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:

With Deepest Sympathy 3

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.

With Deepest Sympathy 7

With Deepest Sympathy 6

I also think this card conveys sympathy in a beautiful way.  It’s time-consuming to make, but so worth the effort I think.

Because I Care 1

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.

An Extraordinary Dog 1

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:



11 Responses to “Sympathy”

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  1. Lynn McAuley says:

    Such beauty and elegance in your exquisite sympathy cards, Kim. From my experience I have learned that they are the most appreciated and most meaningful cards that people receive. I love your embossed blossoms and that stunning hydrangea.

  2. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Love your sympathy card- and I should take time and make a few for my stash for when those occasions come around- which always seem to come more than one at a time!

  3. linda says:

    these are all lovely sympathy cards and are beautifully designed and embossed! you’re right, there are no perfect words and those that have experienced a loss can empathize and know they’re making a difference. thank you so much for playing along with us at house of cards! in answer to your comment, there is an option to use the inspiration colours or embossing or both so your cards perfectly fit!

  4. Dionne says:

    A beautiful set of cards, very elegant. Thank you for joining in the fun with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Mynn xx says:

    I love that you shared part of YOU with us in this post. I adore all of these beautiful cards, and I know they will definitely bring some comfort to the recipients. I LOVE the variety of styles you used, too! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

  6. Mary says:

    Lovely cards. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this time. Hope to see you again.

  7. PLISSA ADD says:

    Precioso embossing, hermosos colores. Gracias por compartir con nosotras en HOC. Disfruta! Paula

  8. I think you are right! Sympathy cards do make a difference – especially when they contain meaningful words about the person one has lost! Thank you for joining our „Dies & Punches“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

  9. Rosi says:

    This kind of cards are never easy to do! – Yours are very beautiful.
    Thanks for joining us at House of Cards.
    Rosi x

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