Grief is stressful, taxing the mind and body which can lead to illness. For a griever, preparing individual or family meals on top of everything else is overwhelming, which is why delivering meals can be a thoughtful way to care for a grieving employee.

Nourishing, well-balanced meals support the immune system, boost energy and improve sleep and digestion. Here are some helpful tips and ideas for planning meals for those suffering a loss.

  • Ask about dietary restrictions.
  • Avoid delivering high-sodium/high-sugar processed foods, fried foods and alcohol.
  • Make homemade meals/casseroles that can be frozen (include reheating instructions) like breakfast casseroles, lasagna, barbecue, chili, enchiladas, etc.
  • Put together a taco bar with flour/corn tortillas, cooked hamburger/turkey, shredded cheese, salsa, etc.
  • Make a sandwich tray with premade sandwiches and condiments.
  • Create a snack basket with nuts, granola bars, homemade trail mix and fresh fruit, like bananas and apples.
  • Deliver prepared vegetable and/or fruit salads, and veggie platters.
  • Make comforting soups or stews, which are often rich in lean proteins and vegetables.
  • Encourage staying hydrated by providing flavored water or other healthy liquids.
  • Provide paper plates/utensils/napkins so that the griever doesn’t have to clean up.

Organize a Meal Delivery.

Helpful websites to help you organize and deliver meals to your grieving colleague include:

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