Funerals, viewings, and visitations are not only hard on the person planning the funeral and the immediate family of the deceased, but they can also be difficult for friends, relatives and acquaintances. A call, card, flowers, or visit, are all important gestures that let the family know you’re thinking of them and share their sorrow. While times are changing and proper funeral etiquette is evolving, texts, emails, and tweets are still too informal for expressing sympathy. It is still much more respectful to reach out using traditional communication methods such as a telephone call or hand written note.