Condolence notes


  • 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.    

Give sympathy

I am thinking of you at this difficult time.


Definitely send a correspondence card. Flowers are acceptable. Anything else is a bit iffy.