Nancy R. Mitchell gives us some protocol and etiquette advice on gift giving, such as how should you respond to gifts of condolence that you or your family receives
How should I respond to gifts of condolence that I or my family receives? Nancy Mitchell: The most traditional method of course, is to write a thank you note and you are given some time to get those into the mail. Obviously, this is a difficult time in your life and the life of other family members. So, don t worry about a deadline for your thank you notes. You do want to send a thank you note for each funeral arrangement you receive or planned or gesture like a meal brought and a neighbor who has helped you. Perhaps your next arrangement has put people up in their home when you have had out-of-town visitors come for a funeral or for a memorial service. Each time there is been a gesture of friendship or a gift, you need to write a thank you note. You do not need to write a thank you note for every single card you receive, but if you feel as if you can or the card came from someone who is very close to you, is very important to you then you may want to send a note that says thank you for your thoughts.