What to write in a sympathy card
We all want to show up for the people we care about when they're enduring a loss. And when we can't be there in person, it's great to send something meaningful, like a handwritten note. But what happens when you sit down to write the card? You want to say something heartfelt, but sometimes the words just don't arrive.
Don't worry: we've got you covered. Here are a few options for what you can write that will convey how much you care.
What to write in a sympathy card for someone who's lost a parent
"I am so sorry for your loss. Your [father/mother] was a wonderful person, and I know they loved you so much. I remember [fill in a sweet or funny memory about the person who passed]. I wish I could make your pain disappear. Since that's not possible, I'm holding onto the fact that [Name] would be so proud of the person you've become. Please know that I'm here for anything you need, whether it's running errands, reliving fun memories, or just being together."
What to write in a sympathy card for someone who's lost a friend
"My heart is breaking for you. If you ever want to talk about [Name], I am here to listen. I will always remember the joy that [he/she/they] brought to the world, especially [share your favorite personality characteristic about the person who passed]. You were a wonderful friend to them, and will continue to be one as you keep their memory alive. Remember that you are never alone, and that I am always just a quick text away."
What to write in a sympathy card for someone who's lost a beloved pet
"I am so sorry about the loss of [pet's name]. [He/she] was such a source of joy, and I know how much [he/she] meant to you. Animals are so often a part of our family, and I know that was true of [pet's name]. I'll always remember the way [share a favorite memory of the pet here, whether it's one of yours, or one that your friend told you]. I'm so glad I got to know [him/her] and see how happy [he/she] made you. I'm sending you so much love."
What to write in a sympathy card for someone who's suffered a miscarriage
"I am so sorry about the loss of your sweet baby. I know they were already loved so much. I'm sending you so much healing energy your way, and wishing you peace and healing as soon as it's possible. In the meantime, I'll be checking in to see if there's anything helpful I can do. I'm here if you want to talk or if you just want to sit together quietly."