Words of condolence by way of phone calls, or correspondence of sympathy are appreciated by those who have lost a loved one. A sentiment that many of us feel at the time of someone's sorrow is one that sees us wish we could do more to make it a little easier for them. If you live close, and are capable and enthusiastic to do more, here some ideas to help that goes further than your manner to send condolences.
Condolence meals - For those bereaved that live in homes of their own, normal preservation chores are the uttermost thing from their mind. For example: making a meal, mowing their grass, taking out the trash, vacuuming, and/or general cleaning. While these chores are not a necessity, it is sometimes the little things that can pile up to create unnecessary concern. The bereaved have enough to cope with; there is no need to add more.
Neglecting even the most fundamental things, like receiving groceries, occurs when one is deep in pain. Find out what your friend or family member needs. Make a list, and do the shopping for them. Also, unpacking the food for them might not seem like a huge chore, but get the person to help you, if they can, so they start to stimulate a regular schedule. It's also helpful if you will cook a meal to help show your condolences.
For those existing on your own and in the case of rapid or unexpected death, one of the most traumatic events is to make funeral arrangements for a loved one. Any help you can offer here will be of assistance.
Across the nation, send a meal is meals that are perfect for condolence meal gifts. Our commercial kitchens are aimed at busy moms who line up to put together meals they can pull out of the freezer. It's a time-saver to have someone else shop, chop and test a recipe.