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What to Write in a Retirement Card

When a co-worker, friend or relative steps away from work, it’s often meaningful for them to receive retirement cards. “Retirement is a bittersweet event in anyone’s life,” says Emilie Dulles, founder of Dulles Designs, which prints custom stationery and invitations. “Writing a card to express your congratulations is akin to drafting a ‘thank you’ note.”

Retirement card messages typically include an opening, a middle section and a summary or ending. If you spend time putting together an appropriate message, the receiver will likely appreciate your efforts. The length can be short if you didn’t know the retiree well, or longer if you have spent many years working on projects together.

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