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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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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

Christmas Sympathy message


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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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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What to Write in a Sympathy Card: The Ultimate Guide

This is the most comprehensive guide on what to write in a sympathy card. Period.

You’ll find over 130 sympathy messages for friends, family, coworkers and more on this page. As well as a complete guide to writing your own sympathy card messages.

So if you’re struggling with what to say in a sympathy card, this is the post for you.

Table of Contents
Sympathy Message Examples
Short and Simple
For a Friend
Mother
Father
Son
Daughter
Husband
Wife
Brother
Sister
Coworker
Acquaintance
Pet
Writing your Own Sympathy Message
Etiquette
What Not to Write
Signing Your Card

Sympathy Message Examples

Writing a sympathy message can be hard. Finding the appropriate words and offering your condolences in a fairly short, simple way is difficult for most of us.

These examples should help to show you the sort of sympathy messages and sentiments that you can express in your card.

  • I’m/we’re so sorry for your loss. You are in my/our thoughts and prayers
  • Please know we’re thinking of you during this terrible time. If there’s anything you need we are here for you. Stay strong.
  • I know nothing I can say will help ease the pain but I wanted you to know you are firmly in my thoughts and I’m hoping you can find support in the loved ones around you
  • I’ll always remember ______ with such fondness and warmth. Those memories I have will live on forever and be cherished for years to come
  • You have my deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person
  • Even though the pain will dull with time we will never forget _______
  • It was with great sadness we/I learned of _______’s passing. In these difficult times we/I wanted to offer our sincerest condolences and hope you find love and support
  • My heart goes out to you. Wishing you much love and support
  • It’s beyond cruel to lose someone we loved so dear. We’re so deeply sorry for your loss.
  • We feel blessed to have known _____ and their memory will live on in all of us

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Short and Simple Sympathy Messages

You may want to say just a few short words of condolence in your card. Keeping things simple and not saying too much can often be more appropriate.

The following examples are suitable for most situations and can be used in a card or in person.

  • You are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Please accept my sympathies
  • You and your family will be in my prayers
  • Please accept heartfelt condolences
  • I was so saddened to hear of your loss
  • My heart is with you in this trying time
  • Know that you are in my thoughts and prayer
  • You have my sincerest sympathy
  • You are always in my thoughts
  • I hope you can find some peace and comfort
  • May God bless and comfort you

Condolence Messages For a Friend

A friend losing a loved one is never easy. We don’t want to see a close friend grieving or in pain. So expressing your sympathy for their loss and being there for them is part a strong friendship.

Try to show your support and offer anything they may need. And don’t be afraid to show your compassion and empathy in your sympathy wishes to them.

  • Words can’t fully express how sorry I am for your loss. I’m thinking of you at this terrible time and am there for you whatever you need
  • I was so sad to hear of the passing of _____. I know how close you were and just wanted to reach out and offer my condolences
  • Sending you comforting thoughts and wishes. I hope you’re feeling ok and know that I’m here if you need me
  • May your family and friends offer the support, strength and love you need in this tremendously difficult time
  • I can’t begin to understand what you’re going through but am here if you need anyone to talk to.
  • _____’s memory will never be forgotten, and I hope you can find comfort in the people who love you
  • Sending my deepest sympathies for your terrible loss
  • The loss of ______ came as such a shock. I know how hard this must be for you. May you find comfort in those around you and some peace during this tough time
  • Losing someone so special to us is unbearable. My words will have little comfort but please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers during this awful time
  • The memory of _____ and they’re incredible life will remain with us forever. They were truly special and we will miss them so much. My deepest condolences

See more condolence messages for friends.

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Sympathy Messages for loss of Mother

The loss of someone as important as a mother is heartbreaking for her children. It’s an incredibly difficult time for them and one that should be handled with sensitivity.

Use your message to be positive about the persons mother. Maybe mention a story or anecdote about them. Or just a fond memory you have. Whatever it is, show your respects with a heartfelt message of sympathy for the loss of a mother.

  • Nothing I can say will ease the pain but I hope you can take a small amount of comfort knowing that so many care about you. You have my most sincere condolences
  • Our mothers are the most important and special people in our lives, and yours was truly one in a million. She was an amazing woman and I’m so deeply sorry for your loss
  • To try and comfort you when you have lost your mother is pointless. All I will say is she was an incredible person and I will miss her dearly
  • The love of a mother is an unbreakable bond that will live on forever. You will always have her in your heart and her memory will remain amongst all who knew her
  • You and your family are in my prayers. I’m so sorry for your loss
  • I hope you can take comfort from knowing the incredible inspiration your mother was to others. Everyone who knew her was influenced and inspired by her warmth and kindness. She will be missed so much
  • You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. She was a remarkable woman and will be sorely missed
  • The time I spent with your mother are some of the happiest memories I have. She was always smiling, so cheerful and just a pleasure to be around. Her loss leaves behind a gaping hole in all our hearts. If you need anything during this time then please don’t hesitate to ask
  • I can’t imagine how hard this must be for you and your family. Please accept my condolences and you will be in my prayers
  • Your mother was loved by all who knew her. Those touched by her mere presence share your grief and we wanted to extend our sincere condolences for her loss

Sympathy Messages for loss of Father

Much like losing a mother, the loss of a father will be devastating to his family. In a time like this it can be comforting for his children to be reminded of the sort of man he was. Reflect on the positive qualities he had and how you admired him. The examples here should give you an idea of how to express those condolences.

  • Your father was a great man and his loss will be felt by so many. He will be missed greatly. You have my deepest condolences
  • I will always remember your dads amazing sense of humor and laughter. He brought joy with him wherever he was. His loss is heartbreaking
  • Here’s to one of the greatest men I knew – your father. I’m going to miss him so much. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences
  • I saw how strong the bond was between you and your father. I can’t begin to understand your pain but wanted to offer my support and any help you might need
  • I hope you will find some comfort in knowing that your dad was beloved by all who knew him. He was a great man and leaves behind a brilliant legacy. I’m so sorry for your loss
  • I’m truly sorry for the loss of your father – a wonderful man. If you need to talk or just someone to listen then don’t hesitate in getting in touch
  • Your father was a kind hearted, warm and generous man. You have my most sincere condolences on his passing
  • We will remember your dad as the life and soul of the party he was. I will celebrate his life and the good times we had. I’m very sorry for your loss
  • You and your family are in my thoughts during this extremely difficult time
  • You will be in my prayers hoping you can find some comfort as you mourn your father

Loss of Son Sympathy Card Messages

There can be nothing as painful as losing a child. Most of us will be unable to comprehend the pain and heartbreak it brings. A parent outliving their son is one of life’s tragedies.

Words will do nothing to help that pain but showing they are loved and have people who care for them may bring some comfort. So use the sympathy messages below to try and offer some solace in such a dreadful time.

  • I have no words to help you heal and can offer nothing other than my support. I’m just so terribly sorry for your loss
  • There are no right things I could say at this time, just that I am here for you
  • There can be no pain more terrible and deep than that of losing a son. My heart, soul and prayers go out to you
  • I was truly blessed to have known your son. He can never be replaced and was such a special person. You have my deepest sympathy
  • The popularity of your son is testament to how much he was loved. He spread happiness everywhere and we were lucky to have had him in our lives. We are so sorry for his passing
  • The joy filled smile of your baby boy is something all who met him will cherish. He was beyond special. Please accept our heartfelt condolences
  • I wish I could say or do something that might lessen your pain. Please don’t think twice about reaching out for help if you need it
  • Your son will not be forgotten and his imprint in our lives last forever. Sending the warmest thoughts and condolences at the incredibly sad time
  • I am beyond sorry for your devastating loss. My heart aches for you and your family
  • Your son was an amazing person who will be remembered for all the great things he did. I wish you some peace during this terrible time

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Loss of Daughter Sympathy Card Messages

The loss of a daughter will be equally as crushing as that of a son. Try to offer your condolences on the most thoughtful way you can with these sympathy messages.

  • Your baby girl’s memory will last forever in the memory of all that we’re privileged to know her. We are very sorry for your loss
  • My most sincere condolences to you and your family. It is unfair and a tragedy to lose someone as young and vibrant as your daughter. She will be missed greatly
  • Your daughters spirit and soul created memories that will live on after her. The loss is incomprehensible and we are so sorry
  • Please remember that we will be with you during this time of grief. Don’t hesitate to reach out
  • Your wonderful daughter was loved by all. She has been taken too soon and will always be in our hearts
  • It’s hard to think of a world without ______ in it. She was such a vibrant, beautiful woman and I still can’t believe she is gone. You have my deepest sympathies
  • Even now the loss of your daughter is still hard to make sense of. I just can’t believe she is gone. My heart goes out to you during this awful time
  • My prayers are with you and your family. I hope you can find some strength to make it through
  • I only wanted to send this note to let you know if you need someone to listen or a shoulder to cry on I will always be there for you
  • I can only hope you eventually find some peace. My sincerest condolences

Condolences for Loss of Husband

Losing anyone from your life is terrible. But the loss of a spouse is one of the worst. For someone you have loved more than almost anyone and have spent your life with – the pain will be immense.

So if you know someone that has suffered the loss of their husband then these words of sympathy should offer support in their time of grieving.

  • Your husband was a good man, and his passing has affected us greatly. He will be deeply missed. Our condolences
  • I will never forget what a great friend and Dad your husband was. I can’t believe he’s gone and wish you my most heartfelt sympathies
  • Your husband was the definition of a great guy. He made time for everyone and was always a joy to be around. We can’t express how much we will miss him
  • The memories I have of your husband are some of my fondest. Every time I think of him I smile. You and your entire family are in my constant thoughts
  • Your husbands quiet strength and dignity was an inspiration. I looked up to him in so many ways. I’m going to miss him dearly and will be there for you whatever you may need
  • We will celebrate his life and all the good he did. There will be tears but his memory won’t be forgotten. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss
  • I can’t imagine the pain you are suffering, but I will always be here for you, and am just a phone call away
  • Nothing I can say will help gifts make things better but please know that I’m thinking of you constantly. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss
  • I hope loved ones and family can help you find strength to get through what is an absolute tragedy. My sympathies for your loss
  • Sending love and courage to get through the coming days. We won’t ever forget your husband

Condolence Messages for Loss of Wife

As with losing a husband, the loss of a wife will affect their partner and family profoundly. Show your support and reach out to offer some comfort with a touching sympathy card message.

  • Although she is gone the memories of her will live on forever. Hold on to those and keep the memories alive. Sending you our love and prayers
  • Your wife was a truly amazing woman. Her love and warmth was appreciated by all who knew her. I’m so sorry for your loss
  • Sending loving thoughts and thinking of you during this horribly sad time
  • No words could adequately describe the pain you’re having to go through. Your wife will be missed greatly but the light she brought to so many lives not forgotten
  • No words will ever be enough to express the sorrow I feel for your lost wife. But I hope you can take some comfort from knowing I’ll be there for you
  • ______ was a truly wonderful person. When we heard the news our hearts broke. We’re if you need is for anything
  • Your wife is irreplaceable and will never be forgotten. We will miss her more than words can say
  • I can’t comprehend the loss of someone so important like your wife. But her life won’t be forgotten, and her memories will live on in our hearts. Our thoughts are with you
  • Hold on to the countless good times you had. I hope you can stay strong and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to talk
  • Sending the deepest condolences to you and your whole family

Loss of Brother Sympathy Message Examples

Siblings are often extremely close to one another. So losing a brother will have a dramatic and painful impact on his brothers and sisters.

Show your understanding and empathy with a heartfelt condolence message for the loss of a brother. Use the examples below to help.

  • I was so sad to learn of the passing of your brother. I will cherish the memories I have of him. If you need anything at all I’m here for you
  • I know what a close bond you and your brother had, so his loss must have been so much harder for you. I just wanted to pass on my condolences
  • Learning of your brothers death was such a shock. He was a great friend and everyone was so delighted to have known him. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss
  • Losing a sibling must be incredibly hard and my thoughts are with you as you mourn your brother
  • We are all grieving for this tragic loss. Your brother was beloved by all who knew him and will be revered as a special guy. I hope you can fund strength and love in those surrounding you
  • Your brother was taken too soon and will leave behind a huge hole in many lives. I hope you and your family can find peace after such a tragic loss
  • Sending my love after the loss of your dear brother. Please pass my condolences to your entire family
  • May the memories of your bother provide some comfort during this dreadful time. Please accept my condolences
  • Your brother was as kind as he was brace. It was an honor to have known him. May he rest in peace
  • We were privileged to get to know your brother. That time we have we will always be thankful for. My deepest condolences to you and your while family

Loss of Sister Sympathy Message Wording

Just as with losing a brother, the loss of a sister will be impossible to bear. Her siblings will be bereft with the death of their beloved family member. Try to be there for them and show that through a supportive sympathy message.

  • I cannot imagine a world without your sister. She was so vibrant and bubbly. I just can’t believe she’s gone. I’m going to miss her more than words can say. You have my deepest sympathy
  • i wish I had one more day just to tell your sister what she meant to me. I will miss her every day. I am so sorry for your loss
  • Your sister was an inspiring and brilliant person. I feel like the world is already a less special place without her. May she rest in peace
  • She may be gone but her life lives on through the memories we made together. My condolences to you
  • I will be forever grateful to have known your sister. She was always so upbeat and happy. I will miss her so deeply
  • I just wanted to extended my sincerest condolences to your family for the loss of your sister. She will be remembered for only good
  • I was so sorry to hear of your sisters passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this awful time
  • I know that nothing I can do will comfort you but I wanted to reach out and say how much your sister will be missed. If you need to talk, I’m here
  • We were so deeply sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful woman who’s time was cut so short. Our sympathies
  • I know your site would have wanted you to stay strong even during this time of loss. She was a remarkable person and will be deeply missed

Loss of a Coworker Sympathy Sentiments

Work colleagues may not be as close as family or friends. But losing someone you are used to seeing every day at work can be deeply affecting.

Use these messages to send a sympathy note or card to the family of your coworker expressing your sorrow for their loss.

  • I enjoyed working with ______ so much and his/her cheerful personality was appreciated by everyone in the office. They will be dearly missed
  • ______ made coming to work every day that bit more enjoyable. I’m going to miss him/her. My condolences
  • I was so sad to hear of your loss. Whilst I didn’t work much with _____ I always found him/her to be a generous and friendly. I’m very sorry for your loss
  • ______ was a legend of our office. They will always be in our hearts
  • Wishing you peace and hope in these difficult times
  • The office just won’t be the same without _____. My thoughts are with you
  • We have all felt the loss of _____ at work and we are all sending our condolences
  • I know we weren’t very close but I wanted to extend my sympathy for your loss
  • We lost not only a coworker, but also a friend. They will be missed. Condolences for your loss
  • I will remember ______ with a great fondness. Work won’t feel the same without them. You have my condolences

What to Write in a Sympathy Card for Someone you don’t Know Well

Writing a sympathy message for someone you don’t know well can be even more difficult than to a loved one. Striking the right tone and using appropriate words is important. Use these examples as a guide for what to say.

  • Although we don’t know each other well I wanted to send my condolences for your loss. I hope you will accept my sympathy and thoughts
  • We never had the opportunity to meet but I knew your husband/wife well and wanted to pass on my condolences. Their good nature and kindness will be missed. Wishing you all my sympathy
  • My deepest condolences for your loss. Although I never had the chance to meet your mother/father I remember how highly you spoke of them and how close you were. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow
  • We may not be all that close but I know how hard things must be for you. Please accept my sympathy for your loss
  • Although our connection is limited I understand the pain a loss like you’ve experienced causes. I will be thinking of you

Loss of Pet Sympathy Card Messages

We love our pets just as much as family. They become equally as important to us, and we grieve their loss in the same way. The passing of a pet is deeply moving and will be felt very strongly by their owners.

So you should offer your condolences and sympathy in the same way you would any other loss. Show respect and understand for the bereaved and their grief.

  • I know how close you and ______ were. I hope the lovely memories you made together can provide some comfort as you grieve. He/she will always be in your heart
  • You and your family are in my thoughts as you mourn the loss of a lovable pet and true friend
  • The loss of a pet is always hard, even more so when they’ve had such a huge impact on our lives. That love and friendship will never die though, and the memories live on in us forever
  • Losing your furry friend in such a sudden way is heartbreaking. Accept my most heartfelt condolences
  • Dogs show the sort of loyalty and unconditional love that makes your heart swell. To lose that is beyond cruel. I’m wishing you my sincerest sympathies
  • I was so sad to learn of the loss of your adorable cat. She was so friendly and I know how much you’ll miss her
  • Having to make the decision to put your beloved pet down is devastating. But you were the most wonderful owner she/he could have had and your courage in putting her/his wellbeing first is admirable. You have my deepest sympathies
  • Losing a family member, which a pet is, is a tragedy. I’ll be thinking of you and sending loving thoughts
  • The wonderful memories you shared with ______ will live on. They will be greatly missed and I’m so sorry for your loss
  • These words will do little to ease your pain but I’m thinking of you as you mourn your loss

Writing your Own Sympathy Message

If you make the decision to write your own sympathy message, rather than using one of the examples above, then you can follow some steps to get the perfect wording and format.

Whilst it may seem daunting trying to find the best words of condolence, it doesn’t have to. Most people will appreciate the time and effort you have taken to write and send a sympathy card.

Even if your words aren’t absolutely perfect, as long as you are sincere and they come from the heart then they will be received with gratitude and warmth.

Try following these guidelines:

Who is the Recipient

The way you write your sympathy message and the tone you take is determined by who it is intended for. A close family member will receive a very different type of message than an acquaintance.

If you aren’t very close to them then a short, simple condolence message is probably best. Avoid being too emotional or sentimental as it could be seen as inappropriate if you aren’t a family member or close friend. The same applies for jokes or anything humorous.

If the card is going to a friend or family member then you should be more open with what you say. You can talk about how much you will miss the deceased, what a great person they were, perhaps retell a short story you remember fondly involving them. You will want your message to be positive in the way it talks of the dead, and should be somewhat upbeat rather than focusing on the suffering they are going through.

Offering Help

Offering support and an ear to listen when someone has suffered a bereavement is a kind gesture. It’s the sort of thing that should definitely be included in a sympathy card, providing the recipient is someone you know well.

Losing someone causes untold grief, but alongside that there are things like a funeral that need to be arranged and belongings sorted. This can be overwhelming for many when combined with the effects of grieving and still having to live your own life (job, children etc).

So when sending your sympathy message, if you can, offer to help in some way. Even something as simple as taking the children to school for them or helping with parts of the funeral will be greatly appreciated.

Card Etiquette

Alongside deciding what to write in a sympathy card there are often questions around the etiquette in sending one. When is the right time to send it? Am I too late? Should I include a gift? And many more.

Hopefully the following will clear up any doubts you have and show the best way to navigate those questions.

When to Send it?

There isn’t any real set time frame for sending a sympathy card. The sooner the better, really. Sometimes that’s easier said than done though, especially if you only find out about the passing of someone a significant time after it has happened. So a few months would still be acceptable. But when possible, aim for sending it as quickly as you can

If you’re concerned you’re too late there is no harm in referencing it in your message – “I’m really very sorry for how late I am with this card”

Should I Send Flowers?

It’s certainly not mandatory and you shouldn’t feel compelled to do so. In most cases a sympathy note or card will be more than enough.

However, if you wanted to send a bouquet of flowers that would, I’m sure, be very appreciated. Sending flowers to offer sympathy for a loss is very common so wouldn’t be an odd gesture. They often come with a small card or note that you could write your message of condolence on.

Is an Email/Using Social Media Acceptable?

A sympathy card should be the priority. Whilst using Facebook to offer condolences is common now, it is very impersonal. Especially if you know and are close to the deceased or family. Where it may be more appropriate is if you didn’t know the deceased well. But a card will always be more thoughtful.

Should I Avoid Religion?

The decision regarding religion will come down to your own judgement. Only you know the recipient and their views towards religion. A very strong atheist is unlikely to appreciate any form of religious message. A devout Christian wouldn’t.

Generally most people won’t take offence to words like “you are in my prayers” but anything more than that may make some feel uncomfortable. The best thing to do is if you’re worried then avoid it, just to be on the safe side.

Following Up

In the future it might be quite nice to send an anniversary card to mark the passing. The anniversary of a loved ones death may bring back those feelings of heartache and grief experienced originally. So receiving a card with more words of support and comfort on that anniversary can be very touching. But it will not be seen as rude to not do this. Just that it might be a nice gesture if you remember.

What Not to Write

There are some phrases and words you should avoid when deciding on what to write in your sympathy messages. You may end up causing offence without meaning to.

  • Don’t bring up the circumstances surrounding the death itself. The memory of a loved ones passing is going to be terrible, so won’t want to be relived or reminded of it.
  • Stay away from words like “died” and “death”, as well as phrases such as “it’s for the best” or “it was God’s plan”. Negative words can be jarring for the recipient and using phrases that presume you know what the bereaved is feeling or what is next for them could come across as very insensitive.
  • Don’t compare your own loss with anyone else’s. Whilst there may be similarities everyone experiences loss and grief differently. Comparing yours with there’s could be seen as taking attention away from their own bereavement.
  • Send a sympathy card rather than using social media or an email. Those aren’t unacceptable ways to offer condolences but a card is much more personal and shows a degree of care and effort that has gone into wishing them sympathy for their loss.

Signing your Card

Choosing how to sign a sympathy card will depend on what sort of message you have used and your relationship with the recipient.

The most common closing will be a simple, short few words. “Sincerely” or anything else formal might not be appropriate for a sympathy card.

Examples:

  • With caring thoughts
  • My sincerest sympathy
  • With sympathy
  • Our deepest condolences
  • You’re in my thoughts and prayers

If you’re close to the recipient, maybe a family member or good friend, then you can include they’re name in your closing or use the word “love” as well.

Examples:

  • We/I will never forget _____
  • The life and memory of ______ will remain with us forever
  • With love
  • With loving thoughts
  • ______ will never be forgotten

Whether you choose to write your own sympathy card messages or one of the examples provided here, as long as you speak from the heart and are genuine in what you say the exact words won’t matter. Just show you care and that you are there for the bereaved and they will appreciate the gesture.

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