They actually made these beautiful cards with matching envelopes specifically for spreading the news of a death. I actually think it’s quite beautiful. I think this is a particularly nice way of letting someone know news of this sort. It’s simple, elegant, personal yet not too invasive. It gives the reader as well as the writer a little personal space in which to absorb the sad announcement.
I believe this one was to RPK’s grandmother. I also love seeing the handwriting of others, particularly in the drop off of when calligraphy was more common because you can still see it influenced one’s letter writing.