Offer a Lending Hand

Providing specific help to the family is a gracious gesture. Concrete assistance is more valuable than open-ended statements like "let me know how I can help." While you might have the best intentions with a more general offer, it puts the burden on the bereaved. Instead offer to:

  • notify family friends about funeral arrangements
  • answer the phone and greet visitors
  • pick up out-of-town visitors from the airport
  • cook and deliver a meal or coordinate others to deliver meals
  • provide transportation to the funeral events
  • provide pet or child care
  • run errands
  • keep young children occupied at the visitation or service
  • help with household tasks (lawn care, snow removal, driving)
Offer a Lending Hand