Quick Tip: Voicemail etiquette

My grandmother passed away Friday afternoon. It was quite surprising. She was in the hospital for vomiting, and the next thing we knew, she died. Here’s the tip part:

When someone you love has passed away, and you have to tell another loved one about it, don’t shriek into their voicemail, “DAD, THIS IS IVY! GRANDMA DIED!” A better way to go about leaving a voicemail in this situation is to say, “Dad, this is Ivy. Please call me as soon as possible. This is very important. Thank you.”

Fortunately, dad was home sick today and I didn’t know it, so I got to tell him in a much nicer way and to tell him to delete that voicemail from me unheard.  Go ahead and laugh. We’ve found it’s nice to have a little bit of levity in this otherwise terrible day.


  1. Strategic Internet Marketing on October 29, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Silence for 10 secs…

  2. kristen on September 3, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    I hope you are doing ok. I have been thinking about you.

  3. Margo on September 2, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I’m so sorry, Ivy. I’ll say a prayer for your family.

  4. Julie on September 2, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Mrs. Ivy Im sorry for your loss. My grandfather who was in perfect health died on his way to a checkup with his Doctor 2 years ago. It was very hard then because of the unexpectedness.
    God bless you and your family during this time.

  5. Pam on September 2, 2007 at 8:39 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you feel the Comfort of Christ and fond memories of your loved one. Pam,South Bend

  6. Keter on September 1, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Condolences. My mother-in-law passed last month, and even though it was expected (and in a way, prayed for, because she was suffering and wanted it to end), the phone calls were still tough. Hugs to you.

  7. Blogs for Money on September 1, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    Sorry to hear about the loss 🙁

  8. Margo on September 1, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this bad news. Blessings on you and your family. . .

  9. Southern Girl on September 1, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so sorry about your grandmother. I lost mine just a couple of weeks ago, so I understand, as much as a stranger can, the loss you must be feeling. I pray your family will be comforted in this time.

  10. JRae on September 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Aww! So sorry, my deepest sympathies…

  11. Teresa on September 1, 2007 at 10:37 am

    I’m sorry about your family’s loss. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Holly on September 1, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Ivy, my thoughts and prayers are with you right now.

  13. Kate O' on September 1, 2007 at 9:47 am

    First of all, I’m really, really sorry. I’ll be thinking of you and yours.

    Secondly, I wanted to add that when my dad died, my mom asked me to call my dad’s eldest sister and my mom’s eldest sister to ask them to spread the word through the respective families. It was a tough phone call, to be sure, but mostly what I was thinking as I was dialing the numbers was how much I hoped they would answer so I wouldn’t have to leave a message. Not that I would have left a message like the first example, of course, but still.

    Anyway, I’m thinking healing thoughts for you and your family.

  14. Jeffraham Prestonian on September 1, 2007 at 8:45 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss, Ivy. Y’all take care.

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