The best way to write a sympathy card is to be genuine and simply say what you feel

Reply to a Sympathy Letter

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

There will come a time in your life where you will receive several sympathy letters due to the death of a loved one. Some of the sympathy letter senders may be your relatives, colleagues and friends while others could include the dentist. Many people are not aware that a sympathy letter requires a reply or how to proceed in responding.

While there are no rules stating that you should replay to each and every sympathy letter, it would be nice to acknowledge a thank you if the sender happens to call or you meet them. However, you should not feel obligated to send a thank you card nor are you expected to say thank you while you are grieving. If you like, you could display the sympathy letters or cards in a conspicuous place if there is a memorial service for the deceased.

Based on tradition, it is right to send a personal thank you to those who sent sympathy letter, cards, and flowers or donated to charity in the name of the departed. Nonetheless, do not feel obligated to send thank you notes to those who sent pre-fabricated sympathy cards without a personal message enclosed. A good time to send thank you notes or cards is within two months after the death. Gather all the sympathy letters and create a list of those who send personal cards, donation, flowers and others. Always make it a point to handwrite the thank you notes.

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