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Sympathy Message Etiquette

Sympathy Message Etiquette

Something as simple as receiving a sympathy note from a friend or family member can go a long way into helping someone get through the grief of losing a loved one. If you know someone who is grieving, it is important to send them a note expressing your condolences and sympathies. This may not be as easy as it sounds, since there are etiquette rules that you should keep in mind. If you are not sure what to watch out for, Toledo, OH cremation providers and funeral homes have some tips.   

Send the note as soon as possible. No one likes to receive a note of sympathy that is weeks late, so as soon as you learn of the death, consider sending the message. This is one of the reasons that some people have simple condolence cards that they buy in advance and store for when they need them.   

Try not to email the sympathy note. Although it is convenient, this should only be a last resort. Sending an email can make people feel as if you did not try. If you are across the world and you are afraid of the message not reaching the person for a long time, the best thing you can do is give them a call instead.   

If you do not know the family well, the right thing to do is to address the sympathy note to the person who was closest to the deceased. If their spouse is living, address it to them. If not, a child or a sibling is usually the right option. This is a sign of respect that should not be ignored. If, however, you are friends with someone in the family and you do not know the rest, send it to that person.   

Always sign your full name. Many times, family members remove the cards from envelopes before handing them to those to whom they are addressed and this can cause confusion if you just have a first name. If you are signing a group card, this can also be an issue, no matter how close you are to the person. It is also important to consider the kind of relationship that you have with the person to whom it is addressed. Are you friends or just acquaintances? This can make a difference in the wording of the note and on how you sign it.   

Writing a sympathy message should take a bit of time. You want to create a thoughtful message that can offer your condolences in a way that the recipient will appreciate. Be sure not to make it too long, since they will have many notes to get through. Do not expect a response, either. Some people do send out thank you notes, but others do not. If you want to see examples of these notes or get some more tips, you can turn to a funeral home or provider of cremations at Toledo, OH. At Habegger Funeral Services, located at 2001 Consaul St Toledo, OH 43605, we can help. Call us at (419) 214-2622. 

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