How to Address a Sympathy Card to a Widow
29 SEP 2017
It is hard to hear of the death of a family member, friend or acquaintance. You realize it is important to send your sympathy to the family, especially the widow. If you have little experience with this, you'll need to know how to address the sympathy card when mailing one to the widow. It is important to acknowledge her correctly and observe proper etiquette. A widow is trying to deal with deep grief and accept the fact that her husband is truly gone. She is still very much his wife and will want to be addressed as such.
1 Address the envelope
Address the envelope to "Mrs. John Smith" or "Ms. Sarah Smith." Sarah is the widow of John, so when using Mrs. you will use the deceased husband's name.
2 Address the envelope-2
Address the envelope for a newly widowed doctor as Dr. Sarah Smith.
3 Address the envelope-3
Address the envelope to a newly widowed woman who is a minister as Reverend Sarah or Pastor Sarah Smith.
4 Write a personal note
Write a personal note inside of the card to a newly widowed woman that you are an acquaintance of by addressing her as Mrs., Dr. or Reverend Smith.
5 Write a personal note-2
Write a personal note to a family member or friend and address her as you normally would, Aunt Sarah or Sarah. The outer envelope still must read Mrs. John or Ms. Sarah Smith.