That first contact with someone who has experienced a family tragedy can be difficult especially when you run into him or her unexpectedly and you don’t have the right words to say. It’s totally natural because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. In many cases, you don’t have a clue what the right things to say might be.
Think about the times in your life when you have lost someone you care about or maybe just went through a personal crisis and were feeling distraught. You wanted comfort from your friends and instead were met with silence because they didn’t know what to say. What words of comfort did you want to hear?
Some of the most difficult times in a person’s life is when they experience the death of a loved one. The bereaved struggle with depression, guilt, anger and a variety of emotions that are difficult to live with. The bereaved often feel isolated and alone. It’s important for those who count themselves as friends of the bereaved to reach out in any way they can.
Having the courage to reach out is difficult, but it can be as simple as dropping a note in the mailbox. A note, even from a stranger, can plant a seed of hope in an otherwise bottomless pit of despair. An inspirational card can be the catalyst for a turning point where grief is replaced with hope.
An inspirational card might contain one sentence, but a powerful one that says you’re thinking about that person or that you are happy that person is a part of your life. A note that tells them you’re there to listen is also a powerful message – sitting in silence and listening to what the bereaved have to say is something that psychologists say is an important step in helping someone who is going through a tough time.
An inspirational card is something that can be sent over the long haul as a person goes through the grieving cycle and needs the continued support of friends. You don’t have to come up with just the right words, the card conveys that you care, that you are thinking about them and that you are lifting them up in prayers.
The Printery House offers cards and gifts for every occasion, including for someone who is grieving. The company offers sympathy and condolences that focus on God’s peace in difficult times. The monks and employees of Conception Abbey produce beautifully crafted cards featuring contemporary religious art that will bring a message of cheer to someone who is hurting.