Some Do’s and Don’ts in Designing DIY Sympathy Cards
Death is a difficult time and grief can come out in different ways, seven ways from Sunday. That’s why there’s no shame in seeking a little outside assistance. It’s hard to know what to say and there’s always a legitimate concern that your words might somehow exacerbate the pain and sadness someone is experiencing.
You’re not alone; many people feel this way since it’s an awkward and delicate time, and what’s more, many might not even have any experience with death hitting close to home. So let’s start off with some general advice from Sympathy Card Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts in Writing Messages. Among the tips there: don't be too specific in describing the circumstances of the death which might just dredge up feelings and, by all means, don't think about dictating how or when the person should get over it. Brevity is recommended so as not to inundate them with a lot to read during an anguishing time.
On the "Do" side of things, upload positive images and tranquil scenes in nature onto the card you're designing to convey a message that things will get better. Also, include some inspirational and comforting quotes. We'll list a few examples below for you. Humor can be used if you're intimate enough with the person to know they won't be put off by it. If you know the person you will be giving the card practices a particular faith, include religious quotes relevant to helping cope with death. For example, in the Christian faith, there are many Psalms from the Bible that are appropriate, including Psalm 23: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
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