The most difficult part in writing sympathy messages for cards, is appropriate words and expression. Here are some examples to help.
Apart from bearing proper etiquette, that is needed to be constructed in sympathy card messages, what is more important is the depth and sincerity expressed by the writer. Composing sympathy messages for cards is not only about flowery words and rich context; a genuine concern and condolence is what is needed to express the grief for the loss of pain.
Unlike messages for a happy occasion such as a birthday or graduation, bereavement or sympathy sayings are more difficult to compose, lest any words might turn out to be inappropriate.
Generally, most people get anxious bearing a common question in their mind about what to say in a sympathy card. So extra care is required while composing such messages and here are some examples you could refer to.
Joe, Suzie and Family, Uncle Joe's passing away has left a great void in all our lives. He will be missed dearly. Love, Bob, Cindi and Family.
Dear Tom and Family, We do not have any words today To express how we grieve at your loss. Our earnest prayers and thoughts are always there to help you through the days ahead With Love, Larry and Family.
I wish I had words to lighten your agony But sometimes words are not enough. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss You are in my thoughts and prayers. Robin Anderson.
''To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die'' May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you We are sorry for your loss. Love, Kindle, John, Betty and Family.
We consider ourselves among the fortunate ones to be friends with John, His loving memories will always be cherished in our hearts, Remember that we love and care about you. Love, Diana and Family.
As said earlier, sympathy messages for cards or condolence messages are nowhere close to messages which are written for happy occasions. So, it is advisable that the words of condolence must form relatively short messages.
Some more things to consider:
Blue or black ink is preferable for writing the messages and remember to maintain neatness.
E-cards are suitable for birthdays and the likes. Sending real handwritten sympathy cards help to add a personal touch to the messages.
Addressing the card to the closest relative of the deceased person is suitable if you knew the person very well.
Identifying yourself or citing proper references on the sympathy card is equally important to be taken care of. Last name must be included on the card along with the return address.
Some Quotes Used as Closing Phrases for Words of Sympathy
"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing" - Robert Ingersoll.
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil" - John Taylor.
"Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains" - Kahlil Gibran.
"Name of deceased" will always remain in our hearts and memories.
"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God" - Eileen Elias Freeman.
"A grave is braced not just by a tombstone but by angels as well" - Adabella Radici.
"Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart" - Edmund Burke.
"He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
A touch of sincerity, concern and warmth is all it takes to give a reassuring feeling to your messages in a sympathy card. All you have to do is to ask yourself a simple question! How would have I felt, if the loss was mine?