Unfortunately, not all occasions are inspired by positive or happy events. Sometimes we wish to express our sympathy because something bad has happened, maybe death has taken away a loved one or a friend is going through hard times.
Often it is exactly these occasions where we struggle to come up with the right words or find it hard to express our support and friendship - but it is also the time where it is most important to do so.
Funeral / Death
Whilst in most European and North American countries it is uncommon to give gifts at a funeral, we might still want to give a little token of sympathy to those in mourning, especially if there is a close emotional relationship.
Gift baskets can be a great solution, as these can be tailored to the likes of the recipient.
Donation "In Memoriam"
Remember the departed by making a donation in his or her name to a cause that was important to him or her during life. Give to a charity, whether local or global, and make sure a gift card is sent in your name to the family.
Also send a condolence card and mention that you are thinking of them.
Flowers: Sympathy lily
What better way to express one's sympathy than with a gorgeous flower? A peace lily is perfect for the occasion, as it is a graceful-looking flower that is easy to care for.
Scrapbook "In Memoriam"
A memory book with your fondest memories of the departed, including photos and stories of shared moments, along with a personal message are a great way to express your love and sympathy for the mourners. It also opens up the opportunity for them to talk about the departed - something a lot of them will greatly appreciate.
In Celtic mythology, the harp is the bridge between heaven and earth. It represents the changing of the seasons by Dagda, the good god and father of all.
It is believed to have been sent by the angels as a cure for the plague and still has many medical uses.
Bird & Feather
Some Native Americans believe in birds' power to carry our prayers directly to God. The prayers are carried on their feathers and brought to heaven with exceptional strength and speed.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
He kept at true good humour's mark The social flow of pleasure's tide: He never made a brow look dark, Nor caused a tear, but when he died.