When someone you know whether it be a friend, family member, colleague, client or acquaintance has experienced the death of a loved one, it is natural to want to reach out and offer sympathy, condolences, and support. The problem is that most people struggle with what to say or do. You can choose many routes to express sympathy, such as recalling good times or extending a helping hand. The following suggestions are kind and compassionate ways to express your condolences. Send flowers. Flowers have long been considered the traditional way to express your condolences in times of mourning. Flowers express a feeling of life and beauty and offer much comfort. They are a great way to convey your message of sympathy, while still respecting the personal or religious beliefs of the family. Provide food. The last thing that anyone grieving wants to think about is grocery shopping and meal preparation. Sending a meal, dish or a dessert to the family’s home or the deceased’s place of business will bring those mourning together and will express your sympathy in a delicious and positive way. Make a donation. Some families request donations to a charity or foundation in the name of the deceased, especially if there was an organization that was special to them. Have your team chip in and send a memorial contribution from your place of business. Your memorial donation will provide financial support for various projects and nonprofits. Send a card. A personal, handwritten note of sympathy to the bereaved is always welcome, and gives the recipient plenty of time and space to respond. Within your note, relate a positive memory or share some hopeful words of comfort. Send the card around the office giving your employees the opportunity to sign it. We hope the above tips will help you reach out with confidence, ease and compassion the next time someone close to you suffers a loss.