Sympathy Cards & Words of Sympathy

Welcome to Simple Sympathy. You’ll find cards, sympathy gift ideas, and ideas for how to help a grieving friend. We know expressing sympathy is not easy, but we hope to support you in being a friend who cares.

A Friend Who Cares
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
-Henri Nouwen



Simple ways to express sympathy are the most helpful. We will help you be a friend who cares. We make it easy for you to send comforting words of sympathy right now. 

Our line of Sympathy eCards are a great way to let a friend know that you’re thinking of them and sharing in their sorrow. We can also help you find just the right words with our sample words of sympathy and ideas for what to say.

Grief is isolating. Mourners feel cut off from everyone who is living as if nothing as happened. Even close friends and family seem to be in a different world. They are alone in their pain. The only thing worse is people who “are only trying to be nice.”

Bereavement forums often have a section for venting about all the insensitive things that have been said. A grieving mother is told to take comfort in the fact that she can still have more children. A family who is told that “at least he is not suffering anymore.”

  • We can express sympathy better with Simple Sympathy
  • We can speak words of comfort.
  • We can know that our actions are uplifting, not adding an extra burden.
  • We can know that a community will support mourners and that we can do our part.
  • We can know that the best ways to comfort are simple.

Sympathy Messages

Ways to Help

Sample messages of sympathy, poems, quotes, and ideas for what to write in a sympathy card.

Ideas to help you be supportive and offer comfort to a hurting friend or family member.

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