Wondering What to Bring to a Funeral or Celebration of Life?

Sunday, July 16, 2023

While sympathy cards or floral arrangements are customary, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to what to bring to a funeral, memorial, or life celebration.

While our presence at a funeral can be comforting to those who have lost a loved one, it is also customary to bring a small gift or gesture to express sympathy and demonstrate compassion during a difficult time. However, knowing what to offer is often a source of uncertainty.

In this article, we'll share eight thoughtful and appropriate items you might bring to a funeral or memorial service.

Whether it’s a tangible memento or a heartfelt gesture, these suggestions will help you navigate the sensitive process of offering condolences and honoring the memory of the departed.

1. Books of Comfort

Thoughtful books that offer comfort and support during the grieving process can be a meaningful gift. Consider titles on healing, grief counseling, or memoirs that explore the journey through loss and resilience.

2. Potted Plants

Instead of cut flowers, consider bringing a potted plant or small tree that can serve as a lasting symbol of life and growth. Options like peace lilies, bonsai trees, or orchids are suitable choices.

3. Personalized Jewelry

Delicate and meaningful jewelry can be a touching gift. Consider a necklace or bracelet with a small pendant or charm that symbolizes love, remembrance, or a special connection to the deceased such as the inclusion of their birthstone.

4. Memory Box or Journal

Provide the family with a memory box or a journal where they can collect and preserve precious memories, photographs, or mementos of their loved one. This gift allows them to honor and cherish the memories that hold special meaning.

5. Customized Picture Frames

A personalized picture frame can hold a cherished photo of the deceased, reminding the family of happy moments shared together. Consider engraving a heartfelt message on the frame to make it even more meaningful.

6. Make a Donation

In lieu of flowers, many people choose to donate to a charity or organization that was significant to the departed. This gesture not only honors their memory but also supports a cause they cared deeply about. Provide a card or certificate acknowledging the donation for the family.

7. Practical Support

Funerals or celebrations of life can be emotionally draining for those left behind. Offering practical support such as running errands, assisting with childcare, or helping with funeral arrangements can alleviate some of the burden they face during this difficult time. Be sensitive to their needs and reach out with specific offers of assistance.

8. Your Presence

It is important to remember that your presence at the funeral or celebration of life is itself a valuable gift. Simply being there to lend a hand, offer a comforting embrace, or share a sympathetic smile can provide immeasurable comfort to the bereaved.

It is the thought and intention behind the gift that truly matters. Simple gestures and small gifts can provide solace and support to the grieving family while serving as a lasting symbol of remembrance. From personalized keepsakes to practical contributions, there are many diverse ways to express your condolences and offer comfort during this solemn occasion.

If you have questions about what to bring to a funeral or require more information, our caring professionals are always here to assist you. Please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 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 about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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