Sadly, I had to write a letter of condolence to an old family friend whose daughter suddenly died over the weekend. Very interesting people whose grand- and great-grandfather was a president of the US.
I realized that most of the stationery that I have is fun and cheery and that none of it would do for a letter of this type. I feel like I know the family too well to just go purchase a sympathy card, so I went to the stationery store to see what they had.
The store, which is close to my office, has a good selection of Crane papers, including the fun Kate Spade papers. I have the KS agenda inserts, and in fact, got my boss to get their week on two pages calendar inserts a few weeks ago!
I've been thinking about having stationery made with my family's crest on it, and I recently found the die that we used for one of my sisters' wedding. But since I couldn't wait, I picked out a black and white pattern with envelopes lined in black. Not overwhelmingly sad, but somewhat serious.
When I read Crane's sympathy sentiments, I found that what I'd written was exactly what they suggested.Last year when my father died, the handwritten notes from friends meant so much to me. Even though it's hard, do the right thing and send a handwritten note. It's the least you can do.