Recovering The SelfA Journal of Hope and Healing

Grief

3 Meaningful Sympathy Gifts for Grieving Parents

by Angie Worley

When it comes to grief, there’s absolutely nothing that can make the pain any easier. As close friends and family, this can be extremely difficult to watch as our close ones suffer after a loss. As parents, it’s especially hard to see other parents grieving the loss of their child because we can empathize at the thought of losing our own. Because we can empathize with them, there are so many emotions and feelings of wanting to help them. When it comes to helping during a loss, we have to be careful on our approach. While some parents may be more inviting, others may need their time and space. If you find yourself walking a fine line when it comes to reaching out to grieving parents, here are a few ways you can let them know that you’re around and ready when they are.

Send them a meaningful gift

Finding the right gift during death may seem challenging. However, gifts for grieving parents at Laurelbox are making it simple to choose the perfect gift with their curated selection for bereaved mothers. From small trinkets to self care items, you’ll be able to find the perfect present for your loved one that also holds a special message. Shops like these are making it easier to send the appropriate message when you can’t find the right words. By sending gifts such as these, you’re allowing them to have their space while letting them know that you are thinking of them. Heartfelt gifts are always appreciated especially when they are tailored to the receiver. This is a great way to let your loved ones know how much you care and how much your heart is with them even when they seem distant.

Send them a gift of convenience

While suffering a loss, it can be very burdensome to worry about things around the house. Laundry and dishes can easily pile out, house chores can get backed up, and eating may not seem possible if their appetite isn’t there. If you’re aware of these issues at home, gifting them a house cleaning service or a landscaping service to mow their lawn and trim their edges may be the right gift. Of course you don’t want to step on their toes, unless you know they are ready to welcome this type of service in their home, it’s best to ask ahead of time for their permission. If you notice that cooking and eating seems to be difficult for them, dropping off a home cooked meal or having their favorite restaurant deliver a meal may be best, especially with apps such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub that you can order even when you’re miles away out of state.

Send them a financial gift

Sometimes death can also be very expensive, especially if their child had hospital bills piling up, unforeseen funeral costs, or if they’ll need to take some extended time off of work. Taking on a financial burden on top of grief may be overwhelming for parents especially if they aren’t in the best financial position. Sites such as Go Fund Me are making it easy for families and friends of loved ones to start a fundraiser to help in situations such as these. A local bank can also help you set up an account where people can donate and the parents can have access to that account to help pay for any debt they’ve accumulated. Some parents may be too ashamed or prideful to ask for help so offering to do something like this on their behalf can be a huge weight lifted off of their shoulders so they can focus more on grieving than worrying about the bills piling up.

No matter what you choose to do, anything that helps even just a little bit emotionally, physically, or financially will always be welcomed and appreciated.

About the Author

Angie is a WAHM and a California native that is now raising her 2 year old son in a city between the mountains of Utah. On her downtime, she writes posts about her new role as a mother, wife, and her escapes back to her home state which you can find on her blog, La Vida Mom.

 

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