You have just heard the sad news a family member, friend or work colleague has lost a loved one.  Death, no matter how it happened, is a difficult time for everyone.  You are wanting to support and offer comfort to the grieving but you are not sure what is best.   

Funeral flowers are a strong tradition across the world and in most cases are the first thing that comes to mind when wanting to send an ‘ I’m thinking of you’ message and gift.  However, there are alternatives to funeral flowers.

Here are five ideas for a thoughtful and caring sympathy gift, alternatives to funeral flowers, for bereaved friends and family that will let them know you’re thinking of them:

A Candle

The ritual of lighting a candle to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’ has been part of our culture for a long time. Lighting a candle signified that the memory still lives on and burns bright. It is a ritual that promotes reflection and signified remembrance.

A memorial candle can be a heartwarming way to celebrate the life of a loved one, and bring comfort to the family.  

There are many candle holders and candles available that are specifically designed for loss. They may include a thoughtful quote, a place for a cherished photo or just have calming aromatherapy.

in loving memory candle to light in remembrance

A Garden Memorial Plaque

A garden memorial plaque can provide a family with a tangible place of comfort in the form of an everlasting place of remembrance.  A memorial plaque nestled amongst plants or trees in a favorite spot in the garden is a beautiful tribute to the life of a loved one. 

A memorial garden can become a quiet place to reflect and remember a loved one. The beauty of a memorial garden is that there are no rules when it comes to creating this special place.  Memorial gardens can also be created in small spaces like an apartment using the balcony or even inside.

wherever we are garden memorial plaque

A Photo Frame

Photos can bring back memories and help to remember everything that made a loved one so special and unique. Photos can become an important part of making sure a loved one’s legacy lives on.

Preserving photographs with a beautifully designed photo frame is a touching way to memorialize a loved one. A photo frame featuring a meaningful message or verse is the perfect sympathy gift idea to forever treasure and protect a precious photo.

Photo frames can be sent as a heartwarming sympathy gift or used at the funeral service or wake to display a cherished photo that captures the individual personality of the loved one.

Today and always photo frame with verse

An Angel

As an inspiring source of courage, angels are a beautiful gift of support during times of sorrow. For a sympathy gift idea symbolizing comfort and guidance through difficult times, give the gift of a memorial angel.

someone you love memorial angel ornament

A Sympathy Hamper

Knowing what to send to family, friend or work colleague after a loss of a loved can be difficult. A comfort box with everlasting keepsakes and useful items can bring comfort at such a sad time.

A comforting and thoughtful care package shows you are thinking of them at this painful time and shows you have them in your thoughts. A sympathy hamper is a wonderful alternative to funeral flowers and a heartwarming gift to send your condolences.

Sympathy hamper and comfort box products are carefully selected and thoughtfully put together.  They are designed to help provide true understanding and care.

plant in memory sympathy hamper

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