I was going through my stash of cards the other day and realized that I didn't have any sympathy cards made. Though it can be difficult to make sympathy cards I know I have to have some made up otherwise I won't send a card out when the time comes. I started with the Beginning & Endings set and went to work making the card. Being that I've had a couple of losses in my life I know that, for me, the more simple and less words on a card the more likely I was to at least try and read it (I didn't read most of the sympathy cards I received when my late husband died until a couple of months after his service) and find out who it was from. With that in mind I went super clean and simple layout with just a sympathy sentiment (that I recolored in PSE). I did add some pearls just to break up the white space. I also used very muted colors for my coloring so it will be easier to process upon receipt.
I hope that my card gives you a bit of inspiration in this area. I also want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!