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When a death occurs, it’s helpful to do practical things for the bereaved family. You might offer to stay at the house during the funeral to prevent burglary or provide childcare while parents take care of necessary business. It’s also kind to bring necessary items to the house, like paper products to help out when there’s an influx of visitors. One of the most useful things you can do for a grieving family, though, is to bring a meal.

  • Casseroles can help a family feed a crowd. People looking to show their support often come to the house, and out of town family gathers to mourn. The bereaved family has to figure out how to feed all of these people, so bringing a large casserole can ease that burden. Consider a baked macaroni and cheese or chicken broccoli casserole, or a slow cooker meal like this garlic chicken with potatoes for hearty meals that will feed a crowd.
  • After the crowd has gone, the family may need easy meals during their time of transition. One great way to facilitate this is to provide freezer meals that can be easily prepared on a busy night. This chicken pot pie freezes well, as does this skillet shepherd’s pie.
  • If you’re bringing a meal to the family, be sure to ask about dietary concerns. For a good vegetarian option, consider curried vegetable and chickpea stew, vegan vegetable potato chowder, or baked zucchini gratin. If someone needs to avoid eggs or gluten, you might want to bring this creamy chicken casserole.
  • Bringing dessert is a special touch if you have the time and inclination. Cookies and brownies are a good choice, but this overnight s’mores lasagna is something unique that is a sure crowd-pleaser.
  • If you’re not much of a cook, consider a gift card. You can choose a restaurant that offers carry out or delivery or give the family a wider range of options by giving a gift card to a meal delivery service.

When a death occurs, it’s good to find a way to honor the person who has died, so that you can help the family find peace and comfort. Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose is committed to providing a sacred place, where families can remember loved ones in a peaceful and hope-filled setting. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer them. Call us at (833) 304-0763  for more information about our properties and all we have to offer or contact us through our website.


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