Grief care packages

When a loved one is grieving, finding the right thing to say or do can be stressful and frustrating. It can leave you feeling helpless, riddled with guilt or both. 

Fortunately, Catherine Hinz — a St. Paul mom who’s been through heartbreak of her own — has come up with a comforting and beautiful solution: Her new business, Beyond Words Co., offers multi-sensory mail-order care packages.

Catherine Hinz

Each box caters to a different essence and grief focus — such as rest and calm for someone in a state of shock, numbness or denial; anti-anxiety and stress relief for those experiencing disorientation and yearning; and renewal and peacefulness for individuals who are in a state of reorganization and starting a new life. 

Contents include healing bath, body and beauty products; healthy snacks and teas; and self-reflection tools. One box, for example, contains a gold foil-stamped notebook that says: “My List of Reasonable Expectations.” Another features themed “You Are Brave: Burn Bright” matches and flying wish papers, which can be symbolically lit and released. 

Hinz (right), a longtime safety advocate and now the executive director for the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety, has a background uniquely suited to caring.

On her company bio page, she said: “Whatever the source of grief, my hope is that you are lifted higher from those depths, find a moment of comfort you need and discover the courage you have within to get through each hard day.”

Find boxes, which cost $54–$98, at, where you’ll also find a list of things to say in times of despair, organized by grief category.