Things to remember while writing a sympathy card

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Writing a sympathy card can be challenging for many of us. However, if you’re particularly in a situation where you have to write one for someone close to you, make sure you keep the following points in mind so that you do not feel guilty later on.

Try not to use “you” statements.

If your best friend is going through something difficult and getting condolence cards aren’t helping, then, by all means, send them one! But if you’re writing a sympathy card for someone who has lost their spouse or child and wants to hear what they have in common with their husband or wife (or dad), it may not be the best approach.

Instead of saying “you,” try using “I” statements like: “It is so hard to lose someone close.” Or: “Everyone has had his or her share of pain.” These types of comments are more likely to resonate with recipients because they show empathy by understanding how they feel in reaction to the loss rather than pointing out differences between themselves and others who’ve experienced similar situations.

Skip the jokes or puns.

If you’re writing a sympathy card, don’t make jokes or puns about the person who died. It’s not funny and will only make you look insensitive.

That said if you’re having trouble coming up with something to say in your sympathy card, here are some suggestions:

  • Say something meaningful about the person who died and how they’ve touched your life. For example: “I miss [Name] so much” could be replaced by “I’ll never forget how [Name] helped me when I needed it most.”
  • Focus on what made them special (rather than just their death). This can be tricky because most people don’t realize how much impact their actions had until after they’ve passed away; however, if possible, try not to mention anything negative regarding their life before this point—even if it means leaving out details like failed relationships or unhealthy habits!

Write what you know, but don’t let that limit you.

You don’t have to have lost a loved one to write a sympathy card, but if you need help, you can always look for sympathy card ideas. You can write about your own experience or how you feel about the person who died. You can also talk about how you feel about the grieving person or whether they’re doing okay.

If you believe in God, mention him/her/them if you want to. Otherwise, don’t say anything religious at all.

If you don’t believe in God, don’t mention him/her/them. Otherwise, it’s okay to say something religious if you want to. If the person has a strong belief in something else and doesn’t believe in God, then it’s fine to mention that too.

Also, you have to remind yourself that there are many different types of beliefs out there: some people might believe in reincarnation while others may not; some people might be atheists while others may have faith; some people might follow their own path while others follow the path set forth by another person(s).


Concluding, we hope these points help you in writing a genuine sympathy card. If you are still looking for motivation, check out some sympathy card ideas and make it easy for yourself.

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