- Write condolence letters by hand
- Avoid sympathy cards, go for a simple correspondence card
- Be feeling but concise
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.
I am thinking of you at this difficult time.
WHAT TO GIVE
Definitely send a correspondence card. Flowers are acceptable. Anything else is a bit iffy.