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Old 04-22-2014, 06:01 PM
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My teaching partner's husband unexpectedly passed away. Aside from getting meals to the family, I would like to do something special for her. Maybe something on her desk when she comes back. Thoughts?


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Old 04-22-2014, 06:10 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about your coworker's loss. I have no suggestion, but am praying for you and your friend's family.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:03 PM
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I think a potted plant is nice...something to last longer than flowers that wilt and need to be thrown out. Or maybe a gift certificate for an outdoor shrub or tree to plant this summer in memory of her husband.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:19 PM
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Maybe a peace lily would be nice for her desk when she returns. They are easy to care for. I'm sorry to hear about her loss.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:54 AM
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That's sad.

I think anything that shows her she is being thought of would be nice; a plant is a good idea. I also like this:
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Or maybe a gift certificate for an outdoor shrub or tree to plant this summer in memory of her husband.


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Old 04-23-2014, 02:15 AM
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I think a handwritten card on her desk and maybe her favorite candy or snack? Her first day back to school is bound to be difficult.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:41 AM
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A handwritten card and a small basket with some personal comfort items for her--gum, water bottle, candy bar, nuts, lotion, etc.

or a basket of fresh fruit--oranges, Gala apples, banana
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:40 AM
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When a colleague's mom passed away, we as a group, purchased her 3 gift certificates for massages. You may want to give one also with a personal message. Our colleague so appreciated the massages.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:21 PM
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When my mom and dad died it was hard to return to work and hear all of the wonderful words of sympathy. I wanted to breakdown and cry each time. I appreciated quiet private words. Cards left on my desk meant so much. Its difficult returning after a loss.

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Old 04-23-2014, 05:15 PM
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I agree with Renea. My mom died a couple of months ago and I dreaded the coming back and people asking how I was. Made me cry all over. A card with a nice note and plant would be great!


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Old 04-23-2014, 07:45 PM
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I love the plant, basket or gift card ideas! She is blessed to have you for a friend and co-worker. She, along with her loved ones, including you and all of her school family, are in my prayers as you strive to comfort her!

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Old 04-24-2014, 01:22 PM
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Thank you to everyone for the wonderful ideas. I want her to know I am thinking of her and want to help, but I don't want to overwhelm or upset her, either. I think I am going to do a plant and card with her favorite candy. I love the idea of the peace lily. Thanks!!
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