved one it can be hard to find the perfect words to comfort them in their time of need. There is so much to be done. You have to inform everyone of their passing, set up religious services and talk with a funeral director. The list can seem overwhelming. If you’re not sure of the right words to say, there are many unique sympathy gifts that can express your condolences in a meaningful way.
As the giver, your main goal when choosing an appropriate sympathy gift is to show your love and support. It’s a good idea to send a gift or a card, even if there isn’t an official service. The best time to send a sympathy gift is within the first two weeks. While some like to send a gift, a charitable contribution is often asked for and welcomed as some families have a tie to a certain charity. Here are a few ideas for sympathy gifts that will express what words can’t say.
1. Send flowers.
Sending flowers is a lovely way to show someone you are thinking of them in their time of need. Often people choose to send a wreath, although many arrangements will work well. Try to pick a flower that speaks to you or that your loved one appreciated—whether that’s daisies, roses, lilies or anything else. Usually the arrangement can de be delivered directly to the wake or graveside. A great site to find the perfect gift and get advice on an appropriate floral arrangement is Lively Root. They sell everything from easy to grow plants to some that are more ornate. House plants also make excellent gifts for a grieving person, as they provide something to care for, as well as reducing stress and making the air fresher. If you are worried that your loved one may not have the green thumb like you do, a succulent would also make a nice gift during their hard time, as they require little love or care but can provide the same benefits as a more high maintenance house plant.
2. Opt for a gift basket.
A hamper of food is a nice way to send your love and support and is a classic gift idea. Most people who are dealing with a loss have trouble caring for themselves, and sending dinner or even some sweets or snacks can make someone feel seen and cared for. Gift baskets come in a wide range of options—nuts, smoked meats, fresh fruit, and baked goods just to name a few. Sympathy gift baskets also come in every price range. The baskets are great during the grieving process since they can be delivered right to the front step with no effort needed on the receiver’s part. You can also customize most baskets and have the full say on what to put in it. Your gesture of a condolence gift will not go unnoticed. If you aren’t very close to the person you are trying to send a basket to the company usually has premade baskets ready to go.
3. Create a memory gift.
When a loved one experiences a tragedy or loss, we often wish we could do something to ease their pain. Choosing an appropriate sympathy gift to help them through the grieving process can be a nice way to show you care and are there for them in their time of need. If you are not into flowers of chocolate as sympathy gifts why not try a something that incorporates photographs and memories? Shutterfly has a large selection of items such as ornaments or wall decor that can be a loving tribute with a carefully chosen picture. You can write a touching and personal message to be shared with the recipient. Sometimes touching keepsakes can be the perfect gesture in someone’s time of need. Other options you can choose from could be a throw blanket, a photo album with special memories from a trip or a personalized card. All of these would offer an opportunity for the grieving person to celebrate the life of their loved one, and a memory gift is the kind of gift that lasts.