Sympathy cards can express comfort. Knowing what to say to the bereaved is more difficult. Speak words of comfort that you would want to hear.
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If the deceased is family, it is all right to show emotion. Offer your assistance by saying, "I will bring you dinner tomorrow." Asking what you can do is too broad a question. Share memories of the deceased that are happy moments. Express words of love for the deceased and family. Physical contact in the form of a hug can speak louder than words.
Express your sympathy with words of comfort such as, "I am very sorry; I will miss him. He was a wonderful friend. I loved being around him." Choose a sympathy card that you would want to receive from a friend. Write a special note that expresses your feelings about the deceased and your sympathy for the family.
Losing a pet that was a constant companion can be very hurtful. Show that you care by sending a sympathy card. If you have a picture of the pet, include it in the card. You can find cards for pets wherever sympathy cards are sold.
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