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Alternatives to Sympathy Flowers

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If you attend a funeral service or memorial service, you should bring a small gift that marks the occasion for the family grieving the loss. It’s actually a tradition to present sympathy flowers at such occasions, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring something other than a bouquet. Here are some recommendations on what you can bring after going to a funeral or memorial service offered by a Milton, WV funeral home & cremation services provider.  

Gift Basket 

Gift baskets are a great alternative to sympathy flowers. Remember that some people don’t like flowers and others may be allergic to pollen, so flowers aren’t appropriate for everyone. But a gift basket, such as a food basket, will always be appreciated because everyone likes to eat. You can fill them with baked goods, sweets, fruit and other things. You can either buy what you need and make the gift basket yourself or you can buy fully stocked gift baskets from a business that focuses on selling them. You can even have it delivered to the home or the grieving family. Whether you take it by hand or have it delivered, be sure to include a sympathy card where you can include a hand-written condolence message. 

Photo Album 

Are you interested in getting a sympathy gift that is easy on the wallet? How about a photo album? If you personally knew the deceased, do you perhaps have pictures of him or her on your smartphone, tablet or other mobile device? If you do, there are maybe pictures you have that the deceased person’s family members do not. A picture, as the old saying goes, is worth a thousand words. What might a picture communicate to grieving people who get to see their deceased loved one in a way they have never seen him or her before? Look to see if you have pictures that the grieving family might love to have. Then develop them—or print them if you have a computer capable of printing high-quality pictures—and put them into a photo album.  

Support Charitable Cause 

Was the deceased person a supporter of a specific charitable cause? If the answer is yes, then you can consider donating to a charity that supports that cause. This is definitely one way that you can put your money where your mouth is in a positive way, and you can be sure that the grieving family will appreciate the kind gesture.  

Any of these alternatives to sympathy flowers will give you options if a bouquet isn’t appropriate. Whether a gift basket, a photo album or a charitable contribution, you can honor the memory of the deceased and bring comfort to the grieving family. Are you looking for a Milton, WV funeral home & cremation services provider that you can trust? Look no further than Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home & Crematorium. We have been serving families in West Virginia since 1875, and we’ve been doing that by providing respectful body disposition options and great customer service. We can be reached by phone at (304) 342-8135 or in person at 1118 Virginia St E Charleston, WV 25301.