I often get emails from Modern Manners Guy readers and listeners about this very issue. And after you do talk to them, how do you choose a condolence gift that shows the appropriate level of feeling and empathy? He had never met her grandmother but had met other members of the family.
This, my friends, is a very challenging thing and something that everyone has probably struck out on at least once. So before you head out to the mall to pick out the perfect gift that says "I care" without saying, "I have no idea what I'm doing," check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper condolence gift-giving. He attended the funeral, visited her house, offered his assistance, and did all the good kinda-sorta-boyfriend-type things any decent person should do.
Families are very strong and help each other in all needs.
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