Condolences Etiquette

Condolences Etiquette. The #1 Etiquette Rule in offering words of comfort to others is to be sincere in whatever you say or do, even though you may be unsure about exactly what that might be. The good news is that you don't have to rush to do or say something, because being a good listener is as important as being a good doer.

What To Say. If you're at a loss for what to say try these words of condolence. Expressing your feelings with words is good, but it's not the only way. You can also express condolences by giving a shoulder to cry on.

Say It With Letters Condolence Etiquette calls for writing letters to express condolences. Personally, I prefer letters to cards and poems, but either is appropraie and depends on what your personal preferences are.

Send a Condolence Gift Basket A Condolence Basket is a wonderful way to express concern and support for someone who's either ill, grieving the loss of a loved one, or what have you. And they come in an array of comforting food and drinks; including wines, chocolates, meats, cheeses, crackers, coffees, teas, etc.

Give a Condolence Gift. The type and kind of condolence gifts is nearly unlimited. I tend to like those that range from cremation jewelry, memorial websites, remembrance journals, memorial stones, trees, benches, headstones to gift baskets and food.

Want More? Read a book to get some ideas for how and what to say and do to express condolences and words of sympathy. Here are some for you to condider.

The Art of Condolence: What To Write, What To Say, What To Do
By: Leonard M. Zunin, Hillary Stanton Zunin

My Deepest Sympathies: Meaningful Condolences
By: Florence Isaacs

Condolence Eulogies: Finding The Perfect Words
Bettyanne Gillette

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