What to write in a sympathy card is a personal and sensitive dilemma for some people. Death. It is a fact of life. When someone you know, perhaps loved, dies, their family and friends are left to grieve. It is a great comfort to friends and acquaintances when you offer your condolences on their loss. A sympathy card is one way to let people know that you are thinking of them in their time of loss and that you truly care.
Some people have difficulty writing note of sympathy. Death can be an awkward topic. You want to let your friend know that you care, but you don’t want to say something that might make their pain worse than it is already. Here is a short list of things to write in a sympathy card.
Let the family know you are thinking about them. Assure them that they are not alone in this time of sorrow. Encourage them to call you whenever they might need a friend to talk to.
Tell them you have loving memories that you will cherish. If there is room in the card, jot down a short memory of the deceased that will bring a smile to their loved ones’ faces. Later on, they might bring that memory up with you, providing an opportunity for expanded compassion and caring.
If they are religious, remind them of God’s comfort and compassion and tell them that you are keeping them in your prayers. Another good idea is to write down scriptures that reference God’s care for them at this time.
No matter what, be sure to express your sympathy in some manner. Even just a look of love and compassion can be comforting for a person who has just lost a loved one. But if possible, be sure to send a sympathy card that they can keep and look back on as they make their way through this difficult time.