7 foods to take a friend after a death in the family
- A tray of cut up vegetables and fruit. Do the work and cut up fresh produce for quick eating. If the vegetables and fruit are ready to eat, your friend might just get some healthy food in during the days between the death and the funeral.
- Bagels and cream cheese. Fresh bagels and cream cheese are a quick breakfast or snack for both adults and kids.
- Coffee and creamer. Find out what type of coffee maker they have and buy a few bags of good coffee (or single-use coffee cups, if that’s what they use) as well as a regular creamer and one flavored creamer. With extra guests dropping in, coffee will go quickly.
- Homemade fillings for sandwiches. Some people make a cold cut tray, but it’s easier to control the quality of ingredients if you make something homemade like chicken salad, egg salad or Sloppy Joe meat. Provide some sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and bread or rolls, too.
- Soup or stew. In colder months, these can be reheated easily and are quite nutritious. Add a good loaf of crusty bread with it.
- A complete dinner. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a recipe for a chicken dish with ideas for sides to take to someone who has just had a baby. That Spiced Baked Chicken dinner would also work in this situation.
- A sweet treat. Bake a cake, make a plate of brownies, or break out the chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s good to provide food for easy, nutritious meals, but a little something sweet can be comforting at this time.
- Try to take food on plates and containers that you won’t need back.
- Unless you’re sincerely invited in when you drop the food off, it’s best not to even go through the front door. You’ll be able to tell the difference between an invitation that’s being offered simply to be polite and a sincere request for your company.
- Understand that the food you’re bringing is a gift and don’t expect anything in return — even a thank-you note. Yes, many people will write thank-you notes for your kindness in the weeks following the funeral, but when people are going through grief, sometimes things get overlooked.
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