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What to Write in Business Sympathy Cards

Finding the right wording for business sympathy cards can be difficult, especially if you need to send a condolence card to someone that you do not know very well.

If you knew the bereaved individual well enough to make small talk with them, it is considered appropriate to send a sympathy card. It is also kind to send a sympathy card to the bereaved family of someone that you knew.
Here are ideas to help you out when it comes to find the right words to write in business sympathy cards.

The three most common mistake people make in writing words of condolence are:

  • Being overly dramatic. “I am absolutely heart broken for you.”
  • Being cliche. “Time will heal all wounds.”
  • Being too impersonal and formal. “Our sincere condolences to you on behalf of your unfortunate loss.”

Condolence Message Samples for Co-workers

Whether you consider a co-worker a colleague or a friend at work it is nice to send a hand-written sympathy card. It is sure to be appreciated and it might make you feel better as well.
You do not have to say much, in fact it is best to keep the message brief.

  • Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain.
  • I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
  • I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence Message Samples for Employees

Grief in the workplace affects everyone. It cannot be ignored or avoided. The best approach is to thoughtfully acknowledge the loss and send an appropriate gesture of sympathy. A card with just a brief message, such as the samples below, is perfect.

  • May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times.
  • Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

Condolence Message Samples to the Bereaved Family

Sending a Sympathy card to the family of an employee or a co-worker can mean so much to grieving family members. It is also helpful for office staff to have some kind of way to acknowledge and deal with the loss.
Write brief words of sympathy in a card and then let everybody sign it. You’d be surprised how many people will find comfort in this small gesture of sympathy. Many individuals experience grief at the loss of a co-worker, but seldom feel that they have a right to.
When you think about it though, many of us spend more time with the people we work with than other friends and family members. It only makes sense to struggle with such a loss.
It can be simple to send a comforting words of sympathy, here are some ideas.

  • George will be in our hearts and memories.
  • Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

 

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