It is often customary for families to want to gather with relatives and friends after the services for a deceased loved one are held at a Jewish funeral home in East Brunswick, NJ. That first meal is often called a meal of condolence. It can take place at the funeral home but is commonly held in a family home as well. After everyone returns from the cemetery part of the service, they may gather for such a meal. The food is usually provided by friends and family members of those who are mourning their loved one. If you are invited to such an event, you will want to know what is proper and nice to bring.
The traditional comfort foods include things like lentils, hard-boiled eggs, and breads. These things are associated with both mourning and life. Any simple foods that are easy to digest are nice to bring. Eggs are one of the most popular dishes since they are a symbol of life. Hard-boiled eggs can affirm hope when a family is facing death as well as resilience during a tragic time. Bread is also a symbol of life-giving resources and is especially appropriate during the mourning period.
If you aren’t prepared to bring something for the condolence meal, you can drop something by later. Some friends of the family might even coordinate meal arrangements and deliveries among family members so everyone can take turns providing meals to the families of the deceased. If you do have something to bring, try to make it something that can be refrigerated or frozen for use at another time in the next few weeks if the visitors don’t eat all of it. It’s nice for the mourning to have things they can pull out and warm up when they are going through a lot and don’t feel like making things fresh themselves.
The biggest thing you can bring to a meal, whether you have food to help out or not, is your support and your presence. You are honoring and respecting their loved one just by being there, offering a hug, and allowing them to see you are there for them during this difficult time. Those in mourning will appreciate that gift more than anything else.
If you have a death in your family, Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels is here to serve those in Cranbury, Highland Park, and the surrounding areas. Our Jewish funeral home in East Brunswick, NJ wants to give every Jewish family the dignified Jewish funeral their loved one deserves at a price they can afford. When you are in need of services, call us at (732) 390-9199 to make an appointment with our funeral director or stop by and see us at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 to take a look at the facilities we have available. We want to be here for you in every way we can during some of the most difficult times in your life. We’ll give you the compassion you need every step of the way.