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 »

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 »

Address the message, and then include your true, sincere feelings. End by asking if there is anything you can do to help. More »

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A sympathy message should include condolences for the recipient's loss and a fond memory of the deceased, if the writer has one. A specific offer of assistance is appropriate, but financial assistance is not, according t... 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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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 »

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 »