In this list of thoughtful sympathy gifts for the loss of a grandmother, you’ll find everything from angels to comfort candles to wind chimes.
The Urban Trends Capiz Wind Chime is a creative sympathy gift for after a grandmother dies, even if the bereaved person doesn’t have a garden. It’s a visual reminder of a grandma’s spirit and soul. When the wind blows, these wind chimes will remind the person of grandmother’s life and love.
These sympathy gifts for the loss of a grandmother are more about offering practical support, helpful gestures, and being there for the bereaved person. In Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Mother, I share an assortment of gift ideas that aren’t as practical as the tips in this article, as well as helpful things to do after grandma passes on.
Sympathy Gifts for the Loss of a Grandmother
At the end of this list of sympathy gifts and helpful ways to support someone after the loss of a grandmother, I offer a list of things to do after a death in the family. Sympathy gifts such as wind chimes, comfort candles, and Willow Tree figurines are lovely, but practical gifts of time are also extremely important after the loss of a grandmother.
Send an invitation for an “in memory of Grandmother” coffee date
When my friend’s grandmother died, a mutual friend invited her out for coffee. The sole purpose was to talk about grandma, to share all the best and worst memories. People need to talk about the loved ones they lost – it makes them feel better, not worse.
Grandmother’s name is like music to the ears of those left behind. After a loss, give your friend time and space to talk about grandmother. This is the most thoughtful sympathy gift you could give, because talking helps people express grief about the loss of a grandmother, and start to heal. If you feel uncomfortable talking about a grandmother’s death, focus on your friend. It might make all the difference in the world that someone is willing to talk about the loss of a grandmother.
A faith comfort candle
A thoughtful Christian sympathy gift for the loss of a grandmother is a Faith Comfort Candles including Stand and Tea Light.
This candle includes a scripture verse that says, “Faith is being sure of what we cannot see.” Different sympathy candles have different sayings, such as “In Memory of a Life Well Lived.”
A comfort candle is one of my favorite sympathy gifts because it represents light, love, and an eternal flame. It’s a symbol of hope and faith – even for nonbelievers.
Mother’s Day card – a long-term sympathy gift idea
This is one of the more unusual sympathy gift ideas after a grandmother dies: “When someone you know loses a loved one, the grief process goes on for quite some time,” says ArtLady on Sympathy Gift Ideas for the Loss of a Grandmother. “Remember Grandma’s birthday by sending a card. Send small gifts on special occasions, like Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, etc. Just simply giving them a candle in a container to burn for Grandmother at Christmas means a great deal.”
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Immediately after the loss of a grandmother, sympathy gifts and gestures will come pouring in. But as the weeks and months pass, people will forget. Bereaved family members suffer alone in the following months. Give your friend the gift of remembering grandma long after the funeral is over. This is one of those sympathy gifts for the loss of a grandmother that costs nothing but time.
Sympathy Angel figurine
The Sympathy Angel Figurine is a lovely gift after a grandmother passes on. It reads, “Angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hands of God.”
Believing in angels – and entertaining the idea that our grandmothers are angels watching over us – can be healing and comforting. One of the best sympathy gifts you could ever give is comfort, hope, and faith. After the loss of a grandmother, we lose a bit of our childhood…and it helps to believe our grandmas are watching over us from Heaven.
Create a Memory Box to remember Grandmother after she’s gone
This sympathy gift requires you to know the bereaved person – and the grandmother – quite well. Here’s an idea from a reader on 5 Ways to Help a Grieving Friend – From Practical to Emotional:
Find the obituary online or in the newspaper and have it laminated. You can cut it into a bookmark for a book, or perhaps for the grandmother’s Bible. You might also gather a few of grandmother’s things from family members, such as small items for a Memory Box. I did this for my brother when our grandparents died. I had quilt pieces that my grandma made, my grandfather’s pipe and a can of Prince Albert along with his matches that he loved so dearly. We both cried but it was a great reminder that the little things mean so much!
A thoughtful sympathy gift for the loss of a grandmother doesn’t have to be big or expensive…just from the heart.
A sympathy gift basket
An “In Loving Memory” Sympathy Gift Basket may not be the most creative or homemade sympathy gift after the loss of a grandmother, but it’s still an encouragement.
I’m a big fan of sympathy gift baskets because they won’t go bad, don’t require freezer space, and can even be re-gifted to other family members or friends. You might even note this on the basket, that you won’t be offended if this sympathy gift basket finds its way to grandmother’s friends’ or family members’ homes!
Sympathy gift baskets are versatile and thoughtful after the loss of a grandmother, especially if you live far from the bereaved person. And you can easily create a sympathy gift basket yourself! A homemade sympathy gift basket allows you to include more personal items that you know the family member enjoys.
After the Loss of a Grandmother – Practical Ways to Help
Here’s a thoughtful list of things to do after a family death, from wendysioux on Sympathy Gift Ideas. You may not be involved in the funeral or memorial service planning, but each of these things on the list need to be done. After the loss of a grandmother, the family needs all the help they can get.
The best sympathy gift you could give someone after the loss of a grandmother is to do some of these chores yourself. They don’t cost much money, and they can make all the difference in the world.
“A friend of mine compiled a list of things to do when a friend or loved one has a death in the family,” says a reader on Practical Tips and Prayers for Grieving Widows. “She just lost her grandmother and wrote this up a week after the funeral. I printed it out and keep it on hand now so I have more of an idea of what I can do after a family death.”
The First Day of Grandmother’s Death
- Make phone calls
- Stay and visit
- Run kitchen at meal times
- See if the supply on paper products is low – kleenex, TP, paper plates, etc.
- Take clothes to cleaners
The Second Day
- Stay and visit
- Take care of meals, clean up the kitchen
- Pick up clothes from cleaners
- Offer to help pick out flowers for the funeral, memorial, or celebration of life
- Change bedding for out of town overnight guests
- Wash cars
- Bring pictures and anecdotes about grandmother to share
- Food for noon and supper meals
- Take children out on errands such as shopping for funeral clothing or haircuts
- Start to organize sympathy gifts after the loss of a grandmother – make a list of who gave what
Day of Viewing
- Stay and visit
- Stay overnight
- Take food to funeral home lounge
Day of Grandmother’s Funeral
- Organize dinner
- Donate dinner items (food or table decorations) and volunteer to serve if needed
- Stay overnight
First Two Days After Grandmother’s Funeral
- Buy stamps for thank you notes
- Phone or visit
- Make a lunch or supper date
- Take the bereaved person out for coffee
A thoughtful, meaningful way to help after a the loss of a grandmother could involve also addressing thank you cards for the sympathy gifts, and buying stamps.
Food is another huge chore during the funeral preparation and planning; preparing meals is a practical way to show support and love after someone passes on.
What have I missed – do you have any thoughts on these sympathy gifts and ways to help after the loss of a grandmother? I welcome your thoughts below.
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May you find the most thoughtful sympathy gift after a grandmother passes on, and may you be a beacon of faith, hope, and love.