I pulled out my wooden basket of writing supplies today so I could sit down and acknowledge the kind expressions of sympathy I have received in the days since my mom died.
I have read each and every hand-written note several times already and know that I will do so again many times in the year ahead. Notes like these are held very dear.
Dottie sent me a great article she recently ran across on the topic of expressing your condolences. I thought you might enjoy reading it as well. I will not profess to be any kind of an expert on how to express your sorrow to a person who has lost someone they love. What I will tell you is that for me it is the simple things that are the most meaningful. The gentle pats on my arm or shoulder felt so kind, the bag of M&M's a co-worker slipped across the table to me made me smile, the way some people just came right up and said "I am so sorry" these are the things that brought comfort to me. Things that made me know the death of my mother did not go unnoticed.
For each and every expression of kindness (including all of your comments here) I am ever grateful.