Authors Posts by Admin



celebration of life quotes

Sometimes after a death you’ll want to celebrate the life of whoever has passed. You may attend a celebration of life ceremony, rather than a funeral.

Some people and families prefer the upbeat, positive feeling that comes from celebrating the deceased’s life, rather than mourning their loss.

And a good way to remember someone in the most positive way is with some life celebration quotes.

It can be really heartwarming to look back on a passed loved ones life with these inspiring memorial quotes. Rather than focusing on how sad it is they’re gone you can reminisce on the cherished memories you shared.

You may even want to use these quotes and sayings in a eulogy. When trying to find words to bring hope and comfort after losing someone it can help to talk about all they achieved and how their life was well lived.

Whatever way you choose to use them we hope you’ll find these celebration of life quotes and images inspiring.

Celebrate and treasure the memory of someone special and hold onto those memories in your heart.

Celebration of Life Quotes

It's not the years in a life but the life in the years quote

“And in the end it’s not the years in a life it’s the life in the years” – Abraham Lincoln

happy death celebration of life quote

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well-used brings happy death” – Leonardo Da Vinci

happy quote celebrating life

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened” – Dr Seuss

create something that lives forever quote

“The idea is not to live forever
but to create something that will” – Andy Warhol

everyone dies but not everyone lives quote

“Death is more universal than life;
everyone dies, but not everyone lives” – Alan Sachs

A great soul brings us together life celebration quote

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again” – Maya Angelou

how you live celebration of life saying

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another” – Ernest Hemingway

woven into the lives of others quote

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others” – Thucydides

life is meant to be celebrated

“Life is meant to be a celebration! It shouldn’t be necessary to set aside special times to remind us of this fact. Wise is the person who finds a reason to make every day a special one” – Leo F. Buscaglia

there is no such thing as goodbye quote

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation” – Rumi

never forget life celebration quote

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

celebration of life quote touching verse

“A limb has fallen from the family tree that says grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the good life I loved when I was strong” – Unknown

little bit of heaven in our home quote

“Because someone we love is in heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven in our home” – Unknown

For a Friend

Remember an amazing friendship and times you shared with these moving celebration of life quotes for friends.

  • “She loved life and it loved her right back” – Unknown
  • “The sands of time will never wash away the love that I have for you. Your sweet memory will remain forever in my heart” – Louise Hay
  • “I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful” – John Green
  • “If I could sit across the porch from God, I’d thank Him for lending me you” – Flavia Weedn
  • “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they are gone the light remains” – Unknown
  • “She was a wild, wicked slip of a girl. She burned too bright for this world” – Thomas Campbell
  • “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr Seuss
  • “Every life is noted and is cherished, and nothing loved is ever lost or perished” – Madeleine L’engle

memory will forever remain in my heart quote

For Mom

Look back on the incredible life of your mom and celebrate everything she did for you.

  • Mom’s fierce independence and amazing spirit made her shine like a beacon to us all
  • Today we celebrate and remember as woman who shone so brightly and lived so vividly – my mom
  • Mom loved to laugh, to smile and life in general. Lessons we could all learn from her and the way she lived
  • Mom taught me to enjoy every moment, just like she did
  • I will never forget how much I learned from mom, especially to always appreciate the little things. She really loved life
  • My mother’s generosity, zest for life and unwavering happiness is what inspired me more than anything
  • Mom showed me that life is to be lived
  • I promised I would always remember your warmth and enthusiasm for everything you did

celebration of moms life quote

For Dad

Share the happy memories and lessons you learned from your dad with these moving quotes.

  • “My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it” – Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Dad was the most inspiring person I knew. He showed me, and so many, how to truly live
  • The legacy my father leaves behind is to live your life to its fullest
  • No one enjoyed life as much as dad. That thirst and drive for more kept him going right to the end
  • Dad faced life with a boundless energy and fearlessness that we could all learn from
  • My father would have wanted us to celebrate all he achieved in life. We should remember him with smiles, not sadness
  • To the memory of my dad – who embraced life with both hands and never let go
  • No one who met him could fail to be inspired by dad. He was positive through and through

celebration of life quote for dad

For a Ceremony

These quotes and sayings are perfect for a reading at a celebration of life ceremony.

  • “I can’t think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral” – Lord Mountbatten
  • “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death’s perfect punctuation mark is a smile” – Julie Burchill
  • “Happiness requires that we celebrate the positive sides of life. Peace requires that we accept both the positive and the negative outcomes of life and move on” – Terry Mark
  • “Tell them I’ve had a wonderful life” – Ludwig Wittgenstein (his last words)
  • “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come” – Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Life has to end. Love doesn’t” – Mitch Albom
  • “The journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take” – J.R.R. Tolkien

life celebration ceremony quote

Losing a loved one is always a tragedy. But remembering all the happiness that person bought to so many peoples lives can help ease the pain.

If you can then celebrating a life well lived and the joy of having had that person in your life is a lovely way to commemorate their passing.

So hopefully these life celebration quotes and sayings will have helped you to remember someone in the most positive way.

celebration of life quotes

0 145
what not to say to someone grieving

When talking or writing to someone that has suffered a loss it can be hard to know what to say. When someone is grieving they are in a fragile state and so you want to make sure you don’t make it worse by saying something offensive.

But what is and isn’t acceptable?

Answering that is tricky. It could be different depending on the individual. Some people are going to find certain things upsetting that wouldn’t bother others.

Which means you need to really consider what you say or write, and base it on the individual it’s for.

Having said that, there are some definite phrases, sayings and words to avoid at all costs.

We’re going to go through the biggest and most offensive things not to say to someone grieving, showing you exactly what to steer clear of.

Each of them are inappropriate for their own reasons, which we’ll explain, and then offer some better alternatives.

Hopefully this will help you to feel more confident when reaching out to someone grieving.

The Worst Things to Say to Someone Grieving

This is just a quick list of the types of things to avoid saying. For why you shouldn’t say them and some good alternatives scroll down and we’ll take a closer look at each.

  • Everything happens for a reason
  • They are in a better place
  • At least they lived a full life
  • God wanted him/her to be with Him
  • I understand what you’re going through
  • They brought this on themselves
  • Time heals, just give it some time
  • You’re young enough to have another child
  • It’s been a while now, aren’t you over them yet
  • Stay busy, it’ll keep your mind off of it
  • Try to move on
  • It was only a dog/cat

Everything Happens for a Reason

The last thing anyone wants to hear is that there was a good reason for losing their loved one.

Nothing can explain or make sense of the death of someone special to us. There is no reason for it.

What you should say:

“I am so sorry for your loss” – its a tried and tested sentiment that shows empathy and people appreciate. If you would prefer a different phrase or wording then we have a guide to alternatives to ‘I’m sorry for your loss’.

They are in a Better Place

Yes, they may have been in pain or suffering but that doesn’t mean their loved ones will be happy or have wanted them to pass away.

The best place for them would to still be with their family and friends.

What you should say:

“I’m always just a phone call away” – offering your support when someone has experienced a bereavement is key to helping.

Knowing they have someone they can talk to or be there for them whilst struggling with grief is always going to be appreciated.

So if you can then do offer to be there in some way.

At Least they Lived a Full Life

The problem with saying this is that whilst it may seem like they lived a full life to you, it probably won’t to the bereaved.

Losing anyone special and close to you is always incredibly painful. Even if you’re prepared, expecting it or they’ve reached a good age.

Think about it: if you’re mom or dad lived to 120 years old, would you feel any less sad when they finally passed away?

When losing those most important to us there is never a good time. So even if they lived a rich and full life it won’t make the pain of that loss any less.

What you should say:

“My favorite memory of your loved one is” – sharing your favorite memory of the deceased is a lovely way to bring some positivity to the bereaved.

Remembering the good times you had with them and perhaps a funny story can offer a moment of relief. It’s not going to stop their pain but it can be helpful to reminisce on those happy memories.

God Wanted Him/Her to be with Him

There are two reasons why this is inappropriate.

1. Even if that were true, it doesn’t make it any less painful. You’re not going to feel less grief at losing someone special because God wanted them. That pain will still be very real.

2. Not everyone is religious. When talking to someone grieving it’s best to avoid anything to do with religion. Some people find it inappropriate if they themselves aren’t believers or have any faith.

What you should say:

If you are in doubt about the bereaved and their religious beliefs it’s far simpler to avoid religion, full stop. Mentioning it has the potential cause upset so it’s better to be safe than sorry in those circumstances.

I Understanding What You’re Going Through

Grief is a very individual experience and emotion. The way one person deals with and is affected by it will differ significantly from another.

Which is why even if you’ve gone through a similar loss you can never truly, fully understand what someone else is feeling.

You may have the best intentions when saying this. It can be an attempt to empathize and offer some comfort.

But the bereaved may feel differently, and not see it the same way.

What you should say:

“I can’t know how you feel, but I am here to help in any way I can” – this shows you can’t hope to understand what they’re going through but still want to do all you can to be there for them.

They Brought this on Themselves

This shouldn’t need much explanation as to why it’s a awful thing to say.

If someone has just lost a loved one then telling them the reason they died was there own fault isn’t going to be comforting. In fact it’s either going to cause them more distress or provoke a lot of anger.

It’s a heartless, callous and terrible thing to say to anyone.

What you should say:

“I wish my words could help, but please know how much I care” – words can be comforting but they can’t actually heal. So being aware of how little what you say can do is important.

A kind sentiment never hurts though so you can still show you’re sorry for what has happened whilst acknowledging how little that helps.

Time Heals, Just Give it Some Time

The problem with this is that time doesn’t necessarily heal. You still have to work through your grief, come to terms with it and accept what has happened.

Just assuming that because it’s been x number of months or years then they’ll be fine again is misguided.

Grief never truly leaves us, either. It’s always there, and you never get over a loss completely.

So whilst this may be well meaning you should try to avoid saying anything in relation to ‘giving it time’.

What you should say:

“This must be so hard for you. Take however long you need” – Recognising how difficult loss can be is great for the bereaved to hear. Knowing that people understand there’s not a quick fix solution and removing any pressure or timeframe to getting over it is also going to be hugely appreciated.

It’s about showing you comprehend how awful the process of grieving is and then being there for support.

You’re Young Enough to Have Another Child

But they don’t want another child, they want the child they lost. Just because there is still time for another doesn’t diminish the pain of losing a child.

Nor will it help by ‘looking on the bright side’. It’s a tragedy to lose a child under any circumstances.

What you should say:

Sometimes a hug is as good as words. It doesn’t always have to be something you say but something you do. Physical contact can be reassuring and comforting, so reaching out to offer a hug or a shoulder to cry on is definitely encouraged.

It’s Been a While Now, Aren’t you Over Them Yet

Much like time being a healer, just because a certain amount of time has passed doesn’t automatically mean someone will be ‘over’ their grief.

The pain can last for a considerable length, and you aren’t ever ‘over’ the loss of someone.

You learn to cope, to get by, the pain may lessen but you carry that person and their departure forever.

What you should say:

“You will be in my thoughts and prayers” – just knowing that friends or family are thinking of you after such a devastating loss can be comforting.

So make it known you will be wishing for them to find the strength and peace they need to get through this dreadful time.

Stay Busy, it’ll Keep your Mind Off of it

Many people find the idea of keeping busy or doing things whilst grieving uncomfortable. And often the pain can be so overwhelming that the idea of doing much virtually impossible.

So ‘staying busy’ has little use for many people grieving.

What you should say:

“At times like this all of us need help, and I am here whatever you need” – reassurance and making it clear you are there for them is the cornerstone of offering your condolences.

Not a lot more needs to be said than this.

Try to Move On

I’m sure if they were able to just move on they would have. People grieve because they have to, not by choice.

Putting pressure on someone to get past their grief in this way is only going to make things worse.

They need support and comfort, not being made to feel like once they reach a certain point or time they should be over it.

What you should say:

You don’t have to say anything. Often it just helps to have someone to listen or be by their side.

So don’t always feel the need to comment. Your presence alone can be as comforting as words.

It Was Only a Dog/Cat

Dogs, cats or any pet are just as important members of the family as anyone else. The bond owners have with their pets is extremely deep, so losing one is just as devastating.

That’s why saying something like “it was only a dog/cat/pet” is so insensitive. Maybe that’s all it would be to you, but to them they’re pet meant the world.

What you should say:

You need to put yourself in the shoes of the bereaved. If they’re dog or cat was that important then what you say should reflect that. Don’t be dismissive of their loss and the grief they’re feeling.

Try our pet condolence messages for some examples of what to say to someone mourning their lost animal friend.


It’s never easy trying to speak to someone dealing with a loss. It’s understandable that many of us feel worried we’re going to cause more upset or offence by saying the wrong thing.

But the fact that you’ve read this guide is a good sign. It shows awareness and concern for the well-being of the bereaved. Be that a friend, relative or just acquaintance.

Hopefully the examples and explanations provided here will have helped you to feel more confident with speaking to those grieving.

what not to say to someone grieving

loss of grandfather quotes

For many of us when growing up our grandparents are hugely important parts of our lives.

So the when we lose one it’s absolutely heartbreaking. The loss of a grandfather can be so hard to take.

Grandfathers can almost be like actual fathers. They provide friendship and kindness but also wisdom and guidance when we need it most.

When times are hard you can turn to your grandpa for advice.

So when we lose our grandfather the grief and distress that it causes can be very powerful.

You may want something to comfort you if you’ve lost a grandpa. Or to reach out to someone who’s lost theirs and offer some words of sympathy.

If so then try these comforting words and quotes as well as condolence messages that are perfect for a lost grandfather.

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Grandfather

Your grandfather was a wonderful man and I was so sad to learn of his passing. My condolences

Sending my deepest sympathy for such a tragic loss. Your grandfather was an incredible man and I know this must have hit you hard as you were close. I’m so very sorry for your loss

I understand how strong the bond with your grandfather was and so how hard this must be. I hope the support and love of friends and family will sustain you throughout this terrible time. My condolences for your loss

Having been lucky enough to know your grandfather it was clear to see just how proud of you he was. These words will offer little comfort but you will be in my prayers and thoughts during this very difficult period

The wonderful memories of your grandad will live on long after he has gone. Try to find comfort in them and remember how amazing he was during such a hard time. My sympathy for your loss

sympathy message for loss of grandfather

Losing your grandfather at any time is devastating. All I can hope to do is be there for you with my love and support to help you get through it

Your grandfathers warmth, humour and generosity was inspiring to so many. We all looked up to and tried to be better people because of him of him. Please accept my condolences for your loss

I can’t imagine how unbelievably difficult this must be for you, knowing how close to your grandfather you were. But if there is anything you need then please just ask. I will be there, whether it’s for someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on

Sending you my thoughts and best wishes to find your way through this terribly hard period. Your grandfather will be missed greatly.

This must be so awful for your entire family. Your grandfather was loved by so many and his passing has left a great hole in all their lives. So to think of how difficult it must be for his relatives is just terrible. My sympathy for a tragic loss of a great man

You must never forget your grandfather. Those memories are so important. He will always be with you, if only in spirit rather than in person. My condolences

You don’t have to go through this alone. We can be there for and with you as you grieve your lost grandfather. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us

I don’t think my words will do much to comfort you but I wanted you to know I’m here and thinking of you. If you need anything at all I want to be the one to help

Sending you condolences and lots of love. I can’t begin to fully understand what you’re going through but I can be the fiend you need to listen or give you a helping hand

I doubt there was a granddad better than yours. He was just brilliant and we are all reeling after his loss. It’s so sad, my condolences

I am forever thankful for having the chance to get to know your grandad. He was so funny and great to be around. My sympathy for your loss

As you cope with a truly terrible loss I wanted you to know you shouldn’t think twice about getting in touch. If you need someone there with you then let it be me. All my sympathy and love

May the strength God gives you and your faith help you to find some comfort during this time of loss.

I’m not sure how much good saying “sorry” will do but I’m thinking of you. Sending my love and thoughts

Your grandfather would hate us mourning like this, I know, but it’s impossibly not to feel this way after losing someone so special. You have my condolences

No one who met your granddad will ever forget him. He was just that sort of man – loved by all. My deepest and most sincere condolences for his passing

I’ve just learnt the news of your grandfathers passing and I am so shocked. He was always full of such life and I can’t quite believe he is really gone. You will be in my thoughts

I will raise a glass to your grandpa and remember all the good he did and brought to this world. That will live on after him and be his legacy – one of a uniquely kind and warm man

You have my sympathy for a horrible loss. I know you were so close to your grandpa and his sudden passing must be incredibly hard

My sincerest sympathy for your loss. My heart goes out to you and you will be in my prayers

We will remember so many good times with your grandfather. He could always bring a smile to anyone’s face and lit up every room he was in. He will be dearly missed

moving loss of grandfather quote

Short Condolence Messages for Loss of a Grandfather

  • Your grandfather was a truly special man. He will be greatly missed
  • My most deep and heartfelt sympathy for the passing of a wonderful man – your grandfather
  • We can be here if you need us. It was such a shuck to hear of your grandfathers passing
  • He was a kind, generous man and the world is a less special place without him
  • Sending my love and thoughts to you after the death of your grandfather
  • My condolences for the loss of your grandpa
  • You will be in my thoughts and prayers
  • You can never lose those memories you have of him. My sympathy
  • If there is anything you need I can be there. Please don’t hesitate to ask
  • Your grandfather was unlike anyone else and will be remembered for all the good he did
  • We are deeply sorry for the passing of your grandfather. His memory will live on
  • A man like your grandpa will never be forgotten. His legacy is one of love, kindness and warmth

Loss of Grandfather Quotes

  • “A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart” – Unknown
  • “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “I wish RIP meant ‘return if possible’. I miss you grandpa
  • “More and more, when I single the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather” – James Earl Jones
  • “I have a guardian angel in heaven, I can him Granddad” – Unknown
  • “Some people don’t believe in superheroes but they didn’t meet my granddad!”
  • “All my life I’ll keep with me the memories of us two, and how lucky I was to have a grandpa smile like you” – Unknown
  • “I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive, you can have. It’s a reality” – Lenny Kravitz
  • “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal”

Losing a grandfather is a tragedy for everyone involved. It takes time to get over such a loss (although you never fully do) and be able to move on.

Hopefully these moving quotes will have provided some comfort during such a tough time. Or the sympathy messages helped to show your understanding and support to those who have lost their grandfather.

loss of grandfather quotes

what to say when someone dies unexpectedly

When someone dies, regardless of the circumstances, it’s a tragedy. But when someone dies unexpectedly it can be all the more heartbreaking.

Loss affects us all and is never easy. But in many cases we at least have some time to prepare.

Does that make it any easier? Not really. But it gives us the opportunity to get ready for and try to deal with the grief that follows.

When someone dies suddenly though we lose that. The rug is pulled from under us and our world is torn apart in the blink of an eye.

So how do you reach out to someone going through a sudden loss? What do you say when someone dies unexpectedly?

We’ll look through some of the etiquette around what to say after a sudden death, but if just want example messages and comforting words you can use the links below to go straight to them.

Table of Contents
What to Say when Someone Dies Unexpectedly
- Say Something
- Listen
- Keep in Touch
- Offer them Help
Example Words of Comfort for a Sudden Death
- Mother
- Father
- Child
- Friend
What NOT to Say

What to Say when Someone Dies Unexpectedly

These are just a few guidelines of what to say after a sudden passing away.

Say Something

It’s really important that even if you’re worried about saying the wrong thing you should still say something.

No one wants to be left alone and not receive any support after a loss. So you should make sure you reach out in some way.

A simple message, condolence gift or flowers, or some help in their time of need. It doesn’t have to be anything particularly special but you should try to make them know you’re thinking of them.

A small amount of effort will go a long way and shows the bereaved they aren’t alone.


Listening is vital to helping someone feel better after a loss. They may well feel the need to express what they are experiencing and get many of those thoughts off their chest.

So having someone close to listen and support them can be very beneficial to dealing with a loss. You might feel like you always need to say something but sometimes it’s better to just have a friendly ear.

Keep in Touch

After losing someone so unexpectedly the bereaved will receive many messages of condolences and support. But often that support doesn’t last.

So you should do your best to keep checking in with them. Make sure they’re coping with the grief and see if they need any extra help.

Anniversaries and holidays after a loss are some of the hardest times for the bereaved, so make a note of those as specific times to check and see how they’re getting on.

Offer them Help

Words are all well and good but if you can then offering some actual assistance whilst they grieve is going to be far more helpful.

And those grieving will often not speak about their struggles. They carry the burden alone and don’t want to or don’t know how to ask for help.

So if you can then offering some assistance like grocery shopping or chores around the house whilst they’re in mourning will be warmly received and appreciated.

If you’re going to offer your help in this way be absolutely sure you follow through and can do so. The last thing someone grieving needs is to be letdown

Example Words of Comfort for a Sudden Death

You can use these sympathy wording examples in a card, email/text message or with a gift. They could also be said in person if you aren’t sure what to say to someone grieving.

  • I can’t really believe ______ is gone. It is utterly devastating and I am so sorry
  • You are in my thoughts after such a tragic and unexpected loss
  • This must be such a difficult time for you and I just wanted to let you know I’m here if you need anything
  • I was so shocked to hear of such a sudden loss. My most heartfelt condolences
  • I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you. If there is anything you need don’t hesitate to get in touch
  • I’m so shocked I don’t know what to say. Nothing can make this better but I’m here to talk or listen if you need me
  • I can’t believe or make sense of what has happened. To not have ______ around anymore is just heartbreaking. I hope friends and family are supporting you during this tragic time
  • I cannot begin to say just how sorry I am for such a terrible loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, always
  • To lose someone so special so soon feels unfair and unjust. They will be missed greatly

Sudden death condolence message

What do you Say when Someone’s Mother Dies Suddenly

  • Your mother was a truly special woman and I cannot really believe she is gone. My deepest condolences for your loss
  • I don’t know what to say other than how sorry I am. Your mother will be missed so greatly by all who knew her
  • I just heard about your mom and I am so shocked and saddened. She will never be forgotten
  • To lose your mother at any time is terrible, but so suddenly is beyond heartbreaking. My deepest condolences for your loss
  • The shock of learning that your mother had passed so unexpectedly still hasn’t left me. She was one of the brightest, most generous people I knew. She will be missed so much
  • You have my most heartfelt condolences for this sudden and terrible loss
  • I will miss your mother like crazy and cannot truly believe she is really gone. I’m so saddened by it and wishing you strength and love through this time of loss
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the terrible loss of your mother in such awful circumstances
  • The loss of your mother has sent shockwaves of grief throughout everyone who knew her. It is a awful day and my heart goes out to you

SEE MORE: Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Mother

What do you Day when Someone’s Father Dies Suddenly

  • We can’t quite believe your dad is really gone. He was an incredible person and leaves behind such a gaping hole in so many lives. My deepest sympathy for your loss
  • To lose your father so suddenly is cruel and unfair. I can only offer my condolences for such a shocking loss
  • Learning the need of your fathers unexpected passing was utterly devastating. I cannot fully express my sorrow and sympathy for his loss
  • Your dad was one of the kindest men I knew. His sudden passing like this will cause great sadness amongst so many. You are in my thoughts and my prayers
  • I only hope you can find strength with loved ones and friends to help get through this. Your dad would have wanted you to keep on living. I’m so very sorry for your loss
  • I wish there was more I could do to make things better or help. I can be there for you if you need anything though
  • You made your father proud, and though he is gone he will forever be in your heart. I am deeply sorry for your loss

SEE MORE: Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Father

What do you Say when Someone’s Child Dies Suddenly

  • I cannot think of what to say or how I can help in this tragic time. All I can say is how sorry I am and that I can be there if you need me
  • Nothing can come close to easing your pain but I wanted to offer my condolences for your terrible loss
  • We are beyond shocked to learn of the utterly tragic loss of your son/daughter. We are sending our prayers for you to have the strength to get through this
  • Your baby girl/boy was a joy and there passing is heartbreaking. There are no words that could help but please know you are in my thoughts
  • There can be no greater pain than losing a child. My heart goes out to you
  • Your loss is devastating and your little girl/boy lit up everyone’s lives. Words will mean so little but we are deeply sorry for your awful loss
  • My heart aches to think of what you’re going through. It isn’t fair and doesn’t make sense. I am just so sorry

SEE MORE: Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Child

What do you Say when Someone’s Friend Dies Suddenly

  • I realise I can’t fully understand how you’re feeling but please accept my condolences for this terrible and unexpected loss
  • Losing a friend is so hard, and even more when it comes with no warning. You have deepest sympathy
  • To lose such a close friend is heartbreaking. You will be in my thoughts as you cope with this tragedy
  • I am so saddened by your loss. I know how good a friend ______ was and so to lose them so suddenly must be incredibly tough. You have my most sincere sympathy
  • My deepest condolences for the loss of your best friend. He/she was a truly special person and I know they must leave a huge hole in your heart now they’re gone
  • May you find some comfort in family as you mourn this loss of a friend. My prayers and thoughts will be for you
  • If you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to just listen then don’t hesitate to ask. I am so sorry for your loss

SEE MORE: Condolence Messages for a Friend

What NOT to Say

When someone experiences a sudden death there are some phrases you should avoid saying. These could be extremely offensive and cause more pain at a time when they are already suffering.

  • “They are in a better place now” – if you’ve just lost someone unexpectedly then there is no way you will be thinking this. The place they should be is still alive, and with their loved ones. Saying something along these lines is going to be offensive and upsetting so avoid it.
  • “It was his/her time” – it never feels like or is the right time to lose a loved one and suggesting so is very inconsiderate.
  • “Everything happens for a reason” – losing someone special to you will not feel like it has happened for a reason. It will feel awful and unfair, and trying to tell someone otherwise will only contribute to their grief and pain.
  • “I understand how you feel” – whilst you may have experienced your own loss grief affects everyone differently. So you can never fully under and what each individual is going through when they lose someone.
  • “It’s time to move on” – pressuring someone into dealing with their grief and getting through it isn’t going to help. We all deal with loss differently and for some it takes a lot longer than others. Give them the space and time they need to work through it. Trying to force or cajole them is not going to help and will only further upset and offend them.


A sudden death is always a shock and tragic time for those left behind. By its unexpected nature it leaves the loved ones of those who passed away stunned and left reeling from how it comes so out of the blue.

That makes it even more difficult to know what to say and how to say it. But the most important take away from all of this is that you should be offering you condolences and support to those bereaved.

Reach out in some way, even if you’re worried your words or actions may be clumsy. The knowledge that friends and family are there for those dealing with a sudden death outweighs the potential for offence or getting your words wrong.

As long as you speak from the heart and do all you can to support them then you shouldn’t be too concerned with what to say.

what to say when someone dies unexpectedly

sympathy messages for loss of uncle

The loss of an uncle can be extremely painful. Uncles are important members of the family and they often develop very close bonds with their nieces and nephews.

So when an uncle passes away it’s a time of real sadness and grief for the whole family.

You may know someone who has lost their beloved uncle and want to say how sorry you are for their loss.

But you aren’t quite sure about how to, and what, you should say.

Do you just offer some words of sympathy for their loss? Maybe more support? What shouldn’t you say to avoid causing offence?

Well if you’re struggling with finding the right words of sympathy for the loss of an uncle try the messages below.

They can be used as they are or edited and changed to fit your situation.

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Uncle

I’m so sorry to hear about your uncles passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. My condolences

The death of your uncle was such a shock. I know how close you were. My deepest sympathy

Losing a uncle is so difficult, especially when they were so important to you. If you need to talk I’m right here. My condolences

My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I can be there to talk or just listen whenever you need

Your uncle will be missed by so many. He was a truly special man. My deepest condolences

I can’t understand what you’re going through but wanted to offer my condolences for such a tragic loss

my condolences for your loss message

You are in my thoughts as you deal with such a terrible loss. My most sincere sympathy

People come into our lives and touch our hearts so strongly. I know your uncle did this to you and so his passing will be so difficult. Please accept my condolences amidst this trying time

You will be in my thoughts and prayers throughout this awful period. Stay strong and all my love

This must be so difficult for you. Please remember I’m here if you need anything at all

I shall never forget your uncle and all the good he did in this world. It is a poorer place without him. My condolences

I will be praying for you and your deceased uncle. All my sympathy for your loss

Sending my sincere sympathy for your loss. It is heartbreaking to lose someone so special

Condolences for the Loss of an Uncle

Your uncles legacy will never be forgotten and his memory will live on in our hearts. Here’s to an amazing man. My condolences

Hold onto the memories of your uncle and try to remember the good times. My sincere sympathy for your loss

My sympathies for the loss of your uncle. If you need anything don’t hesitate to let me know

Your uncle will be sorely missed. He was a great man and you have my condolences for an awful loss

My sympathy for your loss. I hope you find strength in friends and family during this time of grief

You will be in my thoughts as you deal with losing your beloved uncle. My condolences

my heartfelt sympathy for your loss message

Uncles become such important people in our lives so to lose one like this is heartbreaking. You have my sympathy and will be in my thoughts

There will never be another like him. Your uncle cannot be replaced. But we will honor his memory and let it live on forever. My sympathy for this loss

I’m so terribly sorry for your uncles passing. If there’s anything I can do I’ll be there for you

We send our condolences for your uncles passing. He was a great friend will be missed by many

We are reaching out in case there is anything you need. Please stay strong. Our condolences

We were so saddened to hear of ______’s passing. He was so dear to us. We hope you’re coping ok and are sending our condolences

As uncles go youre was one of the best. He can’t be replaced and leaves a huge hole in so many lives

Words of Sympathy for Loss of Uncle

My sympathy for the loss of a great man. Your uncle will forever be in your heart

Sending our love and sympathy after the loss of your uncle. Hoping you find the strength to see your through this terrible time

Celebration of Life Memorial Wind Chimes in Memory of Loved One - Ideal Sympathy Gift/Bereavement Gift 
Celebration of Life Memorial Wind Chimes in Memory of Loved One – Ideal Sympathy/Bereavement Gift for the Loss of an Uncle

Take Comfort from friends and family and let their love support you through this loss. Our sympathy

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I know you will miss your uncle so much. He was a one of a kind

Sending our condolences and sympathy for your uncles untimely passing. He will be remembered so fondly

If you need some support or someone to talk to I’m never more than a phone call away. My sincerest sympathy for your loss

Offering my condolences for your deceased uncle. He was a joy to know and I shall miss him

We remember those loved ones who have passed so vividly. Your uncle will never be forgotten and his memory lives on inside you

I’m so deeply sorry for your loss. You will be in prayers

I was fortunate enough to know your uncle and he was such a wonderful guy. We were lucky to have him and he will be missed very much

Let us never forget how amazing your uncle was. He brought such joy to all who knew him. My sympathy for this loss

My condolences for your uncles passing. His presence was felt by so many and he leaves behind wonderful memories

We hope you can have some ideas and inspiration for what to say or write to offer your condolences for the loss of an uncle.

Just remember to say something and be there for anyone you know going through a loss. Your support at times like this is vital. If you can only do that then it will still mean the world to the bereaved.

sympathy messages for loss of uncle Pinterest

0 350
miscarriage condolences what to say when someone loses a baby

A miscarriage is utterly tragic. Losing an unborn child in such a way is almost too awful to contemplate. But it is, unfortunately, not that uncommon. 1 in 8 women’s pregnancies will end in a miscarriage.

So when it happens to someone you know you may be wondering what you should do or say. Do you offer your condolences? Send a card or gift? Would they just prefer to be left alone?

You don’t want to do the wrong thing and add to their grief by being insensitive. So knowing what you should and should not say to someone who has suffered a miscarriage is important.

We’ll go through the etiquette of miscarriage condolences and look at what you ought to do.

Then hopefully by the end of this you will feel comfortable in reaching out to anyone who has lost their unborn child in such terrible circumstances.

Table of Contents
What You Should Do
What NOT to Say
Words of Comfort Examples
- Should I Send a Card or Sympathy Flowers/Gift?
- How to Deal with Repeated Miscarriages
- How to Talk About your Own Pregnancy

What You Should Do

The main thing to do when someone you know experiences a miscarriage is to acknowledge it. That loss they’ve suffered is just the same as any other type of loss and should be viewed and tested the same way.

That means reaching out and offering your sympathy.


Listening is extremely important. Often those suffering a bereavement need someone who can listen to them. This is no different with a miscarriage.

The grieving mother may want to express how she’s feeling or let some of the built up anger and hurt out. So having a friend who can be there to listen, or even just give a hug is sometimes the most important thing you can do.

Offer to Help

The offer of help is overlooked by many when it comes to helping those suffering a loss. Grief can be overwhelming and leave you unable to function as you would normally. In those circumstances it can be such a relief to have someone offering to take on some your chores or tasks.

So if you are trying to help someone who is dealing with a miscarriage think about offering to do some of the everyday things they might be struggling with. Be it grocery shopping, picking up or taking the kids to school etc. It’s those little things that can make a world of difference.

Stay in Touch

Grief and loss are commonly associated with isolation – people suffering want to be alone. But that isn’t always the case.

It differs from person to person on how they react to their loss. Some will prefer solitude whereas others will need people around them for support.

If you aren’t sure whether after a pregnancy loss your friend/family member would like to be left alone there is no harm in reaching out. A short text or email to let them know you’re thinking of them will be enough.

If they get back to you then you can either ask them directly if they’d like more support or someone to talk to. Or you can just steer the conversation that way and see how they seem to react.

Remember Grief Lasts

The effects of grief last long after the actual loss. So whilst someone may look physically fine and have returned to their normal life, work etc. that doesn’t mean the pain or grief of the pregnancy loss are gone too.

Keep that in mind. You may think everything has gone back to normal in the weeks after their miscarriage but they will still be grieving and mourning. Whilst they won’t want to be treated any differently it doesn’t hurt to be ware of their pain and do all you can to minimise or avoid exacerbating it.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

No one expects you to understand the complexities of a miscarriage, especially if you haven’t experienced it directly yourself. The thing to not shy away from is asking.

Ask them if they need your help, or want to talk. Don’t be afraid of upsetting them.

If you use some common sense and avoid saying any of the things listed further down in the ‘What NOT to Say’ section you will be fine. And it will make it easier for them to be honest about what they need or want from people.

What NOT to Say

There are many phrases or topics you should avoid talking about to someone who has had a miscarriage.

It’s for the Best

This is a terrible thing to say and makes absolutely no sense. How could it be for the best? They’ve lost their child.

Do not say this. Ever.

Everything Happens for a Reason

No it doesn’t. Losing your child in this way has no good reason. The parents will not be thinking “Oh well, there must be some reason that will eventually make itself clear as to why we had to lose our child and suffer with this horrendous grief and pain. So it’s all ok”.

It’s a horrible thing to say to someone and should be avoided at all costs.

You Can Always Have Another

Whilst this may be technically true, it completely misses the point. The couple don’t want to have another, they want the this child. The one that they had planned and prepared for, and were no doubt excited beyond measure to meet and love.

Saying this doesn’t help at all and will only upset or anger the bereaved parents.

At Least You Know You Can Get Pregnant

Getting pregnant and actually having a child are two separate things. Being able to conceive a child but never give birth is utterly heartbreaking. So saying anything like this would not offer any comfort and more likely cause extra grief and hurt.

Have You Considered Not Having Children?

There could barely be anything more offensive than saying this. Whatever you’re thinking of saying, don’t let it be this.

If you’re still unsure of what to say then have a look at the example words of comfort below.

sorry for your loss sympathy message

Words of Comfort for a Miscarriage

If you want some specific examples of what you can say to someone who has suffered a miscarriage then try these sample messages.

For a Friend

Let a friend know you are thinking of them during such a difficult time with these simple sympathy messages.

  • I’m so terribly sorry for your loss
  • You are in my thoughts and my prayers
  • If there is anything I can do then don’t hesitate to ask
  • I’m here for you, whatever you need
  • I know my words mean so little but I am so sorry

For a Family Member

Be it a daughter, niece or aunt who has had a miscarriage these messages of sympathy will show them you care.

  • You aren’t alone. We are here for you
  • We are all thinking of you
  • I’m sending my love and reminding you just how much you mean to me
  • If you ever want to or feel ready to discuss what happened I would be happy to hear
  • You are incredible and strong but take as long as you want to fully recover

For a Coworker

Finding the right words to say to a coworker after a loss is always hard. Hopefully these examples will help.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. If you would like anyone to talk to or listen then I’m here
  • Take all the time you need and don’t rush back
  • Our most sincere condolences for your loss
  • We are all sending you our love and support
  • I know we weren’t very close but I would be more than happy to be someone you could talk to if you ever wanted


Should I Send a Card or Sympathy Flowers/Gift?

You definitely don’t have to. There should be no pressure to and there won’t be any expectation of receiving one. However, if you would like to and feel it’s an appropriate gesture then by all means do.

A card or some flowers acknowledging their loss are likely to be warmly received by the person or couple going through a miscarriage.

How to Deal with Repeated Miscarriages

Having one miscarriage is bad enough but some are unfortunate to have more. If there the case you may be wondering how to approach a second, third or further losses.

Don’t be fooled into thinking each time the impact and devastation of the loss will become smaller. It will hurt just as much, if not more so.

But you should still make an effort to acknowledge each of those losses. Even if you feel like you’re repeating yourself,

How to Talk About your Own Pregnancy

This can be tricky. If you’re having a baby or announcing a pregnancy you may be worried about upsetting friends or family who have had miscarriages.

The best way to deal with this is straightforward honesty. Don’t try to hide it. Realistically they’re going to find out at some point, so it’s better to face it head on and deal with it at the time.

Not to mention that they will probably feel more hurt finding out from someone else and feeling like you were being dishonest.


The Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy, to raise awareness and to promote good practice in medical care.

Tommy’s offers a wide range of resources, tools and services for families who experience baby loss or premature birth.

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support has a collection of support resources for pregnancy loss as well as a list of US regional support groups.

Losing a child through miscarriage is truly heartbreaking. As mentioned before though, it is all too frequent.

Hopefully some of the information and help provided here will have given you the confidence to reach out to someone you one that has miscarried.

Regardless of whether you’re worried about doing or saying the wrong thing try to make the effort. That alone, even if what you say is clumsy or a cliche, will be so appreciated.

miscarriage condolences what to say when someone loses a baby

0 422
sympathy gift ideas for loss of husband

If you know of someone who has suffered the loss of their husband then you are probably thinking of sending a sympathy gift.

A moving gift to offer your condolences is a thoughtful gesture. Those grieving an awful loss will appreciate you taking the time to think of them during such a tough period.

But you might be finding it hard to decide on what to send as your gift. What could possibly make up for or help when someone has lost their husband?

The answer to that is simple: nothing.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t send a gift. Or that they won’t appreciate it.

A well thought out gift can provide some comfort and let the bereaved know that people are thinking of them.

Just knowing you are in the thoughts of friends and family can be beneficial whilst you deal with your grief. And some gifts can provide real help.

So if you aren’t sure what sort of gift to send then try these sympathy gift ideas for the loss of a husband.

Hopefully they will provide you with inspiration for the best sympathy gift you can get. One that will offer a little support and comfort to whoever it is dealing with their grief.

Sympathy Gift Ideas for Loss of Husband

Memorial jewellery is a lovely gift for someone who has lost their husband. It allows them to have a constant reminder of that person with them at all times.

It’s also a beautiful item that serves as a keepsake and everlasting memory of all they meant to the bereaved.

Personalising the jewellery, in this case a necklace, just makes it extra special. Having the name of the deceased husband with you, near your heart, it’s a moving gesture and gift.

A warm and comforting throw or blanket is a lovely way to offer your condolences and support after a partner lose their husband.

A blanket gives you the chance to snuggle up under it when feeling down. It’s reassuring and soothing to those feeling lost or overwhelmed.

This throw by Chanasya provides comfort to those grieving or unwell. It measures 65×50″ and has a variety of colors available. A wife or partner mourning the loss of their husband would love the soft fabric to wrap themselves in when they need some consoling.

A memory box likes this one gives the bereaved the chance to keep, display and remember all those discuss memories. From trinkets and keepsakes to their most treasured photos, a memory box is ideal for never forgetting your deceased husband.

This box can be personalized by adding an engraving to really make it special.

A very moving gift that would be treasured and used for years to come by whoever you give it to.

Plaques in the memory of the deceased are a common gift. But that’s for a reason.

A plaque dedicated to loved ones no longer with us remind us of them. They help us to keep that memory alive, and to never forget.

This plaque allows for personalization with the deceased name and a chosen sentiment. It’s a touching tribute to a husband who had so sadly passed away.

A wind chime gives a gentle reminder of someone you’ve lost with it’s peaceful, soft song. They can be placed in a suitable location that is special to the bereaved where they will be able to listen to their music and remember their lost husband.

The Carson Home Accents Wind Chime has a lovely, gentle but full tone to go along with its effortless and tasteful design.

Each tube has an engraving of “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”. A moving sentiment to remember a passed husband and bring comfort to those mourning.

When we lose someone special remembering them is so important. We don’t want to forget everting they did for us and the huge part of our lives they were.

So having something you can go to, can sit with and remember the deceased is invaluable. That’s what makes this memorial bench such a fitting gift.

Comes with the inscription “May you find comfort in the arms of an angel” on top.

Many of the books that look at loss and grief can be extremely useful to those going through a bereavement. A fresh perspective on how to cope with a significant loss like your husband is going to be really helpful.

Or even just reading about others going through a similar situation and that what you’re feeling isn’t unusual can be calming. It’s easy to feel like you’re spinning out of control and are the only one affected by grief this way.

‘How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies’ by Dr. Therese Rando takes you through how to recover from losing someone important to you and looks at the grieving process in detail. It’s a great choice for anyone grieving the loss of their husband but also any loss at all.

Caring Sympathy Gift Ideas after Losing a Husband

Sometimes the person you’re giving a gift too really needs assistance. A thoughtful memorial gift is perfect for some but others would benefit far more from something that actually helps them.

If you think that might be the case then try these sympathy gifts that

Grief can do terrible things to us. Both physically and mentally.

When we’re faced with the hardship and pain of trying to get through a loss it can be so draining. Combined with maybe needing to look after children, do chores and housework etc. it can be too much for many of us.

So a really thoughtful gift to someone who has lost their husband would be to give them a break from all that. A way for them to have a rest.

A day or few hours at a spa is the perfect gift in this situation. Spafinder do gifts cards for massages, facials and more that can help relieve some of the stress of dealing with grief. Give a spa gift card to anyone who

When coping with loss and the grief it brings even the normal, everyday parts of life become hard. Something as basic as preparing food can seem like a mammoth task.

So receiving a gift of food that’s ready prepared for you can be so helpful.

A sympathy gift basket or food box that comes with a range of different, ready to eat treats will be warmly appreciated as a gift after a loss.

This gift basket is hand assembled in the USA and features sweets, crackers, dips and more.

Much like the spa gift card for a wife who’s lost her husband, a husband who’s lost his wife will also appreciate a gift that helps him to deal with the practicalities of such a loss.

So a gift of help can be massively appreciated. A gift card for professional cleaning will reduce the burden of keeping things tidy whilst trying to process the tragic loss.

Other Gift Ideas

A Memorial Photo – you can find memorial photos on Amazon or on Etsy there are some brilliant artists who can customize and personalize photos of the deceased to be given as a gift. A photo of the sadly passed husband will make a beautiful reminder for the bereaved.

Plants or Flowers – flowers are a very traditional gift or way to offer your sympathy but plants work well too. You can get trees of sympathy that can grow into a reminder of the deceased. Or even seed kits to grow into a beautiful garden of remembrance.

A Sympathy Card – you may just want to send a card along with another gift. But you might decide that a card is enough or anything more inappropriate.

An Amazon Gift Card – it might seem a little thoughtless or basic but an Amazon Gift Card allows the bereaved to decide exactly what they want. It means you won’t end up giving them the wrong thing or something they didn’t really need/want.

Tips for Choosing a Sympathy Gift

  • Your gift should take into consideration any faith that the recipient follows. Religion and spirituality may influence the type of gift that is suitable so always keep that in mind.
  • Think about the sort of gift you might like to receive. It can be tricky to put yourself in the place of someone mourning such a loss but it will help you to make the right choice.
  • Send your gift with an accompanying sympathy card and >a href=”/sympathy-card-messages/”>message.


The loss of a husband is going to cause a profound and deep grief that lasts, in some form at least, a lifetime. So realistically a gift can’t do much to make up for that loss.

But that shouldn’t be your aim. Your sympathy gift should show you’re thinking of your friend or family member who has lost their partner. It should demonstrate they have your support and you’re love.

As long as it achieves that then it will have served its purpose. So don’t get too caught up in making it perfect.

Just try to reach out with something from the heart that you think they will like. If you do that then you can be confident your gift will be received with appreciation and gratitude.

sympathy gift ideas for loss of husband

condolence messages for loss of cousin

Losing a cousin is really painful. Whilst they may not be the closest member of the family we still develop strong bonds and relationships with our cousins.

So when a cousin passes away it is a time of real sadness and hurt for the whole family.

If you know someone who has lost their cousin then you may be thinking of offering your condolences. Perhaps sending a sympathy gift or card. And that will mean you need to include a message of condolence.

But what sort of thing should you say or write? Find the right words of sympathy can be tricky. You want to make sure you properly say sorry for your loss but in a respectful and heartfelt way.

If you’re finding it difficult to know what to say then try these example condolences messages for a cousin’s death.

Short Sympathy Messages for Loss of Cousin

These messages are short and concise, so perfect for a sympathy card or with flowers you are sending. They would fit perfectly on a note but could also be said in person if you are going to be seeing the bereaved.

My condolences for your loss

So sorry to hear of your cousins passing

My thoughts are with you during this time of loss

My sympathy for your cousins passing

I am here for you if you need me. My condolences

Offering my sympathies for your untimely loss

Your cousin will be rendered so fondly

It was terrible to learn of your cousins death. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

My sincere sympathy for your loss. Please get in touch if you need me

I can be there to talk if you want someone to listen

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your cousin was such a fantastic person

Your cousin will always be with you, in those incredible memories you made

My heart aches for you. I’m so sorry

I just wanted to write and say I am thinking of you throughout this difficult time

We all want express our condolences during this terrible time. We will be thinking of you

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your beloved cousin

I can’t understand how tough it must be but I can offer my sympathy and support

heartfelt condolence message

Words of Sympathy for Loss of Cousin

These messages are ideal for showing someone you are thinking of them after a loss. Be that in person, through a text message or just a sympathy card/note.

I was so sorry to hear of your cousins passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers

My condolences for the loss of your cousin. Sending sympathy and warm thoughts your way

I wanted to reach out and send my love after hearing of your loss. I hope you’re feeling ok

So sorry to learn of your cousins tragic passing. I know you were very close. My condolences for your loss

We were so saddened to hear of your loss. It’s a terrible shame and we wanted to send our sympathy and know we are thinking of you

I know you’ve just lost someone special to you and so if you need anything I can be there. Don’t hesitate to get in touch

My sincerest condolences for your loss. Losing any family member is awful and I’m sending my love

I hope you find the support and strength you need from those around you to get through such difficult times. My deepest sympathies

My condolences for your tragic loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

May you find some peace in the wonderful memories you have of your cousin. My condolences

Never forget those treasured times you spent with your cousin. All my sympathy and love

Stay strong and remember the good times. I can be there whatever you need

My most sincere condolences for such a terrible loss. I hope you are coping and wanted to make myself available if you needed me. I’m just a phone call away

Your cousin was a truly special person and will be missed by so many. My love and thoughts

My heart goes out to you during this difficult period. Losing someone so special is awful but remember that friends and family are there for you

Your cousin was an amazing person and they leave behind a huge hole. Please accept my condolences for your loss

I know my words can offer little to ease your pain but I’m thinking of only you during this trying time

Praying you find some comfort after a dreadful loss. You have my deepest and most sincere sympathy

You and your whole family are in my thoughts as you deal with the grief of losing someone so important

my condolences for your loss message

I can be that shoulder to cry on if you need one. You aren’t alone and I will be there whatever. Just reach out

May your cousins warm spirit and kindness be everlasting and a comfort during this troubling time. My condolences

I can only hope that you find some comfort and consolation in the warm memories you have of your cousin. May their generosity and love sustain you and bring some solace throughout the mourning process

I’m sure you cousin is smiling down on you now as you remember all those cherished memories. Stay strong and don’t hesitate to ask for anything you might need

Losing someone so special to us is devastating, but you have your friends and family to look to for comfort. They, including myself, will sustain you as you cope with your grief. My sympathy for this dreadful loss

May the lovely memories of your cousin be a shining light amidst the darkness of this time. We will be there to help you get through it all

I can’t imagine how hard this is for you but as your friend I will be there to share the pain. You have my deepest condolences for the loss of your cousin

We hope these condolence messages will help you to reach out to someone you know that has lost their cousin.

Finding the right words to repress your sympathy can be difficult. But as long as you are speaking from the heart and being sincere then most messages of condolence will be received with love and appreciation.

condolence messages for loss of cousin pinterest

Bible verses about loss

When losing a loved one it’s important to find ways to heal. The grief that comes from loss can be all consuming and so anything that can help to navigate through such tough times is essential.

For many of us scripture and Bible verses serve to comfort us in time of grief. Be that from finding hope in Gods words, helping to understand grief better or as a means of reaching out to others. Bible verses about loss can bring some peace and to a otherwise terrible situation.

There’s also the community aspect to faith and how it brings us together. We find others who understand what we’re going through and can be there as we deal with the grief.

You can even use a comforting Bible verse to reach out to those grieving. Encouraging scripture can be a way of offering your sympathy but also hope through God and what he brings to the lives of those who have faith.

So if you’re looking for Bible verses that comfort in times of loss we’ve brought together a great selection of scripture dealing with death and loss.

Whether you need to find hope after losing someone or offer your sympathy to others going through grief, these verses cover loss and faith in the most profound way.

Table of Contents
Bible Verses about Loss
Comforting Verses
Verses about Life after Death
Scripture about Mourning the Loss of a Loved One
Loss of Family
- Mother
- Father
- Child

Bible Verses for Loss

These Bible verses look at loss and how it affects us whilst offering hope and strength through faith. Use them to find whatever you need to get through the process of grieving for someone who has passed away.
They will also work well used in a sympathy card or memorial reading to offer your condolences.

  • “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” – Romans 14:8
  • “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” – Psalm 73:26
  • “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted” – Isaiah 53:4
  • “For the Lord will not reject forever,
    For if He causes grief,
    Then He will have compassion
    According to His abundant lovingkindness” – Lamentations 3:31
  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” – Romans 8:1
  • “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” – Revelation 14:14
  • “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; and it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body” – Corinthians 15:42-44
  • “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep” – Thessalonians 4:13
  • “And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” – John 11:26
  • “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep” – Thessalonians 4:14
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” – Psalms 46:1

God is strength Bible verse about loss

SEE MORE: Sympathy Prayers: 23 Christian Ways to Pray for a Loss

Comforting Bible Verses for Death

Finding comfort after a terrible loss is vital to recovering quickly and being able to go on. These Bible verses will hopefully help you to get through the dark days and find hope in Gods words.

  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” – Matthew 5:4
  • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” – Psalm 147:3
  • “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” – Revelation 21:4
  • “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” – John 16:22
  • “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – Joshua 1:19
  • “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” – Philippians 4:13
  • “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18
  • “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” – John 14:1
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” – Corinthians 1:3
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” – Corinthians 1:3
  • “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him” – Psalms 62:1

Bible verse about mourning

Bible Verses about Life after Death

These verses and Bible passages remind us that life does go on, even after death. Look to them when you need hope to carry on even though someone so special has been taken from you and use them as a reminder that death is not the end.

  • “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” – Psalm 30:5
  • “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once again” – Psalm 71:20
  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” – Romans 8:18
  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16
  • “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 8:38
  • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” – Psalm 23:4
  • “Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit” – Job 10:8
  • “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” – Matthew 16:25
  • “And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” – Ecclesiastes 12:7
  • So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” – John 16:22

Comforting Bible verse about loss

Scripture about Mourning the Loss of a Loved One

The Bible brings us hope, strength and peace at the times we need it most. When mourning a loved one it is essential to have something to give us that needed boost to get through the pain. Reaching for the Bible and these verses should offer some respite from the incredibly hard period after losing a loved one.

  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe” – John 14:27
  • “The young women will dance for joy, and the men—old and young—will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing” – Jeremiah 31:13
  • “For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ” – Colossians 2:5
  • “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” – Philippians 1:3
  • “Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness” – Isaiah 51:11

Philippians Bible verse about remembrance

Bible Verses for Loss of Family

The loss of a family member is utterly devastating. If you are someone who’s faith is important to them then the following Bible verses and passages may help to find some solace after losing a mother, father or child.


  • “Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death” – Genesis 24:67
  • “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God” – Leviticus 19:13
  • “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” – Isaiah 66:13
  • “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all” – Proverbs 31:28-29
  • “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” – Deuteronomy 31:8


  • “The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from calamity; he enters into peace; they rest in their beds who walk in their uprightness” – Isaiah 57:1-2
  • “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you” – John 16:22
  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” – Revelation 21:4
  • “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but.. he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men” – Lamentations 3:31-32
  • “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” – Psalm 46:1

A Child

  • But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 19:14
  • “Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” – Luke 18:15-17
  • “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” – John 3:17
  • “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” – Psalms 61:2
  • “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” – Matthew 19:14

The Bible is a refuge for so many when faced with such difficult circumstances. So whether it’s your own loss you are grieving or reaching out to others who are struggling after a death we hope these Bible verses about loss will have helped you to find strength and hope amongst the grief.

Bible verses about loss Pinterest

prayers for the dead

When we lose a loved one it is a time of pain and grief. We are bereft at having someone so special to us taken. Death is cruel and impacts not just ourselves, but the immediate family and all those surrounding the deceased.

After the death of someone many people want to find ways to try and feel better. They look for help and understanding, to try and make sense of what has happened. That might mean finding comfort amongst family or friends, reaching out for professional help or just trying get through it alone.

Some though will turn to prayer.

Praying after a death can help to bring peace to those mourning. By praying for someone you have lost you find comfort and can soothe the pain.

So if you want to pray for a lost loved one and remember those who have passed, or just offer support to those grieving a death, try these prayers for the dead.

Table of Contents
Short Prayers for the Dead
Prayers of Remembrance for the Dead
Prayers for the Death of a Loved One
Prayers for the Family of the Dead

Short Prayers for the Dead

Short Prayer for the Dead

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Love always, in the name of Jesus.

For Those We Have Lost

Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings
for all whom we remember this day;
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all, with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For Bereavement

Lord, have mercy
on those who mourn
who feel numb and crushed
and are filled with the pain of grief,
whose strength has given up
You know all our sighing and longings:
be near to us and teach us to fix our hope on you
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

SEE MORE: 23 Sympathy Prayers to Pray for Loss

Prayer for the Dead

May the Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus,
for he often refreshed me,
and was not ashamed of my chain,
but when he was in Rome,
he sought me diligently, and found me
(the Lord grant to him to find the Lord’s mercy on that day);
and in how many things he served at Ephesus, you know very well.

Prayer for the Dead

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

Prayers of Remembrance for the Dead

Prayer of Gods Promise

May you be held by the God of compassion
as you remember your loved ones today.
May God be with you in your sorrow,
and comfort you in your loss.
May your God, your family and your friends,
give you strength and confidence.
May your spirit be lifted, may your heart be filled with peace,
and may the light of God’s promise fill you with joy and hope.

Prayer after a Death

O God, Whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly beseech Thee for the soul of Thy servant N…,
which Thou hast this day commanded to depart out of this world,
that Thou wouldst not deliver it into the hands of the enemy,
nor forget it unto the end, but wouldst command it to be received by the Holy Angels,
and conducted to Paradise,
its true country; that as in Thee it hath hoped and believed,
it may not suffer the pains of hell, but may take possession of eternal joys.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer to Find Peace after Loss

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life.
Listen to our prayers;
look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister.
Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You;
do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You,
but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy,
and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever.

In Memory Prayer

Lord of life and love,
as we give thanks for times past,
grant us courage to embrace the present
and grace to share the future.
In memory of loved ones dear,
kindle their flame to shine in the dark
and light the path ahead.
Show the way that leads to life
as we cherish days gone by
and inspire us with the touch of love
that faith and hope live on.

Prayer to Rest in Peace

We thank You Lord for the passing of our brother/sister.
We exalt Your name for the good life he/she lived.
We pray oh Lord, that everlasting life be given unto him or her.
And as he or she abides in Your garden,
let Your angels touch what he/she cannot touch again.
Father, be with his/her soul
and may he/she rest in perfect eternal peace.

Prayers for the Death of a Loved One

Prayer for a Lost Friend

I commend you, my dear [name] to almighty God,
and entrust you to your Creator.
May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life.
May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise.
May Christ, the true Shepherd, embrace you as one of his flock.
May he forgive all your sins and set you among those he has chosen.
May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the vision of God, forever.

Prayer for Passed Loved One

You are, O God,
quick to pardon and desire man’s salvation.
In Your goodness we ask You to grant our deceased brothers,
relatives, and friends everlasting happiness.
With the help of Blessed Mary ever Virgin
and all Your saints,
we ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Prayer for Deceased Parents

O God, Who has commanded us to honour our father and mother,
have compassion in Thy mercy, on the souls of my father and mother;
forgive them their sins,
and grant that I may see them in the joy of eternal brightness.
Through Christ our Lord.

Prayer of Hope

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


Prayers for the Family of the Dead

Prayer for Grief

Lord God above, we, Your humble children kneel before you today in reverence.
We know You’re the greatest and You’re the king of all kings.
So, we pray You uplift our heart and soul so that we may cast away our sorrows oh Lord.
Give us the strength to surpass this situation.
No one dies without Your say-so and thus,
we rejoice over this triumph and we pray
You be with our deceased brother/sister. We thank you for the answered prayer and in Jesus name,

Prayer to Mourn

Lord God,
you are attnetive to the voice
of our pleading.
Let us find in your Son
comfort in our sadness,
certainty in our doubt,
and courage to live through this hour.
Make our faith strong
through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for Lost Family and Friends

Almighty Father, source of forgiveness and salvation,
grant that our relatives and friends who have passed from this life may,
through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints,
come to share your Eternal happiness through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for the Recently Departed

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

We hope these prayers for the dead will have helped you find some peace when dealing with the loss of someone special to you. Prayer allows us to heal and use our faith to navigate through the incredibly difficult times that losing someone brings. Hopefully these prayers will have helped with that.

prayers for the dead Pinterest