Whenever I write a sympathy letter (by hand, and I don't ever use sympathy cards!) I try to express sincere feelings that will not only extend sympathy but also some hope. It is not an easy chore, but I want them to know I care and also understand.
These days I do not receive a reply or an acknowledgement of any kind. Are good manners out of date? Or am I simply old-fashioned?
What are your feelings on this subject?