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Sympathy GiftsGrief & bereavement can be an extremely stressful and debilitating emotions for most. Have you or someone you know lost a precious loved one in death? Planet Gift Baskets offers many helpful tips and resources to help you get through this difficult time. We have searched the internet for helpful information to help you or your loved one heal from this tragic experience.


Scripture Verses that Bring Comfort to Those that are Hurting

Verses taken from the ESV Bible

Nov.12, 2009

Scripture Verses can bring comfort to a heart that is hurting sometimes more than a friends words can. The Bible has brought many people throughout the ages comfort and reassurance when they have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend. When you send a sympathy card to express your condolences including any one of these verses that will help to begin to sooth their soul and ease the pain of grief.


Psalm 46: 1-2

            God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.

Psalms 57:1

            Be merciful to me, O God; be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.

Psalms 147:3

            He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 40:11

            He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 49:13b

            For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.

Matthew 5:4

            Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

John 14:27

            Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

 Hebrews 4:16

            Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 1 Peter 5:7

            Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Inspirational Sympathy Gifts That Bring Comfort & Hope
November 4th, 2009
Grief and/or bereavement is an intense emotion that cannot be explained, only felt during a tragic event. Loved ones of the bereaved no doubt, want to offer comfort and hope to those experiencing such pain. One way to show your deepest concern is with inspirational sympathy gifts. These types of gifts can come in the form of poems, scripture or religious items. Angel figurines, photo frames and keepsakes are good examples of gifts that express your love and concern for their healing and recovery. To read more on how to send the perfect inspirational sympathy gift, click here.

How To Say Thank You To Those That Offered Their Sympathy To You Or Your Family

If you have lost a loved one in death, no doubt, others have come to your aide to offer assistance, support, encouragement and comfort. Many have left their busy lives behind to be by your side during your time of need. How do you express your heartfelt thanks to them? First of all, you should never feel pressured to purchase thank you gifts or even worry about this type of gesture until you are ready. Your loved ones understand that you are in a severely stressful mental state. These kinds of gestures can be offered when you have begun to heal from your tragic loss. Depending on your circumstance and budget, you may want to consider sending gift baskets, flowers, cards or even emails to thank your support system.  E-cards are a good choice if you are short on time. E-card websites offer cards for all occasions including a sympathy thank you. You may be able to find a card that expresses your sentiments perfectly. You can then simply place all of the email addresses in the sender box and send everyone a heartfelt thank you in no time.

If someone has gone above and beyond for you during your time of need, it may be wise to send a thank you gift basketor gift. Again, they are not expecting anything from you but, no doubt, you want to show your heartfelt appreciation for their comfort and care. Many versions of thank you baskets are available from very inexpensive to elaborate. Choose a gift that fits your budget and lifestyle. There is no need to go overboard with these types of gifts.

Another good idea, would be to send a poem by email or mail. If you are short on energy or time you can simply photo copy the poem and send it through the mail. This will prevent you from having to write out each and every note card to express your thanks. Click herefor some good resources on writing sympathy thank yous.

However and whenever you wish to say thank you to all that have expressed their sympathy to you, make sure you do it on your terms. It should never be a stressful process.

Top Three Sympathy Gifts For Close Family Members


sympathy giftsto family members is a good way to show your empathy for their loss. We have chosen the top three gift baskets to send to a close family member. We have taken care to design these gifts with personal keepsakes that they can cherish and use long after the gourmet foods are gone.
  • Blessings In a Basketmakes a perfect inspirational sympathy gift. It is filled with top quality products but also contains a Little Book Of Blessings. This small gift book is designed to offer comfort and encouragement during this stressful and difficult time.
  • In Loving Memorysympathy gift contains healthy and satisfying gourmet foods for them to enjoy. A sentimental pocket coin is included wishing them joy and peace. This is a great gift to send to someone you have a close personal relationship with.
  • Healing Lavenderspa gift basket should only be sent to someone you know well. Luxurious and healing lavender products can help soothe aching muscles and sleepless nights brought on by extreme stress.
Sending a sympathy gift can be difficult. Not all sympathy gifts are created equally. Some are designed specifically for co workers and colleagues. These types of gifts may be too formal for a close family member. Whichever gift you choose, make sure it expresses your sincere sentiments for their loss. After sending a sympathy basket, follow up with a phone call or greeting card to let them know you continue to think about their well being.

Resources For The Grieving

September 20th, 2009
Dealing with grief can be a mind boggling experience. One may not know where to turn for help comfort or support. We have begun this blog to be a resource of hope and encouragement to those silently suffering from all forms of grief. Grief can come from all sorts of experiences. It can be the loss of a loved one, the loss of a pet, loss of health and much more. To fully understand the grieving process one must first identify the type of grief they are experiencing. They must know that every emotion they feel is normal and part of the healing process. Do not try to talk someone out of grief. Offering a listening ear and thoughtful embrace may be all that is needed.

Memorial Jewelry

August 31st, 2009

Losing a dear loved one in death is a tragic and emotionally devastating experience for most people. As friends and family, we want to give a meaningful sympathy gift that expresses our heartfelt sorrow for their loss. Sympathy gift basketsare a common gift in America to send to a newly bereaved person. Becoming more popular are items of meaning and sentimental value. Gifts that remind the bereaved of their loved one or your heartfelt feelings for them. Memorial jewelryis a great way to accomplish both. A keepsake pendant inscribed with a beautiful message is a wonderful way to make sure they keep their lost loved oneís memory close to their heart. Sending gifts like these offer comfort, support and encouragement long after the visitors and well wishers have returned to their normal routines.  Types of memorial jewelry include: pendants, bracelets, ash pendants or cremation jewelry and engraved jewelry pieces.

How To Show Sympathy To A Man That Is Grieving

July 27th, 2009
It is imperative that loved ones of men that have lost a loved one  know that men and women express grief differently. Women lean on family and friends and may shed many tears. Men, however do not usually grieve this way. They become quiet and may not express their grief in visible ways. You may notice him involved deeply in a project or a new venture. We may feel awkward to express our sympathy which may end of isolating him even more. Some men value their privacy during this time so how can you help him through this difficult time without bringing his emotions in the spotlight?
  • First, deal with your feelings. You may be feeling anxiety because you have never seen him act the way he is during this grief period. This will help make sure you do not pass your own feelings off as his.
  • Realize that some men may not show very much emotion. Know that your man is grieving even though it may take a form you do not recognize.
  • Offer your sympathy in a short, brief card or sympathy gift basket. Let them know you are there for him when he needs you.
  • Call or write every so often to make sure he is avoiding isolation.
Expressing sympathy to someone grieving can be difficult. Be sure to show how much you care even if it may seem awkward. Loved ones can help in the healing process by following these simple steps. You may also view a new line of sympathy gifts for men that will help you express your deepest sympathy for his loss.

How To Write A Sympathy Card

July 20th, 2009

Writing a sympathy card can be uncomfortable at times. We may not know what to say or fear we are not saying enough. A sympathy card should be brief but heartfelt. The bereaved probably do not have the strength or time to read a lengthy message. Following are a few heartfelt lines you may be able to use when drafting out your sympathy card.

Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

You are in our prayers. Know that we are thinking of you.

Iím sorry for your loss, itís never easy.

I wish there was something I could say to ease your pain, please know we are thinking of you.

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your ________.

I will be here when you need me, until then know that Iím thinking of you daily.

If you need a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen, Iím here for you.

Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Beautiful Grief Comfort Kit

July 15th, 2009


Sympathy & bereavement gifts can be hard to choose. It is not a gift celebrating a special occasion, accomplishment or opportunity. It is a gift sent during sad and painful times. Because of this, sympathy gifts should be purchased with great care. Planet Gift Baskets has developed this beautiful comfort kit to help encourage the bereaved.  Luxurious organic coconut and gardenia bath and body products surround a plush throw. You can choose to embroider a special sentiment on the blanket or leave it blank. Vie Organique spa products are made with the finest organic ingredients to soothe the mind, body and soul. If you are looking for a special sympathy gift that means the world to them, be sure to check out this wonderful comfort kit.

Bereavement Poem

July 14th, 2009

Here is a wonderful poem written by Susan Kroeker

Itís difficult to say goodbye
When love so long has lived
The days and hours and memories shared
Bring sadness home to bid

I knew this day would come
Although I tried to make it not
When one of us would part
And leave the other caught

And though we talked about those times
I really thought it would be long
But time has crept and come
And now my love your gone

Iím thankful for the days we laughed
The love we shared will not soon be forgotten
Iíll treasure every memory played
A gift from heaven now to open

IĎll think upon the happy thoughts
The smiles and laughs we shared
Iíll think of all the treasures you have left me
I know how much you cared

The joys and sorrows that made our life
A journey that can not end
Iíll keep you alive in my heart.
Until that day when I join you again

Have you read or written a poem that comforted and encouraged you? Writing poems are a wonderful way to express symapthy and/or grief during bereavement.

Words Of Comfort

July 10th, 2009

While searching the net for helpful sympathy and bereavement information, I found a great website called Words Of Condolence. It features great information about what to say when someone loses a loved one. It also expresses what NOT to say. Here is an a sample sympathy card from this resource.

ďDear (name),

I am sorry to hear about (deceased name)ís death. We are still in shock, especially that we just had the hiking trip last weekend. I remember that we were already planning for the next hiking trip, and he already had more people in mind to take to the trip. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a spouse, much more at the peak of his career. We will definitely miss him. Our colleagues are also extending their deepest sympathies to you and your family.I have inserted some of our weekend hiking photos with (deceased name). I hope his smiles will somehow bring back good memories.

You and your family will always be in my prayers.Ē

It is always a good idea to include good memories of the deceased person that you personally shared with them. This brings comfort to those grieving. For more condolence tips visit Words Of Condolence.

New Personalized Sympathy Gifts

July 7th, 2009

Tranquility Sympathy Gift Basket

Do you know someone that has lost a loved one in death recently? No doubt, you wish to send your heartfelt condolences. We have created a new personalized sympathy gift that is sure to express your empathy for the difficult time they are experiencing. The Peace & Tranquility basket is filled with rich, brand name gourmet foods that your recipient will truly enjoy. We took it a step further and included beautiful items that can be used and enjoyed after the gourmet foods are gone. A mini plaque with a heartfelt saying, beautiful metal serving set and coordinating tea towel will make this a gift that will be treasured for a long time. You can find this wonderful sympathy gift at Planet Gift Baskets.

Offer Sympathy Through A Home Cooked Meal

June 28th, 2009

Do you know someone that has lost a loved one in death recently. No doubt, they are going through a stressful and mentally challenging time. To help them cope with such pain, it is tradition to send a meal or a sympathy gift. Here is a great recipe for a quick and easy sympathy meal you can send to the family in need.  We have created this recipe to help you choose a meal that can easily be prepared for your family and packed for theirs. Click here to get the recipe for this healthy sympathy meal.

Give The Gift Of A Memorial Tree

June 17th, 2009


Losing a loved one is by far, the most difficult thing many people will face in their lives. Being there and offering your sympathy to these people can be difficult and/or awkward. Sometimes, as family and friends, we just donít know what to say or send them in their time of need. Becoming more and more popular are sympathy gifts with real meaning. Memorial trees are given and planted in memory of the loved one that has passed. As the tree grows, so does their remembrance for the person that has died. The tree may be planted at the home of the deceased, the home of a family member or at a local park or community center. Some communities have a Plant-A-Tree program available that lets you plant a tree along with others that have done the same.  In Round Rock, Texas a memorial tree program has been implemented to honor loved ones. For $150.00 the city will provide the tree as well as the care and maintenance to ensure the longevity of the planted trees. This is a good option if your family member or friend cannot care and maintain the memorial tree. It may be wise to contact your city hall to see if there is a similar program in your area. What a great way to honor a lost loved one.

Offering Sympathy To Grieving Children

June 13th, 2009

After the death of a loved one there is much grief. Adults and children respond to that grief differently. Younger children may view the death as temporary or reversible. They do not grasp the finality of death. School age children begin to view death much like adults but do not feel it can happen to them or someone they love.  Because children view death differently than adults they should never be forced to attend a funeral if they are scared to go. Let them deal with the death on their own terms such as drawing a picture, writing a letter or making a scrapbook.

Older children tend to feel grief more like adults. Let them know that their feelings are normal and that anger is natural. These types of feelings may come out in unexpected ways such as hyper activity, insomnia, nightmares and other behaviors not usual for their persona. Realize that these behaviors are grief related. Try to spend as much time as possible with the child and be there for them when they need it.

Some children may show signs of difficulty dealing with a death for an extended period of time. They may experience depression, acting younger than their age, withdrawal and mood swings. If this is the case for an extended period of time, professional help may be needed.

How To Honor Your Mom Even Though She is Gone


Celebrating Motherís Day when your mom has passed may seem like a difficult task. After all, you have spent many Motherís Days visiting, giving gifts, doing your best to show her how much she is loved. Deep down we always know that there will come a day, when she will not be will us. That is why we take such opportunities as they come to let her know how grateful we are that she took time to raise and care for us. However, that day does come. While our heart aches at what we can not do for her anymore, there are ways to bring her honor even though she is gone from our presence. She will forever live in our hearts and there are many things you can do that your late mom would find great joy in knowing she raised a child to be so thoughtful.


Many expressions of our love can be simple gestures we do in remembrance. Lighting a candle, bringing fresh flowers to her grave site, watching a video of you and your mom or even writing a thank you letter to your mom, burning it in a fireplace and saying a prayer as you think of that letter arriving in heaven. Taking part in a physical remembrance will help you to grieve the loss, while outwardly and physically doing something that would bring honor to your mom.


Another way to bring honor to your motherís memory is to use the opportunity to take out a mother whose children can not be around, or choose to not be. Adopt a mom in your motherís memory. Take her flowers, give her a motherís day card and let her know that since you can not give these things to your mom, you have chosen to honor your mom by giving to her. It is even more special if her children have passed or live far away. She will be honored to be thought of, and your own mother would be please to have such a daughter or son.


Do a random act of kindness to a stranger. You do not need to explain yourself or stay around to chat, but simply doing a simple act and letting them know it is in honor of your late mother will fill your heart with joy and will leave a huge impression upon the person you have chosen to bestow this gift on. Whether it is a bouquet of flowers given to a stranger or paying for a meal at a restaurant for a woman alone, bestowing a gift upon someone who just happens into your path will give you the ability to honor your mother even though she is not with you.

 Finding ways to remember your mother on Motherís Day need not be sad. She would want you to remember the good times, the fun times and above all to remember the love she had for you by passing it on to someone deserving in her honor.