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Sympathy Gifts to Bring to a Funeral Home

March 19, 2018 • Teri Vila-Caballero

One of the biggest questions you might have running through your mind when someone you know passes on is, ‘what should you take to the family as a memorial gift?’ It’s hard to know what people want and what would honor the memory of their loved one the most. Keep in mind that any gesture at this difficult time is appreciated. The fact that you are thinking of them is precious to them, so no matter what you choose to do, it’s a nice gesture. But if you still aren’t sure in what direction to go, here are a few ideas.


This is the most common type of memorial gift that people send to a funeral home in North Miami, FL. Some send cut flowers to decorate the final service while others send a living plant that the family can take home and enjoy once their loved one’s services as complete. Consider what the family will do with the flowers or plant. If most people are from out of town, flowers might be better than a plant. If the deceased has a certain hobby, that could be incorporated into the design to make it more special. However, flowers are not the only option and sometimes, there are other routes that work better.

Monetary Memorial Gifts

Some families actually ask for monetary gifts to go to a certain charity instead of flowers as a memorial gift. Perhaps the person who passed on was active in their church or volunteered somewhere local. Giving a donation to a cause in their name is a nice way to show the family that you are thinking of them and the person they lost. If you decide to do that, it can still be hard to figure out how much to donate. Consider how close you are with the family and donate based on how much you might spend on a wedding gift for that family. If they don’t suggest a certain place for donations, you can choose based on what you know about their loved one. If they died from the effects of cancer, you might make a donation for cancer research, for example.


It can be very hard to take care of a family after the death of someone close. Grieving individuals don’t have the time or energy to cook, even with extended family. You could drop food off at the house, even if it’s something simple like sandwich meats and buns.


If you have extra time on your hands, grieving families can often use help. They might need their lawn mowed while they make funeral arrangements or they may need help taking kids to and from school. Whatever you can offer to do to specifically help is usually greatly appreciated.

If you need more ideas for memorial gifts, contact Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory for help at 305-631-0001. We’re here to help those in grief every step of the way. We’re located at 2546 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33135.

Teri Vila-Caballero

Teri Vila-Caballero

Teri Vila-Caballero is the Pre Need Director at Ferdinand Funeral Homes & Crematory. She joined the team in 2012 to fulfill her calling to serve our community.


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