When you work with funeral homes in Baltimore, MD, the professionals know what to expect and how to handle certain things. But everyone around you wants to show their support and they might go overboard on providing certain items for the funeral. If you find yourself with excess after the services are complete, what do you do with the leftover items? Here are a few suggestions on how to handle things people have so graciously offered to your family.

Food Leftovers

If the reception is put on by a local church group, at a restaurant, from a catering company, or anywhere else, it’s possible that there will be too much food. Even if things are counted well and there’s not much left, friends and family will likely shower you with casseroles and other food items so you don’t have to cook while you are grieving. It is a very nice gesture, but it can get to be too much for anyone to handle. You could freeze meal-sized food packages and take them out a little at a time. You could also distribute leftovers among your other family members who may not have as much. If you really get too much, consider visiting a local food pantry or homeless shelter and offering some of the food to people in need.

Flower Leftovers

Flowers are always a nice gift to send to a funeral and people who can’t make it and even those who can will often send them as a memorial gift. It’s a nice way to decorate the space, show support and sympathy, and do something for those in mourning. However, once the services are over, there are often a lot of flowers left behind. First, see what family members want which flowers and allow them to take what they’d like. Second, consider placing something on your loved one’s grave to decorate it after the burial takes place. Third, you could them pass the leftover flowers along to local nursing homes or hospitals for others to enjoy. There are also sometimes local groups that repurpose left over flowers from a variety of things and use them for other events.

These are just a few of the leftover items you might have to deal with once services are complete in funeral homes in Baltimore, MD. If you have questions about what you should do, the representatives at Hari P. Close Funeral Service, P.A. are happy to help with any detail and with advice. Give us a call at (410) 327-3100 and we’ll help in any way we can. We have a lot of experience with final services of every kind and we have seen families handle left over items in a number of ways. Visit with our funeral director at 5126 Belair Rd Baltimore, MD 21206 to get the services in order and we’ll relieve you of as many burdens as possible, including leftover items, if you so choose. It can be overwhelming to deal with details at a difficult time, but we’re here to help.