We are Thankful for You

Word to the Wise Newsletter

In spite of the struggles that 2020 has brought, we at Funeralwise have a lot to be thankful for. We are especially thankful for you, our community. You are the reason we do what we do. When we hear that we have helped someone navigate the difficult journey that funerals bring, it is all worth it to us and it motivates us to find new ways to make planning a funeral easier.

This holiday season, we hope that you are able to find your own reasons to be thankful and we offer a reminder that we are here if you need us. Thank you!


When someone dies we look for ways to reach out to their loved ones to show that we are thinking of them. It’s easy to understand why we turn to food since meals are often associated with comfort, tradition, and a spirit of sharing. In fact, we find references to funeral food dating back as far as ancient Egypt.

Deciding to offer a friend or family member a sympathy meal is easy. Deciding what to make, not quite so simple. There are many ways to approach the task and your choice of cuisine is nearly unlimited. Not to worry, though. We can help you select the perfect menu. We’ve compiled a list of questions you can ask and things to consider to help you get started. We’ve also got tips and menu suggestions to help spark your creativity.

To learn more about sympathy food, click here.

Do you have a favorite recipe that we can include in our collection?

We’d love to have it. We are currently seeking both sympathy meal and funeral reception food ideas. Send your recipes to support@funeralwise.com. Naturally, if we post your recipe we’ll give you full attribution.

>>Read: Celebrations of Life — Funeral Food

>>Read: Funeral Food Recipes

If you are grieving or know someone who is, we have resources on our website that may help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to reach out for help. Visit our Path to Healing page.


Even under the best of circumstances, holidays present challenges for those experiencing grief. This year will likely be particularly hard since we will have to forego many of our longstanding traditions due to the pandemic.

Our article, Handling Grief During the Holidays, offers helpful advice on what you can do to avoid some of the pitfalls that come with mourning during a festive time. Many of the tips offered in the article apply even in these unusual times. Our website also offers valuable information to help you understand grief and what you can expect when faced with the loss of a loved one. Always remember that if you feel your grief is just too much for you to handle, reach out to a friend, a loved one, or an organization that specializes in helping people work through troubled times.

>>More on Grief


No matter what your culture and traditions, music helps set the tone for the ceremony and offers a bridge to help you work your way down the long road through grief.

Unfortunately, the music that is selected is often rushed and done at a time when emotions are high. You do a quick pick from a list the funeral director offers and move on to the next task. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little preplanning, you can choose music that honors the deceased and brings to mind the memories you share.

Our website offers a comprehensive listing of popular and unique funeral music selections along with tips for choosing the right music. We encourage you to take a look so you’ll know what’s there if you need it. If you have a suggestion for a song you don’t see on our lists, please share it with us.

>>More on Funeral Music

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