Basics To Know When Writing The Right Sympathy Notes

By David Anderson

Experiencing the death of a friend or family member can be one of the most difficult times of one's life. Many feel uneasy trying to form the proper words to express their feelings to the survivors. There are just a few rules of thumb that should be followed when writing Sympathy Notes.

These tokens of condolence are quite often very comforting to the family both during their time of mourning, as well as their period of healing. They let them know that others share their grief and sorrow. Many times, the hardest part of penning these messages is saying how you feel while taking care not to stir tender emotions.

Always remember to keep these messages short. A lot of sentiment can be relayed in just a couple of heartfelt words much better than in a letter. Condolences should never be sent via email or text, rather they deserve to me mailed or carried by hand and are best conveyed as soon as one is informed of the passing, even if it happened some time ago.

The best materials to be used are specialized, or blank note cards or fine stationery. Sending a floral arrangement calls for nothing more that the briefest of sentiments as a way of identifying the sender. Even if flowers are sent, one should still have a formal condolence card delivered.

Using words and phrases that come from the heart is important in order to avoid coming off as distant and impersonal. Letting the family know that prayers and thoughts are being sent their way is a common sentiment. A simple statement of how much the deceased's presence will be missed is also acceptable.

Spirits may be lifted by briefly sharing uplifting memories of the deceased. Be specific when offering assistance so that the family knows whether that means running errands, providing food, childcare or any other services. The main thing is that one the sentiments need to be sincere and from the heart as well as brief.

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