It’s a custom in many families that friends and extended family members work together to provide a meal for loved ones who have experienced a loss. During this sad time, it can be difficult for families to focus on self-care when they are working through deep emotions. Providing a meal is yet another way to show support for the family. If you’re wondering what type of food is appropriate to serve after a funeral, here are some suggestions to get you started.

Quick, Easy Snacks

While some families prefer to have a fully-cooked meal, others find it easier and less stressful to offer snacks that are available for the family to nibble during the long hours of visitation and the funeral. If your loved ones prefer snacks, some great options include:

  • Sliced lunch meat and cheese
  • Bread
  • Chips
  • Pickles and condiments
  • Cookies or brownies
  • Fruit or veggie trays

This range of easy options allows the family to graze as they are able, without putting a lot of pressure on friends and family.

Large Gatherings

Some families plan a large gathering and meal after a funeral. These shared feasts are often held at a faith-related location or community center, and generally feature at least one simple protein and a variety of side dishes that are prepared or purchased by friends and family members. The meats might include fried chicken or other convenient options, and may be purchased by close relations to ensure that there is enough food for everyone who attends. Casseroles, baked goods, fruit and vegetable trays are always welcome, as are canned drinks or bottled water for convenience. Above all, keep in mind that the food should be relatively tasty even if served cold, as you can’t guarantee there will be enough ovens or microwaves to keep everything warm.

Sharing food is one way that families show love, and that is never more necessary than during the hours during and after a funeral. At Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, our concierge team is available to help answer any questions that you might have around funeral planning. We have served the Mesa, Arizona area since 1951, and our staff still firmly believes in the legacy of dedication, integrity and compassion that have been passed down through the generations.