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

Sympathy Card Beginnings

Posted: July 5th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

After the death of a loved one, the emotion may be expresses in various ways. A sympathy card is one way of expressing your concern to the person in grief. The earliest types of sympathy cards were usually death announcements. Back then, some cards were plain and others have elaborate drawings and images. The early kinds of sympathy cards usually feature tombstone with names and epitaphs.

In mid to the late twentieth century, sympathy cards started using less images. Thee cards were given to the bereaved to soften the blow of the loss. A sympathy cards’ colors, content and visual symbols were meant to lessen the harshness of the death to a bereaved. The words death and dead were never mentioned in sympathy cards during the twenty-first century. Commonly used symbols in a sympathy card are flowers. However, images such as seashells, rainbows and butterflies have increased for the last two decades.

A small percentage of sympathy cards use religious symbols. Becoming more prominent in sympathy cards are pastel colors and less dark and black colors. Hallmark reported that in the year 2000, Americans were sending about 125 million sympathy cards yearly. There are also sympathy cards designed for job loss, divorce, chronic illness, disability and others for a sympathizer who want to show his or her concern.

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