Is it okay?

by Elizabeth Cunningham
(Richmond, VA)

Is is okay to send money to a bereaved widow? My childhood friend lost her husband and her finances are in dire straits and I don't want to do something to offend but would like to send her a little money. Please help me with what to do.

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Approaching the Friend
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Elizabeth​,

​How kind of you to seek a way to help your friend with her financial needs. If you are worried about offending her, know if she has a church she attends and can speak with the pastor/Rabbi/priest start there. Perhaps these folks have set up a fund to help her.
If this isn't possible, why not simply speak with her about the situation and offer your help directly. If you are long time friends, this may not cause her embarrassment.

Whatever you do, please just do something for her. In your heart you will know the right path to take.

​Ms. Practical Etiquette​

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