Hallmark is sorry for your loss - your job loss
September 26th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Hallmark is sorry for your loss - your job loss

Getting laid off from a job has always been synonymous with the delivery of a pink slip, but thanks to Hallmark, the experience might also become associated with receiving another piece of paper in the mail.

With unemployment sitting at 9%, the ongoing layoffs across the country have persuaded the greeting card giant to begin rolling out a line of sympathy cards with words of encouragement for people who have lost their jobs in the tough economy.

The development of cards that deal with the various hardships of the times is nothing new to Hallmark. The company also produced cards aimed at individuals who struggled through events such as the Great Depression, the military draft, and losing loved ones on September 11, 2001.

“People in times of need will always need to connect and when the consumers have asked us for a way to connect in those difficult situations, we try to respond in an authentic way and we think that what the greeting card does is offer a bridge,” Hallmark’s creative director Derek McCracken told NPR’s All Things Considered.

Those that work with the unemployed say they don’t think it’s a bad idea. “Getting a card like that and somebody caring is fabulous,” Michelle Crowthers-Lunczynski of Work One in Franklin, Ind. told CNN affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The crazy part to think about this is there's so many people laid off. At least someone's caring enough to you know, get a card and say, 'I'm thinking of you.'”

According to McCracken, the idea to produce cards that lift the spirits of the recently unemployed came from the company’s own customers, who were asking for a card addressing a topic that hits close to home for so many people.

“They sent us letters. They phoned it in. They asked their retailers, you know, in their neighborhood, where do I find a card that said this?” he said. “Loss of job, like any loss, is a grieving process. And so we have to acknowledge as soon as possible what had happened and then try to support them. So that's where we kind of offer more cards on the, you'll get through this, versus dwelling on the loss of the job itself.”

The job-loss sympathy cards are not currently available at all of the company’s 40,000 locations nationwide, but Hallmark’s website lists several of the 5×7 cards on-sale for $3.49 each.

E-card companies have also latched on to the idea, but American Greetings, a main competitor of Hallmark’s in the world of paper and electronic cards, has yet to produce any layoff-specific products. Spokesman Frank Cirillo says that the idea is something that American Greetings might look at in the future, but it hasn’t seen a demand for the cards because the company focuses on personalized products that are open-ended and conversational enough for consumers to add in their own more specific messages.

Hallmark’s cards range widely in tone: Some of them contain messages that are more on the sentimental side and offer inspirational advice, while many are lighthearted and even make light of the recipient’s situation. One card reads: “Don’t think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time-out between stupid bosses.” Another says: “Don’t worry, you’ll get through this. Look at me! Okay, maybe don’t.”

“The ones that offer more moral support, but maybe with a little humorous twist in a more encouraging fashion are doing very well and we're publishing more of those,” McCracken said.

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  1. raven

    Oh cyrus.. do you need some attention? too bad theres no card that says blow it out your a__, Id buy you one .

    September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Aw, cyrus, does someone need a hug? Or a card that says it isn't nice to hit women? Or should we send you a sympathy card because your abused wife ran off with you dog and pick-up truck?
    I'm sorry, cyrus.
    Not.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    Jeez! They deleted S Disturber's 'card'?
    It wasn't anything bad at all, just a card from father to son...

    September 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. DD

    It's ok. These were needed to inform some of their own employees.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Corvus1

    Cyrus just needs to be set on fire.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. raven

    I DINT see it. It PROLLY got deleted when I was on another thread. Dont they know theyre SPOSTA wait on me ?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. LiberalNN

    Hallmark will make a fortune on these if Obama gets re-elected!

    September 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rb

      yes they will

      September 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. simian1

    $3.49 for a Hallmark card in this economy?

    September 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. harry

    How nice of someone to get you a card to remind you that you're an unemployed loser that can't afford to buy anyone else a card.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. us1776

    Finding A Job !!

    Now there's a Hallmark moment !!

    .

    September 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John

    Sorry to hear you lost your job, and I wanted to let you know that someone cares. Need help with your mortgage payment? Uh, sorry, but I don't care enough that I'd write you a check.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. bobcat2u.

    When you came here last year
    You just couldn't wait
    To show us just what you coukd do.
    So we gave you a chance
    And you couldn't do the dance
    So now here's a pink slip for you.

    Signed,
    The ex-boss

    September 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • M in Oz

      lol love it!

      September 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don't Believe It

    Don't look at it as losing your job...look as it as an opportunity for one of your friends WITH a job to go out and spend money on a Hallmark card. Because here at Hallmark, we believe in making money off of any happy day, sad day, tragedy or disaster. Please visit your local Hallmark retailer for our new line of cards; "Sorry Your Dog Died in the Earthquake" "Sorry Your Wife is Pregnant with Another Man's Baby" and our all new "Sorry You Lost Your House to Foreclosure" lines – now with catchy songs inside!

    September 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. J mo

    My family went through almost a year with no work..... I CAN'T wait to send Obama one of those cards.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wrong Culprit

      You better buy a bunch of cards for George Bush and the corrupt Republicans who backrupted this country to line their own pockets. The thanks goes SOLELY to them! Get a clue!

      September 26, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. harry

    Hallmark must be owned by Rebumlickens!

    September 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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