A sympathy card to a widow should be addressed to "Mrs. Robert Smith," substituting Robert Smith with her deceased husband's name, according to the Emily Post Institute on etiquette. While the traditional etiquette for c... More »

When addressing a sympathy card, the writer can direct it to the closest surviving relative of the deceased person. Typically this is likely to be the widow or widower or the deceased, or the eldest of the deceased's chi... More »

There is no definite time limit for sending sympathy cards, and therefore it can never be too late to send one. However, it is a good idea to send a sympathy card within 2 weeks of hearing the bad news, according to the ... More »

Write a bereavement thank you card by addressing recipients by name, thanking them for both their sympathy and any gifts or services they provided, and ending with a traditional closing phrase like "sincerely yours" foll... More »

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It is generally inappropriate to send a sympathy card when the intent or result of sending the card is other than a sincere expression of comfort and support. It is also inappropriate if the sender’s intent is to gloat, ... More »

When addressing a sympathy card, the writer can direct it to the closest surviving relative of the deceased person. Typically this is likely to be the widow or widower or the deceased, or the eldest of the deceased's chi... More »

The message that comes before a signature in a sympathy card should be something along the lines of "With sympathy," "Thinking of you" or "My sincere condolences." It can also include a simple "Love," message. More »