When a friend or colleague experiences a death in their family, how should you go about sending your condolences? You can, of course, do so in person or via the phone. But the popularity of social media means that it can be a suitable way to let people know that you’re thinking about them, praying for them, and wishing them well. Here are some tips on sending condolences via social media before the cremation at a funeral home in Burnsville, MN.
Don’t Be First to Break the News
In this day and age of social media, oftentimes people want to be the first to post the latest news, developments, and gossip. But this isn’t a good idea when it comes to acknowledging a death in the family of a friend or a colleague. Let the grieving family be the first to break the news — if they so choose and when they so choose. The family will usually appoint someone within the family to share the news. You don’t want to beat them to the punch by revealing the loss on your social media feed. That could end up causing more harm than good if they either weren’t ready to reveal what happened or wanted the news to come from a family member.
Do it Privately
Another point to consider is that any condolences you send via social media should be done privately. Social media platforms allow people to send private messages to others, so you should take advantage of this feature. You can acknowledge their loss, let them know that you empathize with them, and ensure that they know that you’re there for them when they need you. Heartfelt condolences sent without fanfare will mean more than something sent on blast.
Don’t assume that it’s okay to share information that your grieving friend or colleague shares with you. If in doubt, ask them if it’s okay for you to share the news via social media. This might be a good idea if you and the mourner have mutual friends and acquaintances. Your friend or colleague may very well welcome your help in letting people know, but only give out as much information as the mourner wishes for you to give out. You can direct inquiries back to the mourner so that they can decide how much they want to disclose on the subject.
These are just a few of the things you need to keep in mind should you wish to share condolences via social media. Social media can be a great tool for conveying news – whether good or bad – but you’ll want to handle it the right way to avoid causing offense.
When you need to speak to a funeral home servicing Burnsville, MN about cremation services, get in touch with us at Scott County Cremation for the help you need. We’re an affordable alternative for the families of Scott County and the entire Minneapolis & St. Paul metro area who are looking for a simple cremation without all of the frills local funeral homes offer. Get in touch by calling us at (952) 402-9000 or visit us at 833 S. Marschall Road, Shakopee, MN 55379.