Writing a sincere and heartfelt sympathy card might seem like an easy task
until you sit down to do it. Whether you are writing a card for an acquaintance,
a friend, or a family member, it can be extremely difficult to know what
to say. Finding the right words, however, can provide a
grieving person with much-needed solace. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you
prepare to write your sympathy card:
Keep it short. As a rule, it’s best to keep your expressions of sympathy concise.
If you have any positive memories of the deceased person that you can
share, feel free to include them. No matter whom your card is addressed
to, a short and sincere message will be appreciated.
Write from the heart. Remember that your card is intended to provide comfort. Even if you did
not know the deceased person very well, you can still communicate your
sympathy for the person you are writing to in a way that will make them
feel cared for and supported.
Keep it positive. A grieving individual does not need to be reminded of the sadness of their
loss, so it’s best to avoid phrases like “What a terrible
tragedy.” Rather, focus on celebrating the life of the deceased
person, or tell the person you are writing to that your thoughts are with
them and their family.
Close respectfully. When signing your name, you should use a warm and genuine closing such
as “With heartfelt sympathy” or “Thinking of you.”
You don’t need to be elaborate or wordy; sometimes, the simplest
phrases say more than flowery language.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory allows you to
honor your loved one’s life in a truly special way. Contact us at
(253) 584-0252 to inquire about our
funeral planning services, memorial options, and the other resources we offer to help families
through this difficult time.