Sympathy Cards in Italy
August 25, 2005 10:05 AM Subscribe
Sympathy cards in Italy. A somewhat distant relative of mine in Italy passed away recently and I'd like to send a card. As my Italian is rudimentary at best and as I'm not sure what is acceptable or proper to write in a sympathy card in Italy, I'd appreciate any suggestions from Italian-speaking Mefites.
posted by lumiere to human relations (8 answers total)
I don't imagine that the contents of the card would differ substantially between the English-speaking world and Italy; however, I have no idea what Italians would typically write in such a card. Are euphemisms for death (she is dead vs she passed away, for example) used in Italian? Is it appropriate to mention her long battle with disease (which wasn't talked about when she was alive)? Should I mention things religious (heaven, Jesus, etc)? I'm fine with sending a card written in broken Italian (which is, honestly, what they'd expect) but I'd hate to inadvertently offend during a time of mourning. Grazie!