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7 Comforting Meals You Can Bring To a Grieving Loved One

Published: November 16, 2020

If you have to attend a funeral reception or a gathering after a funeral, odds are, you’re debating on the perfect dish to bring in hopes of soothing a loved one. With so many delicious recipes out there, though, it’s hard to choose just one. That’s why our team here at Roupp Funeral Home has created this quick list of the most popular dishes you can bring to a grieving loved one.

7 Comforting Meals You Can Bring To A Grieving Loved One

Vegetable Soup

This giant pot of hearty vegetable soup is a classic staple at gatherings. It feeds a crowd, is warm and comforting, and is rather healthy. If you need an easy, delicious meal, try this one.


Casseroles are among the most common vices for gatherings. You can create anything from sweet potato casserole dishes to cheesy chicken or southwest options, and it’s always a satisfying choice.

Fruit and Veggie Trays

Fruit and veggie trays are a nice choice if you’re a busy person who doesn’t have time to cook. These are so nice because you can pick up a premade one at the store or easily slap everything together at home. Families also love these because they’re easy to snack on.

Baked Pasta

Baked pasta is such a crowd pleaser because it offers warmth, comfort, and familiarity. If you need to cook a dish for a funeral reception or for a grieving loved one at home, consider making baked ziti, chicken alfredo, or spaghetti.

Pasta Salad

This lighter dish is also a good choice for gatherings--particularly spring and summer ones. It reminds people of warm, happy days, like family cookouts and barbecues. It’s also a nice break from so many heavy dishes.

Deviled Eggs

Another lighter option, deviled eggs are perfect because they’re another easy, snackable item, and they also remind most patrons of Thanksgiving dinner. Try your hand at traditional deviled eggs to please everyone, or use your family’s favorite recipe to create a sense of nostalgia.

Baked Goods

Brownies, cookies, and coffee cakes are always a big hit at these events. Most people love eating sweets when they’re in mourning, so no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong. If you need a suggestion, we highly recommend these almond joy cookies!

Whether you’re cooking a meal for a close relative or a coworker, food always makes the soul feel better. If you need more recipes for an upcoming funeral reception or gathering, or to bring to someone grieving, check out our cooking therapy page! We have meal ideas for all times of day!

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