As a group we sent flowers/made a memorial contribution to a friend or co-worker. Is it appropriate to follow up with a sympathy gift just from me?

If you want to send a more personal message of support, then sending a sympathy gift from yourself following a group gift is just fine.  You may have a closer relationship with the bereaved than others in the group.  Acknowledging this relationship with a gift just from you lets your friend know you care.  That is truly the message you want to send to a friend who is grieving.  Sometimes people feel they can’t do enough for friends who are grieving and sending a sympathy gift after a gift of flowers or a group memorial contribution offers support and comfort when someone really needs it.

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