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The Art of Writing Sympathy Cards

January 30, 2021 3 min read

The Art of Writing Sympathy Cards

Writing is fun – most importantly, it's an art of its own. The kind of art, not all can master. However, with practice and putting in the effort, anyone can improve their writing proficiency, especially when it comes to writing sympathy cards! When creative writing is not something you are skilled at, giving words to your feelings can slightly drain you. Not to mention, not everyone likes the idea of writing their emotions in words.

Find out more about how you can write sympathy cards using the tips mentioned below. In the end, find attached some examples of messages you can consider for your reference whenever writing sympathy cards.

Keep Your Writing Precise and Simple

There can be several reasons why you can want to keep your writing simple, short and precise. One being, when grieving, no one has the time or the energy to read lengthy paragraphs, let alone sympathy cards. The best way to write a sympathy card, for this specific reason, is to keep your condolences as simple as possible.

Give Words to Your Feelings

Most writers create their best literary pieces when they are at the worst of their emotional state. Take writing sympathy cards precisely as the expression of your emotions. Neither should it be all over the place nor should it be too bland that it leaves no mark on the person you're sympathizing with. In short, keep your words as transparent and as real as possible.

Focus on the Brighter Side

When going through dark times, the only thing that keeps us going is the hope for the better days that are to come. This is why write words that help people you're sympathizing with stay hopeful, optimistic, and at the same time focused on the brighter side.

Write words of healing

Have you ever heard how words either make or break you? When writing sympathy cards, keep this concept at the heart of your writing. Sympathize in a way that your words get to heal the person you're trying to sympathize with. Your words should be loaded with compassion, love, kindness, and emotions that speak of how you are with your loved ones in these challenging times.

You can consider asking them if they need your help with anything. In case you think they can be struggling financially, you can send a financial aid packed in disguise. To put it simply, ensure your assistance doesn't strain their self-esteem. Your motive should only help instead of disrespecting them just because you're supporting them financially.

Sympathy Writing Examples for Certain Scenarios

We have gathered for you a list of example sympathy writings that you can consider for your reference when writing sympathy cards.

When Writing to a Family Member

  • Glad to have shared incredible memories with _____. There's no way I'd ever be able to replace ______.
  • _______ had the kind of an impact no one ever had. _____ helped our family in ways no one could ever imagine. The entire family and I are with you in this process of healing.
  • Such an irreplaceable loss! We have lost a gem of a person! Our family will never be the same without _____.
  • Let's hope to seek comfort in each other in times when peace seems so far out of reach.

When Writing to a Colleague

  • ______ your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  • _______ we are so lucky to have you as a member of our office and are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts.
  • We are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and yours.
  • We are wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. 
  • We are deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We are here for you if you need anything.
  • The whole office has you in our thoughts and prayers during this time of healing.
  • _______ We are so sorry to hear about your loss, please let us know how we may help you heal.
  • Hope this card brings you strength and compassion.
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