Trinkets and Cookbooks Can Be Featured at the Funeral
People who come to a funeral love to be offered something small and sentimental like a carefully selected household object that once belonged to the deceased. This is comforting. I recently met a woman who set up a long table at her church and put out a sign encouraging funeral attendees to take home a single porcelain figurine or cookbook (the ones family members had already decided they didn't want). This was a huge hit (admittedly harder to pull off if the funeral draws more than sixty people). Weeks later, folks were still talking about how good it felt to have a reminder of the deceased and a token of the family's generousity and sweetness.