When I came up with the www.sympathyfood.com concept, I researched sympathy gifts. What I found was that if you wanted to send an alternative to flowers, you better be prepared to send a fruit or gift basket. Have you ever received a gift basket? The last fruit basket I received was when I had surgery a few years ago. It was appreciated but it was more of a token gift that basically sat in my hospital room and went to waste.
It's a proven fact people don't alwayseat right when they are going through a difficult time. Food has always been such a welcome sympathy gift. We all have our favorite dishes and recipes that we like to share. But often times schedules or distance doesn't allow us to prepare and deliver them ourselves. One important consideration in sending food is always how it is prepared and by whom. Let me tell you a little about our food. We take pride in sourcing only the finest natural ingredients.
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After 27 years as a Funeral Director, I can't tell you how many times I've heard people attempt to "say something" to a grieving person to express their feelings of condolences. I once heard a sweet elderly lady try to comfort a mother who had just lost an infant after a long illnes, with these words. "Your baby is in a much better place now....I know how you feel, Ihad two miscarriages when I was young." The only place that young mother wanted her child was in her arms and no......the well-intentioned ladydidn't know exactly how she felt.
As many of us have experienced, it can be somewhat uncomfortable when a co-worker loses a loved one. What do you do? What should you say? We spend so much time at work, interacting with colleagues, that this unfortunate situation cannot be ignored to avoid an awkward conversation. Being there for your co-worker, offering a shoulder to lean on or simply being a good listener is a great start to show that you care. Here are more ways to show your support for your co-worker who has recently lost a loved one.
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Food is comfort when words are inadequate - Don't know what to say or what to do? Bring them a meal.
When we are feeling overwhelmed and emotional it's very comforting to know that people are thinking of us, wishing us well, want to help and comfort us. Offering a loving meal does just that.
After someone loses a loved one, not only are they going through the grieving process, but they are also faced with the task of planning a funeral. Often times, the person grieving will have a house full of guests that came into town for the visitation and the funeral. During this hectic and sad time, life becomes extra complicated as the grieving person tries to juggle all of these tasks while the reality is that they just lost a loved one. Having a family and/or out of town guests to feed, adds an additional challenge to the existing busy schedule.
There are many factors that are considered when deciding which type of service to have for a loved one. Culture, religion, beliefs, the wishes of the deceased and budget are important factors in this decision. Certain religions do not allow cremation, which makes having a burial service the clear choice.
Have you considered pre-planning your own funeral? It may seem like an odd, uncomfortable task but be confident in knowing that you are lessening the burden for your family members. When a loved one passes on, the person experiencing the loss begins the grieving process while being faced with many funeral and burial decisions. These decisions become a little easier if a prior conversation was had about the desired funeral arrangements but that is not always the case. When a funeral is pre-planned, you are able to make every decision for your own funeral so that, when
When a person loses a loved one, they can be overwhelmed with the planning of the funeral as well as accommodating out of town guests who traveled to the funeral. Although the grieving process usually begins immediately, the hardest part can come after the funeral and after everyone goes home.