Have you ever been moved by the death of a person whom you once knew who lived their life filled with compassion and mercy for people who are in need? You know that helping other people in their memory would mean so much to them. Donating in memory of someone leaves a legacy for the late loved one. Those who have left us do not necessarily depart from us—they stay in our hearts—and it's nice to do something charitable to remember them by.
What does it mean to make a donation in memory of someone?
Can you think of someone who would appreciate it if you make a memorial donation as a parting gift? Donating in memory of someone is done by giving a certain amount of money or donating something valuable to a charity organization as a way to remember the deceased.
Are appropriate funeral gifts with memorial donations possible?
Donating in memory of someone is appropriate in times where the family of the deceased asked for memorial donations to give a great and lasting tribute to the memory of the departed. In other words, it comes from an obituary request to give donations to a charitable organization to remember who has passed on. Traditionally, in memoriam, flowers have always been offered in funerals. Most families ask for flowers. However, if the family or the obituary did not request memorial donations to offer, it doesn't mean you can't give what you have. You can still offer financial support by buying in-memoriam flowers or sympathy bouquets to show respect to their wishes. Or, you can inform the family that you will donate to charity to contribute to their deceased loved one's memory. Other than flowers, there are other memorial gifts (requested or not requested) that you can offer along with memorial donations:
- Food - Giving food is a commonplace and popular funeral tradition. Offering the family of the departed something for their visitors to eat will lessen the burden of the expense associated with feeding everyone. You can choose to bake homemade goods for a personal touch, or simply pick up some fresh fruit or a salad from the grocery store.
- Sympathy Card - This is inexpensive and almost effortless, but invaluable because you're sharing your deepest heartfelt condolences as well as words of encouragement and other thoughtful messages to the grieving family. You can express what you feel for them, which connects you better to the family of the deceased.
- Memorial Wreath - You can offer a wreath instead of individually picked flowers to offer as a gift for the departed. This gift is also inexpensive and is very beautiful to offer. The family of the departed will appreciate this gift. It can be laid on or near the coffin or tombstone.
Remember, your presence counts more than gifts, especially when you're close to the family of the deceased. It may not be necessary to bring gifts to funerals, but it is a kind gesture to give one of the gifts listed above and also make a memorial donation in memory or in honor of the departed.
How do you donate to charity in memory?
Take a trip down memory lane and see what you can remember about your late loved one. Did they have a passion for helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, or rescuing the abused? Were they actively part of an organization with a good cause? Did they ever mention something they would do just to help others? These questions will help guide you when coming up with the best way to donate in memoriam. You can trust charitable organizations, such as Food For Life (FFL), to ensure your memorial donation to the late loved one will be used appropriately. Once you have decided to donate to us, contact us or visit our donation page to get an idea of where to start. On our website, there are many ways to donate using securely without risking any private financial details. You can even visit our headquarters to discuss a donation in person if you're nearby.
How much should you give?
There's no rule regarding how much you should donate in memory or in honor of someone. No pressure is bestowed upon you, and it is encouraged that you give with whatever amount—big or small—that you can give wholeheartedly and genuinely. After all, it's for the benefit of the charitable organization, as well as for the late loved one and their family.
Making a single or regular donation in memory
You can talk with us to help you decide whether to make a one-time donation in memory of someone or to do it regularly. Either way, every penny counts in preserving the memory of your loved one and their family and friends.
What do you write in a donation card in memory of someone?
A donation card for the departed should include the following:
- The name of the deceased
- The address of the deceased
- The names of the family of the deceased
- A consoling message that expresses sympathy to those who knew the deceased
- Optional: A positive message to those surviving the deceased loved one
Aside from these things, you can also add something that you would like to personally express to the family. Regardless, it's important to always be sincere in whatever you choose to write.
How do “in memory of” and “in honor of” differ from each other?
"In memory of" serves to remember those who have passed on. Meanwhile, the phrase, "in honor of" is used when honor is due, often to show respect or admiration to someone who is still living. To put it simply, the dependent factor for when to use each of the two phrases is whether the person for whom the donation is made is alive or dead.
Make a donation in memory to FFL
Make a heartfelt memorial donation to Food For Life. We are a charitable organization that feeds millions of vegan meals to the hungry every day. Be part of our step towards ending global hunger now!
Food For Life Global’s primary mission is to bring about peace and prosperity in the world through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based meals prepared with loving intention.
Paul Turner co-founded Food for Life Global in 1995. He is a former monk, a veteran of the World Bank, entrepreneur, holistic life coach, vegan chef, and author of 6 books, including, FOOD YOGA (foodyoga.org), 7 maxims for soul happiness (7maxims.com). Turner has traveled to 72 countries over the last 39 years helping to establish Food for Life projects, train volunteers, and document their success.