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How to Write a Meaningful Sympathy Note

by Cate Brooks 0 comments

Since we introduced our red cardinal ornament to our collection last year, we've been told by our customers time and time again that they were buying this as a gift for a grieving friend or family member.

It's said that when you see a red cardinal, it's a symbol from your lost loved ones - serving as a gentle reminder that we are always in the presence of those that have gone before us. This significance behind the red cardinal is a powerful one - and one that rings true to our team members too.  With so many of our red cardinals being purchased as sympathy gifts or as a small token for friends who are grieving, we wanted to touch on a related subject that we are often asked about - sympathy notes. We looked to Dallas blogger Lee Cordon of , who shares the following tips and example of :
The key to sympathy cards, unless it’s a really close friend, is to keep it short and sincere. The grieving party is probably not ready for anything more than that. Your purpose in writing a sympathy card is not to console, but to simply give your condolences.  

Here are things that a proper sympathy card should say:

- Give sympathy for the loss of their loved one
- Acknowledge what a special person he/she was
- If possible, recall a memory of this person
- As generic as it might be, remind them they are in your thoughts or prayers.

Need an example? Here’s one:

Dear Julie,  I am so sorry about the passing of your sweet father. My heart just breaks for you and your family. I know you and your dad shared a special bond, with memories you will carry for the rest of your life.  You will be in my prayers during this difficult time.  Love,  (Sign name)

In addition to , here are a few other things to keep in mind:
  • Pick a simple card
    - It may be tempting to pick up a Hallmark card with a long, flowing poem, but a simple card with a more personalized message will mean more to the recipient. We designed our dove notecards with Alexa Pulitzer specifically for this purpose - they're beautiful, but include enough space to write a meaningful message.
  • Handwrite your message
    - Even if you have bad handwriting, even if you are out of stamps, even if you haven't handwritten a card in years.. do it now. This is the proper time and place to send a handwritten note.
  • Offer something specific
    - All too often, we say "Let me know if there's anything you need," but to a grieving person this isn't helpful. Instead, offer your help in specific ways to make their lives easier in this tough time - offer to watch their children, pick up groceries, or bring meals.

How do you show support and love to friends and family who are grieving?

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