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funeral flower messages for mom

When your mom has sadly passed away it inevitably means there will be a funeral. And so you will want to pay your respects to your mother. That might mean just by being there, giving a eulogy or reading, or with some special funeral flowers that were special to your mom.

Flowers are traditional at funerals. When someone can’t attend a funeral they might send a lovely bouquet with a message or note expressing their condolences.

Even if they do attend a funeral many people choose to bring flowers or send them beforehand.

But knowing what to say on your moms funeral flowers can be difficult.

So if you’re struggling to find the perfect words for your moms funeral flower message then the examples below should help.

Funeral Flower Messages for Mom

Thank you for being such an incredible mother and friend. I can’t begin to express how much I will miss you, mom

There won’t be a day that goes by when I won’t think of you, mom. You meant everyone to me and I will be lost without you. Goodbye my dearest mom

I have lost someone who can never be replaced. There is a huge hole in my heart and I don’t know how I’m going to cope. I will always be thinking of you, mom

Thank you for everything, mom. It’s because of you I am who I am today. I owe you so much and I don’t want to say goodbye

You were there for me when I needed you the most and always made things better. I just can’t imagine a life where you aren’t in it. I love you, mom

To my wonderful mom, I will miss you more than I could ever say. Rest in peace

Your legacy is one that will inspire us all and we will remember your love and warmth forever. We will miss you so much. Goodbye, mom

I was lucky to have had a mom as amazing as you. I will cherish each and every moment we had together and treasure those memories for eternity

Nothing can hope to say how much I loved you mom. You made me a better person and help me to become what I am. No one will ever replace you

It didn’t matter how bad times were you would be there for me. Thank you mom, I will love you forever

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For more ideas see our guide Funeral Flower Messages: What to Say

Without you the world is less bright, mom. I don’t want to accept you’re gone but know I have to. Goodbye and may you rest in heaven

Mom, your memory will live on through the wonderful lives you gave us. We were blessed to have you and mourn you’re passing. May you forever be in our hearts

I will remember the countless good times we had, the joy you brought the whole family and the never ending love I felt from you

No one could have been as loving as you, mom. I always felt so safe and happy knowing you were there for me. I’m scared to have to face the world without you, mom

Your memory was a blessing and I will treasure it for eternity. Goodbye my sweet mother

You were the worlds most perfect mom. You cared for me through thick and thin and I don’t know how I’ll get by without my mama

Thank you mom. There is too much I want to thank you for but mainly just for being such an amazing mother. I owe you everything

What Should I Write on my Mom’s Funeral Flowers?

When writing a funeral flower message for your mom it’s best to keep it short. Messages are usually a few touching words or sentences that express just how much you will miss your mom.

If you’re writing a note to go with flowers or a wreath then it’s tends to be small anyway, not leaving much room for a longer message. But you should be able to find enough space to express what you truly feel about losing and saying goodbye to your mom.

  • As just mentioned, try to keep it as short as you can. It’s understandable to have a lot to say after losing your mom but in these circumstances it’s best to go for a shorter message and save something longer for a eulogy.
  • In your message you may want to consider some of your most treasured memories of your mom and possibly sharing those.
  • If you and your family had a strong faith or were religious then it’s perfectly normal for your message to reflect this and talk in a way she would have been happy with.
  • However, if your mother wasn’t religious then stick with a regular message and avoid one with any religious overtones

The following example messages should help you to find the right words if you’re struggling with what to say or write in either a flower or wreath message.

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Funeral Wreath Messages for Mom

No one could have been a better mom than you. I love you with all my heart

I will miss you dearly, mom. May you find peace now

Rest in peace my beautiful mother. You’re with the angels now

Thank you mom. Thank you for everything

You were my inspiration. I am heartbroken you’re gone. Farewell

You may be gone but will you never be forgotten, mom

In loving memory of our mom. She was a one of a kind

You may be gone but you will live on in my heart

I can’t think of this as goodbye, mom. It’s just see you soon

The treasured memories I have of you mom I will hold in my heart forever

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Funeral Messages for Mom

Thank you for your sacrifices, mom. You gave me the world and I will cherish all you did forever more

You were the best mom anyone could have asked for. You were my role model and my inspiration and the world is a poorer place without you in it

You gave me life and then you made my life so special. You filled it with love and warmth, and my heart breaks that you’re gone

Even though time may pass those treasured memories I have of you will never fade

No one was loved as much as you, mom. You’ll never know just how much you are going to be missed

I hope you are in peace now, mom. I won’t ever forget you

There’s so much of you I will never forget but what will remain in my heart for all time will be the love and happiness you gave. When I was with you I felt truly loved, and I doubt I’ll ever feel that again now you’re gone. Goodbye, mom

You inspired so many and brought us all such joy. There will be a huge hole in so n my any lives now you’re gone, mom

Heavens gain is our loss. We have lost you too soon and your endless love will be missed beyond measure

Goodbye mom. My love for you is greater than this note could ever hope to express. I will miss you so much

We hope these funeral flower messages for moms have helped you to find the words to say goodbye to your mother. Funerals are tough for any person you’ve lost but especially so when it’s your mom.

It’s the opportunity you have to say farewell though and so the words you choose are important. Speak from the heart and remember how special your mom is and your message will be perfect.

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sympathy messages for a natural disaster

When there is a natural disaster, something like an earthquake or tsunami, the devastation can be massive. Sadly many lives are lost and homes destroyed.

It is a time of both national and personal loss, grief and sadness. To the people affected it will be heartbreaking to have lost their loved ones.

You may be wanting to reach out and offer your condolences after losing a loved one in such terrible circumstances.

If so then these sympathy messages for a natural disaster should help you to find the words to offer your condolences and say how sorry for their loss you are.

Sympathy Messages for Natural Disasters

These messages are for any disaster and should be suitable for all different types of catastrophe that has affected someone.

I was so worried when I heard about the disaster. I’m so relieved you’re ok but very sorry you’ve been hit so hard. I’m always here if you need anything

I can’t begin to know what you’re going through. My prayers are for you and your family during this terrible time

I was devastated to learn you had lost someone during the crisis. My deepest condolences and sending my love

You will find the way out of this darkness. There is light at the end of the tunnel. My thoughts and prayers go out to you

Please don’t give up. I know how awful things are now but they will improve. You can always turn to us

Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. This natural disaster has ruined so many lives and I can’t hope to know what you’re going through. Try to find some comfort amongst friends and family. All my love

In such difficult times we will be here for you and your family. Know we are thinking and praying for you

I am relived you and your family are safe but understand how difficult and frightening this must be for you. I pray you find the strength to face the challenges ahead

My sincerest sympathy for your tragic loss. To lose someone like this is utterly heartbreaking and I am so deeply sorry

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you recover from the damage and distress a natural disaster like this has caused. Stay safe and remember I’m always here

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See more: What to Say Instead of Sorry for your Loss

Sympathy Messages for an Earthquake

Earthquakes are incredibly dangerous and can cause immense destruction. It’s not surprising then that many are affected in very severe ways by earthquakes. So use these sympathy messages to reach out to those dealing with the after effects of an earthquake.

My deepest condolences to you after the earthquake. May you find comfort in the arms of loved ones

The scale of the damage and losses was truly tragic. I am so sorry for the loss and pain you’re going through

I can’t imagine how frightening an earthquake must be but I’m sending my love and thoughts to you all

My most heartfelt condolences to you after losing someone so special in the earthquake. May their memory be a blessing

I am so relieved to know you are alive and well after the earthquake. It will take time to recover and the shock may last a while but you have made it through and that’s what’s most important

I can’t even try to understand how difficult it must be to cope after the destruction of an earthquake. Don’t lose hope though – you will get through it and there is light at the end of the tunnel

You have my most heartfelt sympathy to have to go through the terror of an earthquake. You made it through though and can be grateful for that. We will all be by your side as you put things back together again

I was praying for your safety and can’t tell you how pleased I am you were unhurt by the earthquake. Please stay safe amongst the destruction and get in touch when you can

Your safety is paramount and amidst the chaos an earthquake brings I hope you’re feeling ok. I’ll be thinking of you and everyone involved

Sending you love and positive thoughts after your experience of an earthquake. I’m so sorry for everything you lost and the hurt it has caused

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See more: Quotes about Losing a Loved One

Sympathy Messages for a Flood

Floods can ruin peoples lives and cause real damage as well as being very dangerous. Many lives can be lost in severe flooding as well as the more commonly known ruining of homes and peoples belongings. The messages here will express your sadness and sympathy to those going through floods.

You have lost so much in this flood but you haven’t lost your friends. We will be there to help you recover and rebuild. All is not lost! Sending our love and support

Sending our sympathy during this incredibly difficult time. We wish you better days ahead and that you are able to rebuild your lives as quickly as possible

It was a huge relief to learn you and your family are ok after the floods. I know you’ve lost so much but the main thing is your all alright. If I can help with anything just give me a call

The flooding in your town is dreadful and has shocked us all. We were really worried about you but are extremely relieved to hear you’re safe. May you find the strength needed to get through such hardship and come out the other side

I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with flooding this bad. I am praying and hoping everything improves soon and the damage isn’t too bad

I know you must be dealing with so much right now but I just wanted to reach our and tell you you’re in my heart and I will be thinking of you. Please stay strong and look to us for support of you need it

We wanted to offer our support and sympathy after your were affected by the flooding. Having your life turned upside down by something like this must be awful and we are hoping you have better days in the future

All our sympathy after you were hit by the floods. You’re ok and that’s the most important part but I know you must be so devastated by the damage done. I really hope things aren’t too bad and you can start cleaning up soon

sympathy message for a flood

See more: 18 Prayers for the Dead: Catholic & Christian Prayers for Loss

Sympathy Messages for After a Fire

Fires are too common thankfully but they can be extremely dangerous. If you know someone that has experienced a fire reach out to them with these messages of sympathy.

I am praying for your whole family after the tragedy of your house fire. Please stay strong and know the community will rally around you for help

I was so relieved that you made it safely out of the fire. It was such a terrifying time and though the aftermath will be tough I’m just so pleased you’re alright. All my love

My heartfelt condolences for your loss in the fire. I don’t know what to say other than how sorry I am

The wildfires you’ve had to flee from have been so scary. I’m just so happy you have been evacuated and are safe. I hope the damage they cause isn’t too bad and you get home soon

Thank the Lord you are safe. The fire was so extensive I was fearing the worst. Thankfully you’re ok though! Let me know if there is anything I can do

Please accept my sympathy for the loss and hurt the fire has caused. I know how much you put into your house and so to lose it and all you worked for must be so hard

If you need any help with the aftermath of the fire I will be there for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

May my prayers and thoughts offer you some comfort as you recover from the shock of escaping a fire. I’m so sorry you had to go through something so awful

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See more: How to Sign a Sympathy Card

Sympathy Messages for a Hurricane

A hurricane is one of the worst natural disasters and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Send your love and support to those affected by a hurricane with these messages.

You are in my thoughts after the devastation and loss caused by the hurricane. I can’t think of what to say other than how sorry I am

You must be distraught after such a frightening experience. Thankfully it’s all over now but I hope you’re recovering well

I heard you were affected by the hurricane and I was just so happy to learn you’re safe. My prayers were answered and I will be in touch to see if you need anything

I heard the awfulness about the hurricane and wanted to reach out to make sure you were ok. Stay strong

I’m beyond happy you’re safe. I know how dangerous hurricanes can be so I was really worried. I hope everyone else is ok and the damage done isn’t too bad

It’s not fair you have to go through this. If there is anything we can do to help you we will. Please stay as strong as you can

You are so brave! To go through something like a hurricane and come out the way you have is amazing. I’m so sorry it’s been so hard but if there is anyone who can turn things around it’s you

I am so sorry to hear of the losses caused by the hurricane. I am thinking of you and sending my love for you to find some peace after so much trauma

We are so deeply sorry for the devastation you have faced. I know there is light around the corner and you will see good times again

See more: 53 Heartfelt Sympathy Quotes with Images

Words of Comfort After a Shooting

There can be few things more terrifying than a shooting. Being caught in or affected by one must be so frightening. So it’s important to reach out to friends or those you know who have experienced a shooting in some way and try to comfort them.

There are no words to express how sorry I am to learn of your loss. I can’t understand how awful it must be. All I can do is pray for you to find some peace

Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. Nothing I can say will make up for what has happened but please know you are loved and have those around you to lean on if you need them

I can’t understand or make sense of what has happened. It is beyond heartbreaking. I only hope you can find something to help you through this tragedy

We are praying for the memory of all those lost in the shooting. It’s is horrific and hard to fathom. May they all rest in peace

I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing could ever prepare you for something as devastating as this. I don’t know what else to say other than I will be thinking of you

You aren’t alone. We will be by your side to help you through this tragedy. If we can do anything then we will. I am so, so sorry

If I could I would take away your pain. Nothing could be worse than this. I will be praying for you and your entire family

There is nothing that could be crueller than to lose someone in a shooting. I hope you can find strength and peace in comforting memories

We hope these condolence messages for natural disasters will have helped you to find the words to offer your sympathy to those going through such tough times.

Facing the consequences of a natural disaster, be that the loss of a loved one or the wreckage of property and your life, is unbelievably tough and will need the support of friends and family. So it’s a good idea to reach out, if only with a few words to comfort them.

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what to say to someone in hospice

When someone you know has to go into a hospice it can be a scary and upsetting time. Sadly a hospice is where those who are terminally ill are looked after, which means they won’t be coming home.

That means you’re talking to someone who is coming to the end of their life. Knowing the right things to say (and not to say) in this situation can be hard.

How can you expect to find the right words for someone who is severely ill and near death. What could you possibly say to them that would be helpful or comforting.

It’s really difficult and if you’re struggling or worried then you won’t be alone. Anxiety about causing offence, upset or just the entire situation being uncomfortable and awkward is common.

So if you need some help with what to say then there are a few things that will always be acceptable and comforting.

Follow the guide here to find the right words to comfort someone who is in a hospice.

For more help and support for those grieving a loss we consulted 25 grief and loss professionals for their best advice, and the tips and advice we got is extremely helpful.

What to say to Someone in a Hospice

If you are looking for examples of a few words or sentences to comfort those in a hospice, who’s family member has entered a hospice or for a card then these short messages should help.

  • I don’t want to say goodbye. Nothing will hurt as much as letting you go but I’m grateful for all the wonderful moments we shared together. I love you so much
  • Thank you for everything. For your warmth, your spirit, and for always loving me. I love you
  • I can’t find the words and don’t know what to say other than I love you and can’t bear to think of a world without you
  • I will be praying you find some peace and comfort. You are so loved
  • I can’t express how important you have been to me and how much I am grateful to have had you in my life. Thank you for being you
  • We will miss you more than we could ever hope to express, but we don’t want you to worry. Even though it’s so hard now we will find a way to get through
  • The thought of losing you is something I can’t begin to accept, but I am glad that you are surrounded by family and being cared for to make your struggle less hard
  • You’ve achieved so much and brought joy to the lives of others. You should be proud of everything you’ve done and I know I am thankful to have had you in my life
  • I won’t ever forget you or what you brought to my life. You have been the most amazing friend and there won’t be a day that goes by when I don’t think of you
  • I only hope you are being made more comfortable. Whatever helps you to be able to enjoy the most of the time with your family and loved ones

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For a more thorough look and what and how to say it and what not to say then read on.

I Love You

Saying “I love you” is the most powerful and touching thing you can say to a family member, friend, or anyone. In the situation where they are dying it is going to have a greater impact than ever.

They will understand that you mean it with all your heart, and considering the circumstances it will take on more meaning than before. This is doubly true for those who don’t say “I love you” very often.

If you aren’t the type of person or family who expresses their emotions regularly then this is time to do so. They will appreciate that it’s not easy for you and will treasure you showing how much they mean to you.


  • I love you more than I could hope to say
  • My heart breaks at the thought of losing you but I am grateful for all the time we had
  • My love for you will never die. You will always be in my heart
  • I love you mom/dad. Thank you for everything

Thank You

Expressing your gratitude for all that someone has done for you or how important they’ve been in your life is a lovely way to talk to them in a hospice.

We often want to thank those people who are most special to us. Be that a family member or a friend.

So when you’re talking to someone in a hospice you can says thanks for al the things you appreciate that they did for you and brought to your life.

  • Thank you for just being you. That’s all I ever needed
  • My gratitude for everything you have done is beyond measure. I feel so lucky to have had you as a part of my life
  • My life has been better because of having you in it. Thank you
  • Thank you for being the best mom/dad in the world

We Will be Alright

We may forget that those facing up to their own mortality and death will worry about those they are leaving behind. It can be upsetting and stressful to think of how your family may cope once you’re gone.

So you should try to make it clear that you and others will be okay. This may seem counterintuitive and the opposite of how you’re feeling. Losing a loved one is going to cause you pain and mean you may not cope.

But it’s important for them to know you’ll be okay and so regardless of how you truly feel try to say how you will take care of family and keep everything going.

  • Though losing you will be the hardest thing we’ve ever gone through we promise to make sure we find a way to cope
  • Please don’t worry about me. I will be okay, just focus on yourself
  • With time we will find our way through the grief. You will be missed greater than you will ever know but we guarantee we will be alright
  • We will be there for your family. They will have us to lean on and find support

You have so Much to be Proud of

When someone is facing death they may be looking back on their life and thinking about everything they did. It can be heartening to hear from friends and family about the positive things they’ve achieved.

Be that their personal or professional accomplishments. Everyone wants to feel like their life was important or they made a difference. So talk about the positive impact they had on your or others lives, the joy they brought and the lasting legacy they will leave behind.

  • You should be proud of your life and all you’ve achieved. Your legacy is assured as one of love and kindness
  • The good things you’ve done far outweigh the bad and there are countless people who feel touched by your presence
  • I am honored to have had you as a friend and will miss you more than I can express. The memories we made will live on forever in my heart
  • Some people just bring such positivity and happiness to the world. You are one of them. You have enriched so many lives and should be proud of how many people will feel lucky to have known you

Something Funny

Even though a hospice is a place of sadness those dying don’t want to spend their final moments in total misery. Humor will still be important to them and being able to laugh even near the end is going to be helpful.

So whilst it may feel awkward or wrong you should try to inject some fun or humor into the situation if you can. Bringing some light amongst the darkness is only going to be appreciated.

  • If you wanted to get off work there are easier ways than this!
  • People who think laughter is the best medicine have apparently never had morphine
  • Laughter is the best medicine, or gin… I’ll try to sneak you some in!

For the Family

Don’t forget about the family of those in the hospice. They will be finding this time incredibly hard and will appreciate you reaching out to them with any support or help you can. Even a few kinds words will be better than nothing.

  • If there’s anything I can do to help please don’t think twice about asking. Sending my love during such a difficult time
  • It is cruel what you’re having to go through and I am praying for you and your family
  • In times like this it’s important to remember you aren’t superman. You ca t expect to do everything. Lean on the friends and family you have around you for support – they will be there to help
  • You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you face such a terrible challenge

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What NOT to Say to Someone in a Hospice

Heres what you should avoid saying to those in a hospice:

  • Everything happens for a reason – this is both a horrible cliche and very inappropriate for someone facing death. The implication by saying this is that they have done something to cause their own death or deserve it. It could be very upsetting, so don’t say this.
  • Don’t give in – after what may have been years of fighting you should respect their decision to stop. You can’t understand how hard it may have been and are in no position to ask them to continue doing so.
  • I’m still wishing for a miracle – they have accepted the inevitable and it’s probably for the best you do too. You can keep praying and hooking but when talking to them it’s best to keep it to yourself.
  • This is part of God’s plan – if they aren’t religious or don’t have a strong faith then this should absolutely be avoided. But even those who do have faith may be struggling to come to terms with the end of their life. Being told it’s part of a plan they can’t understand won’t be comforting.

What to Write in a Card for Someone in Hospice

If you can’t see whoever it is in hospice in person then a card with a message is acceptable.

These are some ideas of what to write in a hospice card:

  • I hope you’re having a good day and I am sending my love at such a difficult time
  • My prayers are only for you. I hope you know how much we all/I love you
  • No one has been more important to me than you. I will forever be grateful to have known and had you as part of my life
  • You should be proud of all you’ve achieved. Your family, your career, the role model you’ve been. Thank you for being such a wonderful person
  • I send you my love and my prayers. I hope you and your family are spending as much time as you can together and you are being made comfortable. All my love

For more ideas try our sympathy messages, condolence message examples or guide for what to write in a sympathy card. Writing a letter is also popular and we have lots of example sympathy letters.


Finding the words to say to someone in a hospice is always going to be tough. You will probably feel awkward and uncomfortable whatever you say as it’s such a hard situation.

But you should be making the effort to reach out and talk to a friend or loved one who has entered a hospice. They will want and need those closest to them at such a difficult time and appreciate you no matter what you say. Just being there is the most important thing.

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what to say to someone going through a breakup

Sympathy and condolences aren’t just for those that have lost someone to death. The end of a relationship – breaking up with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife – deserves just as much sympathy and support.

Breakups are so hard for those involved. Splitting up with the person you’ve loved is heartbreaking and it’s in the days, weeks and months after when they will need the support and love of friends and family the most.

But knowing what to say to someone going through a breakup is hard. Finding the words to offer them comfort and tell them it’s going to be alright isn’t easy.

What is the right thing to say? How do you offer your sympathy and when is the best time?

So if you’re struggling with a sympathy message for someone going through a breakup then use the example messages below to help you to be there for them and give them the support they require.

Table of Contents
What to Say to Someone Who's Going Through a Breakup
What Not to Say to Someone Who is Going Through a Breakup
Encouraging Messages for After a Breakup
Comforting Words for Someone Going Through a Breakup
Funny Messages for After a Breakup
Ways to Cheer Someone Up After a Breakup Over Text
Quotes for Healing After a Breakup

What to Say to Someone Who’s Going Through a Breakup?

If you would prefer some examples of comforting words you can say when someone is going through a breakup then these short messages should be perfect.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your breakup. He/she didn’t deserve you
  • If you need someone then I can always be there to talk. Please don’t think twice about calling
  • I know no words can help take away you pain but I hope it offers some comfort to know I’m thinking of you
  • I wish there was more I could do to help. All I can think to say is you will get over them and through this
  • I was so really sorry to hear you and ______ had broken up. I hope you’re doing ok
  • I can’t begin to understand how hard this must be for you but wanted you to know I’m always here
  • Stay strong and let yourself feel sad over what you’ve lost. All my best and lots of love
  • You don’t deserve to be treated lie this and we’re far too good for him/her, anyway. They don’t know what they’ve lost
  • Let’s go out and enjoy ourselves and help you to forget all about your ex
  • Let your friends be there for you and bring you what you need during this time: wine and chocolate!

If you want to write or say something else or use your own words then keep reading for a far more in depth look at what and how to say and what not to say.

Take it One Day at a Time

Time really is a healer, but right after a breakup it can be hard to get through just one day. You can be there for a loved one going through the end of a relationship by helping them to take each day as it comes

Don’t rush and pressure them to get through it. Let them grieve for their lost boyfriend/girlfriend in their own way and at their own speed. Remind them to take it one day at a time and always be there for them as they need it.

You Won’t Feel Like this Forever

After a breakup it can feel like you will never know happiness again. The pain clouds you’re thinking and makes it hard to see the reality.

Your job is to remind them that whilst it feels dreadful now, they will get through it. Everyone has experienced heartbreak at some point. But, given time, have recovered and gone on to love again.

You’re Better Off

This can drift into being too vague and like the usual, cliched sentiments everyone offers to those feeling sad but it doesn’t have to. As long as you demonstrate why they’re better off without their ex then it will provide some genuine help and comfort.

Make it clear why they weren’t good for them, go through their negative points and talk up all the excitement and opportunities that being single can bring.

Don’t Lose Hope

After breaking up with who you thought was the love of your life it can be hard not to have lost hope and faith in love. Having friends around to remind you that there is hope and you will find someone again can make a real difference.

So tell whoever it is that is missing their ex that they shouldn’t give up on love. They can and will still find that happiness they want and even though this is a setback and they’re feeling lost there is hope.

It’s OK to be Sad

Many of us feel like our grief or hurt after a breakup isn’t warranted. We care embarrassed or maybe even ashamed of how deeply we feel over the loss of a relationship.

As a friend or family member you can be there to let them know that it’s fine and normal to be sad and upset after a breakup. Help them accept that and then work through the way they are feeling.

Being by their side to get through the worst times, but also to just listen to what they need to get off their chest is essential to helping a friend deal with the ending of a relationship.

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What Not to Say to Someone Who is Going Through a Breakup?

There are some things you should not say and topics to avoid talking about after a breakup.

Everything Happens for a Reason

This is one of the worst things you can say to anyone going through any sort of difficult time. No one thinks that they’ve broken up for any good reason. There isn’t anything that can hope to explain or make a good case for a relationship ending badly. All you’re likely to do is upset whoever you say it to that is going through a breakup.

There’s Plenty More Fish in the Sea

This is another classic cliche that offers nothing to help those hurting after a breakup. It also trivializes the relationship and makes it seem like they can just quickly move on. Avoid saying this and focus instead on making them feel better, listening and being there when they need you.

Couldn’t you Have Been Nicer/More Understanding

This is just placing the blame on them. Yes, you have to compromise and make sacrifices in a relationship but somethings go beyond that. You can’t always expect someone to give in on some of their most fundamental beliefs or wants.

So instead of framing the breakdown of their relationship around them not being understanding you should try to understand their decisions and choices. Comfort them over what is gone and wasn’t meant to be, not chastize them.

I Never Liked Them Anyway

Right after a breakup is not the time to start getting petty and personal. Even if you didn’t like their ex and were justified in not doing so.

They may not have been aware of your dislike for their partner either, and could feel upset you hadn’t been completely honest with them.

Instead you can talk about the complaints they themselves may have had about their ex and make them understand that they won’t have to deal with them anymore.

You’ll Find Someone Else

This is, again, an often used cliche that does more harm than good. They don’t want someone else, they want the person they’ve just split from. All you’re doing is essentially saying they can find someone else who is inferior to the person they really want.

Now, in time they probably will find so prone else. But right after a breakup is not the time to talk about it.

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Encouraging Messages for After a Breakup

I know it’s a cliche but time is a healer. It may hurt right now but eventually you will feel better and move on. Until then I’m always here for you

Sending you the biggest hugs after your breakup. I know how much it must hurt but with the love of all your friends you’ll get through this. We will support and be there for you

Whilst this has been such a tough time for you it’s one you can learn from. You won’t make the same mistakes again and are free of a toxic person from your life. It’s hard now but eventually you’ll look back on this and see it as positive that has allowed you to grow

He is a complete idiot and has made the worst mistake of his life. He’s lost the most amazing, beautiful and smart girl he will ever meet – you! You are so much better than him and lucky to be rid of that jerk

I will always have your back and be there when you need me. After such a messy breakup you can rely on friends to help and support you. And remember that with that love you will come through this and emerge stronger, with so much to look forward to in the future

No one deserves happiness and love as much as you do. I know how awful you must feel right now but with time you will find the right person

Lets get off of Facebook and Instagram and help you forget and get a break from seeing your ex. I’ll help you through this and be there to make sure you’re alright

I know you’re hurting now but that’s natural. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s ok to feel sad, angry and grieve your lost relationship. But you are strong and you will move on too.

Comforting Words for Someone Going Through a Breakup

As each minute passes you’re closer to getting over and through this. Just keep going, taking it slowly and you will begin to see the light. I’m always here

I’m going to keep texting you every single night to check in and make sure you’re ok.

Each day will get easier and you’ll start to feel like you did before. Just know it takes time and remember you have so many people around you who love you

You did nothing wrong. Sometimes people just aren’t meant for one another but it isn’t your fault.

Don’t ever feel embarrassed that you’re hurting. For a relationship like yours to have ended is heartbreaking and no one thinks anything else.

It’s ok to cry, and it’s ok to be sad. It’s natural and it’s normal.

You are so much more than this relationship. Don’t forget that.

You may have loved your ex but you’ll come too see they weren’t right for you. You deserve much better

Don’t beat yourself up or punish yourself over this. Sometimes relationships don’t work. That doesn’t mean you failed

Funny Messages for After a Breakup

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because that asshole is finally someone else’s problem

Let’s celebrate your breakup with a night out that produces enough awesome Facebook pictures he’ll have to see them

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts. Others come into our lives and make us want to leave footprints on their face

Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience

“I think… therefore, I’m single” – Lizzie Winstead

The best revenge against a woman who steals your man from you is to let her keep him

“I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don’t know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes I see a really great outfit, I’ll break up with someone on purpose” – Rita Rudner

Congratulations on your break up! Nobody could stand that bastard any way

“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else” – Mae West

If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, set them on fire

Ways to Cheer Someone Up After a Breakup Over Text

I’m here if there’s anything you need. I can bring you wine or ice cream!

Let’s go out, just us girls/guys and forget about exes and enjoy ourselves

I know you may not be ready but whenever you are I’m always here to talk

If you want to get angry or just vent to someone then let me be that person

I know you’re feeling bad but remember: you are awesome. Don’t forget it

I love you and am always here for you. Friends are more important than stupid exes

More important than anything else is loving and believing in yourself. Don’t let anyone make you doubt yourself

You can’t count on exes but your friends are the ones you can always rely on. We’ve got your back

Quotes for Healing After a Breakup

“He loved me. He loved me, but he doesn’t love me anymore, and it’s not the end of the world” – Jennifer Weiner

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“Hearts live by being wounded” – Oscar Wilde

“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be” – Harriet Evans

“If you have to force it, it’s not for you. Love should come with ease, freedom and space to expand” – Alex Elle

“One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved” – Romain Rolland

“You cannot convince people to love you. This is an absolute rule. No one will ever give you love because you want him or her to give it. Real love moves freely in both directions. Don’t waste your time on anything else” – Cheryl Strayed

“I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Breakups are always absolutely devastating for those involved. As a friend it can be hard to know what to say to someone going through a breakup and how to comfort them.

Hopefully the tips, example messages and quotes here will have helped you offer the support and comfort someone needs after a breakup.

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facebook condolence messages to share after a death

As times have changed so have the way we offer our condolences. Not so long ago you might have sent a card or talked to those grieving in person (you still can, of course!), but with the internet and social media more of us are sending condolence messages on Facebook.

Facebook has become such an important part of our lives that when major events happen it’s where we go to share them. So you may find the family announcing a death on Facebook and that is where you learn of it first.

Posting about someone’s passing on Facebook can reach friends and family instantly. It then gives those loved ones the chance to send their condolences and say how sorry for their loss they are.

If you want to offer your condolences to those grieving a loss and send a message of sympathy on Facebook then the examples below will help you to find the perfect words.

Facebook Condolence Messages

These are some standard condolence messages that can be used on Facebook in most situations and scenarios.

I’m so sorry for your loss

Please accept my heartfelt condolences

My sincerest sympathy

May they rest in peace

They shall never be forgotten and their legacy will live on

I will be praying for you to find strength in this awful time

There are special people in our lives who never leave us even after they have gone

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal

May your memories bring you peace and comfort

With a broken heart and sadness in my soul I say goodbye

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For a Comment on a Post

Commenting on posts is the most common way of sending your condolences after a death. These example messages should help you to find the right words.

I’m deeply sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you and your family

Sending you my biggest hugs and sympathy

If there is anything I can do don’t hesitate to ask. I’m really sorry

He/she was a wonderful person and will be sorely missed

I was absolutely devastated to learn of ______’s passing. May he/she rest in peace

I will never forget ______. They were a one in a million

Sending all my love to you and your family

I only have the best memories of ______. I’m so sad they are gone

My condolences for your loss

Gone but never forgotten. RIP

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For a Status

Status updates are a good way of letting many people know either of a death or your reaction to one. Use these examples to mourn a loss in your status.

I’m so sad to say goodbye to my amazing friend _______. I am wishing her family all my love and support. May she rest in peace

Sending my condolences and sympathy to the ______ family as they mourn a tragic loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

Today I lost my best friend in the world. I am beyond heartbroken and can’t believe ______ is really gone. She will never be forgotten

Sending love and wishes to the ______ family as they grieve the loss of their beloved son. May angels watch over him now

I want to pay tribute to ______ and the incredible life they lead. We have lost someone very special and the world is a little less bright without them

Announcing a Death

If you want to announce the death of someone on Facebook via a status update then these examples should give you some ideas of what to say.

I am filled with sadness as I must announce the passing of _______. After a long battle with cancer he finally passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family

We are happy to accept any messages you may have that honor the life of _______. Her life should be shared and the wonderful memories we all have of her will bring us such comfort

It is with a heavy heart I must announce that ______ passed away last night. I am heartbroken and don’t have much to say other than my world had collapsed

Thank you for your messages and support. It’s the love of friends and family that are going to get be through this. I will be with loved ones for the foreseeable future

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For a Private Message

You can be a little more personal in the privacy of a private message. Use this to express your condolences more deeply.

I just wanted to reach out and say how sorry I am for your loss. _____ was such a wonderful person and I feel lucky to have known him/her. You are in my prayers

Learning of ______’s passing was devastating and I’m so sorry. I’m here if there is anything you need. Please don’t think twice about asking. All my love

______ was such a bright spark and inspired everyone who knew him/her. To say they will be missed is an understatement. They leave behind a hole in so many lives. I’m very sorry for your loss

I know my words can’t ease your pain but I hope you know we are all thinking of you. Please accept my most heartfelt and deepest condolences

I can’t begin to understand just how hard this is for you. I hope you can find the comfort and strength in family and friends to get through this. Remember you aren’t alone

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. My condolences

Grief is the price we pay for love. And you are paying dearly now, I know. My sincerest sympathy

I feel honored to have got to know _____ and see how truly special they were. I know I speak for everyone when I say they will be missed terribly. Please know that you can reach out to me if there is anything you might need. Stay strong

Facebook Condolence Etiquette

If you aren’t sure of the correct etiquette for posting on Facebook after a loss then these tips should help you to avoid causing any upset or offence.

  • Don’t rush in. On first learning of a death it can be a shock. It’s best to let yourself absorb and come to terms with the news rather than instantly posting on Facebook. Giving yourself that time to think will result in better, more thoughtful words when you do decide to say something.
  • Avoid asking any uncomfortable questions or trying to get extra details. Facebook is not the place for this. It’s much better to just offer your condolences and leave it at that for the time being.
  • When you decide what to say you could also consider sending it as a private message. Doing so will allow you to be more personal, express yourself in a more open way and go into a bit more detail than you would want to in public. This is more appropriate for when you know the family or person grieving well and are close to them.
  • Whatever you choose to say when you’ve written it go back over it again and make sure it sounds right. Think whether it would be the sort of message you would like to receive if you the roles were reversed.
  • Check it for spelling mistakes too. Getting a name, date or detail wrong should be avoided but happens all too often on social media.
  • Lastly you should consider going a step further than just a message on Facebook. Try to see bereaved in person so you can offer your condolences to them face to face. Or alternatively send a sympathy card or gift.

Facebook and social media are still relatively new to us and so we haven’t fully got to grips with how, when and what we should use it for. But expressing your condolences on Facebook after a loss is definitely a good way to use it though and show those grieving how much you care.

Hopefully these example messages will have helped you with what to say after a death and the right words to use. But as long as you make the effort to reach out and show your support and love the bereaved will appreciate it no matter what.

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what to say instead of you're in my thoughts and prayers

When offering your condolences to those who have suffered a loss one of the most common phrases is ‘you’re in my thoughts and prayers’ (or some variation of that).

It’s a lovely sentiment that may well be true. And it demonstrates understanding of their pain and empathy to the situation.

But you might want to say something else. Something that has been used less, that means more to you or them, or expresses your feelings in a better way.

What you say or write to someone whilst they are grieving can be powerful and important. For them to know friends and family are there with support and love is essential for getting through painful times.

The person receiving your words will appreciate you taking the time and effort to find something more than just ‘you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers’, and may even take greater comfort from them.

So if you’re looking for an alternative to ‘you’re in my thoughts and prayers’ then keep reading as the examples below should help you to offer your condolences with more heartfelt words.

These examples should allow you to express you feelings to friends, family or colleagues who are coping with their grief, or even at a funeral. And in turn offer them even more comfort when they need it most.

What Can I Say Instead of You’re in my Thoughts and Prayers?

  • I am so deeply sorry for your loss
  • I will be thinking of you and sending my love
  • We will miss them more than words can say
  • They touched our lives and so many others
  • Please know I’m always here for you
  • You aren’t alone, we are here for you whatever you may need
  • No words could fully express my sorrow
  • There is nothing more I can say than how deeply sorry I am
  • I love you, please accept my condolences
  • Nothing I can say will ease your pain, but I am forever sorry for losing someone so special

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‘You’re in my Thoughts and Prayers’ Alternatives for a Friend

It can be difficult to find the right words for a friend who have lost someone close to them. Say more than “you’re in my thoughts and prayers” with these alternatives.

  • I will always be there for you, no matter what
  • My heart breaks for you. I am so terribly sorry
  • There is nothing I can do to make this better, but I’ll be by your side all the way
  • Be strong my friend, and know you have the support and love of so many around you
  • Lean on us for comfort in your time of need. We will be there

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Phrases Instead of ‘You’re in my Thoughts and Prayers’ for Family Members

When talking to members of your family who have lost someone you might struggle to express yourself properly. Hopefully these sayings will help you with what to say instead of “you’re in my thoughts and prayers”.

  • Family will surround you with love and support
  • May angels bring you peace
  • I was utterly devastated to learn of your loss
  • I know how much you’re hurting and I want to be there to help
  • You won’t be alone to get through this. We will be by your side

For Loss of Parents

The loss of a parent is so tragic. If you know of someone who has lost their mother or father then you can reach out with these alternative phrases for “you’re in my thoughts and prayers”.

  • I hope the love of family and friends will bring you comfort through such tough times
  • May the happy memories you have provide some comfort
  • As you grieve please remember how much you are loved
  • I will always make time for you if there is anything you need during this tragic time
  • I wish there was something I could do to help ease the pain

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For Loss of a Partner/Spouse

Comfort those who have lost their partner with these unique sympathy messages and sayings.

  • I love you and will be there to support you
  • Hold on to the memories of your loved one and they will never truly leave you
  • When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure
  • Losing a parent is heartbreaking and I am so very sorry
  • It is cruel to have someone so special taken from us. May they rest in peace

Ways to Say ‘You’re in my Thoughts and Prayers’ to a Coworker

Coworkers and colleagues become very close to us and so when they are dealing with a loss it’s a touching gesture to send a card or gift. These messages will give you something else to say that isn’t “you’re in my thoughts and prayers”.

  • Wishing you love and hope
  • Sending loving hope and thoughts to you and your family
  • Offering my sympathy for your loss
  • I hope you’re coping ok after such an awful loss
  • May your treasured memories be forever held in your heart

‘You’re in my Thoughts and Prayers’ Alternatives for an Acquaintance

Even if you didn’t know someone that well that has suffered a loss it’s still important to express your condolences. These alternative messages will help you when attending a funeral or just talking to an acquaintance who is mourning a death.

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss
  • My sincerest condolence for a tragic loss
  • Wishing you find peace and solace to help you get through
  • What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us
  • Wishing you loving memories to warm your heart, today and always


Saying “you’re in my thoughts and prayers” may be overused but that is mainly because it’s a loving way of expressing sympathy for someone’s loss. So try not to feel bad or awkward about using it if you want to.

But these alternatives show there are other things you can say. Remember that what you choose to say or write will ultimately be insignificant compared to being there for those grieving, attending the funeral and offering your support. That is what they will appreciate and remember most.

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alternatives to rest in peace

When you are offering your condolences for a loss one of the first things you might think to say or write is “rest in peace”. It’s probably the most common way of paying tribute to the deceased.

And it’s a perfectly good way to express your sadness after losing someone.

But you might want to say more.

It’s understandable to want something more personal and fitting for someone who you were close to. Words can mean a lot and so finding the most appropriate ones for those you treasured is important.

So if you want an alternative to rest in peace then the examples and ideas here should help you to show your sadness for a loss in a different way.

What does Rest in Peace Mean

Rest in peace is used when talking about the death of someone. It is expressed by those mourning and grieving a loss to wish that the soul of the deceased find peace after death.

It is most commonly said to the family or friends of the deceased or as a sentiment to express condolences at a funeral or in a card. The shortened version of ‘RIP’ is also often used on to things like headstones.

Is Saying Rest in Peace Rude?

Some feel that shortening rest in peace to RIP is rude. If you’re worried about offending anyone then don’t use the shortened version. Saying ‘rest in peace’ is definitely not rude though and is a thoughtful way to demonstrate your sadness for someone’s death.

What is Better to Say Than Rest in Peace

If you would like some quick alternative ways to say rest in peace then these wording examples will help. Whilst they aren’t worded for a specific person like a family member or friend they would work well in a sympathy card message or when offering condolences at a funeral.

  • Rest in paradise
  • Rest in power
  • They will be missed
  • Rest with God
  • Rest easy
  • Rest in eternity
  • May you rest in love and peace
  • Rest in grace and love
  • Rest in Christ’s love
  • Rest in eternal sleep
  • May your soul find peace

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The above words should be suitable for any time when you need to express your sorrow for a death. You can take these ideas and find your own way to say something other than rest in peace as well.

Try to make your words caring and understanding though. Rest in peace is such a well known phrase and reflects the sadness of a loss, so your alternative should do the same.

‘Rest in Peace’ Alternatives for a Friend

If a friend has lost someone special to them then finding something better to say then rest in peace is tough. Try these alternatives:

  • May they rest easy on the wings of angels
  • Find peace in eternal rest
  • Rest with the angels now
  • May you find peace in heaven
  • Rest in the love of Christ
  • I hope you find peace in eternal sleep
  • May you be at peace in the arms of God
  • Rest with God

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Phrases Instead of ‘Rest in Peace’ for Family Members

When a family member loses someone it can be very hard to talk to them. As it’s a family loss you may also be grieving and so finding the best words to express your sadness is extremely difficult.

These “rest in peace” alternatives should give you some ideas of what else you can say to family members.

  • May he/she rest with angels
  • May the heavenly host guide you in peace
  • Find peace in eternal rest
  • Forever rest my love
  • Rest in the arms of angels
  • Rest in heavens glory
  • Be with God and His glory
  • Always loved and never forgotten

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Ways to Say ‘I’m Sorry for Your Loss’ to a Coworker

Our coworkers often become important parts of our lives and people we get very close to. So having some touching words to say to them after they’ve experienced a loss is a good idea.

These sayings are ideal for something other to say than “rest in peace”, and work well for colleagues who have lost someone or someone who has lost a boss or coworker.

  • May he/she always be remembered
  • Rest in the light
  • We will feel your presence even though you are gone
  • God’s blessings and peace
  • Rest in heaven on the wings of angels
  • Enjoy a sweet slumber

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‘Rest in Peace’ Alternatives for an Acquaintance

A lot of the people you have to offer your sympathy to after a loss won’t be close to you like friends or family. Most will be acquaintances or those you don’t know that well. But that doesn’t stop us from saying something to acknowledge their loss.

So if you are going to be at a funeral or seeing people you don’t know that well then these alternative words for rest in peace can be used to express your condolences.

  • My condolences. May they rest in heaven
  • May their soul find rest
  • It’s so hard to let go
  • May tender moments soften your grief
  • Rest in the next world
  • Rest in bliss

What is a Non Religious Alternative to RIP

Many rest in peace messages have a religious tone to them. If you’d prefer a non religious way to say rest in peace these examples should help.

  • In my heart forever
  • Letting go is so hard. Goodbye
  • There are no goodbyes. Wherever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart
  • Gone but never forgotten
  • Always remembered and always missed

Rest in Paradise Messages

  • Rest in the bliss of paradise
  • May you find peace in the beauty of paradise
  • Be with God in paradise
  • Your soul will rest in paradise
  • Rest in the glory of paradise
  • Rest in Paradise with eternal love
  • May your soul rest in the beauty of paradise
  • Find peace in eternal paradise


“Rest in peace” may seem like it is overused but that is because it’s probably the best and most well known way to express sadness about someone’s death. Sometimes the most popular is so for a reason.

Choosing something else to say though is entirely understandable. The main thing should always be to show your sorrow for a loss and offer your condolences.

Those grieving their loved one will not mind if you say “rest in peace” or something else, they will just appreciate the effort and kindness of your gesture.

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pet death announcement examples and templates

Losing a pet is just as heartbreaking as losing a loved one. Pets are just as important as other members of the family and so when they pass away it’s accepted that we grieve for them just as strongly.

When a friend or family member dies there is often a death announcement to let people know they have passed away. This lets them send condolences or flowers, know when the funeral is or just offer their support.

You may decide that you want to announce the death of your pet in the same way. This allows you to celebrate your pet and all they brought to your life, as well as letting friends and family know they have passed away.

If you aren’t sure how to write a pet death announcement, what to include and where it should be published then this article should help. We’ll go through every step of the process so you know exactly what to do and how to do it.

What is a Pet Death Announcement

A pet death announcement is declaration of the passing of your beloved pet. It states the basic details of your pet and how they died, including their name, date of birth and death, and any memorial service you may be holding.

Also called ‘death notices’, they serve as a way of communicating the death of a pet and formally letting people know about it.

Whilst death announcements for people have traditionally been published in newspapers, this isn’t available for pets. So the most common places for announcing a pets death is on social media, through an email or a regular letter.

Social media like Facebook or Instagram allow for others to comment on the death of your pet and have the opportunity to be shared amongst many people. Sharing a loss of someone so special can help with the grief and seeing the thoughtful comments ease a little of the pain.

How do you Announce a Pet’s Death?

Death announcements are usually simple and brief. You include only the most basic details and information that is necessary.

However, part of the reason for keeping them short was because of the cost of publishing in a newspaper. As they often charge on the basis of a word count then it could easily become very expensive quickly.

But seeing as a pet death notices don’t go in newspapers, and instead are put online or in emails then there is no charge. Which means you’re free to write as much as you like.

There are a few details you will definitely want to include at a minimum. Follow these steps for a barebones outline of a pet death announcement:

  1. Start by writing your deceased pets name. You will probably want to talk about the sadness of their death and the pain in having to announce it – “I am devastated to announce the passing of my beloved dog and best friend, Poppy.”
  2. Next mention their age and the date of the death – “She died peacefully on Thursday, 25th September at 4pm after a long battle with cancer.”
  3. If you are holding a memorial of any sort then give the details of when and where – “There will be a memorial in her honor on November 3rd, 2pm at Forest Park to celebrate Poppy’s life.”
  4. Lastly, but optional, you might want to include details about making or sending donations. Maybe a local animal shelter or charity you are particularly fond of – “Please make any donations in Poppy’s name to [charity of your choice]”

You will almost certainly want to include a photo to go with your death announcement. That might be easier said than done though as we often have so many cherished photos of our pet.

Maybe choose the one that brings back the happiest memories or you’ve always loved the most. It will be tough to look back through those treasured moments, so if you’re struggling with it just pick a recent and clear picture ti save yourself the pain.

How to Announce the Death of a Pet on Social Media

Social media is the most common place to publish a pet death announcement. The majority nowadays have a Facebook account and Instagram or Twitter are popular li at too.

However you can choose to send an email or letter if you’d like your announcement to be more private. A good compromise is using the tools your social media account has to make your death announcement only viewable by specific people you choose.

A few things you should consider though before posting:

  • Only post on a social media account that is for friends and family. A work or employee account is not appropriate for such a personal statement
  • Don’t post the same announcement on all your social media accounts. So if you post it on Facebook, don’t do the same on Instagram. You will have similar followers and they may get overwhelmed with seeing your death notice everywhere
  • As social media has direct messages you might prefer to send your death announcement to certain people rather than putting it publicly on your feed
  • If your pet was part of your family, rather than just yours, then you might want to discuss with them before posting as they may want to have some input to what is said
  • Look into the sharing options your social media account has. Having the choice of who to share your announcement with and filtering out some people is a great option
  • Give yourself a few days before posting. The usual timeframe is to wait a couple of days and give yourself the chance to come to terms with what has happened. Rushing straight onto social media probably isn’t the best idea
  • Don’t forget to proofread what you’re going to post before doing so. Avoid any mistakes or wrong details

Death Announcement for a Pet Templates

If you would like a simple template for some inspiration about what to write then this is a good starting point:

Its with a heavy heart I have to let you all know that our beloved Poppy passed away on Monday, February 6th. She was 14 years old and had battled cancer so bravely. We will be holding a memorial on 3pm, February 15th at Westfield Park. Please RSVP to _____.

For a version that you can quickly insert your details into:

We are sad to inform you that [name] passed away peacefully on [date], [year]. [He/She] was a loved member of our family and will be dearly missed. We are holding a memorial in [His/Her] honor on [time] [date] at [location]. Please send donations to the [charity] in [names] honor.

Death Announcement for a Dog Examples

Our sweet Bailey passed away on Saturday after a short illness. She was more just a pet but a beloved member of our family.
We will be holding a memorial service to honor her life. Please join us at 2pm in Marine Gardens on August 19th where we will celebrate Baileys life.


It is with sadness we must announce the death of our precious Charlie who passed away peacefully on Wednesday. We will miss him more than words can say.
A memorial will be held on Thursday 24th March, 11am at our house.


My darling Coco passed away last night and I am heartbroken. She made it to 15 years old and was my best friend. With a heavy heart, ________.


For Social Media

Some angels choose fur instead of wings. Goodbye my angel.

Bella: April 10th, 2008 – September 6, 2021


I loved you your whole life, I’ll miss you the rest of mine. Farewell my friend and companion.

Lola: January 21st, 2011 – October 12th, 2021


For an Email

Dear friends and family, 

Yesterday we sadly had to say goodbye to Daisy. You probably already knew that recently her health had declined and last night she passed away peacefully in her sleep. She will be so missed by all of us.
With a heavy heart,

The _______ family


To my loved ones,

It’s so hard to have to type this but you on Saturday Duke passed away. It was very sudden and I am absolutely heartbroken. He was the best boy in the world and I will always love him.
I’m going to have a memorial at some point but I will be contact with the stains when it’s arranged.



Announcing the Death of a Cat Examples

With deep sadness with have to announce the death of Rocky. He passed away peacefully on 17th May, 2021. There will be a memorial on Wednesday, May 25th at Varenly Park at 11:00am.


Our wonderful Sadie passed away on Wednesday surround by her family after a long and brave fight with cancer. She was beyond special to us and we are broken hearted she is gone. Please come celebrate her life with us on Sunday at 3pm.


For Social Media

Some angels don’t have wings, sometimes they have whiskers. Goodbye my gentle friend.

Riley: October 2nd, 2006 – July 14th, 2021


Maggie, my beloved cat, passed away on Thursday. I am going to be lost without her. May she rest in peace.

Riley: December 6th, 2005 – June 23d, 2021


For an Email

Dear family and friends, 

We are heartbroken to be sending this but on Saturday Jack lost his battle with cancer. He was courageous to the end and we will miss him with all our hearts. We would love to hear any of memories you have of him.

The _______ family


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death announcement how to write one

When someone passes away it’s easy to forget that you need to inform others of their death. A death announcement is necessary to let family, friends and casual acquaintances know that a loved one has sadly passed away so they can attend the funeral, send condolences, make a donation or just offer their support.

But most people won’t know the correct etiquette for announcing a death, how to go about writing one, when the right time is and where is appropriate for it to be displayed.

You may be struggling with deciding what to include and how to word your announcement. Maybe you’re unsure of whether it’s right to put it on Facebook or a newspaper.

This guide will be perfect for you then.

We will look at all the necessary information that is required as well as how to write a death announcement, example templates for every scenario and more.

Table of Contents
What is a Death Announcement
What is the Difference Between a Death Announcement and an Obituary
How to Write a Death Announcement
How to Announce a Death on Social Media
Death Announcement Templates
Death Announcement Examples
Death Announcement Email Examples
The Death Announcement Process

What is a Death Announcement

A death announcement is a statement that lets people know of the death of someone. It outlines the main details of the deceased and how they died, including their name, date of birth, the date they passed away, the location and any funeral arrangements or memorial service.

The point of a death announcement is to formally confirm someone’s death and let people know about it. They are sometimes called ‘Death Notices’ as well.

Death announcements have traditionally been placed in Newspapers so that they reached the largest number of people. That would also mean that they cost, usually being charged per word.

As times have changed it’s now common to see a version of a death announcement on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and other social media. This lets the family of the deceased reach all their friends and family much more quickly than through the more conventional method of the newspaper. It’s also more likely to get shared and be seen by a larger number of people as most of us have social media accounts.

What is the Difference Between a Death Announcement and an Obituary?

The difference between an obituary and a death announcement is that the obituary is written by a staff member or writer from the newspaper itself and goes over the details of their live like a biography. A death announcement is usually paid for by the deceaseds family and briefly outlines the details of their passing – name, date of birth, funeral or memorial service etc.

You can pay to have an obituary featured in a newspaper that was written by yourself. But again, the emphasis is on the life of the deceased and goes into much greater detail than a death announcement.

How to Write a Death Announcement

The good thing about death announcements is that they are usually very short. If you’re struggling after losing someone so dear to you then having to write paragraphs about them is going to be extremely hard.

So thankfully most death announcements are brief. You only need to mention the most important details and it should only come to a few sentences in total. Keeping it simple and to the point is the aim.

You may also find that if you’re death notice is for a newspaper then there is a maximum word count or limit. So again, shorter will be better.

To write your death announcement follow these steps:

  • Begin with the full name of the deceased and maybe a small extra bit of information about them. “The Jones family announces the passing of their father, David”
  • Follow with the date of their death and the age that they were when they passed away. “who died peacefully on March 24th, 2021”
  • You may want to include the location of their death too but it isn’t necessary.
  • Make it clear if there will be a funeral or memorial service along with the date of it and location. “There will be a service held on April 20th, 2021 at 1:30pm at St Bart’s Church, New York”
  • Finally, and also optional, give some details about where to send donations. “Please make any donations in Davids name to [charity of your choice]”

You may want to talk or collaborate with others when writing your announcement. Not only can it be hard to write about a lost loved one but other family members and friends may have insights you might not or miss.

So work together and reach out to family members about what they think should be included.

How to Announce a Death on Social Media

You may be a bit hesitant about sharing a death announcement on social media but you shouldn’t. Many people now choose to use places like Facebook to share major news and because virtually everyone has an account it means you can reach more people than ever before.

You should probably talk to the other family or friends of the deceased before doing so though. They may feel uncomfortable about it or would like to have some input into what is said.

What do you Say on Social Media When Someone Dies?

If you decide to go ahead and share someone’s death on social media then there are a few things to consider when choosing what to say:

  • Be Brief – as with a regular death announcement its best to keep it simple. That means either including the usual basic details – name, date of the death, funeral or memorial service etc. Or you might prefer a more emotional post that expresses your feelings and perhaps includes memories and photos of the deceased.
  • Timing – don’t rush straight into putting something on Facebook or Instagram. Wait a few days at least before announcing a death. Friends and family may find it hard to see a lost loved ones death being put on social media so soon after the passing.
  • Use Sharing Options – Facebook has a setting that allows specific posts to only be seen by certain people. You may not want to share the news of a loved ones death with literally everyone you know. If so then use these options to filter who is or isn’t able to see your announcement.
  • Think Twice – reread what you’ve written before posting it and think about whether it’s appropriate or fitting. Would your loved one have approved of it? How would you feel if you read it? Make sure it’s exactly right and you feel good about it before posting.

Death Announcement Templates

A standard or traditional death announcement contains the following information:

  • The deceaseds name
  • The date of their death
  • The deceaseds date of birth or age when they died (optional>
  • Location of death (optional>
  • Funeral/memorial date, time and location
  • Where to send donations (optional>

A very simple, written template:

The Smith family announce the passing of their mother, Sarah, who died peacefully on April 14th, 2021 at home. She was born on October 6th 1948 in her home town of Camden, Maine. There will be a funeral held on May 3rd, 2021 a 2:30pm at St. Barnards Church. It will be followed by a reception. Please send donations to the American Heart Association in Sarah’s honor.

If you aren’t sure how or where to put the necessary details then this basic outline should help:

The [surname] family announce the passing of [full name] who died peacefully on [date] [year] at [location]. [He/She] was born on [date] in [city/state]. There will be a [funeral/memorial] held on [date] [time] at [location]. It will be followed by a [reception/burial]. Please send donations to the [charity] in [names] honor.

Death Announcement Examples

These are some different variations of example death announcements that you can use as ideas or inspiration when writing your own.

We are sad to announce the death of Ian Gibson who passed away on Thursday, 12th February 2021. He was born on November 22nd, 1952 in New York. A memorial will be held on Wednesday 26th February, 11am at Hope Hill Church.


Carla Knowles passed away on Wednesday, December 4th, 2022. She was born May 19th, 1936. There will be no services at this time.


The Baker family announced with great sorrow the passing of their beloved aunt Cynthia Smith. She was born June 29th, 1948. Her funeral will be held at Trinity Church on July 13th at 3:00pm, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Doctors Without Borders in Cynthia’s name.


Anthony Jones sadly passed away on Friday 6th August, 2022. He was born on 17th January 1959. There will be a private memorial followed by a private funeral.


Jane Reeves passed away on September 10, 2022, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle against cancer. A public memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 22nd, at the First Baptist Church, followed by a reception.


We must sadly announce the death of Gareth Johnson. He passed away peacefully on 26th March, 2021. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, April 2nd at the Liberty Church at 11:00am – 12:00pm. The funeral service will follow immediately afterwards.


Death Announcement Email Examples

Sending an email is also an acceptable way to announce a death. It lets you reach family and friends quickly, much like social media, but is far less public.

If you aren’t sure how to write or what to say in a death announcement email these examples should help.

Subject: [name], [age], has passed away

Message: On [date], we are sad to announce that [name] passed away, [age]. We are holding the funeral service at [location] on [date] [time]. It will be followed by a [reception/burial]. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to [charity] in [names] honor.


Subject: The Smith’s announce the passing of Mary Smith

Message: It is with sadness we announce that Mary passed away peacefully on April 17th surrounded by loved ones. We plan to honor her incredible life by inviting friends and family to our home for a celebration of life. The date is still to be confirmed but please keep an eye out for another email from us.


Subject: Our Beloved Daniel has Passed Away

Message: It is with sorrow we must let everyone know that Daniel has passed, on 12th May, 2022. He will be forever missed. He had requested that his ashes be scattered over his favorite spot, by the harbor, and so we will be holding an ash scattering ceremony on May 29th. You’re all invited and we look forward to seeing you there as we say goodbye one last time.


Subject: We regret to inform you that Wendy Dale has passed away

Message: To everyone who knew Wendy we must regretfully announce her passing. We would be honored if you would join us at the funeral on Saturday, 14th November at 2pm at St Andrews Church.


The Death Announcement Process

In the past a death announcement or notice has been handled by the funeral director. They will discuss with you what you want it to say and where it will be placed.

It is the funeral director who will actually have the death notice placed in the newspaper you choose. But if you’re not working with a funeral home then you may have to submit the death announcement yourself.

Where to Publish

You can place a death notice in national and local newspapers as well as other specific organizations that cater to the announcement of deaths (religious publications, for example)

Having a death announcement published in the local or hometown paper of the deceased is always popular as it lets the whole community know in one go. If they live in a different town or city to the one they grew up in then you bag also want to have the announcement published in that local newspaper too.

You can also use online obituary websites and create your own memorial site for your deceased loved one where the death announcement could be published.


Most newspapers will be happy to include a photo of the deceased along with the announcement. This usually costs extra though.

You will probably need a digital photo of the deceased, rather than a traditional/analogue photo from a film. Technology dictates that these things are done solely through computers these days so the photo needs to be digital too.


There is almost always a fee for publishing a death announcement. How much will depend on the newspaper or papers you want to use.

If you’re going through a funeral home then they will give you the final price. You can of course go direct to the newspapers and arrange it yourself.

There will be a pricing structure – some may charge per word, others per line or even the number of inches it takes up. Also the number of days you want the announcement to appear for will increase the cost. Some days are more expensive than others too.

All of this can add up quickly and become much more expensive than you may first have thought. It’s best to ask the newspaper their pricing structure or policy first. That way you can adjust or rewrite your announcement so that it doesn’t become very costly.


If you make a mistake and submit your death notice with the mistake included then the newspaper will charge a fee to have it altered or rerun. So proof reading it thoroughly is essential.

Go over it multiple times. Ask a family member to do the same. You can’t expect the funeral director or writer as the newspaper to do the job for you. If there’s an error, especially if it pertains to the deceased, they won’t know and so couldn’t correct it even if they wanted to.


For some more help and ideas try these resources:


The main thing to remember is that a death announcement needn’t be anything major or detailed. It isn’t an obituary, just a notification of a death.

So keep it simple and short. Don’t feel the need to include any additional details and don’t overpay.

death announcement how to write one

funeral flower messages for grandmother

Our grandmother’s are such wonderful and important parts of our lives. We develop really deep connections with them that are unlike other relationships. So when your grandmother passes away and you have to attend her funeral you will want to remember and pay your respects to her.

That might mean giving a moving eulogy or memorial speech. But one of the most common things we do to commemorate someone at a funeral is send flowers.

Sending beautiful funeral flowers with a touching message to pay respects to your grandmother is lovely way of celebrating her life and remembering all she meant to you.

But knowing what to say in a funeral flower message for your grandmother isn’t easy. Finding the perfect words to really express how much she touched your life is hard.

If you need some help with your note or message then these funeral flower messages for grandmothers should give you some ideas and inspiration for what to say.

Funeral Flower Messages for Grandmother

Saying goodbye is so hard. I love you grandma, rest in peace

I feel blessed to have had you in my life. May you rest in peace

You were always the one I could turn to and who was there for me. I’m going to miss you so much

You inspired me like no one else. I can’t imagine life without you. Farewell gran

Thank you for everything gran. You were the kindest person in the world. I will miss you, always

It was your guidance and love that helped me become the person I am. I love you grandma

You will be in my heart forever. Goodbye my sweet gran

Thank you for just being such an important part of my life. I can’t say how much I’m going to miss you

goodbye grandmother funeral message

Love you beyond words, gran. My heart is broken now you’re gone

It didn’t matter what I needed, it was you I could turn to. I will love you forever

I will never forget your warmth and generosity. Goodbye my nana

I can’t quite believe you’re no longer with us. Goodbye my sweet grandma

For more ideas see our guide Funeral Flower Messages: What to Say

What do you Write on Funeral Flowers for your Grandma?

Keep your flower message for your grandmother short. It needn’t be more than a short few words or sentences that express how much you will miss her.

A note with flowers tends to be fairly small so is designed for no more than a short message. Just say what’s in your heart and be honest about how you feel.

  • As above, keep it short and sweet
  • If you choose to write a longer message then you could think about sharing some special memories you have of your grandmother
  • If your grandmother was religious then you can make your message fit with her beliefs and reflect her faith
  • If she wasn’t religious though then it’s best to avoid anything like that and just stay with a regular message

The below examples will help you if you are unsure of what to say. They can be used both in notes with flowers or on funeral wreaths.

miss you grandma funeral message

Funeral Wreath Messages for Grandmother

Thank you for being there for me. Through good and bad I could depend on. Miss you always

I hope you’re happy in heaven. May your soul rest in peace

May the Lord grant you peace and bless your soul for eternity

There will never be anyone as special as you. Goodbye and rest in peace

You will be remembered as the incredible woman you were. You were truly a blessing

Forever loved and sadly missed. Goodbye

In loving memory of a wonderful grandmother and shining light for us all

Always remembered but never forgotten. RIP

Forever in my heart. May your soul rest in peace

In sadness we say goodbye to our grandmother

rest in peace grandmother funeral message

Funeral Messages for Grandmother

Goodbye grandma. Nothing can prepare you for losing someone so special. I’m going to keep all the wonderful memories of you in my heart, forever

You were the most amazing grandmother, my heart is broken that you’re gone

I will miss you gran. I don’t think I will ever get over you leaving us. Farewell and rest in peace

Dear gran, you may be gone but the treasured memories I have of you will always live on

Nothing hurts as much as having to say goodbye to you, gran. I love and miss you

There won’t be a day that passes that I don’t think about you. Goodbye gran, may your rest in peace

Losing someone like you has left a void in my life and I feel lost without you. I hope you’re in heaven looking down on me

It was you who always made me feel safe and like everything would be alright. I’m not sure how I’m going to cope without you. Goodbye gran

Your legacy is one of love and kindness. We are devastated that you’re gone. We will miss you so much

I will see you again, gran. One day we will be reunited. Until then it’s not goodbye

What do you Write on Funeral Flowers for a Great Grandmother?

Goodbye my great grandmother. You were an inspiration and I learnt so much from you. Rest in peace

Your spirit was so strong and vibrant. I will miss all your wisdom, goodbye great gran

You will be remembered as such a fantastic woman who achieved so much. May you rest in peace

Goodbye great gran, you were so special to me. I am grateful to have had you in my life

We remember and commemorate a truly inspiring life. Farewell my amazing great grandma

May these flowers be a small expression of how much you meant to me. Goodbye and rest in peace

The funeral of a grandmother can be incredibly tough for family and friends. Sending flowers is a sweet gesture and a beautiful bouquet can be very moving.

Hopefully these funeral flower messages for grandmothers will have helped you to find the right words for your note.

funeral flower messages for grandmother