When someone close to a person dies, it is difficult for him to think about anything other than his loss. Nevertheless, in this state you have to do many necessary things - to bother about the funeral, organize a commemoration, accept condolences and respond politely to them.
Of course, your loved ones will understand if you do not respond to their expressions of sympathy or be rude to them in return. But think about how unpleasant it will be for them - because they are also upset and worried about your loss. You'd better thank them with a nod. Hug a loved one - do not be afraid to seem weak and reveal that you need support. People who love you will certainly show it to you.
Accepting condolences from distant relatives is a delicate matter. It all depends on how you get through the grief. If you do not intend to listen to her lamentations about how good the deceased was after your great-aunt expressed condolences to you, it is better to immediately thank her and go to the other guests. Thus, you will not break the rules of decency.
If you have a desire to cry, you can share your own memories of the deceased, tell the happy moments of your life, cry. The main thing is not to drag out this therapeutic conversation, because other people are waiting for you who have come to say goodbye to the deceased.
Your work colleagues will also want to express their condolences to you. It is likely that along with this, they will raise some money to help you organize the funeral. Some companies also help with transportation. Such help should be accepted with gratitude, but without scattering in compliments to the management, because this part of the costs is provided for in the budget, and material assistance would be collected for any of your colleagues who found themselves in the same situation.
If the deceased was widely known, the radio, press and television representatives will also want to express their condolences for your loss. Perhaps they want to sincerely support you, and then you should politely say "thank you" to the journalists for their words. However, if you realize that they are trying to get you to talk for an interview, feel free to point such condolences to the door.