Q: I received a lot of cards and letters after my mother died. Do I need to acknowledge all of them?
A: It’s customary to write a brief note to each person who sent you sympathy messages as well as to those who contributed flowers, made a donation to a charity in your mother’s name, or arranged for a mass card. (Preprinted sympathy cards without personal messages don’t need to be acknowledged.) Some peopled draw comfort from writing these kinds of thank-yous, but if you are feeling overwhelmed, enlist a friend or relative to help you out.