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Etiquette in a Condolence Letter

Posted: April 27th, 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 very important to follow the proper etiquette when sending a condolence letter. There are several guidelines for everything, from choosing the right words to addressing the letter.

As dictated by etiquette, a condolence letter should be sent when you hear the news of the death. Nonetheless, others claim that it is okay to send it anytime after the occurrence of death because its aim is to comfort the bereaved and sending it later will still be appreciated. Many people usually get confused as to whom the letter should be addressed. This may differ from situation to situation. For instance, if you know the deceased well but have not met the family, you can address the letter to the closest relative. If you do not know the deceased but is acquainted with the family members, address the letter to the person that you know and always write your complete name.

Make sure to select words of your letter of condolence carefully. Words should be short but sincere. Consider sharing a fond story or memory of the deceased in your letter. You should always be sincere in what you say and never write about understanding the feelings of the bereaved at this time. You may use a card or blank sheet of paper in expressing your sympathies. Keep in mind that what matters most is the thought you put into words. It is also important to consider the religion of the departed and the family to avoid writing something that may sound unpleasant to their religion.

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