When I think back on the notes of condolences I’ve written, I realize that they are all hard to write. How do we express our sympathy for any loss that brings the bereaved deep sorrow? How can we possibly find words that will bring solace to the bereaved?
I know from personal experience that none of us has the power to take away the pain of loss. But we do possess the ability to demonstrate that we care and in the dark moments, sometimes, just knowing that others care is what helps the bereaved make it through another day.
If you feel overwhelmed with the thought of writing a sympathy note, just express what is in your heart. Realize that a few simple words will make a difference. Communicate “I’m thinking of you,” “You are often in my thoughts,” or “I want to extend my heartfelt and sincerest condolences.”
You have the power to brighten someone’s day. What a gift that is.