Writing a condolence message is never an easy task. It’s hard to find the right words to say that will help you express your sympathy during a friend or family member’s time of need. However, sending your condolences signals to an individual or loved one that you care about them and acknowledge or share the pain they’re experiencing. We’ve provided a thoughtful selection of condolence messages and quotes below to help you write a meaningful and heartfelt message in your sympathy card.
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When you’re sending a sympathy card, your main focus should be to send your condolences to the recipient. Condolences are an expression of sympathy for the recipient who is grieving and are necessary when you’re deciding on what to write in a sympathy card. Avoid writing extra long messages as the recipient is likely to receive many sympathy cards. Follow these four steps to show your sentiment:
Find meaningful condolence messages and examples below that you can use to complete your sympathy card.
If you don’t have a close relationship with the recipient, you can use a short condolence message in your sympathy card to express your sentiment. You can pair 2-3 short messages together to craft your note and let the recipient know that you are sorry for their pain and that their healing process is on your mind.
You can also use a condolence quote to offer the recipient thoughtful words that will help them reflect on the life of the person they’ve lost. Quotes can initiate deep thought or offer a new perspective on what it means to lose a loved one.
If you’re looking for more inspiration on what to write in your sympathy card, choose from our list of thoughtful sympathy quotes to finish your card. During such an emotional time period in a grieving individual or family’s life, your kind and heartfelt condolences can be a simple beacon of light.
It can be difficult and awkward to find the right thing to say when someone you know loses their mother. If you are in that situation, we are here to help. Below are some sample short and long messages for you to use outright or adapt to fit the circumstances:
1: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers. If you need anything, please let me know.
2: It is never easy to lose a loved one, and it is especially difficult to lose a mother. Sending you love, hugs, and support. Please ask if you need anything.
3: Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. She was a very special woman, and she will be missed by many. Sending prayers to you and your family.
4: Your mother was an amazing lady. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. I will miss her very much. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
5: I was sad to hear about the passing of your mother. I know how important she was to you. Please accept my sincere condolences and let me know if you need anything.
6: Your mother was a really good woman, and she will be sorely missed. Condolences to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and our prayers.
7: Losing a mother is a very difficult thing, and I know how close you were to her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do, please let me know.
8: Condolences on the passing of your mother. Even though she has moved on to a better place, she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
9: Your mother lived a long and productive life. She left behind many blessings, and she will be missed terribly. Sincerest condolences to you and your family.
10: My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. I know that it was unexpected. You and your family are in my prayers. Let me know if there is anything that I can do.
11: A mother is a very special person, and there is no one else who is so dear to our hearts. I send my most sincere condolences to you and your family.
12: Sending you prayers and thoughts of love and support upon the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful person and she has surely moved on to a better place.
13: Please remember that we are all here for you during this difficult time. Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother.
14: I know that this is a difficult time for you, and I wish I had words to make it easier. My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
15: Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your mother will be dearly missed by all of us. She was an amazing person.
16: Your mother was a dear and special person. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of knowing her. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
1: I want to offer you my sincerest condolences on the death of your mother. I never got the chance to meet her, but I know that she must have been a wonderful person. You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers.
2: I know that this is a very difficult time for you. Your mother was a very wonderful person, and she will be dearly missed. Be sure to take care of yourself, and please do not hesitate to ask me if you need anything. Please accept my deepest condolences.
3: Your mother had a long life, and she did many wonderful things for a great many people. She was strong and courageous, and she will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. All of you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
4: The passing of your mother was a shock to all of us. I know that she is in a better place right now, but she will be greatly missed here. My deepest condolences. If you need practical help, emotional support, or just a shoulder to cry on, know that I am here for you.
5: My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I did not have the privilege of knowing your mother, but I know how much she meant to you. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Please do not be shy about asking for anything you need during this time of grief.
6: No matter how old we get, we still need our mothers. Even though she has passed to the other side, I truly believe that she will continue to watch over you from heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences. Also, remember that I am here for you.
7: Your mother was a truly admirable woman. I was privileged to have known her. She was an inspiration to many. Now that she has passed to the other side, she will be dearly missed by many. My most sincere condolences to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
8: You are a dear friend to me, and I want to support you in any way that I can during this time of grief. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Your mother was a strong and beautiful woman, and I always looked up to her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
9: I know that it was a long and hard illness for your mother. Her strength and courage were an inspiration to many as was your dedication to her care. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with all of your family. Please accept my deepest condolences.
10: As you grieve the passing of your mother, know that you have many people who care about you and who want to help you in any way that we can. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mother will be dearly missed by many, and we are holding all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
One would will never offer somebody “my best wish”. If you're not comfortable with “My condolences” you can say “I'm (so) sorry” or “You have my (deepest).
Simple condolence messages for loss to any family member may not be able to heal the wounds of a grieving heart, but it definitely plays a big role in proving solace and comfort. This can act like a balm on the wounded spirit of an individual. Losing a family member or close friend is like losing a part of our self which is hard to replace.
When we are dealing with the pain of losing someone really close to our heart, we don’t seek sympathy. We seek a little bit of love and empathy from the people near us. These condolence messages for loss would surely make any depressed soul feel a little lighter and happier, knowing that they are not alone in this world fighting the cruel forces of nature.
Sad to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family.
Sad to hear of your loss. My condolences, and please know that my thoughts are with you and your family.
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
So sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences.
Please accept my condolences, just know that I am here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.
May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences.
I know he was so special to you. I know how much you loved him. But, I guess God loved him even more. That is why he has called him up there in heaven to watch your back from above.
We are saddened to hear of your loss. Your husband was an amazing person to have around. I’m so lucky to have met him in this life.
Your husband was a perfect gentleman and a great human being. He will be missed for his goodness in life. Sorry to hear about the loss.
What an exceptional person your husband was. We hope that you are surrounded in love.
Though your husband is gone, he still lives in your heart and in the children that he has left you. Cherish and treasure those memories for they will give you strength to carry on. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband.
We may not understand why he had to leave us so soon but we pray that God will comfort you and lift you up. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this painful time that you have lost your husband. You are not alone.
It is not how long a man lives, but how deep that life is. In your pain and sorrow remember that he was a great man. Our sincere sympathies for the death of your husband.
What to Write in Sympathy Card
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
I am truly sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother was a great woman and she will be truly missed and will always be remembered.
A mother is the most valued being on earth. No one and nothing can fill the void created by the loss of our dear mother.
May fond memories of your mother bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a great woman and much admired. I’ll be thinking about you and you’re in my prayers.
Thinking of you as you celebrate the remarkable life your mother led. God bless.
When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to you.
Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of your mother. Please accept my condolences.
Tip: In addition to communicating these condolence messages on a sympathy card, some of them also work well as spoken words to those in need.
We were sad to hear the news about your father’s passing. Our most sincere condolences.
Your father’s passing has left an immense void – he truly was an outstanding man. Our thoughts are with you.
Your father will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever. Our condolences.
My heartfelt condolences. Your father was an outstanding man and it seems that he has left us too soon.
Your father always bragged about how wonderful you were. I hope you know that you meant the world to him. He’ll be missed. Truly sorry for your loss.
Holding you close in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
May God shower light on your life ahead, and guide you through these sorry days. I can understand your pain, but the soul that is no more with us shall see peace and rest.
Your loss is painful, and it is very difficult to come through such times. Keep faith in God, and he shall pour his love and care on you. We are always there to support you, take care.
Your father was one of the nicest people I know and I know that he was a great dad too. You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
No matter wherever he is, he’ll always be watching over you. He will stay with you forever.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Our deepest sympathies.
Thinking of you in these difficult times.
I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as you are going through your process of grieving.
We are deeply sorry for your loss.
With you in sorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. (Perhaps the most popular of condolence messages)
Hope you’re doing ok and saying many prayers for you.
Let the memories of your brother bring you some comfort.
Our hearts go out to you and your family.
May God bless you and comfort you.
Wishing you peace.
Condolence messages received by Jackie Kennedy
Not as much as you and your family but we and many who believed in his rightness today suffer the great loss of your great man.
No one can fully share the depth of your sorrow or convey the degree of their sympathy but the prayers and thoughts of each of us reach out to you and your children.
Jackie Kennedy’s Response
Mrs. Kennedy is deeply appreciative of your sympathy and grateful for your thoughtfulness.
Elizabeth Dole’s tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales (Elizabeth Dole was President of the American Red Cross)
Diana, Princess of Wales, was a friend and champion to all humanity especially to those in greatest need, often forgotten by others.
The Princess brought the power of her presence, her compassion and her position to some of the most important humanitarian issues of our time, saving countless lives and bringing comfort to countless others. Her work to bring about a global ban on landmines did more to galvanize world opinion on this issue than any other single individual.
Her death is mourned by an entire world. We at the American Red Cross share the grief of the British people in the loss of a national and global treasure. We will miss her special touch and the love that she so effectively expressed through action. I have asked that Red Cross flags in front of American Red Cross buildings be lowered to half-mast in her memory.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her sons, William and Harry, on the loss of their mother and to the families of those who were also killed and injured.
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Losing a loved one is one of the hardest times in our lives. If someone you know lost a friend or relative, it’s important to express your support and offer you help, where you can. If you are struggling with your own words, some of these sympathy messages for your card can help express the sadness about the loss of a loved one will help.
If you want to do more than just send a card, you can also send flowers as an expression of sympathy, or bring funeral flowers with you if you’re attending the funeral ceremony.
Here, we list over 40 sympathy messages for loss, for your inspiration.
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Sad to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Sad to hear of We hope that you are surrounded in love. Though your.
If you are unsure of what to write in a sympathy card, we offer a collection of condolence quotes and messages as examples:
"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget"
In Memory of a life so beautifully lived...a heart so deeply loved
The morning glory blooms but for an hour
and yet it differs not at heart
from the giant pine
that lives for a thousand years
--Teitoku Matsunaga, Japanese Poet
"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
"There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world"
-- Author unknown
"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow"
-- Author unknown
How very softly you tiptoed into our world,
almost silently, only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts
Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal
-- Thomas Moore
Like a bird singing in the rain,
let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
--Robert Louis Stevenson
"Wherever a beautiful soul has been
there is a trail of beautiful memories"
"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal."
--From a headstone in Ireland
"Some people come into our lives,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never the same."
-- Author unknown
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
"Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings where our loved ones shine down
to let us know they are happy."
"When you lose someone you love,
you gain an angel you know"
-- Author unknown
"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love."
"While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil."
"May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought...
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colors true,
the happy hours that belonged to you."
--Helen Steiner Rice
"There are no goodbyes for us.
Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
The angels are always near to those who are grieving,
to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
--Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman
"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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