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Sorry for your loss

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When someone experiences a loss, we reach out with our condolences and sympathy. That may be through simple words in a condolence message, a few words in a sympathy card/note with some flowers or a gift, maybe even just a quick text message.

But one thing that is very common amongst all the ways we express our sorrow for someone’s death is by saying ‘sorry for your loss’ as a quote or message.

A sorry for your loss message is a short few words or sentences that that conveys your sympathy, offering condolences and showing you care about the person who had experienced a loss.

They can come as words or a message or as part of a sorry for your loss image. That’s an image, usually something appropriate for losing someone (flowers for example), with the accompanying message or quote.

Is Saying ‘Sorry for your Loss’ rude?

No. It has become quite an overused phrase and so can be seen as less genuine than something you have thought of yourself. But that doesn’t mean it’s rude or shouldn’t be used. If you need a quick way to express your condolences then saying ‘sorry for your loss’ is perfectly acceptable.

If you’re looking for an alternative then try our examples of what to say instead of sorry for your loss.

Below you will find our selection of sorry for your loss pictures. We have taken the time to create these ourselves and whilst they are to be shared on social media or sent via email to someone we would appreciate you crediting us if you choose to use them on your own website.

We are confident you will find one of the sorry for your loss images and quotes perfect for showing someone how sad you are they have lost a loved one and help you to express your condolences in a thoughtful way.

Sorry for your Loss Quotes and Images

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I’m so sorry to learn of your loss

I am deeply sorry for your terrible loss quote

I’m deeply sorry for this terrible loss

shocked and saddened sympathy message

I’m shocked and saddened by such a tragic loss

my condolences to you and your family quote

My condolences and sorrow to you and your whole family

my heart goes out to you message

My heart goes out to you during this difficult time

sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts quote

You are in my thoughts and prayers

my deepest condolences to you and your family

My deepest condolences to you and your family

sending my love and sympathy message

Sending my love and sympathy

wishing you comfort sympathy message

Wishing you comfort for the coming days

wishing you warm memories to hold in your heart

Wishing you warm memories to hold in your heart forever

Sorry for your Loss Messages

You might prefer one of these messages to accompany a card or note to those mourning a loss. Maybe with a gift or some flowers. Whatever your choice try to offer your support and understand during such a tough time.

I’m deeply sorry for the tragic loss you’ve had. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you for your loss. I am terribly sorry you have lost someone so special

I am shock and saddened by such a dreadful loss. My sympathy and love go out to you

Remember that we are here for you. Your friends and family will be there to comfort and condolences you. I’m so sorry this has happened

I love you and am here for you. No matter what you need you can rely on me. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss

Hearing the news of _____’s passing has been utterly devastating. I know how close you were and so I am deeply sorry that you’ve lost someone so dear to you

I’m so sorry you’ve lost a person so close to your heart. You are in my thoughts

God bless you and offer you comfort during this terrible time. I’m really sorry for the loss of your _____

I was stunned to learn of ______’s death. They were such a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. My condolences and sympathy

We have lost someone so unique and special it is hard to find the right words. I just know how sorry I am for you and your whole family

I wanted to reach out and say how sorry I was to learn of ______ having passed away. I hope you’re coping ok and if you need anything I’m always here for you

We will remember _______ and all the good they brought to this world. They leave a huge hole that will never be filled. I am sorry for your loss

We were blessed with such an amazing person that to lose them is so hard to bear. I am desperately sorry and offer my condolences for your loss

Let us try to remember the memories we made with _______ and the wonderful times we had. I will miss him/her tremendously and I’m so sorry you have lost that bright spark from your life

Sending my love and condolences after learning of your loss. It’s a tragedy and so cruel to lose someone who embraced life like _______ did. They were a one of a kind and will be sorely missed

Saying sorry for your loss may be a slight cliche but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad way to offer someone your sympathy after a death.

Reaching out to show you care about a friend or family member after they’ve experienced the passing of someone special to them is a kind gesture. So using these sorry for your loss messages and saying ‘sorry for your loss’ shouldn’t be discouraged.

It’s a lovely way to express your condolences and let someone know you are there for them.

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examples of what to say instead of sorry for your loss

When we learn that a friend, relative or even acquaintance has experienced the tragedy of losing someone from their lives very often our first reaction is to say ‘sorry for your loss’.

Which is perfectly understandable. It’s the natural response to a horrible situation and shows you are offering some comfort or empathy with that person.

But you may sometimes wonder if there isn’t more you can say. Or not even more, but just say it better. Better words, with more meaning. Words that offer extra understanding and support, that can give some hope or even help them to feel better.

That might be a lot to ask from a sentence or two but words have a greater power than we give them credit for.

And if we make an effort to say more than ‘sorry for your loss’ it can demonstrate we’ve taken the time to really think about the person who’s experienced the heartbreak of losing someone. They in turn will appreciate it, probably more so than ‘sorry for your loss’, and perhaps take some greater comfort from the words used.

So if you’re looking for alternatives to ‘Sorry for your Loss’ read on as we’re here to help you find the perfect way to offer your condolences but with more meaningful words.

The examples below will give you ideas of what to say at a funeral or how to talk to friends, family and colleagues who are dealing with the grief of loss. Hopefully they will make your words of sympathy sound more heartfelt and enable you to really be there for them in their time of need.

What Can I Say Instead of Sorry for Your Loss?

If you want a few quick different ways to say sorry for someone’s loss then the wording examples here should be ideal. They’re not specific to one person (i.e. a friend, family member etc), but they should be well suited for writing in a sympathy card or when offering condolences at a funeral.

  • You are in my thoughts and I am here for you
  • Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one
  • I am so terribly sorry you’re having to go through this
  • You have the support and love from all those close to you at this time
  • I was devastated to hear of your loss. You will be in my prayers
  • May the thoughts and memories of _______ offer your some comfort at this dreadful time
  • Wishing you find some peace and solace to help you cope. I can be there if you need me

All of these should be suitable for most situations. If you’d prefer to use your own words then try to think about what you would like to hear from someone if you were in that position.

You will want your words to reflect the severity of what has happened. Offer sympathy and understanding, say how sorry you are and if you can make it clear you are available to help in any way they may need.

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‘I’m Sorry for Your Loss’ Alternatives for a Friend

When a friend loses someone dear to them it can be awkward to find the words to comfort and offer support. Certainly they deserve more than just saying”I’m sorry for your loss”.

  • I know how much you’re hurting. I’ll do whatever I can to help
  • If you need to talk then you can call whenever you want. I’ll always make time for you
  • I hope you can find strength in your loved ones and the comfort they bring
  • _______ was a special person and their loss will be felt terribly
  • Try to take comfort from the good times and memories you have
  • You are not alone in this. I will be there by your side

Phrases Instead of ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ for Family Members

Talking to family members who have lost someone is extremely difficult. You may well be in mourning as well and so finding the words to try and comfort them at such a harrowing time for both of you is incredibly hard.

These phrases will hopefully give you some ideas of alternatives to say instead of “sorry for your loss” to family members.

  • I’m so pleased to have you to go through this with me. I’m not sure I could do it alone
  • We’ll get through this together. The strength of family is so powerful
  • We can lean on each other for help and support
  • I’m so proud of you and how well you’re doing. I’ll be there for you if you need me
  • I just wants to let you I love you and am with you as we grieve
  • No matter what I will be here for you. You can always turn to me
  • We’ll get through this as a family, taking strength from one another

For Loss of Parents

Losing a parent is devastating for their children. If you know someone that’s lost their mother or father then let them know you’re thinking of them with these alternative phrases for “sorry for your loss”.

  • I can only express my most sincere sympathies for such a tragic loss
  • Your mother/father was an amazing person and will be sorely missed
  • I was so close to your mom/dad and am heartbroken by their passing
  • I will only have good memories to look back on of your parents. They were both wonderful people who will be missed dearly
  • I only wish I could help ease the pain in some way
  • I wasn’t lucky enough to have met your mother/father but know how loved and respected he/she was

heartfelt sorry for your loss quote

For Loss of a Partner/Spouse

Use some unique and different words to let someone who has lost their partner know you’re sorry for such an awful loss. Or comfort your own partner who has lost a close one.

  • If I can do anything to help you – run errands or do some chores – just ask
  • I would do anything to take the pain away. I hope you are finding the strength to get by
  • I love you and will be here to support you through this tough time
  • I am thinking and praying for you. You are loved by so many, please don’t forget that
  • At times like this try to find some solace in family and friends who will do all they can for you

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

Quite often we end up becoming very close to our colleagues. So when they lose someone and we are looking to reach out with a sympathy gift or card, maybe attending a funeral, then it’s good to have something other to say than “I’m sorry for your loss”.

Alternatively if someone you know has lost a boss or colleague they were close to try these sayings.

  • I know how hard this must be and I can cover your shifts if you want to take some time off
  • We in the office are all thinking of you and sending loving thoughts
  • Offering my condolences for the loss of your colleague and friend
  • I know how much you looked up to your boss and that work won’t be the same for you without them
  • I hope you are doing ok and coping after an awful loss
  • We will all miss ______ and they’re warmth. Wishing you much love

‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Alternatives for an Acquaintance

Many of the people we encounter who have suffered losing a loved one aren’t going to be close friends or family. But we still want to say something to show we empathise and understand how hard loss their is.

If you’re attending a funeral you may have to introduce yourself to family members or friends of whoever died. Use these alternative words to be express your condolences for their loss.

  • You’re _______ will be missed so much. They were a truly special person
  • Work just won’t be the same without your ______. They will be missed by so many
  • Your mother/father always spoke so highly of you. They were so proud of everything you did
  • I know I speak for all who knew your brother/sister when I say they were one of the most incredible people you could hope to meet. Their loss will be devastating to so many
  • What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us
  • Your ______ will be forever be remembered by all those who were lucky enough to know them


Whilst “I’m sorry for your loss” is overused there is a reason for that. It is the simplest and most concise way of expressing our sorrow for the pain someone is going through. So if it’s the most appropriate and fitting thing to say then you shouldn’t feel bad about using it. Your words will fade as time passes but the effort and time you took to attend the funeral or reach out with a card/gift will be remembered and appreciated by the friends and family of those that passed.

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