How to Write a Sympathy Card

We’ve all been there. Staring blankly at a card, pen in hand, struggling to find the right words to convey our condolences. It doesn’t matter if it’s someone close or a co-worker’s best friend’s aunt - sympathy cards are hard to write.

How to Write a Sympathy Card

Since many of our products are purchased as sympathy gifts, we thought it’d be pertinent to share with you this formula for writing sympathy notes. It’s free of sappy clichés and allows you to edit out or add in information to make it more personal.


Dear [Name],

I [or whatever pronoun is applicable] am so sorry to hear about your [tragic] loss. [Name of deceased] was an incredible [person/man/woman] and I’ll never forget the time [something happened]. I’m sure such events will be missed by all who knew [her/him].

Please know that you and your family [specific names instead, depending on relationship] are in my thoughts [and prayers] at this sad time. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to ask. I am here for you no matter what you need, even if it’s just someone to talk to.

With [Sympathy, Hugs, Love],
[Your Name]



Helpful? We hope so. Because situations when you have to write these types of messages are difficult enough without having to stress over the right words.

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