It can be hard to know what to say to someone going through the loss of a loved one, especially when trying to craft a sentiment that both acknowledges the loss and provides comfort to the bereaved. But, as many people want to reach out with condolences for friends, coworkers, or family members after hearing the news about them losing someone they love or after attending a funeral service at a funeral home in Allenwood, PA, condolence calls and sympathy cards are essential.
You can try to give the bereaved a call to express your emotions and support them in their time of loss. Expressing condolences can be tricky, as it can be hard to know what to say. If you’re at a loss for words, you can try saying things like, “My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”, “I’ll always remember how [name] would [insert story or characteristic here].”, “There are no words. Just know that I love you and will also miss [name].”, “[Name] was a great person. My sympathies to you and your family.”, “We are so sorry for your loss.”, or “No one can ever replace the remarkable person that your ____ was.”
You can try sending a sympathy card in the mail. Sympathy cards are the most traditional method of communicating these sentiments to the bereaved in their grief, but it can be tricky to accurately convey feelings and ideas. You can try to offer help. Offering help to the bereaved is always well-intentioned, especially since it can be hard for people to ask for help when needed.
To make it easier for the bereaved to get specific help, try not to write statements like, “Call me if you need anything.” Instead, try to say, “I’m going to go grocery shopping on ____, send me your list, and I will be happy to get it for you,” or “Here is a gift certificate. Please use this to____.” You can also express empathy. You might have lost someone, too. And while comparing your loss to the bereaved’s might seem like a good idea, it may come across as if you trying to make it about you. Instead of writing, “I know how you feel,” or “I’ve lost a ___ too”, try writing, “I’m grieving with you,” or “I miss ___ too”.
Sometimes you can’t make the service and want to apologize. Listing the reasons you couldn’t make a funeral or service may look like you’re making excuses. Rather than writing, “I didn’t make the funeral because ___,” try focusing on how you will support them in the future by saying, “I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it. I’m bringing lunch for you on ___ if that works for you.”
Call or visit us today for more information on sympathy cards or if you would like to learn more about our Allenwood, PA, funeral home. We’re happy to help however we can.