75 Gifts for Death in Family

Our Best 3 Picks

Flower Bouquet

Best

Flower Bouquet

Ready to display bouquet featuring alstroemeria, poms, and roses.

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Engraved Locket With Picture

Also Great

Engraved Locket With Picture

Customizable 25-millimeter handmade engraved brass locket.

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Affirmation Card Set

Good on a Budget

Affirmation Card Set

Includes 20 3.5 x 3-inch cards to offer daily support and comfort.

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Thoughtful Gifts for Death in Family

Jar Of Smiles

Jar Of Smiles

Filled with 30 letters of positivity and creativity for any occasion.

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Custom Charcoal Portrait

Custom Charcoal Portrait

A 16-inch graphite pencil charcoal portrait of a loved one.

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Wood Memory Box

Wood Memory Box

Gift someone this cherished rustic pine wood, felt and stain box.

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Memorial Flower Vase

Memorial Flower Vase

A 6.25-inch vase with a decal of botanic artwork and gold accents.

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Angel Candle Holder

Angel Candle Holder

A polished resin statue with an LED candle and a condolence card.

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Memorial Wind Chime

Memorial Wind Chime

Includes a 2-sided engraving and chime lengths of 36 inches.

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Flower Bouquet

Flower Bouquet

Ready to display bouquet featuring alstroemeria, poms, and roses.

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Custom Handwriting Bracelet

Custom Handwriting Bracelet

A signature bracelet, available in rose gold, silver, or gold.

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Personalized Family Memorial Print

Personalized Family Memorial Print

Design your print using particular details about your loved one.

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Affirmation Card Set

Affirmation Card Set

Includes 20 3.5 x 3-inch cards to offer daily support and comfort.

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Succulent Filled Cross Arrangement

Succulent Filled Cross Arrangement

Features a 13 by 9-inch frame and custom color succulents.

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Memorial Star Map

Memorial Star Map

This maps the stars on the date, time and location they passed.

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Worry Stone Photo Necklace

Worry Stone Photo Necklace

18k gold or silver plated nickel-free pewter with resin photo.

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Hand Carved Stone Reminder

Hand Carved Stone Reminder

The 4 hearts represent the passing seasons, just as loved ones pass.

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Marbling Ceramic Pot

Marbling Ceramic Pot

3.35-inch contemporary ceramic planters with 2.5-inch caliber.

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Pet Memory Flower Garden Kit

Pet Memory Flower Garden Kit

This tribute includes tools, premixed soil, and wildflower seeds.

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Sympathy Heart Candle

Sympathy Heart Candle

An engraved ceramic glazed holder made from earthenware clay.

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Feather Memorial Gift

Feather Memorial Gift

This beautiful gift with text is fired in a kiln and then glazed.

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Remembrance Casting Heart

Remembrance Casting Heart

Includes a casting heart, pencil, canvas bag, and water-soluble paper.

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I’ll Be There Necklace

I’ll Be There Necklace

A 22k gold-plated brass or sterling silver pendant with a message.

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Meditation Box

Meditation Box

A box filled with fine grains of sand to do meditation drawing with.

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Forget-Me-Not Necklace

Forget-Me-Not Necklace

Contains a real forget-me-not in a resin hexagon frame with a tag.

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Forget-Me-Not Sympathy Card

Forget-Me-Not Sympathy Card

An intricate A6 card printed on high-quality FSC-certified card.

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In Memory Gift

In Memory Gift

A 4 by 5 inch ceramic glazed clay tray with an inscription.

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Wooden Remember Me Board

Wooden Remember Me Board

A decorative laser-etched board measuring 11¾"x 6"x 1/8".

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Hummingbird Memorial Ornament

Hummingbird Memorial Ornament

A 30-inch rustic metal hummingbird including a chime and wooden tag.

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Food Gifts for Death in Family

Fruit And Gourmet Gift Basket

Fruit And Gourmet Gift Basket

Includes fruits and snacks like smoky garlic cheese dip and crackers.

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Sympathy Ice Cream Gift Box

Sympathy Ice Cream Gift Box

Includes an 8-pack of premium handcrafted ice cream, packed by hand.

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Heartfelt Sympathy Tower

Heartfelt Sympathy Tower

Family-sized basket with fruit jellies, cakes, cookies, and fudge.

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Classic Gift Basket

Classic Gift Basket

A handcrafted basket of nuts, caramels, truffles, popcorn, and wafers.

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Sympathy Gift Basket

Sympathy Gift Basket

Includes a signature cotton tote plus spreads and jams.

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Bereavement Box

Bereavement Box

A delicate mix of fruit and yogurt-covered pretzels.

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E-Gift Card

E-Gift Card

Give them the gift of choice of hundreds of Goldbelly food products.

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Chocolate Gift Box

Chocolate Gift Box

Kosher selection featuring hazelnuts, tree nuts, and peanuts.

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Italian Dinner Basket

Italian Dinner Basket

Gourmet gift for 2 including homemade spices and sauce blends.

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Chocolate Caramel and Crunch Gift Basket

Chocolate Caramel and Crunch Gift Basket

Contains milk and dark chocolate caramel corns and various treats.

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Goldbelly Babka Bread

Goldbelly Babka Bread

A delectable 3-pack, delivered on the same day they’re baked.

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Comforting Gifts for Death in Family

Personalized Love Letter Blanket

Personalized Love Letter Blanket

Write your own letter using the handwritten font.

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Sympathy Gift Box

Sympathy Gift Box

Includes a leather journal, campfire mug, succulent, and a note.

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Notes on Grief

Notes on Grief

A personal account of the author’s loss of her father.

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Celebration of Life Photobook

Celebration of Life Photobook

Comes in multiple sizes as well as soft cover and hard cover.

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Gift Box

Gift Box

A spa gift set including candles, body butter, sugar scrub, and more.

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The Grief Companion

The Grief Companion

An illustrated deck of cards providing guidance and support.

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Handwriting Necklace

Handwriting Necklace

18-inch custom necklace available in silver, gold, or rose gold.

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Engraved Locket With Picture

Engraved Locket With Picture

Customizable 25-millimeter handmade engraved brass locket.

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It’s OK That You’re Not OK

It’s OK That You’re Not OK

A book that offers a profound new approach to modern grief.

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Memorial Lantern

Memorial Lantern

10 x 4.75 x 4.75 black metal lantern with built-in 3" LED candle.

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Lavender Scented Memorial Candle

Lavender Scented Memorial Candle

Nestled in amber glass, it burns for up to 50 hours.

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Your Loved One Gift Tree

Your Loved One Gift Tree

Includes packed evergreen seedlings, a tag, and care instructions.

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Nurture By Nature Pamper Box

Nurture By Nature Pamper Box

Contains lavender pillow mist, bath salts, soap, candles, and scrub.

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The Year of Magical Thinking

The Year of Magical Thinking

A New York Times bestselling portrait of loss and marriage.

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A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Grieving Children

A book that offers guidance on every aspect of childhood loss.

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Handwritten Keepsake Sign

Handwritten Keepsake Sign

A custom bamboo keepsake copied identically from any handwritten note.

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Soothing Stone

Soothing Stone

A polybagged 1.5-inch solid metal stone to center you in dark times.

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Mental Health Care Package

Mental Health Care Package

Contains paraben-free products like scrubs, body butter, and soap.

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Sympathy Gift Blanket

Sympathy Gift Blanket

250 GSM lightweight micro-fleece blanket to comfort your loved one.

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Bereavement Tower

Bereavement Tower

A 3D crystal tower, laser engraved with your favorite photo.

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Double Photo Lamp

Double Photo Lamp

A 6-inch lithophane lantern with up to 6 different photos.

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In Loving Memory Keychain

In Loving Memory Keychain

A 2-inch aluminum keychain with text and photo to commemorate them.

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Comfort Bowl

Comfort Bowl

Contains inscribed pebbles and crystals to help with healing.

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Pocket Bear Hug

Pocket Bear Hug

A handmade item with a personalized printed message on a card.

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Angel Globe

Angel Globe

Available in 3 sizes with custom wording, hearts, and skin tones.

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Crystal Grief and Loss Pack

Crystal Grief and Loss Pack

Includes Lepidolite, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, and moonstone.

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Kintsugi Ceremony Bereavement Kit

Kintsugi Ceremony Bereavement Kit

Includes ceramic bowl, brushes, gold dust, glue set, and rose quartz.

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Gifts For Kids Going Through a Death in Family

The Invisible String

The Invisible String

A bestselling picture book about the connections between loved ones.

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Piggy Bank

Piggy Bank

Decide if you want one on a stand or hanging.

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Coloring Book

Coloring Book

An activity book on grief for ages 5-11, plus journal pages.

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Memory Bear

Memory Bear

Use a loved one’s clothing to quilt this beautiful memory bear.

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Remembrance Journal

Remembrance Journal

A handbook to document treasured memories of a loved one passed.

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Memorial Picture Hanging Board

Memorial Picture Hanging Board

A handmade string art gift measuring 15.7 x 5.9 inches.

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Crystals of Serenity Necklace

Crystals of Serenity Necklace

Give them peace of mind with rose quartz, opalite and calcite.

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Snack Box

Snack Box

An allergy-free gourmet set featuring 20 snack products.

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Personalized Paint Set

Personalized Paint Set

A customized floral-themed set with crayons, paint and stationery.

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Sympathy Box For Kids

Sympathy Box For Kids

Includes a grief guidebook, wind chime, journal and forget-me-nots.

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The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

Follows Freddie and his companions as the leaves change each season.

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There are very few things in life as difficult as losing a loved one to the cold hands of death. The grieving period that follows is equally as difficult and devastating. Everyone experiences grief differently, and various people experience grief over varying lengths of time. One thing is for sure: the right gift can offer some solace. Apart from being physically supportive, sending gifts can offer anyone going through a loss sympathy, hope, and inspiration. We’ve put together a collection of thoughtful and comforting gifts for a death in the family that help express to the bereaved that they are not alone and you’re thinking of them. Additionally, here are some helpful things to bear in mind when selecting a gift.

Choosing the best gifts for death in the family

Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of the most painful experiences in life. Whether the death was sudden or due to a lingering illness, the depth of devastation remains the same. Gifts of condolences are a meaningful way to lend your support and let the family know you’re there for them in their time of mourning. 

While your time, presence, and a shoulder to cry on are some of the most comforting things you can offer, ask yourself what else the family may need most. Tasks like cooking and shopping for necessities are often deprioritized when a family is grieving, which is why food baskets and meal deliveries are thoughtful options that will make things a little bit easier for them. However, if the family is desperate for meaningful reminders of their loved one, personalized items are more suitable gift options.

How we identified the best gifts for death in the family

When considering which gifts would best convey one’s deepest condolences, love, and support, we tried to balance practical and useful gifts with ones that will provide comfort, or that are personalized and, thus, a bit more meaningful. 

Everyone grieves differently. Some people don’t have the energy to carry out even the simplest daily tasks. We included gifts like food and fruit baskets, as well as fresh meal deliveries, which can help to lessen the burden. There are those who busy themselves to the extent that they forget about their own emotional well-being. For this reason, we selected items that offer ways to navigate grief and remind them that they shouldn’t neglect their pain. 

And then there are some who long for reminders of their loved ones, it’s their way of keeping them and their memory close. We took this into account and selected a number of special items that you can have personalized and that will serve as meaningful tributes. 

Tips for buying the best gifts for death in the family

  1. Consider the family’s unique needs
    The way to choose the best gift is to ask yourself which aspect the family is struggling with most. They may simply need some form of help with everyday life, they might benefit the most from gifts that provide emotional strength, or they could simply want poignant reminders of their loved ones.
  2. Take any religious or cultural affiliations into account
    Some religions and cultures view death differently. If the family is deeply religious or firmly rooted in their cultural traditions, it’s important to bear their practices in mind. This will help you to select a gift that’s both appropriate and meaningful.
  3. Let it come from the heart
    It can be pressurizing to find a gift that properly expresses your deepest condolences. While you want to truly convey your sympathy, remember that a sincere gift that comes from your heart is often best.

 

FAQs

What gift is appropriate for someone who has lost a loved one?

This depends on how close you are to the person. For immediate family, wreaths, crosses, and flowers are always good ideas. Large traditional pieces are also a good way to go. For distant relatives or friends, this can be a little tricker, but a safe bet is also flowers and cards and sometimes a homecooked meal, as during the grieving process it can be difficult to take care of oneself.

What gifts can I give to someone who is grieving?

Chocolates, fruits, nuts, and flowers are all good gifts for someone who has recently suffered a loss.

How do you help someone who has lost a loved one?

Many times the simplest answer is just a hug or words of condolences. Offer support or offer to take care of tasks that the person might not be able to do right now. It is important to let them know you are there for them.