From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Taking Food To a Grieving Family

And What I Think About It...



I am offering a three-fold bit of advice today.

1. If a friend or acquaintance has had a death in the family, take them some food. Do not hesitate to fix a casserole and bake a cake for them. Take the food along with some paper plates, a bag of chips, and a box of sodas to the bereaved family as soon as possible. They will appreciate it more than you can ever understand until you have been through a family death and funeral yourself.

2. When you fix the casserole and bake the cake, use disposable pans that the family doesn't have to wash and return to you. They have enough on their minds without worrying about your dishes.

3. Make a decision to keep the ingredients on hand for a couple of easy-to-make, easy-to-carry comfort foods. Keep some disposable pans on hand too, so you'll be prepared to help someone through a bad time.

2 comments:

Trixie said...

Amen, amen, amen! It is nice, if you have the freezer space, to make up some casseroles and freeze them so they are ready to go when needed. If nothing else, a platter of sandwich supplies and some bread from the store is always welcome, too. Bereaved families always have a lot of drop-in company and want to be able to have food on hand just for the sake of keeping people close when they need them most.

Good post. It reminds me I need to replenish that part of my pantry. Thanks!

Sarabeth said...

Well, my pantry is lacking those supplies. I'll have to stock up. I do always have disposable pans around.

Great post.

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