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Nothing es más reconfortante than being by someone’s side when they’ve lost someone they love. But a gift can be a deeply meaningful way to show someone you’re thinking of and praying for their family, and to pay your respects to the deceased.
Flowers are a traditional funeral gift in many cultures and are commonly sent to the bereaved in Mexican traditions as well. Flowers may be sent to the church where the funeral and novenas will be held, sent to the wake ahead of time, or sent to the family through the deceased’s obituary page.
If you’re attending the velorio, instead of flowers, consider bringing a dish or refreshments for people to share. It can be difficult to cook when grieving, and bringing homemade, ready-to-eat food can be extremely helpful. Traditional foods include coffee, sweet breads, or tamales. If you don’t have much time to cook yourself, a basket of snacks, teas, chocolate, or cookies is also very thoughtful. Food is comforting and brings people together for all of life’s milestones.
Many families prefer donations in their loved one’s name to a charity of the family’s choice, or to their church. Families oftentimes welcome the gift of money inside a sympathy card to help with the cost of the funeral and burial services. Prayer cards are thoughtful gestures and can be obtained at the parish where the family are members (a donation is encouraged), where you may request a prayer be said at mass for the deceased. Fill out the card with the time and date of the mass and send or give it to the bereaved.
As members of Denver’s Hispanic communities, we feel a deep responsibility to help its families through some of their most difficult days. We are here for you and your loved ones, and our staff is available to answer any questions you may have. Llámanos al (303) 996-0701.