About Me

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Hi there! And welcome to Sympathy Message Ideas. My name is Sally, and I’m the owner, creator and one woman band behind sympathymessageideas.com (apart from a little help from my much more tech-savvy son).

I had the idea for this website when I needed to send a sympathy card to a friend but completely froze when trying to find what to say. A problem I imagine many of you are facing. A quick Google search showed there wasn’t a huge choice of options when it came to writing condolence cards, notes etc. And much of it was the same content recycled.

So I took it upon myself to try and create something better. Something that would prove helpful to everyone who has to try and find words to comfort friends or relatives in their most grief stricken moments, but understandably struggle. And really that’s the core concept behind what I’ve tried to do.

Along with this I have a life long love of crafting and have spent years making my own greetings cards. Many of those sympathy cards.

I’ve also experienced the loss of loved ones like so many people. From friends to close family members, especially my husband. And I’ve gone through the pain and grief that comes with it. So I hope that my words come from a place of understanding.

I studied English Literature and Langyage at university and have many years of writing experience. Hopefully I can use that experience and knowledge to help with beautiful words that comfort those grieving.

My Experience with Loss

We will all experience losing special people from our lives. I’m no different. Having lost both my parents when I was a young teenager I quickly learnt the pain that grief brings.

Sadly I would also lose a child during birth and have recently lost my husband. Whilst I don’t believe this sets me apart from others, I do think it helps me to have a good understanding of what people are going through when they lose someone.

With such experience of dealing with loss I know what others will want to hear, read, how they will like to be supported and more. So I can use all my experience to help you with reaching out to your family, friends and more who are grieving.

About SympathyMessageIdeas.com

I understand how difficult it is trying to find the right words for a sympathy, bereavement or funeral card. That is why I’m determined to help you get the perfect message for your card, in turn alleviating the stress that comes with fretting over it. My aim is to ensure that you get the best selection of Sympathy Card Messages to be found.

Unfortunately the time when you are sending a sympathy card will be filled with sadness and grief. So having any extra stress during is only going to make things worse. Making the experience of writing a sympathy card as painless as possible during this difficult time is central to what I hope you will take from here.

As Seen In

I’ve been quoted or written and sympathymessageideas.com mentioned in the likes of Legacy.com, Yahoo, The New York Times, Serenata Flowers and more.

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In the News/Press

Sally Collins was asked by Legacy.com to write a guide on what to say on a funeral flower card. – Read story

Christopher Mele cites sympathymessageideas.com as a way to search online for condolence messages in his New York Times article. – Read story

Upjourney quotes Sally Collins regarding what you can say instead of ‘sorry for your loss’. – Read story

Spoonful of Comfort cites Sally Collins Unique Sympathy Gifts ideas – Read story

HealGrief.org offers Sympathy Message Ideas as a resource when looking for what to say in a card to those grieving. Read story

Sally Collins is quoted by The Cat is in the Box regarding what to say and do when someone loses a pet. – Read story

I really do hope SympathyMessageIdeas.com will be of help to you.

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1 thought on “About”

  1. What a great idea. I’m getting older and as I do I’m losing some friends and family, also many are sick, worried or just plain tired. I believe an unexpected letter, package or phone call can lift up people’s spirits so I try not to email. I’ve always had a hard time expressing myself so this is something I’ll definitely use. Thank you for this information, it’s not what everyone needs but the ones of us who need it are grateful. Gloria


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