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Best Gifts to Show a Colleague You Care After Loss

Discover thoughtful and appropriate gifts to show your support for a grieving colleague. Our guide offers top picks like sympathy flowers, memorial trees, and more to express your empathy without being overly personal.

When a work colleague has suffered a loss, knowing how best to show your support is sometimes difficult. Sometimes words feel like they are not enough or feel awkward and uncomfortable. While there are many ways to step up and help them, a small tangible token of your care can be an additional treasured item to help a coworker along their grief journey.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gifts for coworkers, hoping you’ll find something that fits your friend and colleague’s tastes and interests. We aim to balance the warmth of your caring with a gift that’s appropriate and not too intimate at this delicate time.

Send Sympathy Flowers

Our partnership with 1-800-flowers makes sending flowers easy and fast to show a colleague you are thinking of them. There are dozens of choices including potted plants and cut flowers, offered at a variety of price points in colors suited to the occasion.

Living Memorial Trees

From a simple, single tree to a 10-pack, your gift to a colleague will mean that they not only can honor their loved one, but they’ll be helping the planet, too. With every tree that’s planted, Afterall will also donate a matching gift of trees.

Calm Curated Gift Box

This curated box of sensory treats offers tasty snacks and drinks and calming self-care products inviting your colleague to find moments of peace in this difficult time. With chocolates, teas, and essential oils, the items in the box can provide small pleasures that reflect your caring.


Calm Curated Gift Box

Gentle Glow Shadow Box

This shadow box can be personalized with your colleague's loved one’s name and important dates. The box features a warm LED light to illuminate the message. The picture frame has several color options to choose from. Batteries are not included.

We hope you’ve found an appropriate gift for your grieving coworker from our 5 suggestions. These thoughtful choices strike a balance between showing your care and not being overly personal for the workplace.

More Options in Our Memorial Store

If you didn’t find something on this list for your colleague, we have dozens of other comforting items to consider. From trees to jewelry, wind chimes to candles, picture frames to garden stones, we have scores of gifts to show your empathy and remind your coworker that they are not alone. Many items can be personalized with a name and important dates.

Looking for a Different Kind of Tribute? Explore These Memorial Gift Ideas

If you’re seeking memorial or remembrance gifts beyond traditional sympathy gestures, there are many meaningful options to consider. Personalized photo frames or albums help preserve and display cherished memories. Memorial jewelry, like engraved bracelets or necklaces, allows loved ones to keep memories close. Custom keepsake boxes provide a special place for mementos and treasured items. These thoughtful gifts not only honor the memory of a loved one but also celebrate their life and legacy in a lasting way.