Online condolences?? How far have we sunk? An email (if that) instead of a thank you note, begging people to respond to wedding invitations; How did my referral work out for you?
I don’t like any of these scenarios, but unfortunately we’ve come to accept them. But online condolences. Whose idea was this? And who was the next person who said “That sounds like a great idea!”
Most people are pressed for time. I get it. Does that excuse us from being courteous and respectful? How long does it take to buy a sympathy card, write a note, sign it and mail it? 20 minutes or less?
Advice: keep a few cards on hand. When you get a little older and your social circle widens you’ll need a few.
“I don’t have time; I’m swamped,” yada, yada, yada. Time is like money – you spend it on things you decide are important. What could be more important than expressing sympathy to a friend, colleague or family member who lost a loved one?
Let’s all take a few minutes and think about online condolences. Say it all together now: “NO, I won’t do it!”