Choosing the right sympathy card is very important because the card itself is the first thing that will express your feelings; the contents of the sympathy card come afterward. Sending an e-card is the worst way to express your grief over someone’s death and is considered highly inappropriate. There is a good chance that the receiver may keep the sympathy card you send for a long period of time. This makes it even more important to pick the right card.
Over the years, writing sympathy cards is becoming a dying art. This means that writing the contents of a heartfelt sympathy card will undoubtedly be difficult for you - however, that does not mean that you shouldn't try. When you begin, do not underestimate the importance of using heart felt and sincere words. Start the sympathy card by writing a brief, yet meaningful introduction. Then, write a few lines to convey the actual message i.e. expressing condolences. Conclude the card by offering your support in any possible way.
To express grief over the death of someone you knew in person, consider including mention of a brief event, to highlight how you will keep memories of the deceased in your mind. For instance, you may write ‘Stuart was a friend upon whom I could rely whenever I needed help’. Offering your help in making the arrangements for the funeral would also be a nice thing to write in the sympathy card.
Keep in mind that bereavement is difficult, and memories of the deceased last for a very long time. For this reason, send a second sympathy card in which you should invite the person to whom you are sending the card over to your place for the holidays. Moreover, a second sympathy card helps ease some of the depression that the person in bereavement must be undergoing.