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Graduation is a big deal! Whether it’s high school, college, grad school...or any school, it’s a milestone worth noting. And the graduation card you send is an opportunity to add a short message to tell your favorite grad what’s in your heart, always focusing on the positive.→ Read more

We all want to be supportive when someone close to us loses a loved one, to let them know they’re in our thoughts and in our hearts. But beyond calling or sending a sympathy card, we may wish there was more we could do to show we care.

Here are some suggestions for gestures that make a difference and bring comfort to the grieving:

– Send a small gift card for coffee or a meal.

– Bring them a prepared meal or some food items from the grocery store.

– Ask them to go for a drink, for a walk in the park or to a movie.

– Offer to take their kids for an afternoon.

– Share your stories and photos with them.

– Give them a chance to talk.

– Honor anniversaries and special occasions.

– Do something thoughtful months or even years down the road to let them know you haven’t forgotten them, or their loved one.

When someone we love suffers a painful loss, we long to offer comfort and support. But sometimes we struggle to find the right words to say.

After three of her dear friends suddenly lost their husbands, our founder Kathy Davis wondered what words she could offer that would make a difference in the face of such immense grief.

“As one who makes a living helping people share words of comfort during times like these, it was important for me to better understand what may have helped my friends cope with their loss,” she says.

“My experience as a writer has taught me it’s often not how much you say, but what you don’t say that is important.”

While she knew she could turn to countless books and articles written on this topic, it was important to her to learn this knowledge in an authentic way…directly from her friends.

Here is what they shared with her about the words that didn’t bring comfort as they grieved — and those they found most meaningful.

Please DON’T:
– Don’t ask me “How are you?” I’m not OK.
– Don’t ask me what I need! I don’t know!
– Don’t say, “Call if you need anything,” because I do not want to impose. Just DO something nice for me without being asked.

Words that do NOT help:
– “I know just how you feel.”
– “Everything happens for a reason.”
– “(He’s) in a better place now.”
– “You’ll feel better with time.”
– “God works in mysterious ways.”

Please DO:
– Ask: “How are you doing this afternoon (this morning, right now…)?”
– Share a story, a recollection or memory about my loved one. Don’t be afraid that you may make me cry…or laugh!
– Add a personal note to my sympathy or thinking-of-you card. That lets me know my (loved one’s) life made a difference to you and others.
– When writing me a message, just be yourself. Simple yet genuine words let me know you care.

Words that DO help:
– “I know this is a really difficult time for you.”
– “I am here for you.”
– “I can’t even begin to imagine how you are feeling.”
– “I care.”
– “Call me whenever you may need to talk.”

Everyone’s experience with grief is different and very personal. Simply letting someone who’s suffering know they occupy a space in your heart can be incredibly meaningful.

Whether it’s big or small, a long time coming or a wonderful surprise, what matters is that to them, it means the world.→ Read more

 

Share the love that’s in your heart.

Once you’ve known the joy of sharing your heart with someone who understands you, is there for you and loves you… you realize that’s all you need.

Telling them what they mean to you, and what you admire and appreciate about them makes it last a lifetime. Our “Love & Happiness” Art Print is the perfect way to share what’s in your heart. Click here to order.

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“Giving back” is an integral part of the Kathy Davis culture and has been since Kathy started her business more than 25 years ago. One of the nonprofits we support is the Sunshine Foundation, whose mission is to make dreams come true for ill, physically challenged or abused children...→ Read more

 

Look forward to sharing in all the fun, their exciting news and adventures this year.

Send this birthday wish to a dear friend as an art print. Click here to order.

Every now and then, to appreciate where we are and gather fresh inspiration for where we’re going, it helps to look back on where we’ve been.→ Read more