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How to Address a Sympathy Letter or Card to a Widow

Posted: August 9th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The news of a death of a family, friend or acquaintance is very difficult. It is important to send your sympathies to the family and the widow in particular. If you have no idea how to address a sympathy letter or card to a widow, this article could give you an idea. Remember that it is vital to address the widow appropriately. Keep in mind that a widow is dealing with extreme grief and have to accept the fact that the husband is gone. A widow is still very much the wife of the departed and must be addressed as such.

When sending a sympathy letter or card to a widow, make certain to address the envelope to ‘Mrs. Henry Smith’ or Ms. Ellen Smith’. In this sample, Ellen is Henry’s widow, so when you use Mrs. then you use the name of the departed husband. A newly widowed doctor can be addressed as Dr. Ellen Smith. A newly widowed minister could be addressed as Reverend Ellen or Pastor Ellen Smith.

Always write a personal note to the widow that you know by addressing her as Mrs. or Reverend Smith. If the widow is a personal friend, you can address her as you normally do, like Ellen or Aunt Ellen. The outer envelope of your sympathy letter or card should read Mrs.

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