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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shiva or Condolence Tray

Sorry this post is a bit of a downer but this is what happened in the Life of the Candy Man.

As I have mentioned before we do a lot of work with life cycle events

Usually happy ones but at times sad ones too. We send Shiva or Condolence baskets and or tray  to a family.  Shiva literally translates to English as seven which is the initial time that a Jewish Family traditionally mourns the passing of a spouse, parent, or child.

We have sent many trays to both Jewish and and Non Jewish people as bereavement gifts. Its sweeter than flowers and sweet treat or nuts are ideal to have around while families and friends sit around and remember the ones they lost.

Last week I had an unfortunate life cycle event of my own my step grand father who was part of my life of the last three decades passed away. He lived to a ripe old age of 99 and had a good life. It was strange though as I took phone orders from people who were sending my family trays listening to the cards being given.

Where on most occasions I am able to help write these cards with the traditional sentiments like:
  • Our Deepest Condolences
  • May G-d be with you in your time of loss

Last week I was simply a scribe.

So not all weeks are sweet in the Life of the Candy Man but I do my best to help sweeten up the lives of those around me.


  1. “Through letters and cards, families will be able to hold that friendship in their hands and to read those kind words at a time and place that supports their pace of healing.” I got this condolence message from a friend and it really helps me to go through life. I hope this can also help you. Live life to the fullest in spite of having great pains in your heart.

  2. Sympathy Gift Baskets come with a variety of food options. A basket full of fruit is a great gift for just about anyone. They are normally a mixture of apples, pears, and oranges. Some fruit baskets will also include cookies, gourmet snacks, coffee, chocolates, cheese, and crackers.

    Kosher Shiva baskets