A family grieving the loss of a loved one can often find support simply by seeing you and your family members in attendance at a funeral. You can further show the family your support by offering some thoughtful and sympathetic words, either in the greeting line before the event or when mingling afterward. If you want your actions to demonstrate support, think about offering to help the family in a specific way. Don't just ask if there's something you can do to help -- bringing multiple ideas to the table that you and your family can accomplish is often one of the best things you can do for the family during this difficult time. Here are three ideas to help you get started.
Help With Food
If you're adept in the kitchen, asking the family if you can drop over some meals can be helpful. Because some other people might also have this idea, ask when the family could use the help. They might get a flourish of food a day or two after the funeral but nothing beyond -- and that's where you can help. Think of not only dinner foods, but also things to eat for lunch and for breakfast. Go the extra mile by asking if anyone has food sensitivities or allergies; they'll appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Working Around Home
Funeral-related arrangements and dealing with the home and estate of the person who has passed away can occupy a family for weeks after a death. Pledge your assistance with some home-related tasks that will provide relief for the family. Suggest that you'd like to tackle jobs such as cutting the grass or weeding the garden. If the family has a pool and you're familiar with this type of work, pool maintenance can also be helpful. In general, think of specific jobs that will be helpful and try to involve your family. While you cut the grass, your children could walk the family's dog, for example.
Running To And Fro
Volunteering to assist with a variety of errands can provide support for a family that's overly busy as they deal with post-funeral affairs. Simple tasks such as making a supermarket visit, going to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription or taking the family's children to their sporting events or after-school clubs can help the parents breathe a sigh of relief. You can also ask if you can help by taking a pile of thank-you notes to the post office or delivering some boxes of the deceased person's clothing and other possessions to a charity.
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