How to deal with meals and food after a loss

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of "Exactly What They Need", shares advice on ideas to help a grieving friend handle meals and food after a loss
How To Help A Friend After A Loss With Meals And Food
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How to deal with meals and food after a loss

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Food and tragedy seem to go hand-in-hand, right? So, there are a couple of things before you bring over that dish to consider. First of all, make sure that you bring over something in a non-returnable container. The last thing the person in crisis needs is to worry about your Great-Aunt Jones soup bowl. The second thing you can do is have them put a cooler outside on their front stoop if they have one and let people bring meals and leave them in that. That relieves the person from crisis having to receive and take in all the food and even having to make sure that their schedule fit so that they can be there at the time the food is delivered. The last thing you can do if they have children, feed their kids. Make arrangements to deliver kid-friendly meals that the children will gobble up and eat. It will relieve a lot of stress for the person who is in crisis. Those are just three quick tips.

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of "Exactly What They Need", shares advice on ideas to help a grieving friend handle meals and food after a loss

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100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving A Friend Through Cancer or Loss

Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, a modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis.

Kim Hamer became a widow after her 44-year old husband lost his life to cancer. Their children were 12, 9 and 7 at the time. Before and after her husband’s death, friends and supporters came up with unique, creative and simple ways to help her family. She called them “acts of love” because it’s what they felt like.

Her book is a fun, straightforward compilation of many of those acts. The mission of “100 Acts of Love” is to help everyone understand and embrace their importance in the lives of their friend in crisis and to provide the tools and courage needed to support them in a truly meaningful and helpful way.

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