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In this day of electronic communications, do you still send a real card expressing sympathy when someone dies? Or do you rely on other means, such as email or text, to send your condolences?

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I would if I am unable to be there in person.
I think if someone dies, it is not approriate to send a message ONLY on Facebook or similar.

I know when my son died 18 months ago, I did get a few like this, however I found the cards that people sent me were far more appreciated by me.

I have them forever, and some of the things that people write are so poetic and tear jerking, that it is one memory I have kept even from when my daughter died some 20 years ago.

So no, i do not think it is appropriate for an email or text to be sent on the death of someone, and having gone through these awful experiences, I would not do this to someone else.

If it is a parent, perhaps I might think differently as they are usually older.
by Finy
Good question. I'm not sure. If I had the opportunity to give them my condolences in person, I would. Otherwise, I'd ask around to see what others were doing.
by Vee
It is not good to do it via email, unless there was 'no-way' to send a card.
I am a big believer in good manner, and the loss of a loved one or friend ect, is not something that should be done I feel, without a card.
A sign of respect you went out of your way, and sent the card.
If you can't get one...for whatever reason (e.g. Poor health).
Then yes there are some lovely ones on line, or even Google.
(make sure you express also your reason if by email).
Text is o.k., but should be followed with a card also.(not just a text).
I think it is a generation thing, and as such I tend to send a card to elderly friends and relatives but younger folks I would email, or contact through Facebook. I don't think I've ever sent condolences by text but I have received several this last week, which surprised me, and what prompted the question!
I quite often also send flowers or some other little gift with a note, rather than the traditional card.
I don't send sympathy cards. I rather to make calls or send text messages.
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