Show Your Support with these Eight Creative Care Packages for the Bereaved

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For those who are grieving, sympathy care packages can mean a great deal.

They do not have to be large, luxurious, or expensive. When it comes to care packages for the bereaved, it’s truly the thought that counts.


Please read on for eight ingenious ways that you can assemble a heartfelt condolence gift that is sure to be long-remembered and appreciated.


Grocery items

When someone has suffered a loss, the last thing they want to worry about is grocery shopping and dinner preparations. By including some easy-to-make food items and snacks in your care package, you can spare the bereaved from the added stress of meal planning and cooking. If you know their food preferences, create a customized care package that suits their tastes. If you aren’t sure what they like, opt for simple, conventional items that almost everyone can use. Good non-perishable choices include canned soup, tuna fish, cereal, nuts, peanut butter, granola bars, coffee, oatmeal, pasta, and tomato sauce. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a smart choice. If you know they have room in the fridge or freezer, consider adding a loaf of bread, lunchmeat, cheese, eggs, milk, juice, and some frozen entrees. 



Your grief-stricken friend may not be up to making a trip to the drug store for grooming necessities like toiletries and cosmetics. Adding these useful items to your care package can be very helpful. You may want to include shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, a toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, tissues, hand soap, hand sanitizer, and razors. 


Remembrance gifts

For something more personal, create a poignant care package that includes special keepsakes for the bereaved. Some thoughtful memorial gift ideas include remembrance candles, journals, a photo album or scrapbook to preserve special memories, and/or a picture frame for displaying a favorite photo of the departed.


Organizational items

There’s a lot of paperwork required when someone passes away. Your friend might be in need of administrative things like files for the paperwork, desk organizers, notebooks, pens, and such. Many people find the process daunting, so if you have time and are good at organizing, offer to assist with set up.


Prepared meals

Homemade meals are hard to come by in the initial days of grief and funeral preparations. Heat-and-eat options like frozen lasagna or packaged store-made dinners, along with necessities such as paper plates, disposable cutlery, napkins, beverages, and dessert make it easy for the bereaved to enjoy a hearty meal together. 


Baked goods

Comforting treats are especially welcome when the world seems challenging. Buy or make a basket of indulgent delicacies for your friend to enjoy. Pastries, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies are all good choices. Add in some special teas or flavored coffees to accompany the bakery assortment.


Child-focused gifts

Amid all the chaos that comes with the loss of a loved one, children can get left out. Keep them in your heart and mind with a special care package. You should consider age-appropriate items, but good choices might include things like craft kits, coloring books, and crayons, comforting stuffed animals, puzzles, games, and toys to keep them occupied.  


Meal delivery

Food delivery services are widely available and the options and price points are endless. For example, you can choose from vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, keto, and many others. Whether you want to order a subscription or just a couple of meals, there’s a delivery service out there to meet your needs. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that your bereaved friend has plenty of fresh, tasty food at their disposal.


A care package can mean the world to those who are going through a significant loss. If you need more sympathy package ideas or wish to make funeral arrangements, our caring professionals are here to assist you. Please contact us anytime. 


About Evan W. Smith Funeral Services: Since 2009, residents of Wilmington, Dover, and the surrounding Delaware community have relied on the caring staff at Evan W. Smith Funeral Services to help them through their darkest hours. Family-owned and operated, the company offers an array of elite funeral care services, including traditional funerals, cremations, memorials, pre-planning, and more. With decades of experience in caring for families from all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life, Evan W. Smith Funeral Services is committed to creating memorable, uplifting experiences that always exceed expectations. For more information, please visit

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