It can be challenging to know what to get someone who has lost a loved one. Flowers and food are great, but they can seem like temporary gestures.
If you’re looking for something more meaningful and lasting for your grieving friend or family member, consider an alternative gift that will help them heal in small ways.
When deciding upon an appropriate gift idea, think about the late person’s interests, hobbies, and passions.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on it. Think of creative ideas that will bring comfort and a tinge of joy into their life after such profound loss.
In place of sending flowers or bringing food, consider a gift that will last
Flowers are lovely—and certainly convey sympathy—but in many cases, they only last a few days, and then they’re gone.
A casserole dish is also nice, but it may not weigh as much as something you choose for the person.
A more meaningful option is to purchase something unique that represents the recipient’s relationship with the deceased (and their tastes!) while also having longevity.
This way, every time they look at it or wear it, they think back to them fondly and are reminded of your part in that.
Create a starscape with their name on it or a necklace with the coordinates of their favorite place
You can create a custom star chart with their name on it. Or, if you know their specific favorite place, consider a necklace inscribed with its coordinates or a compass that points there.
Gifts like these are sentimental and meaningful because they’re personalized — and can serve as a reminder of a beloved memory.
You can even give the gift of an experience, like an excursion to a special place
What better way to honor a lost loved one than with a gift that will forever bring them to mind?
The memorial gift doesn’t have to be physical. If your bereaved friend is up for a change of pace in their grieving process, you can give them the gift of experience.
For instance, an excursion to a special place for them associated with the deceased may have healing effects. If the cremation ashes are still available, they can take the urn along.
Another idea is to treat them (and maybe yourself) to something new and exciting that might rustle up some good memories.
Other meaningful cremation memorials and sympathy gifts you can give in place of flowers or food:
- Memorial keepsake jewelry (cremation necklace, bracelet, ring, etc.)
- Sentiments of faith
- Grief teddy bear
- Comfort blanket
- Memory journal
- Memory jar
- Picture frames
- Donation to charity
- Memorial trees and seedlings, etc.
In light of the above, if you need a meaningful memorial gift for your grieving friend in Colonie, NY, our cremation service has a sympathy store! Give us a call today or visit in person for any of our offerings.