How to Write a Sympathy Card

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It is always a very thoughtful gesture to send a sympathy card to someone who is going through a loss. There are lots of options to choose from in stores and many Midlothian, VA cremations providers and funeral homes have cards you can purchase at their location. It can sometimes, however, be daunting to know what to write inside. If you are starting to plan sending out a sympathy card, here are a few tips that can help you.  

The first thing you should consider is the kind of card you choose. There are so many options, that it can feel overwhelming. Keep in mind that the card should make the receiver feel better, not you, so do not necessarily choose something that you would want to receive. If the person is someone more conservative, for example, sending them a card that has a bit of comedy might not be appropriate.  

When addressing the sympathy card, keep in mind your relationship with the person. If it is someone you know well and you are close to, write as you would speak to the person. If, however, you are just acquaintances, you want to be respectful and not try to be too casual. Another issue might be that you knew the deceased but not necessarily their relatives. In this case, it can be a good idea to address the card to their closest relative, like their spouse.  

Begin the card by expressing your sympathy and offering your condolences. It is important to know that the card does not have to be long. A simple message is always the best, especially since you know the person or family will be getting a number of cards to read. Some people also choose to add a quote or a short poem that means something to them or that meant something to the deceased. It can be a lovely way to add a personal touch. If you want, you can even tell a small story or anecdote about how you met the person or what they mean to you. Learning about how their loved one impacted other people can be a very healing and comforting experience.  

Try not to add too many religious messages unless you know for certain that the family is religious. Do not take this for granted, since it can offend some people. If you do know that the family welcomes religious messages, you might want to add a small passage from their faith’s book.  

Writing a sympathy card can be much easier when you know the basics. Take your time choosing the card, and if you do not find the right one, do not hesitate to use a blank one instead. If you are not sure where to purchase a great card, turning to a funeral home or cremation provider in Midlothian, VA can be a good option. Stop by Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service at 6500 Iron Bridge Rd Richmond, VA 23234 or call them at (804) 275-7828.  

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