Comfort Food for Grieving Families

By: Matthew Funeral Home
Monday, October 12, 2020

When suffering from the loss of a loved one, having a hot, home-cooked meal is probably the last thing on the mind. Thankfully, it is a common practice for friends and family to bring trays of food to the immediate family of the deceased. A meal prepared by people who care can be one of the best remedies for the grieving heart. This article will focus on what to look for in food preparation when making a dish for a grieving family.

Fresh Ingredients

Healthy eating is easily overlooked during grief. Stress from grief can weigh heavily on the body, and will use up energy and nutrients. Preparing a dish with fresh vegetables and other nutritious ingredients can be a good way to make sure that the people you care about are eating right. Proteins like chicken or beef can make the dish more filling. Keep dietary restrictions of the family in mind when preparing food for them.

Easy Dishes

You don’t have to make something overly complex. Simple meals that are easy to transport, freeze, or heat up are the best. Dishes that are harder to deal with can become a challenge for those dealing with grief. Casseroles, lasagna, soups, and other pasta dishes are common comfort foods given to families in mourning.

You Don’t Have to Prepare a Ton of Food

Odds are, many loved ones will be giving food to the family of the deceased. You don’t have to make enough food for an army. A tray is probably more than enough. If you feel like contributing more, wait a week or so, then check in to see how they are doing when you bring the tray.

Catering

If you do not cook, or do not have time, consider ordering a dish or two from a local restaurant or store. It may not be as personal as a home-cooked meal, but it will be helpful all the same. 

Emotional Support Through Food

Food can be very cathartic to the grieving spirit. A family, however broken, can find some comfort in a warm meal and full bellies. A good meal can make one feel more energetic and calmer. Even just knowing that there is someone there who can send a plate of food when you are in need, can be healing. 

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

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