When you want to help someone going through a loss,
here are 5 ways to add special comfort in a sympathy card.
1. Make it personal
Write something by hand, even if it’s just restating the stamped message (i.e., I’m sorry for your loss). That simple, personal touch makes a card extra-special. I received these notes below on a card from the precious 6th graders we taught in Bible class. They’re priceless. 2. Share a memory
If you knew the deceased, say something about a shared experience or a happy memory. It will mean the world to their loved one. 3. Spread the Word
Write out a comforting Bible verse in your card. My friend Louise writes at least one verse on every card she sends me, and she sends me a lot. Make a list of scriptures that are appropriate to share so you’ll have one handy when needed. 4. Show some love
If you feel any affection at all for the person you’re sending the card to, go all out and sign it with “Love, ___.” Your friend won’t think you’re sappy; he/she will appreciate your sentiment. Feeling loved is the most comforting gift they can receive from you. 5. Mail it any time.
It’s never too late to send a sympathy card. Don’t think the moment has passed and you missed it. You haven’t. Sometimes the card that arrives much later is valued even more because it’s the only one in a lonely mailbox after weeks or months of drought.
If you’re one who’s been blessed by receiving cards in the mail, you already know what I’m talking about.
And if you’re one of the blessed ones who already sends those cards, may God bless you doubly for doing so!
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Have you been touched by cards, too?