Thursday, July 7, 2011

Meaningful Memorial Gifts


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 Why don't we make a list of meaningful gifts for people in mourning?
We could start off with something you received that meant a lot.

Money, flowers and casseroles all serve their purpose and are appreciated, but what are the gifts you remember?

I just came across a certificate of a gift I really appreciated: a couple in our church and a missionary in Africa got together and had a tree planted in Israel in memory of Bruce. That really meant a lot to me because it was a living thing that would last for years, benefit the earth and it's people, and it didn't create any extra work or inconvenience on my part! (You'd have to know me--I'm all thumbs when it comes to gardening--and my thumbs ain't green! LOL)

Here's the website for memorial trees in Israel: http://www.jnf.org/support/tree-planting-center/

But mostly I'd love to hear what was special to you?
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6 comments:

  1. I have on at least two occasions during a loss,received a gift certificate to a local garden centre.I appreciate these,as I can then pick plants which would remind me of my loved one.
    The one gift which meant a lot to me when Jake passed away was from two couples who are dear friends.They decided to pay for the snow removal on my yard for one winter.What a blessing!

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  2. Those are wonderful gifts, Ruth, they show thoughtfulness given to find something of meaning and practical help just for you. You reminded me that another gift I received was some phone cards. Back in the day, since I didn't have a cell phone then, the phone cards gave me free long-distance calling. Very helpful! :)

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  3. I've appreciated gifts of devotional books or other books that might help me. I don't always want to read them right at that moment, but they're there when I need them. I have especially liked "Jesus Calling".

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  4. Thank you Patty, books can be a tremendous help and comfort, and the authors out there are grateful to hear you. I'm always on the lookout for books that touch a point of need, so I'll have to take a look at the book you mentioned. :)

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  5. Thank you Patty, books can be a tremendous help and comfort, and the authors out there are grateful to hear you. I'm always on the lookout for books that touch a point of need, so I'll have to take a look at the book you mentioned. :)

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  6. We received two trees when my husband died. One was a cedar tree and the other was a fir. I love to look at them and they will grow as our sons grow. It was nice to receive two trees so each of our boys has a tree to remember daddy by.

    Another gift was a gift card to McDonalds and annother to a pizza place. It was nice to have those in my wallet so if one evening I just could not think of cooking I could take the boys out and not have to worry about spending the money on going out to eat.

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