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January 15, 2010 2:30 PM Subscribe
I need to send an email to someone I don't know very well about a death. Please help me...
posted by Hydrofiend to Human Relations (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background: I recently started a new job. One of my responsibilities is to attend board meetings. At our last meeting, the newest board member was introduced. I have interacted with her before (at a social function for the org. I work for) and our interactions are friendly but professional. In other words she is not my BFF and our conversations generally are around the org. I work for. We are currently working on a project together and in the midst of that, her Dad died. She tells me this in an email and cancels a meeting we were supposed to have. The Executive Director wants me to ask about funeral arrangements but I'm having a hard time composing this email! I don't know, it doesn't feel right just flat out asking "have you made funeral arrangements yet? We wanna come" Am I just being a pussified dweeb or is there a way to ask this without it offending or sending her into a fit of tears or better yet, having to deal people who she'd rather not be there? Please help me. Thanks