If you are wondering what to give a friend who just lost a loved one (besides the traditional flowers), consider a grief gift basket! I have a dear friend named Dawn. She is the friend that was more like a sister. You know the type, right? My whole family loved her, spent our summer pre-teen days listening to Backstreet Boys in her basement bedroom, riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline in prom dresses (pretty sure my mom STILL doesn’t know about that 😉 ) and having sleep overs! Last Sunday, Dawn’s sister’s heart suddenly stopped and she passed away shortly after. She was only 34 years old and left behind 4 children! It was a huge shock to the whole family and although I didn’t spend a lot of time with her older sister I knew my friend was in a world of hurt! I wanted to do something for her.
Flowers weren’t really a practical option as she lives in New Jersey and she was coming home to Montana for the funeral. A donation to the Go Fund Me page for the kids was a good plan, but I also really wanted to do something for Dawn! I didn’t find much help on Pinterest so I went to the store, got creative in the candy aisle, and made a grief gift basket for her.
Here is what I put in the grief gift basket
Extra Gum- I’m sorry for this “EXTRA” hard time you are experiencing right now.
Lemon Drops-When life “DROPS” a difficult situation on you, I am just a phone call away!
Junior Mints-So many things you “MINT” to say, so many things you “MINT” to do…we just never know when it’s our time to go-your sister loved you, this I know!
Peachie Rings-It’s hard to fathom right now, but someday things will be “PEACHIE” again. Heavenly Father has a plan for families! This one is based on our LDS faith-I’d be happy to answer any questions about this if you have one!
Good and Plenty-I hope you can remember the “GOOD” memories!
Spearmint Leaves- When someone you love “LEAVES” this earth their memory becomes a treasure.
Licorice Bites-Losing a loved one “BITES” I’m sorry for your loss!
Bubble Gum-I wish I could put you in a “BUBBLE” and pop away the hurt from your heart!
I later added a few other things as well, chap stick, lotion and body wash just a few things to help her know that I care for her! If you are reading this post and wanting to let someone special know that you are thinking about them this may be just the ticket for you! Let me know how your grief gift basket turns out!
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To my friend who lost her son Michelle Tackett Richards
Marcie Cumberland says
Thank you for this idea. My nephew has only short time left and I want to do something other than flowers for his young children who have never met me. The candy idea with messages will be great with the addition of a few superhero puzzles and games I already have on hand.