We may want to avoid the whole depressing situation altogether.
Did you know that most bereavement forums have a section devoted to venting about the rude and insensitive things people have said?
Did you know that many grieving people feel isolated from their friends and family?
Here's the amazing thing about all of this. The things that we could do to really help and be supportive are actually very simple.
It's the simple things we do to express sympathy actually mean the most.
Things like offering a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a comforting card, a phone call, a song, a poem, a thoughtful gift, a prayer, or simply giving a hug.
Simple sympathy is all about doing the little things that really make a difference.
There is an easier way.
- Leo Buscaglia
What can a sympathy card do? I know that a card doesn't seem like a lot, but many people are comforted by kind words hand-written in a beautiful card. Sympathy cards and letter are oftentimes kept, treasured and re-read during sad times.What should you write in a card?
It can seem overwhelming, but looking at sample messages can give you a lot if ideas for your own message.There are several statements that are repeated over and over in sympathy cards and it's not so much that they are wrong or untrue, it's just that there are way much more meaningful things to say.
You'll find some sample messages for specific losses here:
Another thing we can help you with: We have beautiful cards that are free. Simply print and sign your card.we also have e-cards which are not to replace and hand-written sympathy card, but are perfect for sending a thinking of you message. You can continue to offer hope and support long after the funeral.
You will find so many wonderful ideas here at Simple Sympathy.