Some messages to write in a sympathy card, as suggested by Hallmark, include, "I am sorry for your loss," "My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you," "My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time," "You will be in my prayers during this challenging time," "I fondly remember Mary and am wishing you comfort as you celebrate her life" or "My heart goes out to you."Continue Reading
A sympathy message also might include praise for the deceased person. For example, "Mary touched many lives and brought smiles to the people around her. I'm grateful to have known her."
If the note writer knew the deceased person well, he can include a funny or touching memory about the person. After telling the story of the memory, he might write, "I cherish all my memories of Mary. In time, I hope the good memories will help comfort your loss." If the note writer knew the deceased person but doesn't know the card recipient, he should be sure to explain how he knew the deceased person.
If it is relevant to the sender and the person receiving the card, one can share messages of faith. For example, "May God comfort you as you grieve for Mary."
It also is thoughtful to include a specific offer of help. One may offer to walk the dog, bring over meals, help with housework or be a shoulder to cry on.Learn more about Holidays & Celebrations
Commonly used phrases to express condolences for the death of someone include expressions of sympathy or hopes of comfort, such as “I’m so sorry for your loss,” and “May you find comfort in your memories during this difficult time.” Experts suggest using phrases that tell the grieving person that they are not alone in their suffering such as “We join you in the pain of your loss,” or “Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness.”Full Answer >
Examples of closing salutations for a sympathy card include "sent with love and remembrance" and "thinking of you during this difficult time." Appropriate salutations for sympathy cards and condolence letters convey the sender's shared feeling of grief and sorrow. Salutations should be personal and genuine.Full Answer >
Sentiments on sympathy cards for someone who has lost a father should be sincere, personal and heartfelt. Sending a sympathy card to bereaved family members is a thoughtful way of expressing one's condolences and also offers support during their time of grief.Full Answer >
It is generally inappropriate to send a sympathy card when the intent or result of sending the card is other than a sincere expression of comfort and support. It is also inappropriate if the sender’s intent is to gloat, offend or cause pain or if the card contains inappropriate material.Full Answer >