Writing Thoughtful Sympathy Card Messages

It’s really hard to know what to say when someone dies, making writing sympathy card messages difficult. How do you acknowledge the passing of a loved one, show you care and help someone feel supported?

Words cannot take away the sadness and pain they’ll be feeling, but they can offer some comfort. We’ve made a list of sympathy card messages you could use or personalise to help make things a little easier during this sad time.

Sympathy Card Messages Which Show You Care 

From sharing your condolences to offering to help, telling your memories of the deceased through to offering ongoing support in the weeks and months to come, there are many different messages you can add to a sympathy card. While we are sharing some generic messages with you below, it’s a lovely touch to be able to use them as a starting point in creating a personalised message. Here are some ideas to consider writing in a sympathy card:

  • No one could tell a funny story like your Mum could. I’ll always remember her laugh.
  • We are so very sorry for your loss.
  • We are missing Susan along with you.
  • We are keeping your family in our hearts and prayers.
  • Sharing in your sadness.
  • I can’t make the pain go away, but I’m here to help you with anything else you need.
  • I’ll give you a call to see when a good day to bring over a home cooked meal would be.
  • It’s been a while since Harry passed. I’m still here for you.
  • Grief isn’t something that goes away over the holidays. We’re thinking of you this Christmas.
  • It was a pleasure working with your father over the past 10 years. He will be missed.
  • Holding you close in our thoughts. Please call if we can help you with anything.
  • Please know we are with you in this sad time.
  • Remembering your wonderful Grandad and wishing you comfort through this time.

Tips on Writing Sympathy Card Messages

When writing a sympathy card message, it’s important that you never imply that you know how they feel. Grief is a personal experience and you don’t know how they are felling. Offering advice is also something to avoid doing, so give support and comfort instead.

Saying that it happened for a reason or is the will of God isn’t that appropriate either. Death isn’t something that anyone wants, and hearing it was for a reason isn’t helpful.

Along with sending a sympathy card, consider sending one of our sympathy gift boxes. Each contain a living gift which the recipient can grow and care for in memory of their loved one. If you’d like help in choosing an appropriate sympathy gift, please get in touch with us.

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