Sending a Care Package to a Grieving Loved One

Posted on May 28, 2021 by Bevis Funeral Home under Grief Support, Sympathy
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When a loved one is grieving, it’s not always possible to be there for them in person. Sending a care package to a grieving loved one is a thoughtful way to show your support from wherever you are.

Care packages can take many forms, from practical household items to baked goods. What you choose to include depends on the needs – and personality – of the recipient. Care packages take a bit of planning and effort to put together, but are so worth it if they can make your grieving friend or family member feel less alone.

Are you looking to send some long-distance comfort to a family member or friend during a difficult time? Here’s a beginner’s guide to building a care package for someone who is grieving.

Set a Budget

Before you start choosing items for your care package, it’s a good idea to set a budget. Don’t forget to include shipping costs and supplies in this amount. Your care package doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive to show someone you care and are thinking of them.

Choose a Box

Selecting a flat-rate or priority mail box can help you save money on shipping costs for your care package. Once you have your box, you can consider what types of items will fit inside. Don’t just include random items to fill up the entire box – make sure each item has meaning and is chosen with care. Don’t select a large box unless you know you will be sending larger items, such as a blanket, that will use up all the available space.

Add Practical Items

When someone is grieving a loss, it can be difficult for them to complete everyday tasks, such as shopping. Pick some practical items to include in your care package to relieve your recipient of that burden. This can include items such as tissues, toiletries and non-perishable food items.

Add Comfort Items

Think about what kinds of items could potentially provide comfort to your family or friend during this difficult time. Some commonly used items include small candles, fuzzy socks, coloring books, journals and decaffeinated teas. Depending on your recipient, you could also include self-care items such as face masks and nail polish.

Once you’ve added everything to your box, add a handwritten note and send it on its way. This is a great time to express your condolences and let your recipient know you are always there for them, should they want to talk.

Ready to send a care package, but not sure what all to include? Here are a few box ideas.

A Taste of Home:

Homemade chocolate chip cookies + Hot chocolate packets + Coffee mug + Tissues + Handwritten note

Comforting Spa:

Face mask + Small candle + Nail polish + Hand lotion + Handwritten note

Relaxing Evening:

Chamomile tea + Coloring book + Box of crayons + Candle + Handwritten note

Simple Comforts:

Box of macaroni and cheese + Box of animal crackers + Coloring book + Box of crayons + Handwritten note

Helpful Restock:

Toothbrush and toothpaste + Hand soap + Box of tissues + Travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion + Handwritten note

Whatever you choose to send, your loved one will take comfort in the fact that you are thinking of them during an incredibly difficult time. That’s why putting together a care package is worth the time and effort it takes to send.

If you want to send a comforting gift but don’t have the time or ability to assemble a care package, you still have options. Bevis Funeral Home offers a large selection of sympathy and comfort gifts that we will ship directly to your recipient. This includes fruit and flower baskets, blankets, books about grief and loss and more. Click here or call  850-385-2193 to learn more.

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