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Pampered Chef: Neighbor's daughter died suddenly

  1. ChefJoyJ

    ChefJoyJ Veteran Member

    My neighbor's daughter died suddenly Monday morning. She was on a new medication (not sure for what), when she had some seizures and died. Not sure what all they know, or how she was found (since she was grown and lived on her own), but my heart is broken for my neighbor. I can't imagine losing a child.

    I know how busy they are going to be in the next few days/weeks and I want to prepare some food for them, but I'm not sure what. I would love some suggestions/ideas. It doesn't have to be PC, either.

    Please include Vickie and her family in your prayers. I know that when her husband told us, and we realized we had just seen her on Sunday, it made us hug our two little girls a lot tighter.
    Sep 22, 2009
  2. NooraK

    NooraK Legend Member Gold Member

    I'd say something that can be re-heated easily, or refrigerated and taken out in portions. I suppose that's why casseroles and lasagnes are common in these kinds of situations.
    Sep 22, 2009
  3. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

    How sad Joy:( Praying for your neighbor and their friends and family. May they find comfort and peace in a tragic time.
    Sep 22, 2009
  4. pampcheflisa

    pampcheflisa Advanced Member Gold Member

    My prayers are with that family. My in-home day care provider lost her 18 year old DD a year and a half ago, and she still struggles every single day.

    As far as suggestions: chicken spaghetti, enchiladas, king ranch chicken casserole, manicotti.......any item that can be covered/frozen/re-heated, etc. I'm sure anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated!
    Sep 22, 2009
  5. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

    Fresh fruit, a loaf of bread, a jar of mayo, and fixings for sandwiches (lunch meat, cheeses, pickles, etc...). Maybe a bag of chips. Bar cookies. A simple pasta salad.

    I was in college when my brother was killed in a car accident, and I still remember that these were what was most appreciated. We had a TON of casseroles, etc....but we just wanted simple stuff that didn't have any clean up to it.
    We also appreciated paper plates and cups, napkins, and toilet paper.
    Sep 22, 2009
  6. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

    I agree with you Becky - I had a cousin die when she was 20 and there was so many casseroles (and so many dishes to clean) and that's really the last thing people want to do when they are grieving. And way too many plants and flowers (although appreciated) there were so many we were giving them away - it was kind of morbid in the house with all the huge arrangements.
    Sep 22, 2009
  7. ChefJoyJ

    ChefJoyJ Veteran Member

    You're absolutely right. When my grandmother (closely followed by my grandfather) died, these were what we went for first. Things that you could just pull out and eat, w/o any prep or much clean up. Ease is what we gravitated towards when we were at their house and/or "dealing" with funeral stuff.

    I need to talk to DH and see what we can do. Since I'm a SAHM, I monitor my expenses since we live on a budget. I think dessert, simple side dishes, and some paper products will probably be what we go towards.
    Sep 22, 2009
  8. kristenlee

    kristenlee Member

    paper plates, plastic silverware, cups and napkins. Then a cold cut plate, bread, mayo was what my family used the most when we had a family death. Its easy, and eveyone can make their own sandwich and no clean up. Also some one brought us milk, juice, soda and bottled water, that was very useful too.
    Sep 22, 2009
  9. colegrovet

    colegrovet Veteran Member Gold Member

    use an aluminum pan from the store if you take a dish to them. that way they don't have to wash them and remember who to return it to.. we had plenty of casseroles and pasta dishes when my wife passed.

    thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Sep 22, 2009
  10. pjpamchef

    pjpamchef Member Silver Member

    Stauffer's lasagna. Then there is no container to worry about returning.
    And I agree on the plants and flowers. When my Mom passed, people knowing that I loved plants and flowers sent me tons. As unreasonable as it sounds, it bothered me trying to keep the plants alive and then whenever I had to throw something out because it had died.
    When my dog that was 15 years old died, a friend sent a donation in her name to a Vet research facility and they sent me a wonderful note. That really touched my heart. So if you could find out more on her condition, a donation might be appreciated.
    Sep 22, 2009
  11. lauradahl

    lauradahl Member


    We really appreciated paper plates/cups/forks/spoons/knives that our friends brought us....and someone even brought coffee (reg/decaf). Others brought bottles of water or drinks.

    I used to always worry about what to bring. After going thru a family death, I realize it doesn't matter what it is, it is all very much appreciated. Me, I'm a baking kinda girl so I usually do cookies/bars or something.
    Sep 22, 2009
  12. lockhartkitchen

    lockhartkitchen Senior Member

  13. Sheila

    Sheila Legend Member Gold Member

    Pretty much anything you do right now will be appreciated. But please remember to call her or send her a note that you are thinking about her on special occasions ... her daughter's birthday, mother's day, the anniversary of her death, etc. The most important thing to a parent who's lost a child (of any age) is to know that people haven't forgotten about the child.
    Sep 23, 2009
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