Gestures in Loving Memory of a Cherished One
Article by Renee Wood, MSW
If someone you know is suffering from the loss of a loved one, there are several gestures you can make in their time of need. From bereavement gifts to simple acts of kindness and support, your friend, family member, or coworker will appreciate your acknowledgment. Nothing you do will eliminate their pain completely, but a kind action or gift in loving memory of a lost one will help a person work through the grieving process. Having the support of people that care is imperative and can be invaluable to someone healing from grief.
Death is often unexpected. You may not have much time to search for a caring gift that shows your support. Fortunately, there are online companies that specialize in bereavement gifts. A simple sympathy card with a comforting poem or verse in it can offer a deep level of support. Even if you didn’t know the deceased person, you can include a few words of your own to show that you care and that you are there for the grieving person.
If you want to make a larger gesture of sympathy, you might consider a garden memorial stone, a bench that includes an engraved plaque, or a piece of jewelry engraved with a meaningful verse or the name of the loved one.
Another beautiful gift in loving memory of someone is a memorial tree. There are online stores that offer tree planting kits that can be supplemented with a garden stone engraved with a personalized quote, verse, poem, or name.
Some companies have put together care packages in loving memory of a cherished one. You will find packages designed for the loss of a spouse, mother, father, child, or other individual. Among other items, these may include books on dealing with grief, which can be extremely helpful in navigating through emotions associated with the loss of a loved one.
If you have never experienced the loss of a loved one before or even if you have, it is helpful to keep in mind that everyone reacts to loss differently. Your friend or family member may go through many different and tense emotions. The best you can do is to be there for them and to provide support when needed. Practical assistance such as helping them take care of housework, making meals, or taking them with you for a walk is a great way to show support.
About the Author
Renee Wood founded The Comfort Company in 2000. She is a social worker that has helped families deal with the loss or pending loss of a child, as well as aiding patients in the end-stage of renal failure. The gifts provided by The Comfort Company offer Pet sympathy gifts as well as hope for healing hearts.