Some examples of sympathy messages include expressing sorrow for the loss, saying that deep sadness is felt, and mentioning that the individual is being remembered in thoughts and prayers. Hallmark lists several categories of messages that are appropriate for a sympathy card, including giving praise for the deceased person, sharing memories and faith, and offering support and comfort.Continue Reading
If the writer of the message knew the deceased person but not his loved ones, it is appropriate to mention the connection to the deceased person in the message. If the deceased person was a colleague, it may be appropriate to send a card or flowers from the group.
Hallmark also lists phrases to avoid in expressing sympathy because they may seem insensitive to the surviving person's emotional pain. Saying "I know how you feel" may not be genuine, since everyone experiences grief in personal ways. Instead of dwelling on pain and tragedy with a statement like "he was too young," offer support instead. Don't use statements like "you should" or "you will." A writer who is worried about saying something inappropriate should write a short, general message of sympathy. Depending on how well the writer of the card knew the deceased or his loved ones, it may be appropriate to include an inspiring quote from a famous person.Learn more about Writing
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a pathological emotional state characterized by sadness; irritability; low energy level; loss of pleasure from normally enjoyable events; sleep disturbances, such as oversleeping or insomnia; anxiety; unexplained physical pain; and thoughts of death or suicide. Not all of these symptoms must be present for a person to be clinically depressed; however several are usually felt.Full Answer >
An example of wording a sympathy card is, "My heart goes out to you during your time of sorrow." If you knew the deceased personally, write a message like, "Dorothy was a great source of inspiration to me and will never be forgotten."Full Answer >
Sample letters of sympathy are at websites YourDictionary, Quick Condolence and WriteExpress. Some of the samples use general language for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one; others are specific to the loss of a child, a parent or a friend.Full Answer >
Some words of sympathy that people can give to someone for the loss of a mother are "we are sorry for your loss," "we are thinking about your wonderful mother," "our thoughts are with you and your family" and "we will miss your mother," according to Hallmark. While it can be difficult to write a sympathy card, it is important to reach out to those who are grieving to offer condolences and support.Full Answer >