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Expressing your condolences is an important part of supporting a family who has recently lost someone. However, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to say. What you write in a funeral card mainly depends on who the departed person was - for some, a religious message is appropriate, whilst for others, a more personal message is desired. However, writing a heartfelt message can never go a miss. Here are a few guidelines to consider if you are struggling for things to say:

  • Sharing memories - Sometimes, simply sharing a fond memory of the deceased person is a good start, and may bring a smile to the family's face
  • Be sensitive to the bereaved family's beliefs - even if you have differing views, such as religious, this may not be the appropriate time to share them, to when writing your message, be sure to adhere to their beliefs
  • Keep it short and simple - sometimes a few carefully selected words can make a world of difference, especially if you're struggling to find the words

Traditional sympathy messages

For some simple words to share on a funeral card, we recommend the below:

  • 'Forever in our thoughts'
  • 'Loved and remembered'
  • 'Gone too soon'
  • 'In loving memory'
  • 'Our deepest sympathies'

Religious sympathy messages

However, if the deceased or the bereaving family are religious, these phrases may be more appropriate:

  • 'Rest in peace.'
  • 'Praying for you and your family during this difficult time'
  • 'May they rest in eternal peace.'
  • 'God bless you, and keep you in his care.'

What not to write on a funeral card

There are also a few things you may need to avoid when writing a funeral card, as some phrases are less comforting than others. For instance, 'they are in a better place now', may be insensitive to a family that is deeply missing their loved one. Similarly, 'you will see them again someday' is also tricky, as not all people share the same beliefs, and they may not agree with this statement.

A good basis to start is the phrase 'Our deepest sympathies', followed by a closing phrase. For example:

'Our deepest sympathies, he is forever in our thoughts.'

This simple phrase is enough to provide comfort and express your condolences. In addition to your funeral card, you may also wish to provide funeral flowers, as this can also provide a nice touch.

Now you've learnt how to write a funeral card, you may want to consider prepaid funeral plans - as this can alleviate the cost and emotional pressure from your loved ones when the time comes. For more information about our services, get in touch with our helpful team today.

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