If a friend or family member has recently experienced a loss, you want to be there to help them. Sometimes, however, distance makes it impossible to be at their side or even to attend the funeral service. If this is the case, here are five ways you can still offer help and support.
How to Help From a Distance
1. Send Funeral Flowers
It may seem like a small gesture, but sending a flower arrangement both honors the memory of the deceased and comforts your grieving loved one. You can also send other gifts and helpful items like groceries if you’re concerned about your loved one during this time.
2. Make a Donation
It is becoming more common for families to request charitable donations in place of flowers, especially if the charity benefits a cause that was important to the departed. The receiving organization will often send a notification to the family members to let them know a donation was made in their loved one’s name.
3. Rely on Technology
Instant communication is more available now than ever before. It’s not the same as being there in person, but video calls, phone calls, texts, and emails remind your loved one that you care for them. These messages also give them a chance to talk about what’s on their mind — but don’t push them to talk about their loss before they are ready.
3. Reach Out to Friends
Your loved one likely has a network of friends and family members living in their area. Contact this local support system and let them know what's happened, if you feel it’s appropriate. Ask them to help your loved one through the funeral service and the grieving process; your loved one may have a difficult time asking themselves.
5. Plan a Visit
You may not be able to make it to the memorial service, but start planning and saving to visit your loved one as soon as possible. Long after the funeral service is over, they will still need your love and support.
For help planning a meaningful funeral service in Cincinnati, OH, contact Brater-Winter Funeral Home. Since 1945, they have provided personalized and respectful cremation services, funerals, and memorial services to Hamilton County families, offering comfort in times of loss. You can reach them at (513) 941-1940 or get in touch online.