I find sympathy cards the hardest cards of all to make. I don't have any religious faith, so that rules out a whole host of traditional designs, and I don't like to tempt fate by making them routinely and keeping some in stock, so they often have to be made very quickly in response to circumstances. You can't leave a grieving relative to wait while you create a complex and beautiful card!
So for me, sympathy cards lend themselves very readily to the Clean And Simple style of cardmaking. It's often very quick, and can create a stylish simplicity that seems very appropriate at a time of sadness.
Unfortunately we have just had a family bereavement, and this is the card I have made to send:
This week it's a CAS week at Addicted to Stamps and More so I'm joining in with this card.