That will take stress off of the person who cannot remember if you are Maria, Martha, Mary, or Marla (so nice of you to remember! (See also: Tips for Remembering Names) My husband says I am beating a dead horse here, but I don't give up easily.
When someone dies, their families are in emotional pain.
If you sense that is a problem, just introduce yourself when there is a break in the conversation, and then shake hands.
If someone has gone through the trouble of buying you a gift, has helped you, or simply done something nice, the very least you can do is to say thank you.
Even small children can draw pictures, and later write very charming notes. (See also: 20 Ways to Say Thanks) I am not a fan of the pre-printed notes and simply signing your name. If you are stuck about what to say, my trick is to first draft the note on the computer or a piece of paper until I get it right.
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And if we are going to get all technical and proper about it … I had a long chat with her about this a few weeks ago. If the meeting has started before I arrive, I quietly sign in and sit down without making a fuss.