Sympathy Gift Ideas

Expressing sympathy and saying "I'm Sorry For Your Loss"

Of all the sentiments we encounter in life, expressing our sympathy is probably the hardest. It is all too easy to unintentionally say the wrong thing or to be completely lost for words.

Giving a bereavement gift is a helpful way around this dilemma, as we can let the gift speak for us. Adding just a few words of solace or a sympathy quote will make the gift both personal and meaningful.

Gift ideas

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.

Symbols

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.

Mustard seed

"Faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move a mountain." (Matthew 17:20)

The mustard seed is a talisman for hope and faith, often given as a prayer of encouragement.

Thyme

In the Middle Ages, whenever a knight left for the Crusades, his lady would present him with sprigs of thyme as a symbol of loving remembrance.

Quotes

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

Rossiter Worthington Raymond

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.

Kahlil Gibran

To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die.

Thomas Campbell in "Hallowed Ground"

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.

George Eliot