Lao tradition when someone die
An executives' father just died, and the family is originally from Laos. How can we show them that we care in a way to preserves Laos tradition? We don't know that service address, but we do have the executive's home address.
Should we send flowers? food? card? or nothing?
Thanks for dropping by. It's nice to know that others are interested in Lao culture and traditions.
In Laos when someone we know (or someone close to those we know) die, we go to their house, give flowers, rice (small quantity, uncooked), and/or money.
In offices, if our colleagues' family member die we'd gather a small amount of money (how much? it is up to individual) then send a representative (or a group of colleagues) to their house to give the money and sometimes a wreath. When going to the death's house one should dress conservatively in black or white (no red or bright color clothes).
I think this is enough to show that you care.
FYI: Usually the death body is kept in their family home for a few days before cremation.
Note: What mentioned here is what we do in Laos, I don't know if Laotian living in the USA practice this tradition, but I'd guess that they do to some extent (more or less).
If you want to show that you care in a way that preserves Lao tradition, what I mentioned above should be OK to follow. However, if you're not comfortable giving money then just a funeral wreath will be fine I'm sure.
Hope you find it helpful,