Writing a sympathy card is perhaps one of the hardest things to do. It’s incredibly challenging to find the right words to show support, comfort, and empathy during such a difficult time. While it is hard to know what to say, it is important to reach out in sympathy. While you can’t take away the pain of losing a loved one, your words can go a long way toward helping someone who’s grieving feel supported and loved. If you’re looking for the right things to write in a sympathy card, we’ve gathered ten sympathy card messages to help give you some ideas.
What Not to Write in a Sympathy Card
Before we get to what to write in a sympathy card, it’s important to cover what not to write. Don’t include any words such as “death,” or, “died,” as these can be too harsh. Likewise, you shouldn’t include any details from the person’s passing to avoid bringing up painful memories. Don’t try to justify the situation by saying, “This happened for a reason,” as this may not be received well by your recipient. You also shouldn’t tell your loved one that you know how they feel, even if you have experienced loss. Feelings of grief can vary greatly.
One thing you can do is to send a gift along with your card for an even bigger impact. Our beautiful and delicious With Deepest Sympathy™ arrangement is packed with chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate dipped pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, and so much more to brighten their day.
10 Thoughtful Phrases to Write in a Sympathy Card
If you’re looking for ideas for your own message in a sympathy card, we’ve got you covered. Here are ten different things you can say to show your sympathy for a loved one:
1. Offer Condolences
Your first step in any sympathy card is to offer your condolences. It can be as simple as, “We are so sorry for your loss.” Or explain how you don’t really know what to say, such as, “Although I don’t know exactly what to say, I want you to know that I wish you comfort and peace.”
2. Offer Prayers
If you’d like to offer a more religious perspective, that’s totally your call. Try something like, “Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.” Or, “Praying that God’s love comforts you through the pain.”
3. Show Appreciation
One way to make your loved one feel a little better is to hear gratitude and appreciation for the one who passed. Consider, “Your loved one was an amazing person who led a remarkable life,” or, “I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know her.”
4. Offer to Help
If you’re in a position to help during this difficult time, be sure to include that as part of your message. Try, “I want you to know I’m here to help with anything you need.” Or be more specific, such as, “I’ll call to see when would be a good night to bring over a meal.”
5. Provide Ongoing Support
Grief doesn’t end when the funeral does. In fact, it only gets more difficult. You can send an additional note with a message such as, “It’s been a while, but I want you to know that I’m still here for you.”
6. Send Your Love
If you aren’t able to be present for the funeral or services, it’s important to mention this in your card. Say something like, “I wish I could be there to honor your loved one along with you.”
7. Send Your Wishes
You can also share your wishes for a brighter future for your loved one. Consider, “Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time.” Or, “I wish you comfort and peace of mind.”
8. Offer to Lend an Ear
One of the best ways you can help someone who’s grieving is through listening. Offer to lend an ear in your sympathy card, such as, “If you ever want to talk about your loved one, I would be more than happy to listen.”
9. Keep it Simple
Sometimes, a short and sweet message does the trick. There’s nothing better than, “I am so sorry,” when you just don’t know what to say and are afraid of saying the wrong thing.
10. Provide a Warm Closing
At the end of the card, you’ll need to sign your name. “Sincerely” is often too professional for such a difficult time. Instead use a closing such as, “With sympathy,” “Thinking of you,” or “Prayerfully.”
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