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Etiquette in a Condolence Letter

Posted: April 15th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The passing away of a loved one is a very sensitive and delicate issue, so it is important to follow the right etiquette when you send a condolence letter. There are certain guides for everything, from selecting the right words and how to address your letter.

As etiquette dictates, a letter of condolence should be sent the moment you heard of the death. However, some people say that it is fine to send it anytime after the death happens since its purpose is to comfort the bereaved and sending it a bit later will be appreciated. Most people often get confused as to whom they should address the letter. This varies from one situation to another. For example, if you know the departed well but has never met the family, address the letter to the closest relative. If you are not well acquainted with the deceased but know the members of the family, you should address the letter to the person you know and write your complete name.

Make sure to choose the words of your condolence letter carefully. Words should be brief but sincere. Try to share a fond memory or story of the departed in the letter. Be sincere in what you have to say and avoid writing that you understand how the bereaved feels during this time. You can use a blank sheet of paper or a card to express your sympathies. Bear in mind that what really matters is the thought that you put into words. Consider the religion of the deceased to keep from writing anything that could sound unpleasant to their religion.

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