Someone you know has suffered a loss. Normally, you would perhaps go to the funeral home in Charleston, IL and support the family members with your presence and a few kind words. However, today, people are limited in their gathering. You are not even supposed to leave your house unless absolutely necessary. But you still want to do what you can to let your friend know you are thinking of them in this hard time. Here are a few ideas to help you reach out.
Send A Gift Card
While you may not want to send flowers, which is the most standard gift, you could send a sympathy card along with a gift card. Your friend might not feel up to cooking much so send them a gift card to somewhere that does takeout. They can drive up the curb, get the food they want, and head home. This helps the businesses in your area get through this time, but it can also help your friend in a personal way.
Even if you can’t be at the funeral in person, you can still call your friend regularly and check in on how they are doing. Before the funeral happens, ask them how the plans are coming and if there’s anything you can do remotely to help. After the funeral, keep in touch with them and give them a listening ear in case they want to vent their emotions to someone.
Remember Their Loved One
Once someone has a final service, they are gone from this world, but not from your friend’s life and memory. Remember their loved one in special ways. You can send a card to your friend on their loved one’s birthday, commemorating the day. Send another sympathy card on the anniversary of their death. The fact that you remember their loved one and those special dates will be very touching to your friend.
Cover Some Expenses
Funerals can be very expensive, even if not that many people can attend them. If you want to help your friend monetarily, you can send a check for them to use for part of the services. If they don’t need that kind of help, they can donate the money to a charity that their loved one held near and dear. Perhaps they will donate money to a group of people making masks for nurses or maybe they will donate to a food bank during this troubled time.
It’s an especially hard time to have to deal with funeral homes in Charleston, IL right now with the world in a very strange place. But even if you can’t attend services for your friend in support of the death of their loved one, you can still stand behind them from afar—at a safe distance. Contact the professionals at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd for more ideas as to what you can do to aid your friend in their grief when you can’t be there to hug them.
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