You are here:

Social Etiquette and Good Manners/Signing Christmas cards after death of spouse


My wife passed away about a month ago. I want to continue our custom of sending Christmas cards to family and friends. She would have liked that. Would it be inappropriate to sign the cards as we always did; as coming from Larry and Linda? All of the recipients are aware of her passing.

Thank you for your advice.


Dear Larry,
    Please know how sorry I am for your loss.

   As you say,everyone who will get the cards already knows your sad news.
Write a line or two about your wife's love for the holiday and add
that as a tribute to her you will be continuing the tradition of sending
and signing the cards as you always have.

 For those who love you, this will be all the explanation they will ever need.

         With sympathy,
         Amanda Gamble  

Social Etiquette and Good Manners

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Amanda Gamble


I will answer any etiquette question you`d care to ask! I will be happy to give friendly non-judgmental advice on any situation. Certain cultures and religions that outside of my personal scope of knowledge but I usually know whom to ask when I have a question. Time specific questions may or may not get answered by your deadline.


I have been writing a daily etiquette advice column for 12 years. I have taught as well as given lectures on the subject.

Life and other institutions.

©2017 All rights reserved.