Showing Support If You Miss The Funeral
Funerals are a time to say a final goodbye to those lost, and a chance to come together in mourning. The funeral is also a time to provide support to those closest to the deceased. If you are unable to make it to the wake, it can be important to still provide support in other ways. This article will cover ways to show your love and support if you are unable to make it to the funeral.
One of the most common ways people show their respect when they cannot make the funeral is through flowers. Most families are comfortable with flower donations, and they are a beautiful way to show that you care. You can choose to send flowers to the funeral home for the wake, or afterward to the home of the surviving family.
Bring or Send a Meal
Providing a meal to the family of the deceased is another way to help support the family in their time of need. Consider creating a home-cooked meal or sending catered options from local restaurants/delis. Generally, anything that can be easily stored in the fridge or frozen for leftovers is best. Be sure to consider any dietary restrictions or allergies. Additionally, ask the family when would be a convenient time to deliver the food. Try your best to work around their schedule.
Send a Care Package
Sending a care package to the grieving family is a great way to show your support. Whether you send essentials like groceries, tissues, and or toilet paper; or non-essentials, such as favorite snacks, candles, and other comfort items. Overall, think about what the family may need, or want. Comfort can be found in many ways.
Gift cards to local restaurants and grocery stores can be incredibly helpful to grieving families. They can help lighten the load during difficult times ahead. The value of the gift card doesn’t matter, just the fact that you are thinking of them during their hard times.
Sending a Donation in the Deceased’s Name
Lastly, consider making a donation in the name of the lost loved one. The family may know a few charities that were important to the deceased. Otherwise, consider choosing a charity that supports something close to them. This could be a chronic illness support charity, for example. If they were active with non-profits or their church, you may want to donate to one of those groups.
For over 50 years, Matthew Funeral Home has been serving the Staten Island community. We can help with almost every aspect of your loved one’s memorial service. Our family is here to serve yours, every step of the way.