Q: When my father died recently, I received flowers and many condolence notes. Do I have to send acknowledgments right away? What should I say?
A. It’s courteous and important to acknowledge notes of sympathy, as well as flowers or food baskets you’ve received, or contributions made in memory of the deceased. Finding the right words can be difficult, however, especially if you must write to a great many people. One widow I know had to compose 75…