It’s hard to know what to do when someone’s grieving. No matter how universal the feelings of loss may be, we know that we can never really know how someone is feeling. I think that’s why cards and gifts around death became known as “sympathy gifts”. While we can never completely know what someone’s feeling, our hearts ache for their loss when someone dies. We know that, on some level, nothing will ever be the same for them. It’s like the thread to someone has been cut, and it’s just flying in the wind, not tied to anyone or anything any more. Sympathy gifts and sympathy baskets are tokens of love. They remind us that our threads are still tied to one another. That we’re not single threads leading from one person to another person, but instead, we’re a blanket built over a lifetime, with golden threads that weave in and out, through friends and relatives and loves and memories.
Sympathy means so much more than, “I’m sorry.” It means we’re connected, because once you have lost a loved one things are never truly the same and we now share that unspoken bond. THAT is something uniquely beautiful and deeply, humanly personal.
At Healing Baskets, we’re very blessed to carry that sympathy message any time you need to send it to a friend, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, a miscarriage, or whenever you need to say, I’m still here, and you’re still tied to me. Our Sympathy gifts and sympathy baskets can be customized to share any message that feels appropriate to you.
To your peace and joy, Caroline Cheshire
Founder of Healing Baskets, Inc.
PS: To see some of the Sympathy Baskets referenced in this article, go to: http://www.healingbaskets.com/sympathy-gifts.htm