Finding the opening lines of your condolence note takes time.And that's okay! Here are a few suggestions beyond "I'm very sorry for your loss..."
- If you bought a card, take a look at the cover art. Do you draw any associations from it? What made you select this card? For example, I bought a card with ginko biloba leaves; ginko is known as a nutritional supplement to aid memory. Memories are a key element in condolence.
- Does your card's printed sentiment trigger feelings you would like to express?
- An opening line can express a thought about having a sister/brother/mom or dad... perhaps you were "never lucky enough to have a sister."
The right opening line will come, and you will be on your way to writing that memorable condolence note.