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sympathy messages for acquaintances

When an acquaintance or someone we don’t know well suffers a loss it can be hard to know what to say to them. When reaching out to friends and family it’s a little more straightforward as your relationship is stronger.

But with someone you don’t know well, or an acquaintance, your relationship will be very limited. And so knowing how to express your condolences in an appropriate way when you aren’t close and don’t really know them becomes tricky.

Should you say anything? Do you send a card or flowers/gift? What sort of words are suitable?

It’s understandable to find yourself a bit lost and unsure.

So if you’re struggling then try these example condolences messages for an acquaintance or stranger.

Should I Send Condolences to an Acquaintance?

Yes. When it’s a close friend or relative then it’s a good idea to try and send your condolences or reach out as quickly as possible. With an acquaintance or someone you don’t know well there is less of a rush and it’s perfectly acceptable to send your condolences a little later or even after the funeral.

What do you Write in a Sympathy Card for an Acquaintance?

Your condolences to an acquaintance should be similar to those you would say or write to someone close to you. However, you should avoid going over the top or being too sentimental as you don’t know them as well. Stick to words and a message that isn’t too personal.

However, if the deceased was someone you were close to but never met their family, for example, then you may want to consider including a story or anecdote of the deceased on top of your sympathy message.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss
  • I was deeply sorry to learn of your loss
  • My condolences and sympathy during this difficult time
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers
  • Sending my sincere condolences
  • Wishing you strength and support for the coming days
  • My most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss
  • May you find comfort from the love of your family and friends

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To a Family you Never Met

  • I was lucky enough to know your dad for many years and although we never met I wanted to reach out to say how sorry I am for your loss. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed
  • Your mom and I were colleagues and became a really good friend to me. We would always chat on our coffee breaks and moan about our boss! I’m really going to miss her
  • Having your husband and father as an employee was a gift. His hard work and dedication were second to none and he always looked after anyone struggling or that needed help. Everyone at the office was so deeply shocked when he passed away and we are all sending our condolences
  • I know we don’t know each other very well but your daughter was an incredibly gifted student who was a pleasure to teach. I know she will be dearly missed

What do you Write in a Sympathy Card for a Stranger?

When it’s a stranger you haven’t met or don’t know at all then what you write in a card or say to them should be straightforward. As you don’t know them at all stick to non-personal, common sentiments to express your sadness for their loss.

  • We are sorry for your loss
  • With sympathy and my best wishes
  • In memory of [name]
  • I will be thinking of and praying for you
  • Hoping you can find comfort amongst the pain
  • Sending our sympathy for your loss
  • May [name] rest in peace
  • My thoughts are with you. May you find some peace

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Condolence Messages for Acquaintances


My heart is breaking for you. What a terrible loss. Please accept my condolences


I can’t begin to understand how awful this is for you but I wish to send my sympathy and love


My deepest condolences for your loss of and I hope you can find some peace


I know we don’t know each other well but I wanted to send a brief note to say I how sorry I was to learn of your loss


We may not be well acquainted but I know how heartbreaking losing someone special is. You will be in my thoughts and I will be wishing you the best during this dark time


Even though we aren’t very close I can be there to help if there is anything you need. My condolences


Sending my sincerest sympathy for your loss. May [name of the deceased] rest in peace


We may not have ever gotten to know each other but your father/mother was a wonderful person who meant the world to me. I am so very sorry to hear of their passing


The memory of [name of deceased] shall never be forgotten. They were a truly special person who will be missed dearly by so many


My most heartfelt condolences for your loss. It is always so cruel to have someone taken from us too soon


To lose someone so special to you is tragic and though we may not be close friends I understand how tough this must be for you. I hope you find comfort and strength in your friends and family


With all my sympathy I wish you to get through such a painful loss


As a family we wanted to express our condolences and our sympathy for your loss. We may not be close but we know how awful it is losing a family member


Whilst we haven’t gotten to know one another very well yet I wanted to offer a friendly ear if you ever needed to talk. I know how difficult the grief can be after losing someone and talking can help


Hold on to the memories of those no longer with you. Keep them in your heart and that person will never truly be gone


My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you support each other through what must be a tremendously difficult time

Knowing what to say to a stranger or acquaintance when they’ve experienced a bereavement is very tricky. So if you’ve felt unsure over how to approach it don’t feel bad.

But hopefully the example sympathy messages and ideas of what to say provided here will have helped you find the right words. Remember that reaching out to say something is always going to be appreciated even if your words aren’t perfect.

Keep that in mind and whatever you choose to write or say will be just fine.

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When you lose a father it is a pain like almost nothing else. Something that can compare though is the loss of a stepfather.

A stepfather may not be a direct relation but that doesn’t stop the real bonds that form with them.

So when one passes away it is understandably a period of grief and pain for the family and friends affected.

If you know of someone who has lost their stepfather then you are going to want to send or offer your condolences.

But knowing what to write or to say in a sympathy message is hard. You want to offer your condolences for losing someone so special to them whilst remaining respectful. Your words should be genuine and heartfelt.

So if you’re having trouble with finding the right thing to say then try these condolence messages for a stepfathers death.

Short Sympathy Messages for Loss of Stepfather

    My condolences for your loss

    I am dreadfully sorry to learn of your step fathers passing

    I will be thinking of and wishing you peace during this tragic time

    My sympathy for the loss of your stepfather

    If there is anything you need then I am here for you

    Sending my sincere sympathy for your terrible loss

    We will always remember your stepfather

    It was so awful to hear of your stepfathers passing. You will be in our prayers and our thoughts

    My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything I can do

    Whether you need someone to listen or talk to I can be there

    I’m really sorry for your loss. Your stepfather was a wonderful person

    The memory of your stepfather will always be in your heart. May he rest in peace

    My thoughts are with you and hope you are coping. I’m so sorry

    I just wanted to send a note to say I hope you’re doing ok and that I’m thinking of you

    We wanted to express our condolences for your loss. We are all here for you

    My deepest condolences for the loss of your stepfather

    I will never be able to understand what you’re going through but I can be there with love and support when you need it most

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Words of Sympathy for Loss of Stepfather

    I was terribly sorry to hear of your stepfathers passing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks

    My sympathy for the loss of your stepfather. Sending warm and loving condolences to you and your family

    I wanted to send this note after learning of your loss to let you know just how sorry I am. I hope you’re getting by and have the support you need

    I am deeply sorry to hear of your stepfathers passing. I could see how close you were and had built such a strong relationship. You have my sympathy and condolences for your loss

    We were so shocked and saddened to learn of your loss. It’s so awful and your stepfather will be missed greatly. We hope you are coping and finding support amongst family and friends

    Losing someone so important is such a shock and if there is anything that you need, be it help with the funeral or just someone to talk to then please don’t think twice about getting in touch. All my love

    My deepest condolences for your loss. To lose such a loved member of the family is heartbreaking. May your stepfather rest in peace

    I hope during such a tough time your friends and family are by your side to help you through the worst of it. My warmest condolences

    My Sympathy for your heart wrenching loss. You are in my thoughts and I will pray for you to find some peace

    May the good times you and your stepfather had provide some peace and comfort as you mourn their passing. My condolences

    Always remember the wonderful memories you made with your stepdad. May they sustain you through the hardest moments. My sympathy and love after your loss

    Try to stay as strong as you can and hold on to the good memories you have. If you need me then I can be there for you

    My sincerest condolences for such a painful loss. I am praying you are getting by and want to make it clear that I’m only a phone call away if you needed me

    I was lucky to know your stepfather and what a great guy he was. He will be missed greatly. Sending my sympathy and thoughts

condolence message for loss of stepfather

    My heart aches for you after losing someone so important from your life. I don’t know how much it will help but I know your friends and family will be there to rally round you and help you get through the grief

    Your stepdad was a really brilliant man and he leaves behind such a wonderful legacy. My condolences

    I understand my words will offer very little to help your grief but I am here and thinking of you as you mourn your stepfathers death

    My prayers will be for you and the hope you will find some peace. Please accept my condolences for a truly sad loss

    I am thinking of you and your family as you go through the pain of losing your stepfather. I hope you are finding the strength to get by

    If you need a friend to talk to or shoulder to cry on then please turn to me. I can always be there for you, don’t hesitate to reach out

    May your stepdads memory and legacy last forever. His warmth and kindness will never be forgotten

    May the memories you and your stepfather made sustain you through the pain of his loss, and his spirit never leave you. My condolences and love

    I know your stepdad will be looking down from heaven and watching over you. He will always be with you. All my love

    When we lose someone truly special from our lives it is utterly heartbreaking. But you must turn to friends and family to help you through these incredibly hard times. Please remember we are all here for you

    May your stepfathers memory continue to bring you some relief even after he has gone. He was so proud of you

    I don’t think I can hope to understand how hard this must be but I will do all I can to be there and support you however you need me to. You gave my deepest and most sincere condolences for the loss of your stepfather

Hopefully these messages of sympathy for the loss of a stepfather will have given you some ideas of what to say to someone who has experienced a bereavement.

It can be tough to find the right words to express your sympathy. But if you make sure you believe what you say and are honest, talking from your heart, then those mourning their passed loved one will appreciate you kindness and knowing they are not alone.

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Stepfather

sympathy messages for loss of stepmother

Losing a mother is unbelievably painful. And losing your stepmother is no different.

Whilst she may not have been your birth mother she becomes just like one. You form a bond and relationship that is like no other.

So when a stepmother passes away it is an incredibly sad and difficult time. For the whole family.

If you know someone that has sadly lost their stepmother then you will probably want to offer your sympathy and condolences.

But knowing what to say or write isn’t easy. Coming up with the right words is hard, especially when you want to make sure you express your sadness for their terrible loss.

So if you’re struggling with knowing what to say then try these example condolences messages for the death of a stepmother.

Short Sympathy Messages for Loss of Stepmother

My deepest condolences for your terrible loss

I am deeply sorry to hear of your stepmother’s passing

You are in my thoughts during a time of such a tragic loss

My most sincere sympathy for your stepmother’s passing

If you need me then I am here for you. My condolences

Sending my condolences and sympathy for your loss

Your stepmother will be remembered so warmly

It was shocking to hear of your stepmother’s death. You are in our thoughts and prayers

My heartfelt condolences for your loss. If you need anyone to talk to I am always here

If you need a shoulder to cry on or friendly ear I’m just a phone call away

I’m very sorry for your loss. Your stepmother was a truly wonderful person

Your stepmother’s memory shall always be with you, and the amazing memories you made

I can’t begin to understand how hard this must be but I am so sorry

This is just a note to say how sad I was to hear the news and that I’m thinking of you and your family

We wanted to reach out and express our condolences. We are thinking of you

My condolences for the loss of your beloved stepmom

I don’t know how difficult this must be for you but I wanted to offer my love and sympathy during such a hard time

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Words of Sympathy for Loss of Step Mother

I was terribly sorry to learn of your stepmother’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during such a difficult moment and want you to know I am always there for you

My deepest condolences for the loss of your stepmom. I am sending warm and loving thoughts your way and hoping you can find some peace in the coming days

After hearing the news I wanted to reach out to you and send my condolences and my love. I really hope you’re feeling ok and coping

I am so sorry. I know you were so close to your stepmom. My condolences for your loss

We we’re deeply saddened when we learnt of your loss. It is such a tragedy to lose someone so special and we wanted to send our condolences and let you know you are in our thoughts

Please don’t think twice about getting in touch if there is anything you need. After losing someone so special I will make sure I’m there for you

To lose any member of the family is so awful. You have my most heartfelt condolences and I’m sending you my love and prayers

I hope the love and support of family and friends can help you find the strength to get through what must be such a devastating time. My condolences

My sympathy for your terrible loss. I won’t ever be able to understand how hard this is for you but I will be thinking of and praying for you

May the treasure memories of your stepmom offer you some peace and comfort during this awful moment. All my love and sympathy

Always remembered those amazing times you had with your stepmom abs what an incredible person she was. My condolences

Try to stay strong and think of only the good times. If you need me know that I will always be there

Sending my deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. I hope you are getting by and wanted to reach out to say that I am here if I’m ever needed

condolence message for loss of stepmother

Your stepmother was a truly special person and her loss will be felt by so many. We were lucky to know her and she leaves behind a hole that cannot be filled. My love and thoughts

Amongst the worst times your family and friends will rally around you for supper. My heart gives out to you and wishes you some peace after such pain

Your stepmom was such a brilliant person and their loss has shaken us all. Please accept our condolences

I understand there is little I can do to help the pain and that my words may mean nothing but I want to let you know just how sorry I am and that I’m thinking of you

I am praying you can find some peace and comfort after losing your stepmother. You have my most sincere sympathy

I am thinking of you and your family as you try to come to terms with losing someone so important. I am so deeply sorry

If you need a friend to listen or a shoulder to cry on then I will be there. You don’t have to face this alone and have all the love of your friends

May the spirit of your stepmother always be with you. Her warmth and kindness will forever be a reminder of what a wonderful person she was. My condolences

I really hope that the cherished memories you have of your stepmom will provide some comfort in the face of such pain. May her love and spirit sustain you as you mourn her passing

Your stepmother will be watching over and smiling down on you from heaven. If there is anything I can do please just ask

After losing someone so wonderful it is friends and family who will be there to help you through the grief. I will do all I anti be there for and comfort you. My sympathy for this devastating loss

May those touching memories of your stepmother be something you can hold onto as you mourn her passing. With loved ones support you will get through this

There is no way I can understand just how hard this is for you but I want to do all I can to share and help with the pain. No matter what I will always be by your side. You have my most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your stepmother

We hope the condolence messages for the loss of a step mother here have helped you to show your support and sympathy for those going through the loss of their stepmom.

Stepmother’s may not seem as important as regular mothers but that doesn’t mean losing one won’t cause real pain and grief. Reach out and offer a few words of sympathy and those suffering will appreciate you taking the time to show you care.

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condolence etiquette tips

Sending or writing condolences is an incredibly hard thing to do. You have to try and find the words to show how sorry you are for losing someone special to them.

And let’s be honest – what words could possibly hope to do that? It is impossible to think a few sentences expressing your sadness for someone’s loss and letting them know you’re thinking of them could alleviate any pain and anguish they’re suffering.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile. Whilst you can’t stop the pain and grief that losing someone brings, your words and the kindness you show will have more of an impact than you realise.

Which is why we offer our condolences, show sympathy and be there for those mourning a passed loved one.

So if you’re feeling nervous and aren’t sure about the etiquette surrounding condolences then keep reading. We’re going to go through how to write them, who they’re for, what to say, when to send them and where, and much more.

What does Condolences Mean?

Sending condolences is when you express your sympathy for someone’s loss. You send your condolences by offering sympathy and kind words to comfort them after losing a loved one. It shows you are thinking of and care about them as they mourn and grieve the loss of someone special.

Condolence or Condolences: Which is Correct?

Both are acceptable but the plural of the word – ‘condolences’ – is the much more commonly used term. You would probably say “please accept my deepest condolences” rather than “please accept my deepest condolence”. Condolences are like feelings – you have more than one, so we say and write it that way.

When to Send Condolences

You should try to send your condolences as quickly as you can. So send some flowers, a card or condolence message as soon as you learn of the death of their loved one. If you know when the funeral is then you can also send a card or note a few days before that as well.

If for some reason you are unable to send your condolences at the time of the passing then you can still do so at a later date. A late message is better than none.

For examples of what to say if you’re late with your message and the etiquette around it try our belated condolence messages.

Who Do you Say My Condolences to?

If you are sending a condolence message or card for someone you knew well but didn’t know their family then you should send it to the closest relative to the deceased. So their children or widowed partner.

If you are sending your sympathy card to the grieving family but didn’t know the deceased then you address it to them rather than whoever it was that passed away.

How to Send a Condolence Message

There are different ways you can send condolence messages:

  • The most usual is in a card, either on it’s own or with flowers/a gift. Condolence or sympathy cards can be bought in many places, both in store and online, or you could send an eCard. Whichever you choose there will be space or the option to include a condolence message
  • A note or letter is also an acceptable way of sending your condolences. This will usually be longer than a simple sympathy message and possibly include more personal details or memories of the deceased
  • You can also send a condolence email. An email is a good choice for different types of people that aren’t your close friends or family – your boss, for example
  • A text message may seem impersonal but as everyone uses their phones so much and texts for most things it’s not seem as being unusual or rude. If you can then a card or letter is preferable but if there’s no other option then a text is acceptable
  • Facebook is used to by virtually everyone nowadays so sharing a message of sympathy on there is also a good way to reach someone you don’t know that well
  • And of course you can always offer your condolences in person

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Appropriate Phrases to use as Condolences

  • I am so sorry for your loss
  • My deepest condolences to you and your family
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers
  • You have my most sincere sympathy for your tragic loss
  • My heart aches for you. I am deeply sorry
  • [names] memory will live on in our hearts, forever
  • My heartfelt sympathy for such a terrible loss
  • If there is anything I can do to help just let me know. I will be there for you
  • [name] will be remembered so warmly by us all
  • I just wanted to reach out and say I’m thinking if you during such a difficult time

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Can you Say Deepest Condolences

Yes. If you are trying to find the right words for a condolence message then saying something like please accept my deepest condolences for your loss is a good choice of words to comfort someone.

How Late can you Send a Condolence Card

It is never too late to send a condolence message or card to show someone you are thinking of them after a loss. Yes, it’s preferable to do it as soon as you can but it’s better to express those feelings belatedly rather than say nothing at all.

Do you Put Kisses on a Condolence or Sympathy Card

Yes, you definitely can do so if you think it’s appropriate and you know the recipient or family well. If they are more like acquaintances then you may think it a little too informal or inappropriate considering you aren’t close. Use your judgement on each case.

Is it Appropriate to Send Money in a Condolence Card

Giving money or a donation with a condolence card is a very thoughtful gesture. Sometimes people give charitable donations on behalf of the deceased or money to the family to help with the funeral costs. Whatever you choose you can include a short message letting the family know the money is for wherever they see fit.

You shouldn’t feel pressured into including money with your condolences but if you can, and you feel it’s appropriate, then it is a lovely thought and will no doubt be appreciated.

Do you Send Thank You Cards for Condolences

When you receive a sympathy or condolence card it is polite to reply or respond with a thank you note. This is especially true if someone has helped in some way, be that sending a gift or flowers, a donation or assisted with the funeral, for example.

Is Condolence only used for Death

The word condolence and it’s meaning can be used for anything where someone is suffering. It is an expression of sympathy and while mostly used when someone has suffered a loss it is also suitable when someone is unwell, lost their job or a relationship has ended. When you use it you are showing understanding of their situation and empathy, sharing in their pain.

For some examples of condolences being used other than for the death of someone see these articles:

Conclusion

Sending your condolences is a kind gesture when someone has suffered a loss. But it can be fraught with difficult manners and etiquette to navigate.

It’s no surprise many of us feel nervous about what to say and how to say it. Hopefully this guide will have answered any questions you have and made you a lot more comfortable when reaching out to friends or family to offer your condolences.

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how to respond to condolences and sorry for your loss

Knowing how to respond to condolences people have sent or offered can be difficult. Coming soon after losing someone means the pain will still be raw and the grief at it’s most powerful.

Which makes coming up with a response much tougher. Trying to decide what to say or write to acknowledge sympathy messages and show your appreciation probably sounds quite daunting.

Even more so when you have to do so whilst dealing with a recent bereavement.

In a time of such suffering how do you respond to ‘sorry for your loss’ or other fairly benign condolence messages?

Well hopefully this simple to follow guide and the tips provided here will take away some of the stress and help you with how to reply.

How to Respond to Condolences?

The most simple way to reply to condolences or someone saying “sorry for your loss” is with a few words of thanks. Try these quick and short thank you messages for condolences:

  • Thank you for thinking of me. I really appreciated your kind words
  • Your support has been invaluable during this difficult time. I am so grateful
  • Knowing friends were thinking of me was a real help when I was feeling low. Thank you all
  • We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers we have received. Thank you
  • Thank you to everyone who sent messages of sympathy. We were touched by the outpouring of support
  • Your kindness during such a time of pain didn’t go unnoticed. We appreciate it enormously
  • Thank you for your love and sympathy
  • I am very grateful for your prayers and thoughts

Those are just some very straightforward examples of what you could say. But depending on who you are replying or offering your thanks to what you say will change.

For specific wording ideas for responding in person, via email, with a card and even on Facebook keep reading.

How to Respond to ‘I’m Sorry for your Loss’?

Generally, when someone has passed away and people say I’m sorry for your loss, there are a few ways to respond:

  • Thank them for their message
  • Express your appreciation
  • Explain why you cannot at the moment
  • Do nothing

Most people will choose to send a quick thank you message. It doesn’t need to be more than a few words.

The recipient won’t be expecting anything more than a simple “thank you” and will understand how hard it is for you during such a terrible time.

Perhaps when you’re feeling a little better or have come to terms with your loss somewhat you can go a bit further than that. Express your gratitude for their message or support.

It needn’t be anything too wordy but perhaps a few more words than a standard thank you. This could be in the form of a thank you card.

Some people may choose to send a very short message explaining why they don’t feel up to replying to condolences properly at that time. That’s perfectly acceptable (and discussed in the etiquette of responding to condolences further down)

And many of those grieving just won’t feel ready to speak to anyone, full stop. They may want to be left alone completely, in which no response is acceptable as well.

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How to Respond to Condolences in Person?

After you’ve lost someone there will come a point where you will come face to face with people who will offer their condolences.

You might feel uncomfortable having to deal with and be expected to reply to their words of sympathy, however well meaning it is.

You shouldn’t feel guilty though. It’s understandable to want to avoid too much small talk or being reminded of your loss.

Grief takes a long time before it begins to pass. So whilst your still going through that process it can be extremely difficult to talk about the person you have lost.

But if you would like to say something then try the examples below of how to reply in person and choose a few to learn so that you’re prepared when meeting someone face to face.

  • Thank you for your message of sympathy and your ongoing support. We are very grateful
  • We appreciate you making the effort to be with us today. [deceased’s name] would have wanted you here
  • I was so touched by all the help and support you’ve shown. I won’t forget it
  • Having the love and support of friends like you has made getting through such a difficult time more bearable. Thank you
  • Thank you for the kindness when I needed it most
  • The flowers you sent were beautiful and I appreciated the gesture. It really brightened my day
  • Your generous donation and condolences were a huge help when I needed it most. Thank you for thinking of me
  • We were so touched by your sympathy, understanding and all the help you’ve offered. It has been such a relief to have you by our side

How to Respond to Condolences on Facebook

You may find people reach out with their condolences by positing on Facebook. If so then this might be easier to reply to than in person.

A simple message of thanks to whoever has sent/posted some kind words of sympathy is fairly quick and simple.

You could also post an update that thanks everyone who has offered their condolences, meaning you don’t have to respond to each one individually.

This can save time and energy when you’re already feeling drained from grieving your loss.

Use these responses for a guide of the sort of things to say:

  • Thank you for your message of support. I really appreciate it
  • Thanks to everyone for the lovely messages of support. It means the world to me knowing all my friends are there if I need them
  • The support of those closet to us has really been a help in getting through such a tough time. Your messages were a big part of that and we are very grateful for your kind words
  • Thank you your lovely messages of sympathy. My whole family appreciates it so much
  • Seeing such an outpouring of support on Facebook has helped lift my mood on a day when I was really feeling down. Thank you all
  • Your kind words didn’t go unnoticed. Thank you, seeing all the messages is such a comfort

Responding to Condolences via Email

Replying to condolences you’ve received, be it from a card, message or email itself, can be time consuming.

Responding with an email is a good way to speed up the process. You can send a very similar email, maybe using a template, to every person who has contacted you.

This will make the process a lot simpler and faster but still let those kind enough to have sent their condolences know you really appreciated it.

Try these thank you email examples you can customize for your own circumstances:

Dear _______,

Thank you for your email and lovely words. It has been so comforting to have friends reach out to show they are there for me if I need them. I am coping ok and whilst not ready yet I look forward to seeing you in the near future.

All my love,

_______

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Dear _______,

Your flowers and card were a beautiful gesture and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them. I am grateful for all the love and support you and others have shown. It’s amazing to see how much my friends care, and that I have them to rely on when times are tough.

Kind regards,

_______

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How to Respond to Condolences from your Boss

When your boss sends you a message of condolence it can be hard to know how to reply. But even though you might see your boss as someone important, respected and possibly even superior to your self, they are still like everyone else.

They are just another person feeling sorry for your loss and wanting you to know they’re thinking of you.

So how you respond to them needn’t be any different to anybody else.

Sending a Thank You Card for Condolences

Responding to condolences with a thank you card is another good way to show your appreciation. You can find thank you cards that come with prewritten notes/messages but if you’d prefer to write your own here are a few ideas and templates of messages you can use:

Dear _______,

I appreciated your kind words at such a difficult time. It means a lot to know that friends are there for support when I need them most.

Sincerely,

_______

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Dear _______,

We are so grateful for all the help and support you’ve shown both with the funeral and wake. It has been such a blessing to have you with us at such a difficult time.

With love,

_______

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Dear _______,

I’m sorry this is late but I hope you can understand. Your prayers and comforting words were greatly appreciated and I hope we will see each other see under better circumstances.

Kind regards,

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Dear _______,

Thank you so much for your card and flowers, they really cheered me up. It’s been a real help to know I have friends thinking of and there for me.

Yours sincerely,

_______

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Etiquette for Responding to Condolences

There are a few things you should remember when responding to condolences:

  • Some people do more than just offer their condolences. They may have sent money or a donation, provided help when you needed it with chores or at the funeral, cooked food for you etc. If so then make sure to mention and thank them for that specifically in your response
  • It’s better to send a card or note of thanks even if it’s late. People will understand you forgetting or not feeling ready so you shouldn’t feel embarrassed or put off from sending one even if it’s a later than you would have liked
  • Writing your thank you note or card by hand isn’t necessary but it is a nice touch. If you can do it and it isn’t too much hassle then it will certainly be appreciated
  • Not replying or responding is acceptable. Coping with a loss can be overwhelming so don’t feel pressured into quickly replying to every message you get. If you just don’t feel ready or capable then don’t. Everyone will understand and not judge you if that is the case

Conclusion

When dealing with bereavement it can be so hard to even function normally. So having to find the time and words to respond to condolences from well meaning people is often stressful and very difficult.

But you shouldn’t feel pressured to do so. Everyone will understand if you feel you can’t.

Hopefully the examples and tips provided here will have helped if you have decided to reply to express your gratitude abs thanks in the best way possible.

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condolence messages for boss

Knowing how to offer your condolences to your boss can be difficult. Or to those who have lost their boss. It’s hard enough finding the words to offer your support and comfort in a sympathy message for friends or family.

But bosses are the ones that lead. They are in charge, and so take charge. It can be odd to think of them as being vulnerable and in pain.

When anyone experiences a loss though it has a really dramatic effect. And your boss or their employees will be no different.

Which is why you should make the effort to reach out and show them you are thinking of them. A simple message of sympathy or few words to acknowledge their loss is a gesture that will be appreciated.

So use these condolence messages for bosses to show your sympathy to a manager for his or her loss. Or to an employee who has lost their boss and is grieving.

Short Sympathy Messages for your Boss

These simple and short condolence messages to your boss are perfect for a card or note with flowers.


I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept my condolences


My thoughts are with you during this time of loss


I may never understand how difficult this is your you but I wanted to offer my sympathy and support


My most heartfelt condolences for losing someone so special from your life


We all wanted to extended our condolences to you during such a difficult time


This note is just to say I’m thinking of you and wishing you peace and better days ahead


It was awful to learn of your tragic loss. I can’t say how sorry I really am


I am praying for you to find some comfort after losing someone so special


Hold on to the memories you have and let them comfort you during this time of grief


I wanted to let you know I’m always there for you, no matter what. My condolences


I hope you can remember the good times that you had and hold those memories forever in your heart


My heart aches for you. I’m so sorry for your loss

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Condolence Messages to your Boss

These message are for when your boss has suffered a loss and you want to show your support and sympathy.


You have been our rock and leader, and now we will be there for you. It doesn’t matter what you need you can depend on us for support and love, hoping you find comfort in the memories of your departed loved ones. All our love and condolences


May you find some comfort in the wonderful memories you made and never forget the special times. Sending my love and sympathy


Losing a loved one is absolutely devastating, and I am thinking of you as you try to cope with such a terrible loss. I hope you can find some peace and turn to friends and family for comfort. My most heartfelt condolences


I can’t begin to understand how hard this is for you and your whole family. I only hope you can find the strength to get through it. Sending my most sincere loving sympathy for your loss


I am deeply sorry to learn of your loss. I know how special he/she was to you and the amazing person they were. If I can be there for you in any way I will do my best. You are in my thoughts and prayers


At a time like this the last thing you should be concerned about is work or the office. We will all pitch in and keep things running. Your focus should be on you and your family, and taking as long as you need to process and grieve a shocking loss. My condolences


May the memory of your departed loved on live on through those cherished memories you have. Sending my deepest condolences to you


I’m not sure what to say as I know nothing will stop the pain and grief or bring back your loved one. But I still wanted to reach out and offer my sympathy, and hope you always remember them and the happiness they brought to your life


Even though our loved ones are cruelly taken from us we must never forget the memories of them we have. May they bring you some solace and comfort amidst the terrible pain of your loss. My most sincere condolences


Saying goodbye to someone so important is one of the hardest things we ever do. May you find the strength and courage to let them go and the loving memories you made provide some comfort throughout this devastating time. You will be in my thoughts


Please accept my sympathy and condolences for such a dreadful loss. Take as long as you need to get through the grief and pain, and know that everyone will work tirelessly to keep the business running smoothly and without issues. I hope this can relieve any worries you have and allow you to focus on your family when they need you most


My heart aches for you. You have always been such a pillar of strength for us and the whole team will be there for you now that you need us. We send our most sincere condolences


I really hope that you can find love and support in the warm embrace of family and friends. I know it won’t take the pain of losing someone away but having those closest to you to help get through the grieving process can make it easier. You will remain in my thoughts and my prayers

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Short Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Boss

If you know someone who’s boss passed away then try these sympathy messages for a card or note.


My condolences for the loss of your boss


So sorry to learn of your bosses passing


My sympathy for your bosses tragic passing away


Please accept my condolence for the loss of someone very special to you


I’m very sorry for your loss. I know how much you respected your boss


My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your manager


It was dreadful to hear of your bosses death. I hope you’re coping


You are in my thoughts and prayers after the shocking and sudden loss of your manager


You are in my thoughts during such a difficult time


If you need anything then I can be there for you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch


Offering my condolences and support for your awful loss


My sincerest sympathy for your loss. I know your boss was very important to you

Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Boss

Use these messages to offer your support to someone who has lost their boss and is dealing with the grief of not having that special person in their life and anymore.


I’m really sorry for the loss of your boss. I know how much you respected and thought highly of him/her. It’s not easy for someone important to be taken like this. You have my sympathy and I’m sending warm thoughts your way


May you always remember a manager that inspired and nurtured you at work. I’m sorry you had to lose him/her so soon and wish you comfort and support through this time of grief


My deepest sympathy for the passing of your boss. I know you saw him/her as a mentor and the guidance they gave you invaluable. May they rest in peace


You have said how much you got on with your boss and so to lose them in these circumstances is just awful. I’m so sorry and hope you’re coping ok. Please don’t think twice about reaching out if you need anything


Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved boss. He/she was a truly outstanding manager and inspired a fantastic work ethic amongst everyone they managed. It’s a sad day to have lost them


The office won’t be the same without your boss now, but try to remember those fantastic memories you have of all they did for you. My sympathy for losing a special person from your life


All my sympathy and love. Your boss was more than just the person in charge at work, but a friend. So losing them must be so sad. I am deeply sorry and hope you are able to find some solace from knowing how much he/she cared about you


My condolences for the tragic passing of your boss. He/she was a unique and inspiring force that I know really helped you in your career. I will be thinking of you as you grieve


To my friend – I wish you peace and sympathy whilst you grieve your lost boss. May the memories you have of them sustain you through this tragic time. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need someone to talk to


I wish to express my most sincere sympathy for the passing away of your boss. May his/her legacy be the incredible workplace they left behind, and the success of the company. My condolences

Hopefully these condolences messages have been helpful in finding the right words to say or write to your boss.

Whatever you do decide on just reaching out and offering your sympathy, regardless of the words you use, will be warmly appreciated and received.

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condolence messages for loss of teacher

If you’ve lost a teacher, or know someone who has lost a mentor, you may be wanting to reach out with a condolence message to them or their family.

Some of the most important people in our lives are teachers. They help us to learn, grow and come of age.

Many of us will have those special teachers from our school or college days that made a subject come alive. Maybe even set us on the path to the career we now have.

So when a teacher sadly passes away it can be a real shock.

It might not seem like losing an educator would be as significant as losing a loved one or friend but it can have a real impact on people.

So use these sympathy messages to offer your condolences to the family of a beloved teacher or to support someone you know that is grieving the loss of a teacher.

Short Sympathy Messages for Loss of Teacher


I’m so sorry for the loss of your favorite teacher. You are in my thoughts


My condolences for the passing of your teacher


My sympathy for your beloved teachers passing


Offering my condolences for the loss of someone so special


If you need anyone to talk to then I will be there for you


Your teacher will always be in your heart


The lessons they taught you can never be forgotten. My condolences


Sending my love and support during this difficult time


My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mentor


Just a quick note to say how sorry I was to learn of your teachers passing


I’m sure you teacher is looking down on you with pride. You have made them proud. My sincere sympathy


It was so sad to learn of your teachers passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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Words of Sympathy for Loss of Teacher


I know how special your teacher was to you and how much of an impact they had in your life. I’m really sorry you’ve lost them. Please accept my sincerest condolences


He/she was a wonderful teacher and inspiration to so many. It is with such sadness that I offer my sympathy your loss


Saying goodbye to someone so special is incredibly hard, and losing a teacher that helped you like he/she did must be devastating. I hope you can find comfort in the memories you have of him/her


The lessons you learnt will last forever, as will those treasured memories you have. I’m very sorry for your loss though and wish you strength and peace


Please accept my condolences for the loss of your teacher, someone I know you looked up to so much. May his/her teachings be a mark of their legacy and continue to inspire you


I can’t begin to understand what you’re going through right now but remember you are not alone. Everyone will be there for support and comfort. My condolences


My deepest sympathy for the loss of your mentor. I know how proud they were of you and all you’ve achieved


I wanted to reach out and let you know how sad I was to hear of your teachers death. Nothing can prepare you for losing someone like that. I hope you’re coping ok and if you need someone to talk to I’m always just a phone call away


I’m very sorry to learn of your teachers tragic passing. I know how much you looked up them. My condolences for your loss


May the lessons learned and knowledge taught by your teacher bring some light to this dark moment. You have my sympathy and I will be thinking of you


We were deeply saddened to learn
of your loss. It’s such a shame to lose someone so important. We just wanted to send our condolences and let know you are in our thoughts


Sending my sympathy and comforting thoughts your way after a really terrible loss

He will be remembered as a fine teacher and great person. We are all extremely sad to learn of his passing away. Our condolences

I understand you’ve lost someone very special to you and want to be there if you need anyone. Sending my love

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Losing a beloved teacher can hurt so much. I’m sending my best thoughts and prayers to you

I hope the people around you provide the support and comfort you need to help you through this dreadful time. My most heartfelt condolences

RIP Quotes for Teacher Who Passed Away


May he/she be looking down on us from a better place. Rest in peace


To an amazing teacher but an even better person. Someone you could call a friend as well as mentor. May his/her soul rest in peace


His/her advice and guidance were the cornerstones to help so many grow. He/she will never be forgotten


The wisdom he/she helped bring to so many will live on long after him/her. May they rest in heaven


Very few were able to make a subject as fun and accessible as ______. They were an amazing teacher and will be missed greatly. RIP


He was a brilliant and compassionate teacher who inspired me to achieve more than I thought possible. I will always be grateful to him. May his soul find peace


I will be indebted to ______ for as long as I live. I am the person I am today because of him. I pray that he is in heaven watching down on me, always


She was as a force of good in this world. So many young lives were lucky to have been influenced and shaped by her. It was a blessing to have worked alongside such a wonderful teacher. I will miss her so much


There won’t be a better teacher than Mr/Mrs ______. They were like no other: inspirational, down to earth and kind but with a passion so strong. Teaching has lost one of its best but we have lost a friend and shining star. Rest in peace


My favorite teacher from school has gone, and I am deeply affected by his passing. I owe him so much in igniting my passion for learning and helping me find my voice. We have lost someone very special


It feels so strange to not have him with us anymore. He was one of those people who it felt like would always be here. It’s such a shame and whilst we have lose a beloved teacher, future students have lost the chance to be taught by someone truly special

The loss of a teacher can bring up unexpected emotions and a grief that many may not be prepared for. So even if you don’t think of losing a mentor or teacher as all that significant you shouldn’t dismiss it too quickly.

Make sure you are there for a friend or loved one and be sure to give them all the support and love that they need.

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condolence messages for veterans and soldiers

Those who serve in the military, who put their lives on the line for our safety and freedom – they are heroes.

They deserve our utmost respect for what they do and the sacrifices they so often make or have made.

Unfortunately the biggest sacrifice they sadly make is giving their lives for us. Death as a result of military duty or as a veteran after having served is all too common.

So when it happens we should do all we can to reach out to the families and friends of those who have passed away.

Showing our support and that we are thinking of them, as well as honoring the deceased hero is important.

So if you’re having trouble knowing what to say in a condolence message for a veteran or soldier hopefully the examples below will help you find the perfect words.

Military Condolences for Lost Soldiers


Your son is a true hero and a credit to you. He brought honor to the uniform he wore and the sacrifice he made for what he believed shall never be forgotten


The loss of your son was not in vain. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for the country he loved. That makes him nothing less than a hero, and he will always be remembered that way. My deepest condolences


We are so sorry to learn of your loss. I don’t know how much it will help but your son/daughter will forever be known as a true hero. Their courage is a testament to the incredible person they were


Your sons patriotism was never in doubt. He is a true patriot and gave his life in service to his country. No greater sacrifice can be made nor demonstration of courage needed. He will always be our hero. Please accept our condolences


Although I’m sure this offers little consolation we, all of us, are in debt to your son and what he gave for our freedom. My deepest sympathy for your loss


We are mourning the loss of your courageous son. He was brave beyond words and an amazing soldier. We are all worse off without him in our lives


I am still in shock over your sons death. I was lucky enough to get to know him during training and he was one of the funniest and generous guys I have known. His loss is a tragedy and I’m so sorry


The country owes a huge debt to your son for his bravery and service. He was a remarkable young man and will be sorely missed

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You have my deepest sympathy for the tragic passing of your son. You should be immensely proud of all he achieved and the sacrifice that he made


No hero is greater than the one who gives their life for their country. Your son/daughter deserves our total respect. My condolences for your loss


Your son/daughter was a credit to the uniform. We are grateful for all they did on our behalf and putting the country before themselves. My heartfelt condolences


We lost one of the greatest men when your son died. He gave his all to everything he tried and always set an example incredible example. May he rest in peace


Today we raise a glass to our fallen comrade. He/she always had our backs and was a true friend. We will miss them like crazy. Rest in heaven


Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this terrible time. It feels ole such a senseless loss but we know your son/daughter was doing what they loved and believed in. If you need to talk please don’t hesitate to get in touch


Your sons valour and bravery will long be remembered. He was a fine young man and leaves behind a huge hole that shall never be truly filled

Condolence Messages for Veterans


The loss of someone who gave so much is so tragic. We are indebted to them forever. RIP


Veterans give up everything so that we can sleep soundly at night. They deserve our recognition and our respect. May you rest in peace and I’m so sorry for your loss


Hero’s take on many forms, but anyone who served their country with such pride and distinction is without a doubt a hero. May they never be forgotten

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Words can do little to truly express how important and brave ______ was. They laid their life on the line and did so without hesitation or fear. They are the embodiment of what it means to be a great man


To have served your country and given your life demonstrates a patriotism few have. We honor the veterans that have sacrificed all they have for us and promise never to forget them or let their death be in vain


The memory of ______ will be of someone who was courageous and heroic. Putting the needs of others before themselves and representing the best qualities a man can have. They will be missed greatly


I know that _____’s passing will have resulted in a huge outpouring of support and condolences. That will only demonstrate how special they were and the impact they had on so many lives. My sincerest sympathy for your loss


We mourn a loss that hits home so hard. I was fortunate enough to see the bravery and fortitude of _____ up close and it was as inspiring sight. To lose them feels so unfair. They will be remembered as a great soldier but even better person. My condolences


Any loss is a tragedy but losing someone as inspirational as ______ is heartbreaking. Getting to know them was an honor and their presence will be missed by so many


My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of ______. He/she gave more than anyone for what they believed in. The ultimate sacrifice, and one that we will honor in their memory


The word “hero” is often overused, but in this case it couldn’t be more right. Your son was a true hero. Sending you my love and condolences


Serving your country is a great thing to do, but the risks that come with it are unavoidable. I wish you strength to get through such a terrible loss and comfort for the coming days and weeks


The whole nation, not just us, owes your son/daughter a debt of gratitude for what they did. We will grieve with you


Our servicemen and women are the backbone of this country. Your son/daughter stood tall and gave their life for a greater good. They were brave and true. We honor them today and keep their memory alive


I shall never forget your father. He was one of the kindest and warmest men I’ve ever met. To lose him so early in life is utterly heartbreaking. I salute everything he achieved and what he believed in. My sympathy for your loss

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Words of Sympathy for Loss of Brave Soldiers


Bravery and courage are just two words that spring to mind when I think of ______. I will probably never get over losing them like this. I am so sorry for your loss


You should be so proud of what your husband/son stood for. He represented the best in all of us and was a hero through and through. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten


To give your life for the freedom of others is the kind of person ______ was. He/she earned respect with all the good they did in this world. That’s why it makes losing them so painful. I am deeply sorry for your loss


We will never forget what your father did. Our only regret is not being able to say goodbye and thank him for giving up his life for others. His memory shall never fade

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“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave” – Elmer Davis


My condolences for the loss of your partner. He/she was red, white and blue through and through, and gave everything for this country.


I will remember all the good times I spent with your dad. He was such a wonderful man and I feel honored to have known him. It’s cruel to have lost someone so special so young, and tonight I will be raising a glass and thinking of him up in heaven. My condolences


“To me you can’t put a dollar amount on our servicemen and women who have given their all for our freedom” – Awa Reeder

We hope these messages will have helped you when trying to write or reach out to the families of those passed veterans and soldiers.

It’s difficult enough when expressing your condolences for any loss but losing a soldier or someone in the line of duty can make it even more tricky.

But if you are honest with how you feel and speak from the heart then the recipient will appreciate your kindness and sentiment, whatever it is you say.

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condolence messages

Offering condolences to a friend or loved one during their time of need is important. Finding the right words for condolence messages can be difficult.

You want to make sure you don’t say the wrong thing, or something that might be misconstrued as offensive. You also want to ensure that your words of condolence are heartfelt and meaningful, the sort of thing that would be comforting.

But expressing yourself through a short message this way requires thought and consideration.

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

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

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Condolence Messages

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

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

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

With our love and deepest sympathy as we remember __________

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Condolence Messages

My heart is with you in your time of sorrow

Our deepest sympathy

With love and remembrance

Forever remembered, forever missed

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

You are in my thoughts and prayers

My prayers are with you and your family

Thinking of you during this difficult time

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

May God give you comfort in your time of grief

May the passage of time heal your grief

My family extends to you our deepest condolences

The news of __________ death brings much sadness

May the passage of time heal your grief

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

We are thinking of you during these difficult times

My prayers are for you during this sorrowful time

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

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

May your memories give you peace and comfort

Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship

Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts

May your heart and soul find peace and comfort

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

We send you thoughts of peace and courage

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

With caring thoughts and love

Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers

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

Condolence Quotes

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know” ~ Unknown

“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same” ~ Unknown

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity” ~ William Penn

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” ~ Unknown

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live” ~ Norman Cousins

“Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there’s a memory they live in our hearts to stay.” ~ Unknown

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” ~ Unknown

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” ~ Aeschylus

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” ~ Helen Keller

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

Condolence Messages for Loss of Father

Your father was a great man. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss

The loss of your dad has come as such a shock to us all. He will be missed so deeply.

I’ll never forget your father’s loving smile and generous spirit. Life won’t be the same without him. My thoughts are with you

We can’t begin to imagine how hard this is for you but please remember we’re here if you need anything at all.

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father. He will live on forever in our hearts

He may be fine but dad would have been so proud of you. Let’s celebrate his life and remember the good times. Our condolences go out to you

I know how close you and your dad were. I’m wishing you strength and love to get through this awful time

He may be gone but he’ll be smiling down on you. Let’s make a toast to him and remember what an incredible man and father he was

Deepest condolences for your father’s passing

Your dad touched everyone who knew him. Life will be a little less bright and fun without him. You’ll be in our prayers.

Condolence Messages for Loss of Mother

I know there is nothing I can say to ease the pain but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your mother was one of the most amazing people I ever met. Her warmth and generosity was unrivalled. Her loss has shocked everyone and we’re all sending you our love. Stay strong.

Words will mean very little but your mom touched me like very few could. Her spirit will live on in you. My condolences on your loss

A mother’s place can never be filled, and her loss will be with you forever. But her memories should be treasured and her life celebrated for the amazing woman she was. I’ll be here for you whatever you need

If there’s anything you need to help get through this awful time, just ask. We’re wishing you strength and love

You have my deepest condolences for the loss of your mom. She was a truly special woman.

The memories of your mother will never fade. She had such a positive impact on everyone who knew her that they will live on forever in our hearts. My deepest sympathy for your loss

Our thoughts go out to you in this trying and difficult time. Your mother was such a good friend if ours we want to be there to help in any way we can

We will miss your mom so much. You’re in our thoughts and anything we can do to help please don’t hesitate to call

Keep strong and remember how proud your mom was of you

Condolence Messages for Loss of Sister

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. She was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly. Please accept my condolences

I know how close you and your sister were and how much her passing will have hurt you. I’m here to talk or listen if you need me

Your sisters warmth and charitable spirit was an inspiration to us all. We are so sorry for your loss

My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this terrible time. Your sister was an amazing person and will be missed greatly

We send you our deepest sympathies for the loss of your sister

The memories of your sister will never fade. She was one in a million. Please accept my deepest condolences

“My sister may not always be at my side, but she is always in my heart” ~ Unknown

I know my words won’t offer much in the way of relief from the grief but I wanted to offer my condolences. Your sister was a fantastic person and will be missed so much

Your sister was such a kind, loving girl that I can’t imagine a world without her. My prayers go out to you and hope you find strength in family and friends

I feel blessed to have known your sister and the time we spent together. I will never forget the wonderful memories I have of her. I hope your keeping strong and you know I’m here if you need me

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condolence email samples and examples

Whilst it’s almost always better to send a card of condolence, there are times when it’s not possible. Things like the the time it will take, being able to see the bereaved in person or post it to them, knowing their address etc.

All these can play a role in your decision not to send a card. Sometimes it just works out that sending a condolence email is the best option. Simplicity, speed and ease.

But much like with writing a sympathy card, knowing what to say in a condolence email can be tricky. What sort of tone do you use? How long should it be? When do you send it?

So if you’re struggling to write your condolence email then you can use the samples and examples below either as they are or change the details to fit your circumstances. Alternatively follow the tips we’ve provided to help you write your own email.

Table of Contents
Sample Condolence Emails
Condolence Email to Client
Condolence Email to Boss
Condolence Email to Employee
What to Put in the Subject Line
Condolence Email Writing Tips

Sample Condolence Emails

These email templates are suitable for use in most situations and aren’t designed for a specific person like the samples further down.

Dear ______,

I am so sorry for your loss. ______ was a wonderful person who will be so sorely missed. Their warm spirit and generosity was a joy to all who knew them.

Please accept my condolences to both you and your family, and if there is anything I can do don’t hesitate to ask.

My sincerest sympathy,

**********

Dear ______,

I was so sorry to hear about the untimely passing of ______. Whilst understandably I don’t know the details I wanted you to know I’m thinking of you during this awful time.

With sympathy,

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Dear ______,

I am so sorry about _____’s death. She was a truly incredible woman who had such an amazing effect on everyone who knew her. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you.

Her warmth and generosity made us all better people and we consider ourselves lucky to have known her. She will be miss terribly.

Please accept our sincerest condolences,

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Dear ______,

I was so sorry to learn about the loss of your ______. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do to help or you just need to talk then I will always be there for you.

All my sympathy,

Sample Condolence Email to Client

Sending condolences to a client is important as getting the tone wrong or causing offence could damage future business opportunities or relationships. With a condolence email to a client you can either stick to something short and simple or talk in detail the loss. See examples of both below.

Dear ______,

Please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother/father. It was such sad and shocking news.

Whilst I never had the opportunity to meet your mother/father I know how close the two of you were. Over the years we’ve worked together her/his influence has been clear to see.

I know how difficult this must be for you so I wanted to reach out and let you know as a trusted client that I’m here if you need anything. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

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Dear ______,

It was with such sadness I learned of ______’s passing. He/she was a great friend as well as being as a trusted client.

Please accept my most sincere condolences to both you and your family. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to ask.

Yours,

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Dear _____,

We were shocked to learn of your loss. _____’s passing will be grieved by all of us here at the firm. I considered him a personal friend and I will always remember him with great admiration.

With sincere sympathy,

**********

Dear ______,

I’m so deeply sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please accept my condolences and know that you will be in my prayers.

Yours,

Sample Condolence Email to Boss

Losing a boss can be upsetting if you were close. You may want to send an email to the company executives that express your sympathy or to the family of the boss who has passed away letting them know how wonderful they were to work for.

Dear ______,

I was so sad to hear about the loss of your wife. My heart goes out to you during this incredibly difficult time.

I only had the opportunity to meet your wife on a handful of occasions but she was always such a kind and funny lady. I know she will be missed dearly.

Everyone is thinking if you and if you need any help with anything then please just ask.

My condolences,

**********

Dear ______,

I am so sorry to learn of ______’s passing. You have my most sincere sympathies at this time. Your whole family is in my thoughts.

_______ was a fantastic boss and the entire office is devastated by their loss. His/her positive attitude helped to motivate all of us and we were never in doubt as to how much he/she valued our contribution and work. We will miss him/her so much.

If you need anyone to cover or take on some extra work at the office I would be happy to do so.

My deepest condolences to you and your family,

Sample Condolence Email to Employee

If you run a business or company then at some point an employee will suffer a loss. Sending them an email to let them know you’re thinkng of them during tough times is a touching gesture and will be appreciated.

Dear ______,

We wanted to reach out and offer our condolences for the loss of your mother. We are sincerely sorry for such a heartbreaking loss.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything we can do to assist you as you deal with your bereavement. Human Resources are available to discuss our bereavement policy with and what else there is that we can do.

Please again accept our sympathy in trying time and remember we are here to support you as you move forward.

Regards,

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Dear _____,

We are very sorry to learn that you have experienced a death in your family. Although we do not know the details, we want you to know that we are thinking about you in your bereavement.

Please accept our condolences.

Sincerely,

What to Put in the Subject Line of Condolence Email

The subject line of your email doesn’t have to have anything special in it. It’s always best to fill it in and avoid leaving it blank but the actual words shouldn’t cause you too much worry. A few simple options are:

  • My Condolences
  • Condolences
  • With Sympathy
  • My Heartfelt Condolences
  • My Sincerest Sympathy

Condolence Email Writing Tips

If you would prefer to write your own email rather than using one of the samples above then you can follow some of these tips/guide to help make it sound just right.

  • Be sincere – there’s nothing worse than receiving a letter or email that sounds forced. So ensure that you speak from the heart and genuinely mean what you’re saying.
  • Express your sorrow – be clear how much you will miss the departed and how sorry you are for their loss. This is the reason for your email so make it clear quickly.
  • Offer support – if you can then offering help is a touching gesture and one the recipient will almost certainly appreciate. It can range from being there to talk to or listen through to running errands for them or picking up their children.
  • Being personal – if you were close to the deceased then you might want to talk more personally about them. Perhaps retell a story or anecdote involving them or just mention their best qualities that you admired.