Over the years, I’ve wondered if a sympathy card actually helped the recipient in any meaningful way. It seemed to me it was an inadequate attempt to make a difference in that time of loss.
After my mother’s death, though, I received a myriad of cards; many from people I didn’t even know. Looking at and reading them, I discovered I found it very comforting, especially those that contained hand-written notes acknowledging my loss. My spirits were lifted by knowing how many friends she had and the lives she touched.
So now I make cards with the knowledge that they do make a difference and I try to fill them with care and kindness to touch the hearts of the people who receive them. While there are no perfect words at that difficult time, the thought will long be remembered.
Here are a the Sympathy cards I like best:
This was the first version of the card and the most generic. I decided to make a more personal version, so I made these, but I can adjust the greeting as necessary.
I also think this card conveys sympathy in a beautiful way. It’s time-consuming to make, but so worth the effort I think.
In my life, my pets are my family so I know how devastating the loss of a pet can be. One card I love to make (though I hate having to give it to anyone) is this one because it’s personalized and in just a one sentence, it says it all. The second half of the sentence is inside.
Once I have the cards made, I still have a difficult time trying to say just the right thing. Here’s a link with a few suggestions which you might find helpful.
I wanted to share a few more things with you…good news bad news sort of thing:
The good news is I have a new subscriber I’d like to welcome. Holli, I’m thrilled you’ve joined us and am happy to have you as a reader.
The bad news is I just shared a way to put your pill bottles to good use with the Milawi Project. Thanks to Lynn, one of my blogging buddies who check it out as she wanted to participate, discovered that as of end of December the project has been closed down as they collected over a million bottles…I’d like to think my contribution put them over the top. But I’m sorry if I got any of you all revved up to participate only to tell you it’s over. I’m going to continue to look for another way to put them to good use…if I do, I’ll let you know.
I’ve also entered one or more cards in the following challenges:
- Crafty Boots Challenges-Ribbon or Lace
- Crafty Cardmakers-Punches &/or Dies
- House of Cards-Embossing &/or Color Inspiration