It can be difficult to have a close friend experience a death in the family, and because of distance and timing, you won’t be able to attend an upcoming memorial service. However, you still want to support your loved one in their time of need. There are still meaningful ways to show you care, even if you can’t make it to the funeral home. Below, learn how to show your support for a loved one during this difficult time.
How to Be There for a Loved One
1. Take Time Off Work to Visit
Make an effort to see your friend if you can, even if you can’t visit until a few days or weeks have passed since the memorial service. Taking time off shows that you want to be there for them, even if it’s just for one day. Offer to stay at a nearby hotel if they aren’t ready to host people yet.
2. Send Sympathy Flowers
Flowers are a simple yet touching way to show that you care. You can send the flowers to the funeral home so that they’re part of the memorial service, or send them directly to your friend’s home. Include a thoughtful note if you have the option. A simple and heartfelt message can go a long way in giving your friend an extra reminder that you’re there for them, even if you aren’t physically present.
3. Call or Video Chat
It’s easier than ever to connect with loved ones, even if you live far away. Set up a time to call or video chat with your friend. They might not be able to connect until the memorial service and funeral planning has passed, but when you do chat, give them space to talk, vent, and reminisce about their departed loved one.
4. Make a Donation in the Deceased’s Name
If your friend has set up a charity in honor of their departed loved one, donating is a special way to show your support. This information is usually included with the obituary or memorial service details, or you can call the funeral home directly to ask.
5. Send Sympathy Meals
In the rush of memorial service planning, hosting friends and family, and making final arrangements, your friend may not have time to prepare a meal at home. Call local meal delivery services and order food delivery for your friend. They’ll appreciate the gesture and the comfort of a home-cooked meal.
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