Since starting our service, we have been asked multiple times what to bring or what to do for the family when someone passes away. Here are some suggestions for family and friends who want to help:
Food Items: (If bringing food, please ask about dietary restrictions, food allergies and what food is being served following the service)
• Non-perishable foods, such as candy, nuts, dried fruits.
• Desserts, they can be served or frozen for later use.
• A meal or frozen casserole for a future day.
• Food from their favorite restaurant.
• Offer to cook a meal for the family in the coming weeks.
Non-Food Related Items:
• Give a book- Some of our top suggestions are:
- The Gift of Grief, Matthew D. Gerwirtz
- The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
- Life Lessons, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
- Mourning and Mitzvah, Anne Brener
- Four Things that Matter Most, Ira Byrock
• A flowering plant or a citrus tree.
(This item will last a long time and remind the family of the gift you sent)
Other ways in which you can help the family:
• Notify friends and more distant family members of the death.
• Answer their telephone.
• Stock the refrigerator.
• Run errands.
• Do light housekeeping.
Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have given or received any items you can recommend.