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, we 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.
"I am so sorry for your loss. [Name] 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. Please know that I'm here for anything you need, whether it's running errands, reliving fun memories, or just being together."
"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]. Remember that you are never alone, and that I am always just a quick text away."
What to write in a birthday card
A birthday is a moment you want to show up with more than just a text message. But sometimes, it can be hard to think of exactly what to write in a handwritten birthday card, even if you know the person well! Try one of these options to make your birthday greeting stand out from the crowd.
"Happy Birthday! This has been quite a year, and I'm always going to remember the time we [insert your favorite memory with this person from the past year]. I can't wait to see what this personal new year brings you. Know that you deserve every great thing headed your way, and I'm on board for every new adventure."
"Happy Birthday! I hope you know this every day, but today is a great time to say it: I'm so grateful to have you in my life. You are [insert your top 3 favorite characteristics about this person] and any room is always more fun with you in it. Take some time today to relax and take care of yourself, you deserve it!"
What to write in a thank you card
A thank you card is a moment to let someone know how their actions have impacted you, however big or small. Here are a few ideas about how to convey your gratitude, if the words don't come freely when you sit down to write to them.
"Thank you so much for [describe the person's specific action here]. It means the world to me to have a friend who would take the time to make such a thoughtful gesture. I'm so grateful for your friendship, and I can't wait for all the great times we have to come."
"Thank you so much for [describe the gift here]. It's made a real difference to my [sanity/organization/etc] and it always makes me so happy to think of you when I use it. Your kindness is so appreciated! I'm looking forward to [our next big celebration/the next year of our relationship] and am so glad to have you by my side."