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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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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

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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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Christmas Sympathy messages

At Christmas we all send out cards to friends and family. But when someone has suffered a loss in the previous year, around the holiday season or is dealing the anniversary of a death then it can be tough to know what to write in a card.

You don’t want to be as cheerful and festive as you would normally be. It would be odd and possibly cause some upset to send the usual happy Christmas message.

So what do you say?

Well if you aren’t sure how to write a sympathy message at Christmas or what you say to someone at Christmas that has lost a loved one then try the example wishes and messages below.

READ MORE: Need some further help? Try our guide for Christmas Card Etiquette After a Death

Christmas Sympathy Messages


I can’t begin to understand how difficult this time of year must be for you but please know you are in my thoughts. I hope you can have a Happy Christmas


Sending my warmest wishes to you at Christmas and hoping you can find comfort amongst family during the holiday season


Hoping you can have a Happy Christmas this year and the love of those closest to you ease any pain


May the holiday season not be too painful for you and that you can look back on warmer memories from past Christmases


I’m thinking of you this Christmas and sending lots of love. I hope you’re coping and doing ok


My deepest love to you and your family at this Christmas. I will wish you blessings and peace for the holiday season


Wishing you and your whole family as much peace and happiness you can find during this difficult holiday

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My prayers and thoughts are with you as you go through such tough times. May the holiday season provide some respite and cheer from the pain


I pray God grants you and your family peace and that your Christmas can bring you cherished memories to remember


I understand how difficult it has been for you recently and I hope that with the love of friends did family you can have a Christmas that is still filled with joy and happiness. All my love


It isn’t right to wish you Merry Christmas after everything you’ve been through but I hope that better times are just over the horizon for you


Merry Christmas. After losing someone so special any holiday must be so tough. I hope you can have as nice a Christmas as possible and your grief isn’t too strong


I can’t begin to understand what Christmas must be like after you have lost a loved one in the way you did. I hope that the strength of friends and family supports you through such a tragic time


I’m not sure if sending this card is the right thing to do but I wanted to reach out and let you know you’re in my thoughts during the holiday season


I will never forget _______ and what a truly special person they were. I just wish they were still with us for this Christmas. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope the holiday season is not filled with too many bad memories


Sending my best wishes to you and your whole family. Christmas is a time for love and togetherness and I hope that spirit can offer you some comfort when times are hard


May the cherished and treasured memories of ______ be a comfort this Christmas. I know how much she/he loved the holidays and would have wanted you to carry on enjoying them even without them


My deepest sympathy this Christmas. May you remember ______ and all the love they brought


You will be in my prayers over Christmas and the New Year. May God bless you with peace throughout


The holidays are always so hard after losing someone so important. I am there for you if you need me


Please know I can be there to talk if you feel lonely or need a friendly ear over the holidays. I understand how hard Christmas must be but you aren’t alone


My most sincere sympathy for your tragic loss. May the love and support of those around you see you through the holidays


It’s with such sadness I send this card. May your Christmas still be filled with love and happiness


I wish your Christmas to be one that can bring you hope and peace. All my love


May the season of goodwill not bring back too many unwanted memories and the love of those closest to you is enough to help you through


Big hugs and my heartfelt wishes for you at Christmas

Hopefully these example sympathy messages will have helped you when reaching out to those grieving at Christmas.

Be mindful of people’s grief and hurt during the holidays and don’t just assume it is a happy time for everyone. Many people will be remembering passed loved ones and you should try to be understanding of their feelings when sending your holiday messages.

Christmas Sympathy messages

condolence messages for a grandson

A grandson is such a wonderful gift. Nothing is more precious to grandparents than their grandchildren

So to lose one is utterly heartbreaking. Especially when you consider how young they are likely to be.

If you know someone who has lost their grandson then it’s a good idea to reach out with your a few words of sympathy.

But what can you say or write when someone has experienced such a terrible loss? Finding the right condolences can be extremely hard. The last thing you want to do is say something wrong or make things worse.

So if you’re struggling with what to say or write then try these example condolences messages for a grandsons death.

Short Sympathy Messages for Loss of Grandson

My most heartfelt condolences for your loss

I am deeply sorry to learn of your grandsons passing

You are in my thoughts and prayers during this tragic time

My sincerest sympathy for your grandsons passing

If you need someone then I am always here for you. My condolences

Sending my sympathy for your tragic loss

Your grandson was so amazing and will be remembered with such fondness

It was devastating to learn if your grandsons awful passing. You are in my thoughts

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need to talk

If you need a friendly ear to listen then I will be there

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grandson was such a sweet and loving young man

The special memories of your grandson you have will never fade

I am so sorry. I cannot begin to imagine your pain

I wanted to send this note to let you know I am thinking of you as you go through such a hard time

We are all sending our condolences to you during such a dreadful moment

My most heartfelt condolences to you for the loss of your beloved grandson

I won’t begin to be able to comprehend how difficult this is for you, but I hope this note offers you a small amount of comfort knowing I am here if you need me

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READ MORE: What to write in a Sympathy Card: The Ultimate Guide

Words of Sympathy for Loss of Grandson

Losing a grandson is utterly heartbreaking. I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you. I am so very sorry and you are in my thoughts and prayers

My condolences for the loss of your grandson. I offer my support and sympathy, along with loving thoughts to help you get through such a difficult time

I wanted to reach out to you after learning of your loss. I don’t know what to say other than how sorry I am and I hope you’re coping

I am devastated to hear of your grandsons tragic passing. To lose someone so young is utterly heartbreaking. You have my deepest condolences

We were so saddened to learn of your grandsons death. It’s truly shocking and we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and sending our love

I understand you’ve just lost someone so special to you and so if there is anything you need or I can do then please don’t hesitate to ask

My most sincere condolences for an awful loss. To lose a grandson is both cruel and unfair. I am sending you my love and hoping you find some comfort

I hope you can find some strength amongst friends and family to help you through this terrible time. My condolences

My sympathy for your horrible loss. Your grandson was such a wonderful little guy, it’s beyond sad to lose him so young. I am very, very sorry

May those treasured memories you have of your grandson bring you some peace. My deepest sympathy

Hold on to those cherished memories and all the time you had with your grandson. May his memory never be forgotten. All my sympathy and love

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Try to stay strong and lean on your family to get through this. If you need me though I can be there for you. All my love

My most sincere condolences for what can only be described as a tragedy. I hope you are coping but I am always here if you need me. Be it a phone call or visit I will be there for you

Your grandson will be so sorely missed. It is a sadder world without him. You are in my thoughts

My heart goes out to you during such a testing time. To lose someone so young and full of life is more cruel than I can begin to comprehend. I hope you remember that friends and family are there for you and will do all they can to help you through

Your grandson’s passing leaves behind a huge hole in so many lives. Please accept my condolences for your loss

These words can do nothing to ease your pain but I hope you know I’m thinking of only you as you go through such heartache

Praying you find some comfort after a tragic loss. May your grandson rest in peace

Sending my love and support to you and your whole family. You will be in my thoughts as you deal with the grief of losing someone as special as your grandson

You aren’t alone as you go through this. I will be there for you, be it a shoulder to cry on or a friendly ear to listen. Please reach out if you need anything

May your grandsons sweet nature and fun outlook on life be his legacy. My condolences

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

I hope you can look back on the lovely memories you have with your grandson and find in them some comfort amongst the grief. May his smile and the happiness he brought you provide some solace as you mourn

Your grandson is probably smiling down on us as we remember him. Try to be strong but also please get in touch if I can help at all

To lose someone as special as a grandchild is utterly devastating. But your friends and family will be there. They will support you as you deal with the grief. Look to them for strength and love. My sympathy for your loss

May those wonderful memories of your grandson provide light amongst all the darkness you are facing

I won’t be able to understand what you’re going through it how hard it is but I want to be there to try and help and scare your pain. You gave my deepest sympathy for your grandsons passing

Hopefully these condolence messages will have helped you to find the right words to say or write to someone who’s grandson sadly passed away.

It can be very difficult trying to choose something that is meaningful but also understanding of such a terrible loss. But most people will appreciate any effort to show support and offer comfort during a time of grief. So your message, even if you feel it to be inadequate, will be received with appreciation and warmth.

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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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