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Top Tips on Bringing Food to a Bereaving Family

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When someone passes away, bringing food to the family is one of the most common ways of showing you care. Here's what you can do to make sure your kind gesture isn't an added burden on the family.

Rated 0 points - posted 7 years ago by laneave in category Food & Drink.
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Deliver your food in disposable dishes. Report Abuse
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If you lend a dish you want back, ensure that your name and number are permanently affixed. Report Abuse
There will be dishes all around, and they will probably get washed. It will be too hard for someone else to remember which dish is yours.
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Absolutely do not send a dish that is very valuable to you. Report Abuse
The family may break or misplace it, and you should not put them in a situation to feel guilty.
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Bring a card with your name and what you brought. Include a list of ingredients. Report Abuse
Many people will want to write thank-you notes, and this makes it much easier to stay organized for that. Also, there are likely to be people in the family with allergies, so you absolutely do not want someone to fall ill because of your meal.
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Avoid common food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, etc.). Report Abuse
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Avoid common side dishes (like potato salad) Report Abuse
Someone else is bound to bring it, and no one wants to eat that for days on end.
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Bring a prepared salad or washed and sliced fruit. Report Abuse
A lot of the typical potluck-style food isn't healthy, but the family will still need a well-balanced meal. Also, fruit is a good snack option.
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Prepare food like baked potatoes that can be kept warm easily and seasoned to each individual's tastes. Report Abuse
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Bring paper goods like plates, napkins, or paper towels. Report Abuse
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Offer to return to the house to do dishes while the family is away. Report Abuse
Cleaning up the kitchen is quite an undertaking, but the family won't want you underfoot while they're home.
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Coordinate with a group to plan for variety and longevity of meals. Report Abuse
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Bring smaller dishes that are freezer-ready. Report Abuse
Once far-away family members return home, there are fewer people to consume large casseroles. Small dishes that can be stored in the freezer are more convenient.
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Bring ice. Report Abuse
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Prepare kid-friendly, no-mess food (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, corn dogs, etc.) Report Abuse
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Bring food that can sit out for a couple of hours without spoiling. Report Abuse
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Don't forget breakfast items. Report Abuse
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Offer to collect all leftover dishes to distribute them back to their owners. Report Abuse
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Avoid food that appeals to only a few number of people. Report Abuse
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Prepare desserts that needn't be refrigerated. Report Abuse
The fridge will be backed with main-course items, so help save some of that valuable shelf space by bringing cookies instead of cheesecake.
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Supply the condiments that typically accompany your meal. Report Abuse
Chances are that the family already has it, but you don't want someone having to run out at the last minute to pick up ketchup.
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