One of the most difficult times in life is that surrounding the death of an individual. It can be very hard forming the words to express condolences to their surviving family members. There are a few key points that may help writing Sympathy Notes just a little easier.
Condolences are important to the family as they provide comfort during a time of great loss and also aid in the healing process. It reminds them that their loved one will be missed and that others are sharing in their grief. Perhaps the most difficult part of writing such sentiments is to do so without increasing the mourner’s sadness.
These messages are not intended to be of any great length. In this circumstance, just a few words from the heart will mean so much more than a long letter. One should always hand deliver or mail, not text or email, condolences shortly after learning of the death no matter how much time has passed between the event and the revelation.
It is customary to use either a quality stationery, a specially printed card or a blank one to write condolences. Only a very brief sentiment should be included when sending floral arrangements, as a way to identify the sender. A proper correspondence should follow the delivery.
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.
Another good idea is sharing just a brief memory of the individual that is positive and uplifting. If extending an offer of assistance, be specific as to what type of help is intended such as bringing food, taking care of errands or just being available to listen should they want to talk. Just remember to keep sentiments brief and heartfelt.
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