Special Gift Ideas for a Grieving Mom on Mother’s Day

A grieving mother has an especially difficult time on Mother’s Day. She is torn between wanting to acknowledge her role as a mother and wanting to avoid the inevitable pain. Choosing a gift for a grieving mother can be tricky and needs to be thoughtful.

1. Memory Book and Photos

Contact friends and family to submit their favorite photos. Ask them to write their favorite memories of the child. Put all of this together in a scrapbook.

You can also go to many online sites to create an online digital photo album or to have a DVD made.

Make an enlargement of Mom’s favorite photo. Have it enlarged and framed.

2. DVD

Collect video footage of the family. Have it made into a DVD.

3. Donations

Make a donation in the name of the child to a charity or relief fund. It would more meaningful if it was a cause somehow related to the child.

4. Star

Go to the International Star Registry and have a star named in honor of the child.

5. Memorials in nature

Plant a tree with a commemorative plaque.

Dedicate a garden bench in her garden, in a park, or along a trail.

Buy her a Mother’s Ring. This is a ring that includes the birthstones of the mother and her family.

Give her a small pendant with the child’s birthstone.

Give her a small locket with the child’s picture inside. This could also include the child’s birthstone.

7. Honor the memories

Take the mother to choose a special bouquet of flowers to take to the grave.

Take Mom on a picnic at their favorite picnic spot.

Visit some of their favorite hangouts.

Light a candle in the child’s honor. Help mom pick out her own candles to burn at home, as well.

8. Give her something to love.

A mother who loves animals may enjoy picking out a kitten or a puppy who needs a home. As Charles Schulz said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.”

9. Flowers

Simply send Mom a bouquet of flowers with a card. Include some great quotes about motherhood or bible verses.

10. Plan a getaway.


By Andrea Coventry (Permission given by the author)

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