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Ideas for Gifting a Grief Care Package September 12, 2023

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When someone you know and care deeply about loses a loved one, it can be a struggle to find the right thing to say or what to do.

There are a few things to keep in mind. First, you are not alone. Many of us struggle with this issue. Just be sincere and be kind. Less can be more. It also can be important to keep in mind that those in grief may be more likely to remember how you made them feel than the words you may have said.

One way you can communicate your concerns is to put together a grief care package.

A grief care package is a gift of thoughtful, meaningful items that communicate your love and concern. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. It should be put together with sincerity and care.

What can go into a grief care package for those who have had a loved one pass? It can depend on your closeness and relationship with them. Here are some ideas:

A Thoughtful Note, Card and Pictures

Take some time to write a personal letter expressing your concern. Share your favorite thoughts and any photos they may appreciate. Don’t worry so much about being perfect as being sincere. Your thoughtfulness will be appreciated.


Food has always been considered a soothing way to ease grief. A bag or box of non-perishables accompanied by a bottle of wine (where appropriate) may be appreciated. Some freezer meals may also be welcome. If cooking is not your forte, consider a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant.

Soft Blanket, Throw or Robe

This type of gift provides comfort on so many levels. You will be thought of every time it is used.

Hot Beverages

A gift of assorted coffees, teas, or hot chocolate can warm the spirit. Add to the gift by shopping for a cup with an appropriate image or soothing message.

Bath and Toiletry Items

A gift of a quality bubble bath product, oils, and lotions, or aromatherapy products is often appreciated. Choose soothing and relaxing scents like lilac.

A Comforting Book

Choose a book that perhaps has brought you joy and comfort. If appropriate, it could be a book of spiritual messages.

A Plant

Plants symbolize life and renewal. A small houseplant can serve to comfort the person in grief and remind them of your thoughtfulness and concern.

Involve Others

As mentioned, you are likely not alone in your concern for a loved one. Involving mutual friends in a grief care package can amplify your positive thoughts. Reach out to them today.

Grief care packages range from an array of chocolates and snacks to a weekend getaway. If a card or flowers doesn’t seem quite enough, consider a grief care package.

At Fares J. Radel Funeral Homes and Crematory, sure our focus is on preparing loving, caring, and respectful final services. But we also recognize our responsibility to those left behind.

If you are in current need or preplanning for a funeral, we would be honored to assist.

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