While proper etiquette dictates that sympathy cards are ideally sent within two weeks after a death, it is never too late to send someone a sympathy card or note to express your heartfelt feelings of condolence for their loss. There can be many reasons for sending condolence cards late.
What to send when someone passes away?
Send a sympathy card with a sympathy message.
Send a beautiful sympathy basket full of gourmet foods and specialized treats.
Send a flower bouquet for a funeral.
Send a memorial contribution to help pay for memorial expenses.
Send a keepsake gift box.
Send comfort food.
Offer assistance or help around the house.
How to write a sympathy card?
Compliment the Relationship: “What the two of you shared was truly something special. You loved each other so well.”
Compliment the Deceased: “Stephanie was one of the funniest,most vibrant people I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful I got to know her.”
He’ll Always Be With You: “Someone who shared so much of life with you will forever be a part of you.
Take Care of Yourself: “I know the days and months ahead will be a big adjustment,so please give yourself a lot of grace.
I Believe in You: “I know it must feel like this pain will never end. But I believe in my heart that comfort will find you when you’re ready.
Miss Her Too: “Lauren was such a terrific colleague and friend. I miss her deeply.”
Loved Him Too: “I hope it helps a little to hear how much Matt was loved by others,too—me,for one.”
When You Don’t Know the Surviving Spouse/Partner: “Even though we haven’t had the chance to meet in person,I feel like I know you from the glowing way Jim talked
This Is Hard: “Losing the one you love is so hard. And so I’m praying hard for you—for peace,for comfort,for whatever you need right now.”
Share a Memory: “I was just thinking about Anne’s unforgettable dinner parties—especially the one with the notorious lemon-bar incident. That was the best. And SHE was the best.”
How to sign a sympathy card?
Method 1 Method 1 of 3: Striking the Right Note. Start with an appropriate salutation.
Method 2 Method 2 of 3: Addressing Specific Situations. Write an intimate message if you knew the deceased well.
Method 3 Method 3 of 3: Knowing Sympathy Card Etiquette. Always send a card,not an email.