I would second this as I think that sympathy is best expressed by a personal heartfelt note (or email) of some kind as opposed to the "canned" sentiments of a card.
Originally Posted by chizzy
If there is a poem or other third party writing that you know that for some reason you feel is personally relevant, then that's fine but I would again add a personal note as to why you think the third party writing is appropriate along with the normal "personal" stuff one writes in a sympathy note.
Some days I pray for Silence, Some days I pray for Soul,
Some days I just pray to the God of Sex and Drums and Rock 'N' Roll.