5 Sympathy Gift Ideas
The gift of sympathy is one of the most delicate gifts we have to offer. The loss of a loved one is never an easy subject to approach. The good news is that a Golden Rule comes into play in this situation. When you are thinking of how to approach sympathy toward one another, just remember to treat someone with as much dignity, respect, and compassion as you can offer.It is safe to say that loss is something most people are not entirely prepared for. Gift giving during a time of grief can be a way to let someone know that they are still surrounded by love and compassion during a difficult experience or challenging season. When considering gift ideas, it’s important to consider the person as a whole and make sure to honor things like culture, religion, and a way to add a personal touch to those dealing with grief.
Each person and family handles a loss differently. Some families prefer a celebration of life, while others take a more subdued approach to grieving. It is always a good idea to send a gift of condolence in hopes of bringing light and love toward friends and families going through a hard time. A common misconception is that there is a timeline for sending a gift. Although it is ideal to send something as soon as possible, gift-giving should not be limited to directly after a loss.
Gifting Chocolates And Other Confections
Sending a gift at the anniversary date of a loss can be just as meaningful as it is to send one directly after it happens. Focusing on the relationship you have with the person or family you are extending a gift to is an important guide as to when sending a gift, or how often, is appropriate. Simple acts of kindness never expire. You never know when that kindness might be exactly what someone is in need of.
Different religions and cultures approach grief in many different ways. An example of this would be Shiva in Judaism. Shiva is a seven day period of mourning for the deceased’s immediate family. During this time, the mourner and family are expected to be visited by family and friends, and food is brought to them. This period of time is to offer as much support and care for those in mourning as possible.
In this particular instance, it is important to consider if the foods are Kosher Certified and any dietary restrictions they may follow. Here are some examples of gifts that can be sent during Shiva and all are Kosher Certified.
- Nuttery Signature Tray-Gourmet Specialty Chocolate and Halva — This wooden tray is the perfect gift to offer an abundance of snack options for your recipient. This tray offers Zebra Halvah slices, a variety of delicious chocolates, ganache sandwich cookies, and much more.
- Gourmet Chocolate and Nut Gift Tray with Individual Party Cups — This tray comes with individual cups filled with an assortment of sweet and salted nuts and chocolates. This approach allows your guests to select a pre-filled cup and takes the guesswork out of selecting a portion size.
- Gourmet Nut Tray with Individual Party Cups — This gorgeous tray offers a variety of gourmet sweet and salty nuts in individual cups. The display of individual cups allows for easy access to just the right amount of their favorite choice of nuts. The wooden tray can also be repurposed for use in the future.
- The Nuttery Chocolates and Nuts Sympathy Gift — This Kosher Certified food tray offers the perfect combination of handcrafted chocolates and gourmet nuts. This would be the perfect gift for a colleague, client, or for a small gathering.
- The Nuttery Shiva and Condolence Chocolate and Nut Gift Tray — This 12x12 tray is made from gorgeous rustic wood and offers a wide variety of salted and sweet nuts as well as delicious chocolates for your enjoyment. All chocolates are Pareve.
Send Flowers For The Viewing
Sending flowers to a funeral or viewing can be a way to provide comfort, pay respect, or offer cheer during a difficult experience. Flowers can be sent to a home, to a burial site, or to a viewing, if one is being held. There are no rules when it comes to sending flowers, bt religion and preference should be considered when doing so. If you are sending flowers, here are some important tips to remember:
- Check in with family/friends to confirm the best time to send them to their homes.
- If you are sending flowers to a funeral or viewing, confirm dates and times flowers will be accepted.
- Check for the correct address, whether it is a home, funeral home, or burial site.
- Order in advance to make sure your arrangement arrives at the appropriate date and time.
Memorial Wind Chimes
Wind chimes can be a beautiful gesture to remind family or friends of the peace and comfort of their loved one. A distinctive option for a sympathy gift, wind chimes have long been used as decorative items. When offering a memorial wind chime, it can be placed outdoor, indoor or in a garden to memorialize a loved one. Wind chimes can offer a calming, uplifting atmosphere and offer a measure of peace to someone who is grieving. Top reasons to choose a wind chime:
- Offer soothing music to bring peace and calm.
- Can be engraved with a beautiful memorial message or date.
- Can be used indoors, outdoors, or even in a memorial garden.
A personalized pendant is a great option to customize a meaningful piece of jewelry in remembrance of a loved one. A personalized pendant is an item that can be worn on any occasion, and in times of sorrow, can help someone feel closer to their loved one. This gift can be cherished for years to come in loving memory. The options are endless when it comes to customization for this gift. Here are a few simple ideas:
- Pendant with custom photo and message.
- Pendant with name, date, or initials engraved.
- Pendant engraved with a meaningful symbol for the recipient.
Photobook Or Scrapbook
A memory is a treasure beyond measure. A photo book or scrapbook for a loved one experiencing a loss is a wonderful way to display priceless memories. This gift can be passed on through generations to remember your loved one. In a scrapbook, you have the opportunity to add personalized touches, journaling near the photos or items you want to keep in remembrance.
Scrapbooks and photo books can be done digitally, or you can handcraft them to represent the exact memories you want to capture. You can use quotes or poems, musical lyrics, or handwritten memories to add to the story you would like to create. You can also gather all of the supplies required to create a photo book or scrapbook and give it as a gift. Getting creative during a time of grief may be exactly what is needed in order to process the feelings and hold onto the memories.
Grief and sorrow cannot be measured. Grief can teach us patience, compassion, kindness, empathy, and so much more. There is no right or wrong way to experience grief. In relation to loss, grief is a reaction that is natural. There are some very basic ways you can extend support and compassion to those experiencing loss.
- Sending a gift. The Nuttery NY is committed to providing the perfect way to express your wish of condolence and offer of sympathy. Our gifts are Kosher Certified and made with the love and effort you want to convey to those experiencing a loss.
- Being a good listener. Offering to listen to someone who is grieving can be an important way to allow them to process a loss. Allow them the space and opportunity to feel what they are feeling without risk of judgment or shame.
- Preparing food. Sometimes the last thing on the mind of those suffering a loss is taking care of their own needs. Offering to have food brought in or preparing food is something they won’t soon forget.
- Service. A gift of service during a time of need is extremely considerate. They may need a lawn mowed, house cleaned, or maybe they have children that you could take to the park so they can compose themselves. Acts of services are a great way to extend an immeasurable kindness.