Saturday, August 29, 2015

What to Write in Sympathy Cards. . .

What to Write in Sympathy Cards

It is often times very difficult  to express what you want to say in a sympathy card.  Here are a few samples of what you can write:
  • “I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of _____.”
  • “I’m praying for you.”
  • “I’m thinking of you during this difficult and sad time.”
  • “In loving memory of ______. We will all miss him dearly.”
  • “Love and sympathies to you and your family.”
  • “May fond memories of _______ bring you comfort, even as you face these dark days.”
  • “May God bless you and keep you in his care, now and in the days to come.”
  • “May God comfort you with His peace and strength.”
  • “May the love of family and friends sustain you in these difficult days.”
  • “Our heartfelt condolences.”
  • “Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief.”
  • “Please accept my sincere sympathies.”
  • “Please know that we are here from you, sending our love.”
  • “Praying for you in fondness and friendship, particularly at this sad time.”
  • “Sharing your sorrow, as we fondly recall our dear friend ________.”
  • “We cannot begin to understand what you must be going through right now, but we send our love, and we promise to pray for your entire family.”
  • “With love and fond memories of ________.”
  • “With sincere sympathy.”
  • “Words fail to express our sadness at the death of ________.”
  • “You are in my thoughts.”
Of course, certain overused phrases and well-meaning, but inappropriate, statements are to be absolutely avoided in sympathy cards. Here are a dozen toxic examples of these potentially tacky and damaging statements:
  • “At least, she is no longer suffering.”
  • “Death and taxes are certain.”
  • “Feel better fast.”
  • “He lived a full life.”
  • “His health went downhill so fast.”
  • “I know just how you feel.”
  • “It was just his time.”
  • “It was worse when my dad died.”
  • “Perhaps his death was a blessing, after all.”
  • “Time heals all wounds.”
  • “You will get over it eventually.”
  • “You’ll find someone else.”

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