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sympathy words for loss of father

Someone losing their father is one of the most difficult things they will have to go through. The bond between a son or daughter and their dad is profound and everlasting. The loss of a father can bring about not only feelings of loss and grief, but also fear. We often view our father’s as protecting us and so that loss can affect our feeling of safety. Overall though the strongest emotion wiil be grief.

Trying to find the right words to express your sympathy towards the bereaved and the pain they are feeling is remarkably hard. You want to find the most respectful and comforting phrase you can. The worry is you will just come up with the usual tired and clichéd sayings. Not to mention the same words that everyone else will have used when expressing their sympathy.

With all that in mind, the list of words of sympathy for loss of a father below should help to give you some ideas and inspiration for what to write in your sympathy card or say to the bereaving. Either use one of them directly or personalize it in the what you feel is the most fitting and appropriate way.

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 was a wonderful man and will be missed. Truly sorry for your loss.

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.

I am truly sorry for your loss. There is not grieving message that can express how much he meant to me. My heart is aching.

No matter wherever he is, he’ll always be watching over you. He will stay with you forever.

I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy

I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. If you feel like talking to someone, know that I am a good listener.

I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about your dad. I was shocked and saddened by the news. Please extend my sympathy to your mom and the rest of your family.

The loss of one’s father marks one of the most profound rites of passage in our life.

My condolences to you for the passing of your father. There will never be another man like him.

I am really sorry for you loss. I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. We will miss him.

I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed

I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the loss of your father.

Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes and this is one of those moments. Your father was one of the good guys. I will miss him terribly. My condolences.

I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as you are going through your process of grieving.

A father may pass on but his thoughts, hopes and dreams live on in us

Your father was always there for my family and I growing up. He was so giving and thoughtful. He will live on in our heart forever.

Losing your dad can be extremely difficult because you are losing a source of strength, stability and consistency in your life. I am sorry for your loss.

Your dad was a wise man, but at the same time, he had a great sense of humor. He will be missed greatly and remembered often.

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When sending a sympathy card there can be worry about the correct protocol or ways in which to do things. There are no set rules to this but we can offer some guidelines that you may wish to follow in order to avoid causing any offense or upsetting the recipient. These are by no means the only things to consider when sending your sympathy card, and you may find that some do not apply to your situation. But you should be able to use them as a starting point for what may or may not be considered appropriate. If you are worried about certain aspects of the process of sending a sympathy card, some of the topics covered here should help to allay some of your fears when it comes to the correct sympathy card etiquette.

If you are looking for more ideas and help with what to write in a sympathy card, and what is the right thing to say for different people (friends, family, acquaintances etc.) try our Sympathy Card Writing Tips

How Long Should I Wait Before Sending a Sympathy Card?

There is no set answer to this. You should endeavor to send it as soon as you hear of the passing, but you can also wait a little while too if you are worried it may seem rather quick. Even if you have the opportunity to speak to them face to face though still send a card.

When Has too Much Time Passed to Send a Sympathy Card?

If possible then you will want to send a card or note as quickly as possible. But you may not hear of the passing until a later date, and that could be months after it has happened. If that is the case then it is still a good idea to send a some form of card or message to let the person know you are thinking of them. If you don’t then they may think you have just ignored the death and don’t care about it. Later is better than never. Obviously if many years have gone by then it would be a little strange for you to send something, but if it’s still only months, or even a year then you can be confident it isn’t too late and the effort would be appreciated.

Can I Send an Email or Text Message as a Sympathy Message? Or do it via Twitter/Facebook?

NO! It doesn’t take much effort to purchase a sympathy card from a shop or online, or even to write a short message on some blank stationary. Even if you learned the news of the deceased on social media it is still not a good idea to send your condolences that way, especially if you knew the person well. However, once you’ve sent a card/note then you may express your sympathies again over social media. Remember though – the first thing you should do is send some form of sympathy card.

Can I Offer them Support?

Yes, but you must make sure your gesture is then backed up. Do not offer something you cannot deliver on. For example, if you offered to babysit for them or help with the funeral arrangements, you have to follow through on that. Get in contact after your offer of support and repeat it, maybe even in person, so that they can take you up on your offer without feeling guilty about having to ask. So think about whether you can genuinely help before promising to do so. You must not offer to help and then just disappear. An empty gesture is much worse then no offer of help.

Can I Say Anything Religious?

This will have to be based entirely on your own judgement. Only you know the person you are sending the card to, and whether something religious will be appropriate or offensive to them. Using religious quotes or verses when you know them to be an atheist, for example, would not be a good idea. But for the most part saying something like “you are in my prayers” is not likely to cause any offense. The last thing you would want to do in their time of grief is start pushing your own religious belief onto them. Of course if you know they share the same beliefs as you then it would be completely appropriate to use religious wording. But overall if you are in any doubt then avoid overtly religious messages and keep it simple.

Are Flowers Enough?

If you are sending flowers then there is a good chance they will come with a note. However, it is considered better to send your own separate card or note as it will allow you greater space to express your true feelings. It is not a good idea to rely solely on the printed note that will come with the flowers, unless the shop you have ordered the flowers from will let you write your own. To be on the safe side though, try to send your own card as well as the flowers.

Should I Send Money or a Gift?

No. This would, by most people, be considered offensive. Unless you know otherwise that the person receiving it would appreciate some form of gift or money then it should be avoided. It could easily be misconstrued that money or presents can bring consolation for a loss. Stick to flowers and a card.

Other Things You Can Do

  • Sending an anniversary card for the person’s passing as well as a sympathy card. When the anniversary of a death comes around then the feelings of loss and grief will return for the loved one’s. Sending a card on the anniversary to show that you are still thinking of them and are there for support. You may even want to buy a card for this when you are buying the original sympathy card and then put some sort of reminder for the year anniversary.
  • Try not to worry about your words failing to express the correct sentiments. By sending a card you will show how much you care, and even if you words don’t quite match the way you feel, it will still be appreciated.

Other Things NOT to Say or Do

  • There are still some phrases you will want to avoid saying in your card. Things like “I know how you feel”, “at least they lived a long life”, “you need to be strong” etc. These are all inappropriate and not the sort of thing to say to someone grieving. As has been said previously in this article, keep it simple.
  • Don’t dwell on the circumstances around the death. When grieving, the last thing anyone wants to have to do is re-live the death of their loved one. Avoid mentioning this and just offer them condolences and support.

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Finding the right words for a sympathy card is tricky. That’s the main reason for this website – to give you help in expressing your thoughts and getting the correct words for the way you’re feeling. Hopefully if you’re struggling with this then you will find what you need here. But one area that is often overlooked is how to sign a sympathy card when you’ve written the message.

How you sign your card will depend on how well you know the deceased, and to a certain extent on the message you’ve written. Some of the more basic closing’s that you can use before signing your name are:

  • Our sincere sympathy
  • Please accept my condolences
  • With caring thoughts
  • With deepest sympathy
  • Warmest condolences
  • With sympathy

Try to keep things short, but avoid using anything like “Sincerely” as this can come across as too distant and formal.

If you knew them well then you can consider using their name when you sign the card. This can add personalisation to the card, making it seem more genuine and sincere. Also, including a more personal sentiment and perhaps the word “love” would be appropriate, depending on the relationship you had with the deceased. Some of these sentiments would be a good starting point for closing your sympathy card:

  • With love
  • With loving memories
  • Thinking of you
  • _______ will never be forgotten
  • _______ will live on in our hearts
  • _______ memory will never be forgotten
  • _______ will remain in our hearts
  • We will never forget ______

Extra Tips:

  • It is often a good idea to keep your sympathy message or note brief, and the same applies to how you sign it. Don’t go on for too long, keep it short and simple.
  • Sign your name, don’t leave it as anonymous. The recipient will want to know who it came from.
  • If you’re signing a sympathy card for a pet then all the same rules apply. You can possibly be slightly more informal, but never forget that people appreciate and love their pets as much as they do family. Keep that in mind and avoid anything that might offend them.
  • Unless you know it’s appropriate, avoid anything religious.

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If you aren’t sure what to write in a pet sympathy or condolence card, including one or more pet loss quotes can be a good choice. They can often offer understanding when the recipient has lost their pet, and knowing they are not alone with the pain can be comforting. Some of the quotes will also offer insight into the loss, helping them to come to terms with what has happened.

So try one of the many pet loss quotes below for your card:

“That one true heart was left behind!
 What feeling do we ever find,
 to equal among human kind
, a dog’s fidelity!”~ Thomas Hardy

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”
~ Immanual Kant

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him
and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too”~ Samuel Butler

“Nothing to be done really about animals. Anything you do looks foolish.
 The answer isn’t in us. It’s almost as if were put here on earth to show how silly they aren’t”
~ Russell Hoban

“I believe all animals were created by God to help keep man alive”~ Iowa Fujita

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“No one loves you unconditionally
 as your beloved pet”~ Cynthia Dobesh

“All animals, except man, know that the
 principal business of life is to enjoy it”
~ Samuel Butler

“Until one has loved an animal,
 a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”~ Anatole France

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in”~ Mark Twain

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”~ Roger Caras

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”~ James Herriot

“If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people”~ James Thurber

“A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered”~ Lacie Petitto

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pet condolences

Losing a pet can be just as hard as losing a friend of member of the family. They become incredibly special to their owners, and the loss will have a long and deep affect on them. So when it happens, sending a sympathy or condolence message can be the most appropriate thing to do. However, finding the right words can be difficult. Especially when you are trying to judge the impact the loss has had on their lives.

If you are struggling then you may want to use the pet condolence and sympathy messages below to either give you a guide and some ideas of what to write, or pick the most fitting one and use it in your pet sympathy card.

Our pets never really leave us. They live on in memories ofthe love and devotion they gave us.

Our treasured friends bless our lives and give us more love than we ever knew possible. May fond memories of __________ bring peace and comfort to you.

To lose a true friend is never easy.
 Know that you’re in our/my thoughts.

At first they need us, and then we need them.
 Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

In this tragic moment, perhaps you could celebrate the life of your beloved animal friend and allow the happy memories to help soothe your grief and mourning

The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May fond memories comfort you and bring you peace.

It’s hard to say goodbye to such a special companion.
 My thoughts are with you.

In this tragic moment, we must celebrate the long life lived by your beloved pet, instead of letting those happy memories fade away in mourning

Of all the words used to describe _________, there is truly only one – Irreplaceable.

Extending deepest sympathy for you in your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you.

May fond memories of your beloved pet warm your heart always.

Although no words can help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Treasured friends like your furry companion are missed by all when they pass on, and their fond memories live on forever in our hearts. Wishing you comfort and peace in your time of need.

I know words do little to ease the pain you feel when such a lovely pet passes on. Keep the memories close to your heart and know that I’m keeping you in mine.

Some pets are friends. Others are family. The loss of an amazing dog can’t be easy, and I’m here if you need comforting in this time of grief

I’m deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and pet. They were certainly a gift from above. I am so sorry for your loss.

Life is short, and the loss of a pet serves to remind us of how precious our time here truly is. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful pet.

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sympathy notes

A sympathy note, much like a sympathy card message, should always come from the heart. It doesn’t have to be long or but you should aim to express exactly what you’re feeling. But we understand that this can be difficult for many people. Thinking up the words and making them sound appropriate is not easy. If you find yourself in this position then one of the sympathy notes below may be able to help inspire you in what to say in your own.

A few things to remember though: keep your sympathy notes short and to the point. Don’t well on details or remind them of anything painful. Just express your condolences to them and speak from the heart.

Use some of the sympathy note examples below to either give you ideas of what to write in your own or use them directly.

Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss

We/I are saddened to hear of your sudden loss

Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss

_____ brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget _____

With deepest sympathy on the demise of your _______

We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of _______

If my hug was strong enough to take away your pain, I would start now and never stop

I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss

May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead

May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you

We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence

This planet will not be the same without _______

Just know that my arms are wrapped around you during this time of loss

As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of _______

Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one

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condolence messages to a friend

Writing a sympathy message for a friend can be even harder than doing so for someone you know less well. You will feel more of a connection to them and the pain they are suffering. So finding the right words to show your compassion and understanding can be hard.

If you are struggling to come up with words for your friend in their time of need then use one of the condolence messages below. They can either give you an idea of what to say or you can just copy the one that you feel represents what you want to say the best.

I am so sorry to hear about _______’s passing. I hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead

Through this card, I send my condolences to you and your family my friend for your loss. I hope you get all the support from your family and the strength to get on with life

For you my friend, I offer all my condolence wishes for the untimely loss of your close friend. I pray to the Lord to bless you with the strength to cope up with the loss.

I’m here for you during this dark time, and will be here for you when the light begins to shine for you again

Remember ________’s stories, and how they made you feel; by doing that, part of _______ will always remain with you

Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care for you share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind

Although no words can really help to ease your loss, know that you are in my thoughts

I cannot take away your pain, but I can listen if you’d like to talk about it

I’m sorry. I know those words are inadequate, but I am truly sorry for what you’re experiencing right now. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help

Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time

Please remember that I am here to help however I can

I know loss can be difficult, so I’ll be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers

funeral card messages

Sending a funeral card is a terrible thing to have to do. But at times it is necessary. That doesn’t make it any easier though, and we understand that. One of the biggest worries when sending one is coming up with a suitable message for the card. Finding something appropriate to say that doesn’t offend or appear trite can be difficult. Even more so when trying to get everything you want to say into a small card with only a small space for a few words.

So we have put together some of the most fitting and well thought out funeral card messages for to use or give an idea of what to say. Hopefully some of the funeral card messages below will allow you to say what you wanted and ease some of the worries you have when writing your own message.

In loving memory

Rest in peace

We miss you

We will never forget you

‘Til we meet again

Fond memories

You will be dearly missed

See you in heaven

Gone but not forgotten

You will live on in our hearts

So dearly loved. So sadly missed. God Bless

Memories of you will never die nor will they fade as time goes by

A simple wish that you were here

Never forgotten and always in our hearts

We will always treasure the wonderful memories we have

You’re our angel up in the sky, make sure you watch over us all

Love and miss you always

Keeping you in my/our heart

Sleep in peace until we meet again

Rest in peace and know that we will never forget you

I will remember you and love you forever

Your memory lives on in our hearts

In god’s arms you can gently rest

Our lives will never be the same again

Because of the love you gave us you will never be far from our hearts.

An honourable man/woman & lifelong friend

In loving memory of a dear friend

Fondest remembrances

With heartfelt condolences

bereavement messages

When someone you know suffers a bereavement it can be difficult knowing what to say to them. The last thing you want to do is offend them, but at the same time you will no doubt feel a real desire to try and comfort them. One way you can do so is with a bereavement message, sent with a card or gift.

Finding the words that express what you feel but don’t cause offence is tough. You don’t want to say the wrong thing and just make it worse, so try using one of the pre-written bereavement messages below to give you an idea of what to say, or copy one directly if you feel it would be suitable.

I’m so sorry for your loss

Always in our hearts

Please accept my/our sympathy for the loss of your

We join all of you in your sorrow

I wish you healing and peace

Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time

With heartfelt condolences

We are sharing your sorrow

Wishing you peace and comfort at this time of sorrow

My/Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow

Our hearts are filled with sorrow

All things grow in time except for grief

My thoughts are with you

I will keep you in my prayers

Know that my thoughts are with you

With our deepest condolences

With much love and sympathy

May God Bless you during this time

May you find comfort in those around you

_______ brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him/her!

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you

_______ will remain in our hearts forever

With loving memories of _______

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts

condolence messages

Offering condolences to a friend or loved one during their time of need is important. Finding the right words for condolence messages can be difficult. You want to make sure you don’t say the wrong thing, or something that might be misconstrued as offensive. You also want to ensure that your words are heartfelt and meaningful, the sort of thing that would be comforting. But expressing yourself through a short message this way requires thought and consideration.

The sympathy and condolence messages below will give you some inspiration and ideas, taking away some of the pressure you can feel when attempting to come up with the perfect words. Just know that they will appreciate your message as long as it is from the heart and shows you have taken the time and consideration to think of them.

Use these condolence messages and examples as a guide for what you want to say in your sympathy or condolence card.

My heart is with you in your time of sorrow

Our deepest sympathy

With love and remembrance

Forever remembered, forever missed

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence

You are in my thoughts and prayers

My prayers are with you and your family

Thinking of you during this difficult time

Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss

May God give you comfort in your time of grief

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength

I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort

With our love and deepest sympathy as we remember __________

May the passage of time heal your grief

Please accept our most sincere sympathies for the loss of your __________. May the prayers of all people who love you bring solace to your soul

We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence

My family extends to you our deepest condolences

The news of __________ death brings much sadness

May the passage of time heal your grief

We know the day will come but death always leaves us with grief

We are thinking of you during these difficult times

My prayers are for you during this sorrowful time

I am sorry about your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for you at this time

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

May your memories give you peace and comfort

Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship

Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts

May your heart and soul find peace and comfort

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

We send you thoughts of peace and courage

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief

With caring thoughts and love

Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a friend who was so close to you

Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers

Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are holding up well

Thinking of your family with love and wanting to help out in any way I can

I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

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