Losing a family member or friend to death is one of life's most difficult and heart wrenching occurrences. Choosing meaningful sympathy gifts for someone who lost a loved one can be difficult. If you are overwhelmed and struggling to find a thoughtful condolence gift, we have created a selection of unique and lasting sympathy gift ideas.
Deciding on what to get someone who lost a loved one need not be problematic. Consider the personality and traits of the bereaved before deciding on a suitable bereavement gift. Are they gardeners, have a sentimental demeanor, nature lovers, music lovers, or do they find comfort in scriptural verses? Gifts of sympathy can be found for all personalities and a comforting gift would be one that the recipient has a connection with.
Wind Chimes -
If the deceased was a music or nature lover, the gentle sounds of the wind chimes are a reminder of that special person each time the wind blows and serves as a beautiful decorative accent as well. Wind chimes offer soothing and peaceful music and many are inscribed on the sails with verses and poems in memory of the loved one. For chimes that include a wind sail, personalization of the sail allows for special verses, names, dates, or quotes.
Garden stones are ideal gifts for the gardener or anyone that has planted a garden in memory of a loved one. Choose from several designs. Engraved stones will last a lifetime. The stones are skillfully engraved with messages of comfort and would be a fitting tribute to the deceased.
Plaques and Garden Gifts-
For the outdoor lover, consider a bird feeder, where you can reflect on the memory of a loved one while watching the birds feed. Garden items make meaningful gifts for someone who lost a loved one that enjoyed spending time outdoors and as a tribute to those who loved to garden. Options include bird feeders, markers, figures and statues. These gifts can be incorporated as part of a garden, or simply placed in a special area outside.
Photo Garden Bench-
Garden benches with inscriptions of love, encouragement, and comfort, are a wonderful addition to a garden. The decorative photo bench is made of cast stone concrete and the photo is fired onto a porcelain insert for a beautiful remembrance. Benches offer an area of tranquil meditation and reflection in the garden.
Candles and Lanterns -
Many people enjoy the comforting glow of candles. The picture lantern allows for a special 4x6 photo of a loved one. It includes an LED flameless candle with an automatic timer. "Your light will shine in our hearts...always". Candles and lanterns are designed with heartfelt messages of remembrance imprinted on them to honor the memory of loved ones. They can be lit during special holidays and events or as a nightly ritual and make unique sympathy gifts that will be treasured and can be passed down through generations.
Ornaments are unique gifts of remembrance during the holidays and a welcome addition to any Christmas tree. Remembrance of loved ones becomes a part of a family's tradition each year. The Merry Christmas From Heaven ornament is inscribed with the verse: "I love you all dearly, now don't shed a tear, I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year". Add a special touch to the bereavement gift by adding personalization. p>
For a gift that can be held close to your heart, a keepsake necklace would be a fitting condolence gift. "We think about you always, we talk about you still, you have never been forgotten, and you never will. We hold you close within our hearts and there you will remain, to walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again."
Whether it is cremation jewelry, which can hold a small portion of cremated remains of the individual, or jewelry inscribed with words of comfort, each is designed to keep the bereaved connected to their beloved. A piece of jewelry can be worn at all times and can be held close to your heart, giving the wearer a tangible way to remember their loved one.
Classic condolence gifts have always included photo frames. Picture frames offer an area for a treasured photograph of a precious moment in time, along with inspirational messages or poems to commemorate the life of a loved one."Celebrate a life so beautifully lived...and a heart so Deeply Loved."
Many people feel connected to angels and they can be a source of comfort during trying times. The remembrance angel features a sentiment card which helps relay a message of comfort. "Memories...hold each one safely in your heart." Various angels are inscribed with tender and thoughtful verses of remembrance.
Timeless sympathy gifts are memory boxes where the recipient can store cherished photos, cards, and special trinkets in the remembrance box. Add a special photo to this memory box and add any mementos you think the bereaved would appreciate. There are a multitude of styles of keepsake boxes. Many offer music, scriptural verses or messages of comfort and remembrance.
Fortunately, there are different gifts in which to commemorate the life of a loved one in real and tangible ways. Sympathy gifts can be both honoring and comforting. Flowers are often the first item that most people think of after the death of someone close to them, but flowers quickly wilt while the family's grief is still fresh. Instead, choose bereavement gifts that will provide comfort for the family and also serve as a lasting remembrance.