When you send a meal to a family who has just experienced the loss of a loved one, or who has an ill family member, remember, convenience and simplicity is the name of the game. There is also an opportunity to make it more personal.
- Send the meal in disposable containers and include disposable plates, cutlery, and cups.
- Include a label or recipe card with heating instructions, if applicable. List the ingredients in case there are any allergies.
- Include a personal note so they know who it is from. As well, they will know you are thinking of them.
- Include a handwritten invitation to your house for dinner in the coming weeks that they can use whenever they are ready.
- If you are delivering the food yourself, don’t overstay your welcome. The family may not be up for a long visit so make it clear that you are just there to drop off the meal.
- It is also a kind gesture to offer to serve the meal and do the clean-up and dishes after the meal if that seems appropriate.