Care Packages for a Grieving Family are a Loving Way to Show Your Support

By: VGFS
Sunday, December 12, 2021

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, they need all the support they can get. What’s the best way to demonstrate your concern?

In addition to offering your sincere condolences, consider going the extra mile by assembling a grief care package. This type of gift shows that you’re thinking of the bereaved and their family during a difficult time. Whether you choose a gift that honors the person who passed or helps family members during their bereavement, it’s a caring way of communicating your support.

Finding the perfect pre-made care package isn’t always easy so here are seven ideas for assembling your own.

Groceries

Things like grocery shopping tend to get pushed aside during the grieving process, as do self-care and proper nutrition. Create a grocery essentials care package chocked full of useful items. If possible, get the family’s grocery list in advance. Otherwise, use your best judgment to choose things they’d need at this time. Healthy snacks, non-perishable staples, toiletries, fresh fruit, and grocery gift cards are all smart, useful ideas.

Organizational items

There’s a lot of paperwork required when someone passes away. Your friend might be in need of administrative things like files for the paperwork, desk organizers, notebooks, pens, and such. Many people find the process daunting, so if you have time and are adept at organizing, offer to assist with set up.

Prepared meals

Homemade meals are hard to come by in the initial days of grief and funeral preparations. Heat-and-eat options like frozen lasagna or packaged store-made dinners, along with necessities such as paper plates, disposable cutlery, napkins, beverages, and dessert make it easy for the bereaved to enjoy a hearty meal together. 

Gift some comfort

The journey of grief is different for everyone but everyone can use an extra dose of comfort at this challenging time. Simple items like scented candles, bath bombs, books, or a warm blanket can bring relief and promote relaxation.

Cleaning items

Chores are put on the back burner during this time so offering to help with these tasks is sure to be appreciated. A cleaning gift card, disposable wipes, sponges, disinfectant spray, toilet paper, paper towels, and other necessities are thoughtful touches. Better yet, offer to tackle the household cleaning for them. 

Food delivery

Food delivery services are everywhere these days and the options are endless. Choose from vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, keto, and many more. Whether you want to order a lengthy subscription or just a couple of meals, there’s a delivery service out there that will meet your needs. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that the bereaved have plenty of fresh, tasty food at their disposal.

Kids’ sympathy package

If the grieving family includes young children, don’t leave them out of the gifting. Kids often get left behind amid loss but their grief is just are real as it is for adults. Offering some toys, coloring books, stuffed animals, games, books, and movies occupies the younger ones and gives parents much-needed time to grieve.

A care package often means the world to those going through a significant loss. If you would like more sympathy package ideas or need to make funeral arrangements, our caring professionals are here to assist you. Please contact us anytime. 

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 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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