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

Appropriate Words for a Sympathy Card

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: admin | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The news of someone’s passing, whether a family or friend, often move you to send condolences in the form of a sympathy card. Nevertheless, sending one is often a very difficult thing to do, particularly since during this time you are often at a loss for words. The death of a loved one often makes one very sensitive and vulnerable to the actions and words around. If you are going to send out a sympathy card, you should send one that does not cause further pain to the grieving persons.

When choosing a sympathy card, keep it simple without a lengthy explanation. Express your condolences and do not forget to refer to the persons’ passing as a ‘loss’. Do not hesitate to share your own memory or experience about the deceased so that the recipient will realize how much their loved one meant to you and allow them to smile or laugh at the memory. If the deceased person had been suffering a long illness, acknowledge this illness and state that you pray for comfort in the knowledge that the dead is no longer in pain.

If you want to offer assistance, go ahead and say it. However, you should be specific on what ways you could and would be willing to help. At the end of the card, choose the appropriate phrases. For instance, you can say, “I’m praying for you”, “With deepest sympathy” or “With Heartfelt Condolences”. Keep the message in the card short and always remember to avoid words such as “I know how you feel” or “It’s all for the best”. Do not forget that the grieving process is different from person to person, these words might just offend the family instead of console them during this time.

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