Monday, April 02, 2007

*Sympathy Cards*

There is one "occasion" I really hate making cards for.... cards for the guys in my life is tough, but honestly, Sympathy cards are so much worse. Sure, the designs are easy, but I really hate having to make Sympathy cards.

When my Dad died last year, it was wonderful to receive so many cards (handmade and store bought) from people who wanted us to know that they were thinking of us. I now know first hand that it doesn't matter what the card says... it matters that you send it at all. It helps to know that there is someone out there who took a few minutes out of their life to let you know that they were thinking of you.

Unfortunately, I had occasion to send two Sympathy cards this past week.

As I've mentioned before, I am the List Owner/Moderator of a large email group for Canadian Stampers. This group has been around for 8 years and we have 750+ members. You don't get close to everyone on the list, but you do make some very close friendships with people you've never met.

In the last few weeks, two of our members lost a parent... Francie lost her Mom and Brenda lost her Dad. I feel so sad for these two women... I know very much how they are probably feeling right now. I want to tell them that it will be OK. I want to tell them that it will get easier. But I can't. I don't believe that yet. But I needed to support them. I needed to let them know that I was thinking of them... that I was crying for them.... that I can understand their pain.

The cards are simple.... Sympathy cards, in my mind, shouldn't be more than simple. Like I said earlier, it doesn't matter what the card says... it just matters that you send it.

items used:
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! in Whisper White, Cool Caribbean and Elegant Eggplant
Image: Stampin' Up!
Ink: Stampin' Up! Basic Black Classic
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, Making Memories Brads, Grosgrain Ribbon from Jodi's Ribbon Share, Sheer Ribbon from Stampin' Up!
Tools: Cuttlebug and D'vine Swirl Embossing Folder, Marvy Giga Scallop Oval Punch


stampin_melissa said...

Nancy, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on Sympathy cards. I recently had reason to send one and struggled for too long. I drug my feet, not on the card so much but what to put inside! I wish I had read your comment a few weeks ago, as you are so right. It isn't the exact words I used even (that is what my struggle was for), just that I cared enough to show that I was thinking of her at this time.

scrapbookingoasis said...

Lovely cards. Having lost my dad 7 months ago - it is so true its the thought not the "right" words.

Alli said...

You are SUCH a sweetheart! I know first hand about losing people recently (3 since January) and what a thoughtful gesture on your part to send those cards out.

Amy said...

Sympathy cards are hard, I agree. These are really nice. I think the simplicity of these cards is really nice.

Have a great week!

June said...

Nice Blog, Nancy.

Congrats on hitting 40,000 views!

PS LOVE your Easter Picture!

Treasure said...

As being one of those recipients, I can not tell you how much your e-mailed comments and the beautiful card itself meant to me. I have to admit that I'm not very good at sending cards, but after having received a great number of them now (your's being one of them), it's very true that in instances like these a GREAT amount of comfort can be received from receiving them. THANK YOU, a thousand times over!!

who, btw, received this card as my first Cuttlebug card! :-)