Becoming older has its rewards; the kids are on their own, the mortgage is paid, knowing that retirement is so close you can taste it. Yes, there are many benefits but there is one aspect of aging that I am not enjoying. So many of my friends and colleagues are losing loved ones…too many really! I seem to be sending as many sympathy cards as I am birthday cards, how sad.
I think it is important to send a sympathy card to someone who has experienced a loss. It’s the people that are left behind that need the condolence. We have all experienced loss; remember how it felt? Now remember how it felt to read lovely, soothing words of condolence from friends. Having boxed sympathy cards on hand lets the family know that you feel the loss also.
When composing sympathy cards, keep them simple. Here are some suggestions:
- Our thoughts and prayers are with you
- Our deepest sympathy
- With deepest sympathy
- With heartfelt condolences
- Please accept my condolences
- I am sorry for your loss
Also sign your full name and put a return address on the envelope; this will make the job of sending thank you cards a little easier.