Forever In Our Hearts: 9 Special Sympathy Gifts

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Saying goodbye to a loved one is a difficult thing to do, that’s one thing we can all agree on. Luckily, sympathy gifts can comfort those around you and offer a little kindness.

A little kindness during a period of grief will not make the pain go away, but it may make your loved ones feel a little less alone.

We’ve pulled together 11 special sympathy gift ideas to show respect to the loved one that has been lost. These gifts will honour your fallen angel and ensure they remain forever in your heart.

1. Angel Wing Bracelet

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This gift is an ideal sympathy gift idea for a woman who’s lost a beautiful angel – perhaps a sister, a mother, a friend or even a daughter. Jewellery is one of those precious keepsakes that often becomes a gentle reminder of the love we’ve lost no matter where we are or whatever we’re doing. This personalised sterling silver angel wing bracelet features a Swarovski birthstone crystal charm, initial, tiny heart and angel wing.

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2. Seashell Necklace

Jewellery is a thoughtful sympathy gift as it can be worn every day. A seashell necklace is a reminder that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind. This is such a a beautiful symbol that your loved ones will be sure to appreciate.

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3. Memorial Photo Collage

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There are few sympathy gifts that keep on giving each and every day. But photo gifts do just that, which is why we created our memorial themed collage featuring a few thoughtful words and three frames for some photos – which so often speak a thousand words.

There are so many who will dearly appreciate this gift from little ones to adults, memories to be treasured as those we love – and have lost – walk beside us every day.

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4. Sweet Little Sign

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If the loved one who has passed was a bit cool and edgy, this is a bereavement sign they will have approved of. It’s important, when choosing a gift, that we don’t completely forget the personality of the loved one lost. This black and white wooden bereavement sign is full of groove and full of heart.

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5. Basket Of Necessities

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The weeks after a loved one passes can be some of the longest and loneliest weeks of our lives. This gift is ideal for someone who has lost their partner or a close family member they lived with. When grieving, sometimes the most basic things – like grocery shopping – can seem like an alien task.

A sympathy gift basket of groceries or a food package full of necessities will go a long way to providing support and comfort during a tough phase. Healthy homemade frozen foods work a treat, so don’t be shy about that traditional, age-old delivery of pasta or pie.

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6. Memorial Wind Chimes

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Imagine remembering a loved one every time the breeze blows. These wind chimes are a wonderful way to memorialise through sound and sight, with delicate chimes and a heartfelt poem. Designed with angel wings, teardrops and jewels, it’s a gift that will honour the wind beneath their wings.

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7. Memory Tree

It’s something many mourners have done – plant seedlings in remembrance of a loved one and watch it grow into a big tree as the years progress. It’s a wonderful tribute.

This sympathy gift is simple; just find a beautiful plant that is suited to the recipient’s climate. It should be something that’s fairly easy to take care of. After all, you don’t want it to die within the first few weeks!

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8. Charm Bottle

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What a precious remembrance trinket. This elegant bottle with a Tibetan charm and cork is handmade with tremendous care. The single white feather – ethically sourced – is a reminder that an angel has visited and will remain close forever. It’s a symbol that the person experiencing loss is receiving protection from above.

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9. Charity Donation

Sometimes the best sympathy gifts are utterly selfless. A charity donation is becoming an increasingly popular request, particularly from those who have had the opportunity to plan their own funeral arrangements.

Instead of giving your loved ones another bunch of flowers, a charity donation is a beautiful token. It’s even more meaningful if the chosen charity was close to the heart of the dearly departed. The key to a respectful donation request is to ensure the charity donation is included on all memorial communications that are released.

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Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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