"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
Marcus Tulliuis Cicaro
It can be difficult to know what to say to someone who has lost a loved one, but writing a message of sympathy does not have to be difficult. Although there is no perfect sympathy, there are some things that can be taken into account when offering your sympathy to someone.
"We all need help at times like this, and I'm here for you." These words may seem simple, but the mere fact of being available to someone who is in mourning is one of the best things that can be done. Someone who has lost a loved one can feel loneliness in their pain, and knowing that there is a friend to talk to is comforting.
When you have trouble finding the right words, spiritual verses or happy memories about the deceased person are other ways to show interest. Remembering stories, memories or the life passions of the person who has passed away can add a personal touch to a message of sympathy.
Different situations require different types of messages of condolence. For example, if the person afflicted has lost a son or daughter, a different sympathy is required than if he or she has lost a grandparent.
Also take into account the religious traditions of the family. A Catholic family will appreciate a condolence card on a mass. If you are sending a gift of shiva to a grieving Jewish family, a message like "My thoughts and my prayers are with you in your affliction" is a good way to start.
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