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Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in On the Basics | 0 comments

A Complete Guide to Sympathy Meals

What is a sympathy meal? People usually bring the word sympathy out around funeral time, but if you look it up, its meaning is a little more broad:

1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.

I’m sorry you are sick or mourning the loss of a loved one. Here’s some chicken noodle soup or a full BBQ spread to make you feel better.

2. understanding between people; common feeling.

I too know what it’s like to push a small human from one’s nethers. Please  accept this casserole and all of my love.


Are sympathy meals only a Southern thing? It feels like it to me, but I’m Southern so who knows? It’s definitely not a Norwegian thing. What do you think?



I’ve been ruminating on a sympathy meal post for a while. I’m not really sure what put it on my mind, but once I started writing out my thoughts I had several pages worth of information and decided it would be better to spread it over a few posts…a series, if you will.

You may have already read some good tips out there for preparing this type of meal. Here is a great post about it. And another. I’ve gathered up the definition, the basics, a few extensions on those guidelines, and a few more things you might not have thought of. Thanks for allowing me to define the art of the sympathy meal for you. Stay tuned for the rest of the tips…coming soon!



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