5 Gifts to Give to Someone Who is Grieving

Posted on December 31, 2021 by Bevis Funeral Home under Grief Support, Sympathy
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Losing a loved one is tough on everyone. Often, when we know someone has lost a person close to them, it is hard to know the best way to provide comfort in their time of need. Giving personalized gifts to show you care can be thoughtful support and show you’re here for them. Here are some examples of the best gifts for someone who is grieving.

Journal

Grief comes with many emotions, and writing is a great way for people to write down their thoughts and feelings during the grieving process. Giving a gift to someone who is grieving could also encourage them to process their emotions in a healthier way and help them adjust to life again. Journaling is a positive outlet for putting words onto paper that are too hard to say out loud.

Weighted/fuzzy blanket

Grief can cause insomnia for those who have lost someone important to them. Weighted blankets can give those grieving the type of hug they need right now, especially in circumstances where we can’t always be there, in-person. Fuzzy blankets are also an appreciated gift because of the amount of use they provide. Often when people are grieving, they spend time at home in bed or on the couch, and a fuzzy blanket is the perfect gift to show you care. This is an excellent gift for someone who is grieving when you can’t actually physically be there.

Cleaning service gift card

When you’re grieving, probably one of the last things you want to do is clean up around the house. A cleaning service gift card can be a huge help in their life and is a sincere gift to give to someone who is grieving. This also gives them the opportunity to choose when they want to redeem the gift card, in their own time. This is also a helpful gift for someone who has kids. Juggling the grief of your kids as well as yours can make healing harder, so having to not think about cleaning up the house could be a huge weight lifted off their shoulders.

Plant

Having some extra greenery around the house is a great way to liven up a space and to show a person they are loved. Some plants need a lot of attention, so we suggest getting them a hardy plant that does not require a lot of love to grow. Succulents are a type of plant that love sunlight and do not need a lot of water. Additionally, if they have a big enough yard for this gift, a memorial tree in their name can be the perfect way to honor a grieving person’s lost loved one. A memorial tree or plant is a thoughtful, long-lasting tribute.

Grief books

Sometimes you don’t always have the best words to say to someone who is grieving. Gifting someone a book on grief says the words for you. Below are a few highly rated books to give to someone who is grieving.

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine: “Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form,” says Megan Devine. “It is a natural and sane response to loss.” Devine’s book helps guide readers through the stress and anxiety that comes with losing someone as well as how to deal with dealing with life after a loved one’s passing.

Do Death: For a life better lived by Amanda Blainey: Laid out in three helpful sections: ‘Before’, ‘During’ and ‘After’ death, Blainey’s book on grieving helps readers get comfortable with talking about death and how they are dealing with loss.

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Joanne Cacciatore: Cacciatore’s novel on loss is a good companion in these troubling times. This book deals more with how to find love in times of loss and offers ways to help readers along the grief journey and how to honor loved ones.

Just being there for someone can also be the best gift of all. Grieving people need all the love and support they can get, and offering your condolences or sending a simple card in the mail is also the perfect gift. For more ways to help yourself or someone else in times of grief, click here to view our other helpful healing resources.

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