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Awesome Etiquette: Offering Financial Support For A Funeral

From picking up the tab for flowers to a simple monetary donation, there are many ways to offer finanacial support when a friend loses a loved one.
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From picking up the tab for flowers to a simple monetary donation, there are many ways to offer finanacial support when a friend loses a loved one.

Offering financial assistance to a friend or family member after the death of a loved one is a tradition for some people. The reason for this is to help defray costs associated with the person's death. A listener - unfamiliar with this custom - asked how to do this if you're unable to attend a funeral and offer a contribution in person.

If including cash or a check in a sympathy card feels awkward, you can always call to offer condolences and ask if you can help by making a monetary donation. Maybe you'll find that a contribution for flowers or toward the funeral luncheon will make the most sense.

Some families prefer that, in lieu of flowers, money is sent to a charity or a college fund for those in need.  You're closeness to the family and knowing if there are financial burdens will help you decide what to do.

If you have an etiquette question for us, send it to:  awesomeetiquette@emilypost.com

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