Ways to Express my Sympathy
While there is no substitute for a personal visit, there are many other ways to express your sympathy.
E-mail is appropriate from those who are not intimate with the family such as business associate or a former neighbor. The family will appreciate your message of concern.
Flowers can be a great comfort to the family and may be sent to the funeral home or to the residence. Some people prefer to send flowers to the residence afterwards. If the family suggests donations be made in lieu of flowers, you should honor that request. Our local florist, Goold's Nurseries, does a lovely job with sympathy flowers. You can contact them by phone at: 506-432-1010 or visit their website: www.gooldsflowers.com
Memorial Tribute Gifts
If you would like to offer a token of sympathy that will last forever, may we suggest a tribute gift. With Sympathy Gifts & Keepsakes offers meaningful keepsakes to remember and honor your loved one and help you find the right way to express your feelings to someone who is grieving.
Send a Meal
Food is always a welcome show of support. It helps take the pressure off when there are several visitors in the house who need to be fed. During the days immediately following the death, substantial dishes that require little preparation other than reheating are appropriate. You may choose to have food delivered from a local restaurant rather than delivering it yourself. May we suggest the following locations:
Adair's Wilderness Lodge
Mama George's Restaurant & Takeout Ltd.
Timberland Motel & Restaurant
If the deceased was Catholic some people will send a mass card instead or in addition to flowers. Catholics and non-Catholics may arrange for a mass to be said for the deceased. It is also appropriate to arrange a mass on the anniversary of the death.
A donation made to a Charitable Organization as a memorial gift is always appropriate, especially when the family has requested it. Usually, the family will suggest a specific organization or charity. It is acceptable to mention your gift in a sympathy note without mentioning the amount of the gift. To make an online donation, please click here.
If you live out-of-town you should telephone as soon as possible to offer your sympathy. Keep the call brief, since others will probably be trying to call as well.