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Grief Care Package Ideas

Published: April 18, 2022
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
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Key Takeaways:

- Grief is an overwhelming feeling that can be difficult to deal with, but it's great when someone sends a care package along with some ideas on ways they could express themselves during these hard moments.

- The best way to show your friends you care is by putting personalized things in their gift baskets.

- The amount of money to put in a sympathy card is up to you, but $20 is a safe bet.

Sending a grief care package to a family that is grieving is a very nice thing to do. You can contact funeral homes in Tacoma, WA and ask for ideas—they have plenty. But there are also ways to customize the packages to the family in question. You know them well and you can choose things you think they would appreciate. Here are a few things you might want to place into the care package. 

Grief is an overwhelming feeling that many people experience after the death of their loved ones. This can be made even more difficult when you don't know what to say or how best to help them through this time in life, so it's great when someone sends a grief care package along with some ideas on ways they could express themselves during these hard moments- especially because there isn’t always just one way for every family.

If you want to send a grieving friend or family member a care package, what should you include? Here are some ideas to get you started.


The family might have more members coming through their homes and having extra toiletries for guest bathrooms can really be a help. Or, they might be running low on things and they don’t really want to go to the store and get things when they are busy with funeral plans. You can put in some little soaps and shampoos, extra wash cloths, perhaps some toilet paper, tissues, and other such necessities. Even if they don’t need things now, they will use those items at some point and it’s a thoughtful gift. 

Food Items 

You don’t have to deliver a full meal in order to give some food to the family. Add some things like protein bars, trail mix, little chocolates and other such things into the basket. It can give your friend something tasty to munch on when they need a snack and it can remind them that you care about their well being at the same time. 

Grief Resources

It can be hard for some people to admit that they need some extra help with the grieving process. Your friend might not reach out and look for grief resources themselves, but if you give it to them, they might just take you up on that idea. Include information about support groups in the area, perhaps place a book about grief in the basket, or a list of websites that the funeral home has said are helpful to some people. 

Random Gifts

You can also place some random things in the basket that you customize for your friend. If you know they slept with a bunny stuffed animal when they were little, putting a small bunny animal in the package can make them smile, remember, and it can mean a lot. If they liked to journal in college, place an empty notebook in the basket so they can write out their emotions and vent in that way. The personalized things are often the most meaningful and memorable. 

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Cards For Area Stores

You might also put in some gift cards for area stores for when your friend feels like getting out. You can put in grocery store cards, gas cards, gift cards to restaurants, something to the soap and lotion store they enjoy, and other such things.

If you need more ideas for gift baskets, the professionals at funeral homes in Tacoma, WA are always here to help. Give them a call with questions at any time. They are here to help with final services, but they also want to help those around the grieving to support them.

Grief Care Package FAQ

What is an appropriate sympathy gift?

A gift is a great way to show your sympathy. You may want to consider a gift that is personalized or that has a special meaning to the bereaved. Something like a book of condolences or a donation in the person's name are both thoughtful options.

If you're not sure what to give, flowers, plants, or candles are always appreciated. Just be sure to avoid anything too personal or too costly, as the bereaved may not be able to accept or appreciate them at this difficult time.

Is a gift card appropriate for a death?

Gift cards are a great way to show your loved ones how much you care about them during this difficult time. They make the financial stresses of death easier by providing money for anything they might need from food and rent all the way up through funeral expenses - which can include headstones or other final arrangements!

How much money do I put into a sympathy card?

How much money you put in a sympathy card is entirely up to you and dependent on your relationship with the person who has lost a loved one. A thoughtful note of condolence is always appreciated, but if you're unsure how much to give, $20 is a safe amount. If you are close to the bereaved, then giving more money may be appropriate. It really just depends on your budget and relationship with the individual.

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