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Creating a Grief Care Package

Published: March 21, 2022

Has someone close to you recently lost a loved one?

Are you looking to send them something that lets them know you care, but also something that can help make their life a little easier during this difficult time?

For those who just lost someone, in addition to managing their grief and adapting to life without the deceased, they also need time and energy throughout the day for errands and tasks.

One way you can help make life a little easier for them is to create a grief care package. This is a great way for you to show your support for them during this difficult time.

Oftentimes, when a death has just occurred, people will offer the commonly used phrase “if there’s anything you need…”. The problem with this though, is that it requires the person grieving to reach out and ask for assistance. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially if they’re already overwhelmed with grief.

So, how can we show we care for our loved ones who are going through the difficult stages of grief?

How can we make them feel our presence even though we may not be with them during this time?

If you’re looking for a way to make a real difference for someone who is grieving, consider creating a grief care package for them. Below, we’ve highlighted some different items you can include in your care package for someone grieving.

What should I put in a Grief Care Package?

It would be much better if the items you put in are customized to the person you are sending it to. However, a basic Grief Care Package would include different items that someone who suffered loss would find useful or comforting in the coming days, weeks, or months ahead. The most common Grief Care Package would contain:

· Food

Meals are always nice, but if the person is given too much food (which is what usually happens), it goes bad or gets thrown out. Try to stick to non-perishable food items such as nuts, granola bars, cereal, and canned goods like soup.

· Comfort Gifts

Sometimes people just need something to comfort them and help make them feel better. Your grief care package doesn’t need to be filled with expensive gifts. Something as simple as a bath bomb or cozy blanket can make a world of difference. Here are a few comforting and inexpensive gifts to include: Candles, bath bombs, blankets, or a journal.

· Gift cards

Gift cards are a nice gesture to include in your care package to promote self-care and ease of use. Think gift cards for food delivery restaurants, grocery delivery services, spas and salons, or cleaning services.

· Toiletries

Toiletries and other everyday items can quickly run out and need to be replaced. The problem with this though is that those who are mourning don’t always have time to make a quick trip to the pharmacy or supermarket. Consider adding some toiletries and other everyday items to your grief care package such as tissues, toilet paper, hair care products, toothpaste, etc.

· Children Gifts

If the bereaved have younger children, it can make coping with a loss even more difficult. In addition to managing their grief, they may have to help children cope, or just carry on with the day-to-day duties of parenting. One way to help them out is to include some smaller gifts for children to help them cope with the loss. Children’s gifts can include items such as coloring books, crayons, stuffed animals or activity books.

Camp Koala is a local organization that provides grieving children with the tools and resources to help them manage their grief in a healthy way, and to offer companionship in a supportive environment.

Here at Roupp Funeral Home, we’ve partnered with Camp Koala to put together children grief care packages for those who’ve lost someone close to them. These too include stuffed animals, games, coloring books, etc. To learn more about Camp Koala, please visit:

When should I send a Grief Care Package?

Usually, people will send a Grief Care Package within days of the person suffering a loss. It is also more common to give a grief package on special dates and on death anniversaries. Grief actually does not go away. The person just learns to carry the pain in everyday life. Surely, the person will appreciate the kind gesture that will remind the family of your love and care for the time to come. Rest assured, if you need ideas for a care package we, at Roupp Funeral Home, are here to assist you at any time.

Looking for ideas to create a beautiful memorial service for your loved one? Read the blog article here: 5 Ideas for a Meaningful Memorial Service

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