Children's sympathy gifts

So a good friend has recently become bereaved. You have expressed your sympathy to them and lent support and help as best you can.

But where are their children? Probably alone in their bedrooms, crying.  Kids are often the "forgotten mourners" in a household stricken by a tragic death.

Why? There are a few possible reasons:

  • Their needs are honestly overlooked in the emotional turmoil.
  • Adults think that by not confronting the issue head-on, they somehow shield children from the pain (does not work).
  • Many adults think children don't understand death, and therefore aren't affected as deeply by it. They don't know how to deal with it, so they just leave the kids alone.

Children need as much comfort and support in times of bereavement as adults do. For more information on how to talk with children about death and how best to help them grieve, refer to our page:  Help The Kids.

Although just being there is the most important thing you can do, if you would like to provide a comforting sympathy gift for grieving children, we have found these quality supportive items you might want to consider, presented below.

  • Bears, Baskets & Bouquets
  • Hope Jewelry
  • Children's Comfort Items
  • Helpful  Books for children

Bears, Baskets & Bouquets

Childrens Sympathy Basket with Heatable Bear

Gift Basket includes:

  • "Why Did You Die?" Book provides exercises that help children understand death better; cope with sadness, anger, and fear; and develop self-care skills.
  • "Sad Isn't Bad" book.  This is a friendly and loving guide - written by an expert - to help grieving kids cope with loss. 
  • Heatable Bear. Soft unfragranced heatable teddy bear provides tactile comfort to a grieving child. 
  • Yummy Earth Lollipops- Real Fruit Extracts.  No artificial dyes or
    flavors. For a much-needed smile.
  • Clusters of Forget-Me-Nots.  These 8 cute ballz are made of fertilizer, clay, and loaded with a variety of seeds. Each ball contains almost a whole packet of seeds.  Perfect for a child to plant and nurture a memorial garden.

Angel Catcher Childrens Sympathy Basket

This enchanting gift basket includes:

  • Children's Angel Catcher Sympathy Journal. Angel Catcher for Kids offers a healthy way for a child to cope with the painful and often confusing process of grieving.
  • Angel Seed Paper Plantables. 6 beautiful angel shaped seed papers with planting instructions and this beautiful poem. "When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know" ~Author Unknown.
  • "Where Do People Go When They Die?" This is our absolute favorite elementary school age sympathy book. (God oriented) With advice on how to speak about death with children.
  • Photo Frame. Beautiful printed wood frame holds 4 x 6 photo.
  • Butterfly stone. This smooth glass"worry stone" to squeeze for comfort and support at the most difficult of times; comes with the following quote:

    "A butterfly lights beside us, like a sunbeam... and for a brief moment it's glory and beauty belong to our world... but then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we are so thankful to have seen it at all." ~Author Unknown


Just For You Personalized Dog Tag Set

This set of two military-style dogtags is popular with kids and sure to provide comfort to a grieving child.

Neck Chain measures 24" in length; Bag Chain measures 9" in length. Each tag is 1"W x 2"L and crafted of quality stainless steel.

You can write any personalized message you choose, up to 5 lines; same message will be engraved on both tags.

An example of what you might have engraved: "Dad, you live forever in my heart; 6/23/2013"

Dragonfly Necklace & "Water Bugs and Dragonflies" Comfort Book

Each can be purchased separately, book is appropriate for a young boy too; pair makes a wonderful sympathy gift for a girl.

Dragonfly Necklace

Water Bugs And Dragonflies Book

This lovely dragonfly necklace is studded with 11 little green and aqua crystals to catch the light.  Hanging on an 18 inch extender chain, comes in a gift box with the following quotation:

"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "I tried, but I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they'll understand what happened to me and where I went." And the dragonfly winged off happily into it's wonderful new world of sun and air."

Quotation taken from "Water Bugs and Dragonflies" By Doris Stickney with kind permission from the Pilgrim Press.The book beautifully explains death to young children.

Children's Comfort Items

Comfort Gain An Angel You Know Ornament

"When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know"              
 ~ Author Unknown [quote included in gift box]

If you want to send a gift that will be cherished forever, then send this beautiful porcelain angel made entirely by hand and strung on a silver ribbon. In a special 14-step process, the clay is rolled, individually cut and embossed. The drying process takes several days and then the porcelain is fired to 2400° F., hotter than any other clay.

This gives the ornament a translucent affect so if you hang the ornament in a window the light passes through its surface, creating a magnificent display and token of the lost loved one.

Tiny Worry Dolls

People from a land far away believe that before you go to bed at night you tell your worries to your doll, place the doll under your pillow, when you wake up in the morning your worries are gone.

This tiny little worry doll measures just under one inch. A charming and sweet sympathy gift for a young child.

Helpful Books for Grieving Children

There are several expertly written and beautifully illustrated children's books that can help them understand death, loss and how to cope. One of these volumes is sure to help the adults connect and deal with their grieving children:   Grief & Children


Didn't find the perfect gift on this page?

Try one of these:

A comforting Angel  Blanket

Condolence Sympathy Gift Baskets (non-food)

Food Sympathy Gift Baskets (nourishment)

Send Flowers or Live Plants

Unique and Unusual Sympathy Gifts

Gifts for Bereaved Parents

Sympathy Gifts Just for Men

Memorial Jewelry

Memorial Picture Frames




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