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Suggestions on how to help a grieving family?
Years ago when a death occurred, the local church bell would ring to announce the death and the entire community would begin making preparations for the days ahead. Someone would labor to make the casket, ladies would gather to cook meals to support and comfort the family, and folks would gather flowers and freshen up the church for the services, and still others would see about the cemetery. These things were done to strengthen the family, the community, and help with the healing process during the time of grief.
Today, in our busy society, with families spread across states, and even countries, we are often unable to be present physically, even though our hearts long to do something to show we care. We still have the basic need to help.
You can offer to pay a hotel stay for out of town guests that will be attending the funeral to perhaps ease the financial burden for those that must travel. Our website can direct you to hotels that offer bereavement discounts to families.
Make a donation to the memorial fund that the family has requested, the foundations and addresses can be found in the obituary on our obituary page. Send an online condolence message to the family by clicking on “Send Condolence,” we will see that it is printed and given to the family, as we do all messages and cards that we receive on behalf of a family.
Above all, just let them know how much you care through their journey of grief.