published in Change, Compassion, Death, Grief, Inspiration, Kindness, Life After Loss by Maryanne | June 7, 2017

Compassion in a Box – Consider Giving the Gift of a Solace Club Grief Box

“It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. However, there are ways to help alleviate the suffering we experience. Some of these include increasing healthy coping skills, finding expressive outlets, and utilizing social and community support.”

– Solace Club, part of note inside “More Than Flowers” Box

Give a gift that says, “I care and I am thinking of you”

If you know someone who has recently (or not so recently) experienced a significant loss, you may wish to consider sending them a grief box from the Solace Club. A great deal of thought and love has been put into designing and producing these beautiful boxes – for the purpose of helping support people on their journey through grief.

I recently had the honour of receiving the “More Than Flowers” box and thoroughly appreciated the useful gifts inside. The contents included: ginger candies (yum…they were devoured within a day!), Bach Flower Remedies candies, essential oil, a cooling eye mask, tissues, journal with pen, a remembrance bracelet, thank you cards, as well as grief cards with encouraging quotes on them.

But here’s the thing: it’s the love behind the boxes that will also work wonders.

The simple act of taking a moment to order a grief box through the Solace Club and having it sent to someone who is hurting may help them more than you will ever know.

When we lose someone we love, it can really hurt. And sometimes we can start to feel very alone and isolated as we try to make sense of the past, deal with the harsh realities of the present and begin to forge a new – and often unwanted – future.

“When we lose important people in our world to death, we lose more than the person themselves. We lose elements of that relationship, relationship with others, aspects of our identity, our sense of security, etc.”

– Solace Club, part of note inside “More Than Flowers” Box

After the death of a loved one, our world is turned upside down…and can stay upside down for years.

So when someone – a friend, family member, colleague, acquaintance or stranger – actually takes the time to choose and hand-write a sympathy card, bake a batch of cookies, order a beautiful bouquet of flowers and/or have a Solace Club grief box shipped, it isn’t just the material gift that provides comfort. The love behind the act of sending it can help heal another person’s broken heart…because it says, “I care and I am thinking of you.”

Please click here for further details on the “More Than Flowers” box (and to order).

To view the other grief boxes (Self-Care, Anger, Holiday Survival Kit) available through the Solace Club, here is the link.

“We live in a culture that does not teach us how to help loved ones in grief.”

– Solace Club

Together, we can continue to change that.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here.

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