A sympathy card holds a message for the friends & family members of a deceased person. With our tips for writing sympathy cards & learn how and what to write in a sympathy card.

How To Write A Sympathy Card

 Normally, a sympathy card holds a message for the friends and family members of a deceased person. Since the moment represents such a tragic loss, writing it can be quite difficult and aching. Many people hesitate to compose a sympathy card, lest they fail to express their feelings in an appropriate manner. However, the best way of writing such condolence messages is to adopt an honest approach. You do not have to mince words to express your bereavement. Instead, be genuine with your feelings. Nevertheless, you also need to follow certain etiquettes, while writing a sympathy card. With our general guidelines and tips, learn how and what to write in a proper sympathy card. 

Tips for Writing Sympathy Cards 
  • Avoid using colorful pens or papers for writing a sympathy card. Write the message neatly, in a white paper, preferably with a blue or black ink.
  • Keep the message brief. Do not write a lengthy explanation; instead, a simple introduction is more than enough.
  • Refer the person's death as a 'loss' to express your heartfelt condolences towards the other person.
  • Remember to prefix names with proper titles like Mr., Mrs. or Miss.
  • Use descriptive words like caring, comfort, concerned, consolation, difficult, endurance, grief, healing, heartbreaking, help, hurt, hope, loss, love, misfortune, mourn, overcome, pain, regret, sad, shocking, sorrow, sorry, struggle, etc., while composing your sympathy letter.
  • If you were close to the deceased person, do not hesitate in mentioning how much the person meant to you. You can even include a personal memory or a story in the card and acknowledge the character and accomplishments of the deceased.
  • In case you were close to the deceased, but not to his or her family members, keep the message short.
  • Ensure that you address the sympathy card in the name of the closest relative of the deceased.
  • In case you are familiar to the person, to whom you are writing, offer practical support and assistance in any way, if needed.
  • Do not use a typewriter or printer to write the address. Neatly handwrite it on the envelope. This makes it more personal.
  • Clearly mention your last name, both in the letter as well as in the return address on the envelope.
  • Avoid dwelling on the details of the death. It will only serve to deepen the wounds of the other person.
  • Avoiding writing clichéd messages like 'Everyone has his or her time', 'Time heals all wounds', 'I know how your feel' or ‘It is all for the best'.
  • You may use the following phrases as an appropriate closure of the letter:
    • With heartfelt condolences
    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    • Thinking of you during this difficult time
    • He/ she will never be forgotten
    • My sincere sympathy
    • You are in my thoughts
    • May God's grace strengthen you
    • May your heart and soul find peace and comfort

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