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

History of the Sympathy Card

Posted: July 4th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Following the death of a person, the emotion could be expressed in many different ways. A sympathy letter or card is a ways of expressing genuine concern to the bereaved. The earliest sympathy cards were usually announcements of death. Some cards were plain while others have elaborate imagery and drawings. The early forms of sympathy cards sometimes featured tombstones with epitaphs and names.

In the middle to late twentieth century, sympathy cards used less imagery. These cards were sent to the persons in grief in order to soften the blow. Their verbal content, colors and visual symbols were designed to minimize the harshness of the death for the bereaved. In the twenty-first century, the words dead and death were never mentioned. The symbols most commonly used in sympathy cards are flowers. Nonetheless, images like rainbows, seashells and butterflies have increased over the last two decades.

Religious symbols were also used in a small percentage of sympathy cards. Black and dark colors were never used and pastel colors were prominent. The research division of Hallmark reported that 2000 Americans were sending around 125 million sympathy cards every year. Sympathy cards were also designed for divorce, job loss, disability, chronic illness and other losses for which sympathizers wanted to show concern.

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