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The History of Sympathy Cards

Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Expressions of sympathy differ from culture to culture. Sympathy is functional for society since it provides a social connection of people. Different cultures have certain norms for the display of sympathy to a bereaved person following the death of a loved one. One form of showing sympathy is in the form of sympathy cards.

The history of sympathy cards started with early people’s attempt to maintain or achieve relationship with other people. With the emergence of postage stamps in 1850, sympathy messages became a popular act, most commonly used in Western countries. In the year 1971, a book-editing manager of Hallmark cards named Richard Rhodes reported that very few cards were sent during that time. However, in the year 2000, sympathy cards were more common in the Western countries, the United States on the lead. The early sympathy cards were usually announcements of a death of a person. These cards were sent to the bereaved to help ease the pain of the passing of a loved one. The words dead or death is not normally mentioned in sympathy cards.

In 2000, Americans were sending more than 120 million sympathy cards every year. With hundreds of designs in the market, sending these cards increase every year. Today, sympathy cards not only convey condolence in times of death but are also used for loss of job, divorce, disability, serious illness and even loss of a pet.

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