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Giving to the Grieving: Recipes for Loss

Having a person close to us pass away can be overwhelming, especially when it is unexpected or they were very close. Support can come in many ways including flowers, donation to a church or charity, a card, a phone call, or a hot meal. When someone you know suffers a loss it is helpful for them to have a supportive community to get them through this difficult time. Comfort food can help a struggling friend or family. A homemade meal can provide more than nutrition. It is one less daily task that they have to worry about and it shows that someone is thinking of them and they are loved.

Big Families

If an entire family is grieving a loss, a meal is a great choice. It may be difficult for parents to cook for their family when they are upset. Also, with looming funeral costs, their budget may be unexpectedly tight for ordering out. If cooking isn’t your specialty, a gift card to a restaurant that delivers or does takeout would be a lovely gift too.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Recipes with all the food group included is a great idea for any family with kids. Chicken pot pie is great because it’s easy and can be tossed in the oven or crock pot with little effort and dinner is served.

World’s Best Lasagna

A homemade lasagna can bring a family together. It can be with or without meat and can be made vegetarian, if needed. It’s filling and easy to toss in the oven. Add an extra special touch by including a salad or garlic bread.

Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe is easy to make and gives that great homemade feel. For the grieving friend or neighbor, it may be a welcome taste of home.

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

This is an easy recipe with a single dish that contains protein, carbs, and vegetables. You can also substitute the broccoli with green beans, sliced carrots, or just about any other preferred vegetable.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dessert can help bring a smile. Who doesn’t enjoy homemade chocolate chip cookies? Pro tip: If you want to make them extra perfect, try making it with brown butter.


If the loss effects an individual, a more personalized gift may be appreciated. If they enjoy a particular chocolate, coffee, tea, or dessert, a thoughtful gift or gift card for their favorite delicacy would be a lovely gift. Recipes that are suitable for freezing or leftovers are great for those that live alone.

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

These breakfast sandwiches are great for individuals. They can be taken from the freezer and nuked each morning. It will last them for a while and make breakfasts easier.

Cheesy Turkey Sausage Pasta

This recipe is cheesy, warm, and comforting. Meals like this can be portioned out into smaller single serving containers so they can be heated up as needed and the rest can be kept in the freezer for later.

Homemade Chili

Chili is warm and comforting. It is also easy to heat up and freeze. This one pot could go a long way for a couple or individual.

Creamy Small Batch Cheesecake

Creamy cheesecake for two (or one) is a comforting way to say I’m sorry for your loss. Sometimes, we need a little sweetness to brighten our day.

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