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What Can I Give as a Condolence Gift? Here Are Some Creative Gifts, Beyond The Ordinary

By Jill S. Cohen, NYC family grief counselor

A while back, a writer from the New York Magazine “Strategist” column asked to interview me on a second grief-related topic. The first one, a couple of months ago, was about deciding whether or not to have children attend a funeral.

This topic was condolence gifts”. When the interviewer first told me the topic, all I could envision was the many Jewish “shiva” visits that I have been to, in which there is a table overloaded with cakes, cookies, candies, and maybe a few pieces of fruit. Usually, it does not all get eaten. Much of it is wasted, or given away, or thrown away.


So, I took the opportunity to recommend the kind of things that I’d rather give or receive as condolence gifts, that are perhaps more personal, more long-lasting, or more useful.


Wonderful condolence gifts such as:

  1. A cozy blanket

  2. A silver photo frame

  3. Magnolia Ann Memorial Tree from The Magnolia Company

(Note: “Meal Trains,” in which a different family provides dinner for the grieving family each night for a specified period of weeks or months following a death… ARE SO HELPFUL. That kind of food gift is usually a welcome one as the days pass following the death.)

To read my ideas and those of others in the field of grief, click here to read the article.

For more information about grief and grief counseling, visit www.jillgriefcounselor.com.


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