Sending Sympathy Cards

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What do I write in a sympathy card?

Sending Sympathy Cards

When a death occurs, it is customary to send a sympathy greeting card to the family of the deceased. Under the circumstances, it can be difficult to come up with the right thing to say. Here are some tips for creating a heartfelt, sympathetic message that the recipient will truly appreciate:

  • Include a short introduction such as, “I was saddened to hear of Tom's passing,” to acknowledge the loss.
  • Express your sympathy by extending your condolences.
  • Don't be afraid to share a memory about the deceased. This will let the recipient know how much their loved one meant to you and may even make them smile.
  • If the deceased passed after a long period of suffering or illness, it is appropriate to acknowledge the illness.
  • It is always a nice gesture to offer your assistance with anything the family might need help with in their time of need.
  • Close your message with a heartwarming phrase like, “Thinking of you during this difficult time,” or, “My deepest sympathy”



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