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AnnieChance

Question:Too late to write a sympathy card?

Is there a deadline on this? Or can I send it whenever?

Asked by AnnieChance on 10/22/08 4 Answers»
katiyana

Answer:

It's never too late. When you lose a loved one, you get a flood of sympathy cards and phone calls, and then people move on with their own lives, and you still feel stuck in this moment of grief by yourself. A note a month or two after the loss, or even a year later, can help them not feel like they're the only one grieving the person's passing.

Answered by: katiyana on 11/7/08
NicoO2000

Answer:

I agree, the sooner the better. However, as we know grieving is a long process and people are healing for a long time after a death. A nice card out of the blue to let them know they're still in your thoughts definitely couldn't hurt.

Answered by: NicoO2000 on 11/5/08
coleman

Answer:

I think anything that brightens someone's day is a gift.

Answered by: coleman on 10/29/08
angie805

Answer:

I don't think it's ever too late to let someone know you're thinking of them, and that you're there for them if they need you. But the sooner, the better.

Answered by: angie805 on 10/24/08
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