One of the most difficult things to do in a greeting card is express condolences, because losing loved ones is such a personal event and everybody deals with their emotions differently. It is important to acknowledge and express your sympathy to those closest to the deceased. The sympathy card messages you include are equally as important. Here are the Who, What, When, Where and How's to sending Sympathy Cards:
Sympathy Card General Guidelines:
Suggestions and Examples of Appropriate Phrases to Express your Sentiment:
Keep in mind that the person you are sending the sympathy greeting card to is currently grieving their loss. You want to always remain sensitive to that person in your message. If you feel any phrase or wording could upset your recipient further, it is best play it safe and leave that part out of your message. Phrases such as the following may not be appropriate to include when composing your message for the sympathy card:
Sending a greeting card is an excellent way to express your condolences. Having your sympathy card accompany a gift of flowers or a home cooked meal is also most appreciated. Remember that those grieving will need your support long after the services have concluded. Following up with a phone call or Thinking of You card can help to keep the lines of communication open and let the person know that you are available for him or her.
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