I recently was asked, “How late can you send a sympathy gift?” I have heard some people say after the services it should just be a card of condolences. I have also heard up to a year is appropriate.
What if you just found out a few months later? Can you still send something?
Most people will welcome a gift or card at any time as there is no time limit for grieving. They would love to know someone is still thinking about them and their loss.
Some people send ‘memorial gifts’ on the anniversary date to let the family or friend know they were not forgotten. This can be a small gift, card, or even just a phone call to say, “I was thinking about you today. How are you?” And then let them open up if they need to.
Use your discretion with how you feel the gift will be received. But a card with heartfelt sympathy written in it is always a sincere gesture.