• Write condolence letters by hand
  • Avoid sympathy cards, go for a simple correspondence card
  • Be feeling but concise

TEMPLATE

ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEATH

I was sad to hear the news of David’s passing.

RELAY A MEMORY

David was a friendly and thoughtful man. It was always a pleasure to bump into him when I visited my parents. He had a knack for remembering the small details and took an interest in my studies, often offering helpful suggestions for my geography essays. The village was a brighter place for his being in it.    

GIVE SYMPATHY

I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

SIGN OFF

 

Do you give a something? What do you give?

Flowers are acceptable. Anything else is a bit iffy.