Meaningful Condolence Gifts for Grieving Loved Ones

Published: January 13, 2022

If someone you know and love has lost someone close to them, all you want to do is help. When words are not enough, we can show our support with a care package that may help ease their pain. Whether you choose a gift that helps your friend through the grieving process, or one that honors the memory of their loved one, keep in mind that condolence gifts are largely symbolic of your love and support.

What To Include In A Grief Care Package?

If you’re interested in creating a care package for someone who is grieving, you might be wondering what should be included with it. Truthfully, you can include pretty much anything and everything you think the bereaved will need over the coming days. We recommend including items from the following categories: toiletries, food, gifts, grief resources, and things for children (if necessary).


Make sure your care package includes some basic toiletries that people will use on a regular basis. This includes items like:

> Toilet paper

> Tissues

> Shampoo and conditioner

> Toothpaste

> A toothbrush

> Soap

> Lip balm


If you plan to include food in your grief care package, make sure that you stick to non-perishable food items that are easy to make or snack on. Food items you can add to the package include:

> Granola bars

> Canned goods (soup, vegetables, fruits, etc)

> Cereal

> Instant oatmeal

> Nuts


Many people like to include a small gift as a part of their care package. Gifts do not have to be expensive. If you would like to include one, try and find something that can be used to help comfort the deceased. Here are a few ideas for gifts:

> Journal

> Candles

> Cozy blanket

> Photo album

> Bath bombs

Grief Resources

It’s likely that the bereaved is experiencing a whirlwind of different emotions during this time. To help make their journey of grief easier, try to include some grief resources. This can include items like:

> Books/guides for coping with grief

> Contact information for local grief and support groups

> Links to helpful blog posts or online articles 

> Details for local grief seminars or remembrance events

Gifts For Children (Optional)

If the family you are creating the care package for has young children, you might want to include a few small gifts to help them cope with the loss. Children’s gifts can include:

> Coloring book and crayons

> A stuffed animal

> Activity books

> Grief resources for children

Here at Boyd Funeral Home we strive to help the Marion, Ohio community with more than just funeral and cremation services, we also try to provide useful information about how you can help yourself or other during the grieving process. That may be before, during or after the funeral for a loved one. Boyd Funeral Home provides many resources for dealing with grief on our website and can help direct you to many other resources

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