From Flowers to Donations: A Guide to Expressing Condolences

Funeral Home Hayward

After someone passes away, offering condolences to the family provides them with comfort and reminds them that they are not alone. There is no single right way to express condolences. Sometimes, families specify ways they would like their loved one to be memorialized in the obituary, but the way you choose to share your condolences can depend on a number of factors, from your relationship to the family and the deceased to your budget. Here are some of the things you can do to share your condolences and offer support to a family coping with funeral planning and mourning.

Send Flowers
Flowers are the most traditional way to offer condolences. The flowers are sometimes sent to the funeral home, in which case they may be displayed during the viewing or funeral services. In other instances, they are sent directly to the home of the family. Sending flowers to the home is more personal and is usually done only by people who are close to the family. If you are considering sending flowers, be sure to consider the religious customs of the family, as some faiths do not associate flowers with funerals. Check the obituary or call the funeral home to ensure that the family is accepting flowers.

Send a Donation
In some cases, families ask that, in lieu of flowers, people donate the money they would have spent to a particular charity. You can still make a donation as a tribute to someone even if the family hasn’t specifically requested it. Be sure to choose a group that aligns with the deceased’s persons interests and beliefs and that does not have any potential to be controversial to anyone in the family.

Send a Personal Touch
A simple card with a handwritten note can also be a meaningful gesture to families who are grieving. Share a story about the person who has passed or just focus on offering your support. A phone call can also be a welcome, personal way to share your condolences.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward is focused on making funeral planning as smooth and easy as possible for families in their times of need. For assistance in planning a funeral at Hayward, call (510) 400-4442.

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