As I know from recent experience, there is something quite comforting about receiving heartfelt letters of condolence or sympathy after encountering a loss. They are not the easiest types of cards to write to a friend or loved one, but often the most meaningful and likely to be saved.
Here are a few tips to help you write your note:
- Send your note in a timely manner - within the first two weeks of a person's death.
- Genuinely express how sorry you are for the family's loss.
- Share a personal anecdote about that person. The recipient will love and appreciate hearing stories about the loved one that they lost. If you don't have a story to share, it's can also helpful to share how you relate to that person's loss (example: "I also lost my grandmother this year and know how tremendous the grief can feel.")
- Close by telling that person that you are keeping them in your thoughts/prayers.
I find what's key in these types of notes is being authentic and honest and avoiding generic statements that can come across as trite. Also, a card is also appropriate if someone loses a pet that they were close to. I consider them family members as well!
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