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

Etiquette in Sending Sympathy Cards

Posted: March 2nd, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

When a loved one passes away, family and friend gather in sympathy. Sending a sympathy card keeps you in touch with the suffering of your friend, colleague or relative. There are some etiquette when sending a sympathy card. It is important to sign your full name and add a short sentiment such as ‘you are in my prayers’. Refrain from sending money because it could mean that money can ease the grief that the person feels. Instead, you can arrange to bring food to the bereaved.

It does not matter if you send a card right away or later. Sympathy cards are treasured by the bereaved for months after. Sending a sympathy card later can be a source of assurance after the difficult months. When a young person or an older person passes away, it is tradition to write the sympathy letter to the surviving family members. Although there are emails and text messages these days, a sympathy card or note is the best way to express your sincere condolences to a person who lost a loved one.

Writing the right words can be very difficult in this situation. Nevertheless, keep in mind that the best way to write a sympathy letter or card is to speak from the heart. Choose the words that are closest to how you feel. The person who will receive it will be comforted just to hear from you and know you are there for him or her.

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