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Condolence etiquette

Offering condolences after a loss is a gesture of kindness. While it's tempting to share your well-wishes as soon as possible, tread carefully. There is such a thing as condolence etiquette, and it's all about being mindful of how your words could be taken. Whenever you're offering condolences, consider the meaning behind your words. Sometimes this meaning doesn't align with what we're really trying to say, so condolence etiquette offers helpful structure.

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