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Sympathetic Things to Do

Sympathetic Things to Do

How To Be Supportive to the Mourning Family

When someone we know dies or passes on, we as friends and family rally around them, giving them solace and comfort in their time of need. We can comfort them by sending messages of sympathy , buying an arrangement of funeral wreaths to be displayed on the coffin or for the funeral home. We can also send a batch of freshly baked cookies for nationwide delivery to alleviate the grieving family from the admin of cooking. Another way we can help a family dealing with loss is by organising the memorial service .

Helping a family cope with the loss of a loved one could be as simple as putting the deceased photographs in photo frames and then putting them up for display on walls, mantelpieces, windowsills and bedside tables. You could even give the family a beautiful glass tile gift or any comforting faith-based sympathy gift .

If your family prefers to take a light-hearted approach to mourning and prefer to celebrate the friend or loved one who has passed on. You can raise a toast in their name and drink to in their honour. This toast is generally made with the deceased’s favourite tipple in hand, for example if you are toasting your grandfather and he was a Chivas man, you would pour everyone (who is over the legal drinking age) a shot of whiskey and drink to his memory.

In South Africa there are many traditions surrounding death and sympathy that take place. Each family, culture and belief system has different rituals that they perform to bid the dearly departed a final farewell. In Jewish culture they sit Shiva and a year later they reveal the tomb stone. In Catholicism the priest will read the last rites and the priest will then commend the body to the earth. In Indian culture the priest will read the body's last rites as it lies in the coffin, the body will then have the last rites read to it again as it is placed in the ground. Thereafter there will be regular prayers said by the family in memoriam of the departed. And in certain African cultures a ritual animal killing is performed as it is believed that the blood of an ox or a sheep will help defer further bad luck.

But whatever way you choose to honour the departed, NetFlorist’s online gift store has a wide range of condolence gifts to send the grieving family to show your deepest sympathy . Simply place your order online and NetFlorist will deliver the sympathy gifts sameday .
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