The best way to write a sympathy card is to be genuine and simply say what you feel

All about Sympathy Cards

Posted: April 12th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sympathy cards are effective means of expressing condolences to a person following the death of a loved one. It also helps soften the blow and provide support. The people who are likely to send a sympathy card is a friend of the affected person, although they can also be received from co-workers, family members and in some instances members of another organization.

Sending sympathy cards is a common practice in most Western countries, which include the United States where 125 million cards were sent in the year 2000 alone. The form and style of the sympathy card has slowly transformed over the years. Originally, they appeared in telegraph form while early cards usually came complete with tombstone images and epitaphs. Later, these cards come with images of butterflies and nature and pastel and bright colors became popular.

Sympathy cards are best kept formal, thus a sender should always handwrite the card and address it to the grieving family or to a friend. Sympathy card expressions differ from cultures. Although many people take sympathy cards for granted, the expression it brings is more characteristic of some cultures and history. A sympathy card is functional for society since it provides a social connection among people. Without sympathy, life is harsher and colder.

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