When Grandpa Dies – 4 Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts : One Thing

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A comfort candle sympathy gift, for when Grandpa dies.

One of the most thoughtful sympathy gifts when Grandpa dies is a comfort candle. The one pictured has a beautiful saying about family and memories to treasure.

It doesn’t matter how long he lived: it’s hard to say good-bye when Grandpa dies. Most of these sympathy gifts cost nothing but time. Here’s another beautiful sympathy gift, which I found on a website about cremation urns:

“Last Father’s Day, as always, my mother and I went to Grandpa’s grave and put flowers on his headstone,” writes a fellow in Remembering Grandpa. “When we got up to the gravesite, my mom surprised me with a gift. She had a beautiful cremation urn made for me from bamboo that had a photo in the center of it of Grandpa and me. It was the best gift I ever received. Inside, there were Grandpa’s war metals, photos of his restaurant with him in the kitchen, a Pavarotti CD and Grandpa’s medical ID bracelet. Now, I don’t have to worry about forgetting Grandpa or not saying goodbye because I will always have him with me.”

Here are a few more sympathy gift ideas for grandpa’s death…

When Grandpa Dies – 4 Thoughtful Sympathy Gifts

At the end of these sympathy gifts, I offer lists of ways to help when Grandpa dies. Comfort candles and bamboo urns are wonderful, but practical gifts of time are also welcome!

1. Send an invitation for an “in memory of Grandpa” coffee date. When my friend’s dad died, a mutual friend invited her out for coffee. The sole purpose was to talk about her dad, to share all the best and worst memories. People need to talk about the grandparents they lost – it makes them feel better, not worse. “[Grandpa’s] name is like music to the ears of those left behind,” says ArtLady. “They need to talk about them to be able to move on. Just think of the hurting families and not yourself or your discomfort in dealing with death. It can make all the difference in the world to someone who is grieving their grandfather’s death.”

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Comfort Candles- Sympathy Gift for Grandmas

2. Send birthday cards – yes, even for Grandpas who died. “When someone you know loses a loved one, the grief process goes on for quite some time,” says ArtLady on Sympathy Gift Ideas. “Remember their loved one’s birthday by sending them a card. Send small gifts on special occasions, like Father’s Day, Christmas, Easter, etc. Just simply giving them a candle in a container to burn for Grandpa at Christmas means a great deal.”

Different comfort candles have different sayings, such as “In Memory of a Life Well Lived.” That’s a great sentiment for when Grandpa dies, isn’t it?

ArtLady says many people have a lot of support from loved ones immediately after Grandpa’s death, but they suffer alone in the following months. This is another sympathy gift that costs nothing but your time.

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Garden Chime for Grandpa’s Garden

3. Create a keepsake to remember Grandpa after he dies. “Find the obituary in the local newspaper and have it laminated. You can cut it into a bookmark for a book her dad like to read, or perhaps the family Bible. You might also gather a few of her dad’s things from family members, such as small items for a ‘shadow box.’ I did this for my brother when our grandparents died. I had quilt pieces that my grandma made, my grandfather’s pipe and a can of Prince Albert along with his matches that he loved so dearly. We both cried but it made a great reminder that the little things mean so much!”~ Connie A on Sympathy Gift Ideas.

Another sympathy gift for when Grandpa dies is a Remembrance Garden Chime – especially if he was a gardener.

4. Offer a sympathy gift basket. I’m a big fan of sympathy gift baskets, such as the With Sincere Sympathy Condolence Gift Basket, because they won’t go bad, don’t require freezer space, and can even be regifted. Gift baskets are versatile and thoughtful – and you can easily make one yourself. A homemade sympathy gift basket allows you to include more personal items that you know the family member enjoys.

When Grandpa Dies – Practical Ways to Help

First, here’s a wonderful list of things to do when someone dies from wendysioux on Sympathy Gift Ideas. You may not be involved in the funeral planning, but each of these things on the list need to be done…and when Grandpa dies someone has to do them.

The best sympathy gift you could give someone who lost Grandpa is to take on some of these chores yourself. They don’t cost much money, and they can make all the difference in the world.

“A friend of mine compiled a list of things to do when a friend or loved one has a death in the family. She had just lost her mom and wrote this up a week after the funeral. She was in her 40s and had children of all ages at home. I printed it out and keep it on hand now so I have more of an idea of what I can do.

The First Day of Grandpa’s Death

  • Make phone calls
  • Stay and visit
  • Run kitchen at meal times
  • See if the supply on paper products is low – kleenex, TP, paper plates, etc.
  • Take clothes to cleaners

The Second Day

  • Stay and visit
  • Run kitchen at meal times
  • Pick up clothes from cleaners
  • Breakfast food
  • Offer to help pick out flowers
  • Change bedding for out of town overnight guests
  • Wash cars
  • Bring pictures and anecdotes to share
  • Food for noon and supper meals
  • Take children out on errands such as shopping for funeral clothing or haircuts

Day of Viewing

  • Stay and visit
  • Meals
  • Stay overnight
  • Take food to funeral home lounge

Day of Grandpa’s Funeral

  • Organize dinner
  • Donate dinner items (food or table decorations) and volunteer to serve if needed
  • Stay overnight

First Two Days After Funeral

  • Buy stamps for thank you notes
  • Phone or visit
  • Make a lunch or supper date
  • Take them out to coffee

A thoughtful, meaningful sympathy gift for after Grandpa dies could involve addressing thank you cards and buying stamps.

Food is another huge chore during the funeral preparation and planning; preparing meals is a practical way to show support and love after someone passes on.

Don’t forget that Grandma has lost the man she’s loved and been married to for years. You may find gift ideas for her in Thoughtful Gifts for Someone Going Through a Breakup.

I welcome your thoughts on these sympathy gifts for when Grandpa dies – especially if you’ve experienced the comfort candles.

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