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Condolence Letter Etiquette

Posted: March 26th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The death of a loved one is a very delicate and sensitive issue, thus it is necessary to follow proper etiquette when sending a condolence letter just for the sake of sending. There are rules for everything, from choosing the right words and addressing the letter.

As per etiquettes, a condolence letter should be sent as soon as you heard the news of the death. Nevertheless, some people claim that it is okay to send it anytime after the death occurs because as the purpose is to help comfort a bereaved person, sending it a little later will be appreciated. Many people often get confused as to whom should they address the condolence letter. This differs from every situation. For instance, if you know the deceased well but has never met his or her family, address your letter to the closest relative. If you do not know the deceased but know his family members, address it to the person you know and make sure to write your complete name.

You should choose what to say in a condolence letter carefully. Make sure your words are short but sincere. Share a fond memory or story about the departed in your condolence letter. Be genuine in whatever you say and refrain from writing that you understand how one feels at this time. You can use either a blank piece of paper or a note card to express your condolences. Keep in mind that it is the thought you put into words the truly matters. Make certain that you know the religion of the person who died to avoid writing anything that might not be pleasant to their religion.

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