The husband of a young work acquaintance recently died unexpectedly after a sudden illness. She has a very young daughter and no money for a funeral. I would like to set up a crowdfunding campaign for her but I’m not sure if this is considered proper. What is the etiquette with regard to raising these kinds of funds? Is it ok?
We are so sorry to hear about your friend’s loss. Funeral expenses can be a great burden even to people with established incomes. You are very kind to try to help. As far as etiquette goes, you should first ask your friend’s permission before creating your campaign. She may have another option in mind. If she is ok with your plan, then by all means, go for it. The whole topic of crowdfunding for funerals is new so there are no hard and fast rules. Most people will not be offended by the request for help. Those that are will probably just opt to skip the donation. It may help to know that in many cultures money gifts to help defray funeral costs are quite common. If you do set up a donation page, be sure to research your options to make sure you are choosing the best tool for what you need.