Last night I went to a funeral service for a church friend. It was such a sweet time, hearing memories and stories from his past.
The experience made me think of a tip, that while completely unrelated to couponing, might be of help. Whenever you have a friend who has a significant event, mark your calendar a month into the future of that event. When someone has lost a loved one, had a miscarriage or lost a home to a fire, usually there is an immediate response from everyone. People bring food, ask how they are doing, and do what they can to help. In a month’s time, most people go back to their routines yet the pain that the person feels is still present. I try to touch base with the person and see how I might be able to help, offering to take them out to coffee, bring over some muffins, or help in some other way.
This works well for celebrations, too. After a baby is born, it is a jubilant time. The excitement and rush of welcoming the new baby into the world is thrilling. Making the adjustments to the baby’s schedule, life as a larger family, and the work of motherhood can have its challenges, though. About a month after the baby is born, the mom might appreciate a visit, a card, a little gift just for her, and/or a meal brought for the family to enjoy.
As for a newly married couple, they might like the thought that someone other than them remembered their “monthaversary”.