What’s the right thing to do when you learn that a friend has lost a loved one or someone close to them? Sure, you’ll want to get in touch with your friend, acknowledge their loss, and let them know that they’re in your prayers. But you’ll also likely want to go a step further by, perhaps, giving them a sympathy gift. A sympathy gift represents one way to show you care. Whether you give it to them before or after the Charleston, WV funeral home service is up to you.
Here’s a look at several sympathy gift ideas that will help you to choose just the right gift for a friend who has experienced a loss.
One of the most common sympathy gift ideas is a gift basket. The great thing with going this route is that you can put just about anything in the gift basket. If your friend has a sweet tooth, for instance, you can pack the gift basket with mouth-watering cakes, cookies, and other baked treats. If they are very practical, you might want to pack the basket with scented candles. Figure out what would be appreciated by your friend and fill the grief basket accordingly.
You also can’t go wrong by offering flowers to your grieving friend. You can ask a florist for recommendations on what different flower varieties represent. This will help you to choose something that’s appropriate and that cheers up your friend.
Share a Meal
Do you like to cook? You might want to invite your friend over for a hearty home-cooked meal. You likely already know what kind of food they like, so you can prepare things you know they’ll enjoy. If you don’t really know your way around a kitchen as well as you’d like, you can take your friend out to breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a nice restaurant. It’ll show that you’re thinking about them and that you care. Another option, should they not feel up to going out to eat, is to order in food.
Help with Chores
You can bet that your friend will be busy making funeral arrangements and the like, so any assistance you can provide will be duly appreciated. Whether you help by doing groceries, going on errands, walking their dog, or doing something else, you can help lighten their load.
If you have the financial capacity, you might want to offer to help with the cost of planning the funeral service. You might want to be specific. For instance, you could offer a certain amount to be used to buy flowers or you could offer to foot some or of the bill for the reception.
If you’d like to learn more about appropriate sympathy gifts for someone you know, you can reach out to a funeral home in Charleston, WV for some help. Your best bet, however, is to contact Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home & Crematorium. We’re a premier provider of cremation and funeral services. Get in touch so that we can answer your questions and help you plan or preplan final services for someone in your family who has passed away. You can get in touch with us by phone at (304) 342-8135 or find us at 1118 Virginia St E Charleston, WV 25301.