In Lieu of Flowers: Creative Ideas for Sympathy Gifts

By: VGFS
Monday, March 1, 2021

It can be hard to find the right words to express condolences. Even if the bereaved is a close friend or family member, you may feel as though your remarks don’t convey the depth of your emotions.

Many people choose to communicate their care through touching sympathy gifts that honor the departed. From comforting keepsakes to sentimental reminders, there is an endless assortment of meaningful choices from which to choose.

Here are seven unique memorial gift ideas to show your grieving friend how much you care.

Deliver some sustenance

When the bereaved are dealing with funeral planning and all the organizational tasks that must be attended to after a death, it can be overwhelming. They’re grieving too, and the combination can make it nearly impossible to find the time and energy for shopping and cooking. Sending fresh food isn’t always the best choice because it can go to waste if it’s not consumed right away. Sending freezer-friendly food items, or gift cards to local restaurants or meal delivery services, is a smart option.

Order a custom-made memorial plaque

Did the departed have a favorite Bible passage or quote? Turn it into a prized decorative item that your friend is sure to treasure for years to come. Memorial plaques are available in a range of sizes and decorative styles, and many also include customization options for names, dates, and photographs.

Encourage self-care

Grief is incredibly stressful and it can even create physical tension and pain. A gift card for a massage or spa day shows that you understand what your friend is going through and encourages them to take care of themselves.

Foster a sense of comfort with keepsake jewelry

Whether you prefer a personalized photo jewelry item or an uplifting symbol such as a heart or cross, these meaningful representations are sure to bring solace to those who are suffering a loss. Remembrance jewelry comes in a broad range of prices and styles, so you can choose from an elaborate pendant, a simple bracelet, or anything in between.

Offer to help

The period of loss is usually a whirlwind of activity and most grieving people could use a hand. Addressing envelopes for thank you cards might be greatly appreciated, or perhaps an older widow could use help with lawn care or house cleaning. Families with young children may benefit from childcare assistance while they deal with funeral planning logistics.

Create a place to collect cherished memories

When a loved one passes away, there is a lifetime of memories to be preserved. A bereavement or memory box allows precious keepsakes to be kept safe and in one location for easy viewing. These containers can also be as unique as the person who passed on. Some are elaborate with etchings or carvings. Some have the name of the departed and their birth date and date of passing inscribed on them. Others include thematic images of favorite pastimes. When it comes to creating a memory box, your options are virtually endless.

Turn a gentle breeze into a soothing melody

Wind chimes are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space, such as a porch, balcony, deck, patio, terrace, or gazebo. Personalized chimes that bear the name of the departed and a tailored message are a touching way to remember a lost loved one or cherished pet.

During times of loss, expressions of support are a great source of comfort. Whether you want to choose a gift that helps your friend through the grieving process or one that honors the memory of the departed, sympathy gifts are a touching way to demonstrate your unwavering love and affection.

We hope you find these sympathy gift suggestions helpful.

If you would like additional resources or need to make funeral arrangements, our caring staff is always available to assist you. Please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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