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    I have just got back to work after a week off to find out my M.D sadly passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer.

    I've been asked to make a sympathy card that we'll all sign and send to his wife.

    Does anyone have any ideas of what I could do? This is one type of card I've never made before. In healthier times, he really liked to cycle - I have got a little bike topper that I thought might be nice but not sure and wouldn't know what words to put on it if it was a bike - with sympathy wouldn't seem right somehow. Or maybe I could just do some flowers. I don't have any white lillies but I've got lilac ones, could I use them?

    Sorry I know I'm always asking questions but any help with this one is greatly appreciated!
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    That is sad news.

    It's a subject I've always avoided (cowardly I know) but a couple of people that I've known have passed away in the last couple of years and it has prompted me to start thinking about designs for sympathy cards.
    The lilac lilies might be ok. I'm pretty sure purple is a symbolic colour of death in Christianity and lilac is pale purple after all. Have you tried googling things such as "symbolic flowers/ colours" etc to see if you can find ideas. You could also search for "handmade sympathy card" to see what other people have come up with.
    It's not an easy one I know. I chickened out last month when my husbands auntie died and bought a card, but I wish I'd made an effort and made one.
    Good luck and let us know what you come up with.
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    • #3
      I've just done some looking on the internet.... you could use the bike topper with these type of words "No one can take away you loving memories, may they lift you and comfort you at this time". I don't know how big a card you're planning on making or how big the topper is, so I'm not sure if you'd want anything else there. I don't think you want something over fussy, with too much on it.

      There is the very simple "Thinking of you at this sad time" or simply "with sympathy"
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      • #4
        I think I would go for the flower. I saw an article somewhere saying keep it simple and not too colourful. If you want a bright colour only go for the one and use subdued colours with it. I would stamp the flower onto a piece of card and layer it with coordinating colours then mount it on the card and just put 'Deepest Sympathy from all of us' down the side. Look on the net for free verses and you will find something appropriate there. I would use something like,pale blue, navy and white for a man or green, navy and pale blue.Hope this helps!!! Sue xx
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        • #5
          I've never made a Sympathy card - it's the one card I can't bring myself to make and when my best friend's mum died last year I had to buy one.

          My Nan on the other hand had to make one last week and she told me that purple is the colour of mourning (after black) so the purple flower would be appropriate I guess.

          However, I agree with whoever said to use google to get some ideas to help you out.
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          • #6
            Thank you for the advice everyone, I was really stumped before - oddly comforting to know I'm not the only one to shy away from these cards!

            I think I'll do a few options and let people see, I can always sell the others. They have offered to pay for the one for them but it seems wrong somehow...

            I'll let you know how I got on anyway.

            Thanks again everyone!
            Caroline

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            • #7
              When my bf's mum passed away last year, I made mine using some nice subdued flower images too. It was a pop-out card and I cut a cross shape as the pop-out aperture and put the same flower image behind the cross and left it quite simple otherwise and he loved it. I still have it if you wanted a piccy?

              I dont think you can go far wrong with the right flowers and, depending how you are with words, you'll probably find some help wth those on t-internet or even (naughty I know) looking at verses in shop-cards

              All the best, I know theyre not easy but I do love the thought of a handmade card for condolence wishes

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              • #8
                if he was into cycling then maybe the bike topper would be a lovely tribute to him. It shows thought I think, after all his wife will receive many 'flower' cards.
                A card with abike theme will be unique to him.

                sorry, this doesn't seem to got with the majority and hope it doesn't cause too much confusion
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                • #9
                  Sorry to hear about your MD passing away.

                  I'm going to go against the majority and agree with samigail here - I think somthing personal to him (like the bike design) will be appreciated, and will also show that you put some though into a personal design (not that you wouldn't put thought in otherwise - I hope you know what I'm trying to say).

                  When my Grandad passed away a few years ago, the cards that we cried most (and laughed most) over were those which had something other than the usual flowers on them, and were personal to him and what he had done in his life.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you everyone! I made a few in the end and passed them over to my boss who is deciding. I think we'll end up going for one with a blue mulberry rectange with a lilly across it and we'll put the bike sticker inside the card or something but I don't really know what's happening. I gave them the cards to look at and not heard anything since! Hopefully they will pcik one anyway as it'll be nice to do that at least since I can't go to the funeral - I'd booked the day off on Fri as I've got a massive show at the week end that I need to get ready for. I tried to change the day off to the Thursday and they won't let me! Is it just me or is that REALLY out of order? There's no reason for it - they're just trying to take advantage of some people having already booked annual leave when the office is going to be closed.

                    Sorry rant over - just made me really cross and takes the focus off what this week should really be all about!...
                    Caroline

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                    • #11
                      Shame they won't let you change the day so you could go to the funeral with the others. I hope they liked your efforts with the cards anyway.
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