Writing Sympathy Messages
Sympathy messages are definitely one of the most difficult of all greeting card messages you can write. You are unsure about how the grieving person may react. Keep in mind, that you are likely your biggest critic when it comes to judging your sympathy card message.
Most people resort to the old standby phrases such as “My condolences” or “I am sorry for your loss.” However, when they do that, they are giving up the opportunity to say something meaningful that could influence the well being of the grieving.
With a little help and a little guidance, anyone can write a great sympathy card message. Follow the following steps to create your own great sympathy message.
Directions for How to Write a Sympathy Message
1.Acknowledge what has happened. Keep this part brief and simple. For example, you may say things like:
2.Say something positive about the person who has died or another loss that has occurred. For example you might add:
3.Offer your support. Whatever it is you decide to offer the person, make sure it is something specific and something you can definitely follow through doing. Avoid vague statements such as "I am here for you." So here are some better examples:
4.Say something inspirational to close your message. This is almost a quick summary, and it’s what people typically would write in a sympathy message when they don’t have much to say. These make a great final thought to close:
Finally, you will want to read over your message and imagine receiving it yourself. Think about how it may be interpreted, but at the same time you can realize that the rapport that you have with the person will help them interpret your act of good will toward them. Remember, it is tough to write, but something written is better than nothing. Check out these examples of sympathy messages for more inspiration. If you want some suggestions for your message head over to our suggestions page.
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