2014-05-07 “Sympathy Cards”

Something I’ve noticed lately is that more folks are bringing sympathy cards in to the Funeral Home for families.  Some joke that it’s the price of a stamp but in defense of Canada Post, I couldn’t run a card between Ridgetown and Blenheim for a dollar and they seem to be able to.  I think that in this day and age many folks are giving up their telephone lines and carrying a cell phones so you can’t go to the phone book to find a person’s address.  Also, if you don’t have a person’s 911 address or their post office box number it’s hard to track a letter to the person it’s addressed to.  And finally with the Privacy Act restricting us from giving a person’s address out over the phone without their permission it’s becoming next to impossible to get a family member’s mailing address.  And so, we have decided to buy a basket for cards so that if you want to give a sympathy card to a family and you are coming in for visitation, you can drop your card in the basket.  It will be on the table in the foyer of the Funeral Home.  Even if you aren’t able to make it to the visitation you can still stop by and drop a card in the basket…just make sure that the envelope says who the card is for. 

Alternatively, if you aren’t coming by the Funeral Home or in to town and you do want to send a sympathy card to a family you can always mail a card to the Funeral Home and include which family the card is for like this:

Family of John Doe

c/o Blenheim Community Funeral Home

P.O. Box 1709

Blenheim, ON

N0P 1A0


And then we will make sure that the card is given to the family.