Death is always a hard thing to navigate. It’s a sad and reflective time and if you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, you want to be there for them and sensitive to their emotions. So what’s the best way to say “Please accept my condolences” to that person in your life going through a loss? There are many different ways you can show your support.
The main thing is letting that person know you are a part of their support network. Sometimes just telling someone they can call and talk to you whenever means so much. Knowing that you have a strong support network is refreshing and encouraging. It can really help take a hard situation and make it a little more bearable. If you are looking to build or strengthen your support network, we offer this course that teaches you how to form an amazing support network around you.
By establishing that you are able to be there for your friend going through loss, you have already laid groundwork for them to accept your condolences. But there is much more you can do to be there and help your friend in need.
Make Them Something Thoughtful
When you lose someone, you want to cherish them and the way they lived their life as much as you can. You talk about your memories with them with others and hold onto items and photos that remind you of them. If you are close with the family and have access to photos of the deceased, make them a digital scrapbook to remember their loved one. That way, they will be able to have a place they can go online and see their loved one and relive all the great memories they had together. Making a digital scrapbook is something that is easy and quick to do. You just need the photos. While it is easy and quick, the sentiment in it is strong and you will be able to touch your friend and say your condolences in a special way. Learn how to create a digital scrapbook with this course. In it, you will be able to quickly learn how to use Apple’s iPhoto app to make gorgeous digital scrapbooks.
If you are artistically talented, you can create something thoughtful and beautiful for the family. Is there a memory that you know is important to the family and the deceased? Recreate it through art. Take all the things that are meaningful to the family and communicate it through a piece of art. Your friend will appreciate the time and effort you took into recreating one of their favorite moments. This action is also very thoughtful because it shows that you take notice of the things that are important to the family. Draw a picture of the family members enjoying each other’s company as a thoughtful gift to the family. You can brush up your figure drawing skills with this course, so you can learn how to draw people more realistically and give the family a wonderful gift.
Give Them a Letter or a Card
When you have a friend dealing with a loss, it is sometimes hard to say “Please accept my condolences” in a really meaningful way. For those who are better saying things in writing, a letter or card may be one of the best ways to send your condolences to your friend and their family. If you are feeling especially thoughtful, you can make the family a card. Personalize it with things that remind you of their loved one and of their family. Inside, put all the ways in which the family has meant to you in your life. Just knowing that someone is thinking about them and taking time to do something for them helps cheer up someone who is grieving.
Help Them with the Details
Planning a funeral and tending to all the little details can be stressful. It is hard enough when you are mourning a loved one. Adding on funeral planning just makes it that much more harder. There are calls, invites, set up, catering and more to think of when planning for a funeral. If you have time to give, offer help, whether it be with setting up, arranging things, making announcements or providing food. Anything you can give will be helpful to the family and also show your condolences to the family as well. If you are particularly skilled at something or know how to get flowers or food at a decent price, offer those things as well. Anything you can do for the family is something they will always remember and be thankful for.
Make the Family a Meal
Help the family get through the next couple of weeks by bringing them meals. The family will have enough on their minds and be busy with funeral arrangements and out-of-town guests. A nice thing you can do is to prepare them something so they don’t have to worry about grocery shopping or meal planning during that week.
If you know what kind of meal the family enjoys, you can go ahead and make that for them. A lot of times, they will be too busy to get back to you, so you will need to come up with a meal you think they would like. One kind of food that is popular and many people love is Italian food. Whether it’s pizza or pasta, you can find a universal dish that everyone will enjoy. Learn more cooking skills and how to cook Italian dishes specifically with this course.You will be able to learn how to make appetizers, main courses, pasta and desserts to make a complete meal for your friend’s family. As for the art of cooking, there are various different methods you can use. This blog goes through many examples of these methods and one of them might be right for you. Whatever you do choose to make your friend, it will be much appreciated.