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2016-09-20 Social Etiquette and Good Manners - awkward letter:

I would word it in such a way that you convey that you are sorry for her loss but not to imply that she should be grieving or not.  A friendly "I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, if there's anything I

2016-09-20 Social Etiquette and Good Manners - This is awkward!:

Dear Jo:      Thank you for your question.    Because you don't know the specifics of your friend's relationship with her father in his final days, you and your remarks should remain general and neutral

2016-09-20 Social Etiquette and Good Manners - Letter of condolence:

Dear Ms. JoAnne,    Comforting others is a delicate balance. You are a thoughtful person to be concerned about writing the words that acknowledge her loss appropriately. Although you may not be close with

2016-09-20 Social Etiquette and Good Manners - An awkward letter:

Jo:    Focus on your friend, not on the person who passed.   Keep your message simple and supportive since you did not have a very close relationship.        In this instance I tend to write a card that

2016-09-20 Social Etiquette and Good Manners - How to write a condolence letter in an awkward situation:

Dear Jo,  I understand your hesitation. Make no reference to the relationship between the deceased and your acquaintance. Just acknowledge her helpfulness to your family and extend your condolences. Keep

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