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

Responding to a Sympathy Letter

Posted: May 11th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

In a certain point in your life, you will receive several sympathy cards or letters due to the death of a loved one. Some of the senders are close to you such as your distant family, friends and co-workers while others are not, like the doctor or an acquaintance. Many people have no idea on how to respond to a sympathy letter or whether it is necessary to respond to them.

While there is no rule saying that you should respond to each and every sympathy letter received, it would be nice to say thank you if you happen to meet them or if they call. However, you should not feel obliged to send thank you cards or mention a thank you in your grieving time. You may also consider displaying these cards or letter if there is a sort of memorial service for the departed.

Based on tradition, it is considered appropriate to send a personal thank you note to those who sent sympathy cards or letters, flowers and donated to charity in the name of your loved one. Nonetheless, you need not send a thank you note to those who sent pre-fabricated cards without a personal message enclosed. You can send thank you notes or cards within a couple of months after the death. Gather all the sympathy cards or letters together and make a list of those who sent personal cards, donation, flowers and other offerings. Make sure your notes are handwritten.

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