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Old 16.06.2011, 23:06
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German: how do you express condolences?

Someone who I only met once has died and we received a letter informing us. We plan to send a card so I got one today with 'Herzliches Beileid' on the front -- recommended by a woman at the shop. However, checking the internet, I found a German site that says this expression is reserved for close friends and relatives. Is this true for CH? Anyone know?

I would also appreciate if anyone could recommend a short phrase to write to his widow. I'm no good at knowing what to say -- but believe that brevity is essential.

Thanks for any assistance!!
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Old 16.06.2011, 23:15
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Re: German: how do you express condolences?

Disclaimer: I am German, so I might or might not know what I am talking about.

"Herzliches Beileid" is perfectly appropriate, I think.

A short phrase to write? Can you write something in English, and I can translate it for you?

Maybe:

"Unsere Gedanken und Gebete sind bei Ihnen."

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Someone who I only met once has died and we received a letter informing us. We plan to send a card so I got one today with 'Herzliches Beileid' on the front -- recommended by a woman at the shop. However, checking the internet, I found a German site that says this expression is reserved for close friends and relatives. Is this true for CH? Anyone know?

I would also appreciate if anyone could recommend a short phrase to write to his widow. I'm no good at knowing what to say -- but believe that brevity is essential.

Thanks for any assistance!!
Personally, I would send one in English.

Having been on the receiving end, the language really is of no importance.

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Old 16.06.2011, 23:34
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Re: German: how do you express condolences?

This reminds me of DP's thread:

Death of a Swiss friend - Advice please
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Re: German: how do you express condolences?

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This reminds me of DP's thread:

Death of a Swiss friend - Advice please
Thanks jrspet

That thread helped me decipher what 'Dreissigster' is. I'll send the card and probably go to this ceremony as we aren't close friends or family.
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