Losing a father is one of the hardest things you can go through. Even after the death of a father his son or daughter have a bond that is profound and everlasting.
Offering condolences if you know someone who’s dad has died will show you are thinking of the bereaved. But choosing a sympathy message for the loss of a father is never easy. Finding the right words that express your condolences is tough.
So the following condolence messages and quotes should help you to express your sadness and offer comfort and support.
Short Condolence Messages for Loss of Father
These short, comforting words for the death of a father are well suited for sympathy cards, a note or quick text message. Use them as a brief way to let someone know how sorry you are they have lost their dad.
- I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man.
- May your father rest in peace. My deepest condolences.
- Sending you warm and loving thoughts after the tragic passing of your father.
- May memories of your dad provide you some comfort as you mourn his passing.
- Your father was a truly special man. He will be deeply missed. My condolences.
- There are no words I can offer other than how sorry I am. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
- My most sincere sympathy for your loss. I’m always here if you need a shoulder to cry on.
- May your father’s spirit live on long after he is gone. My condolences.
Sympathy Messages for Loss of Father
These example messages should help you to reach out with your condolences if you aren’t sure what you say to someone who’s father died.
- My heartfelt condolences. Your father was an outstanding man and it seems that he has left us too soon.
- Your father always bragged about how wonderful you were. I hope you know that you meant the world to him. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Truly sorry for your loss.
- Your father was one of the nicest people I knew and I know that he was a great dad too. You have my deepest sympathy on your loss.
- I am truly sorry for your loss. There is no grieving message that can express how much he meant to me. My heart is aching.
- No matter where he is, he’ll always be watching over you. He will stay with you forever.
- I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy
- I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. If you feel like talking to someone, know that I am a good listener.
- I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear about your dad. I was shocked and saddened by the news. Please extend my sympathy to your mom and the rest of your family.
- The loss of one’s father marks one of the most profound rites of passage in our life.
- My condolences to you for the passing of your father. There will never be another man like him.
- I am really sorry for you loss. I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. We will miss him.
- I hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by all of us who knew your dad. He was a wonderful man and he will be sorely missed
- I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the loss of your father. May his memory forever be a blessing.
- Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes and this is one of those moments. Your father was one of the good guys. I will miss him terribly. My condolences.
- I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks as you are going through your process of grieving.
- A father may pass on but his thoughts, hopes and dreams live on in us. Remember the amazing life he lead and how much he loved you. I’m very sorry for your loss.
- Your father was always there for my family when I was growing up. He was so giving and thoughtful. He will live on in our hearts forever.
- Losing your dad can be extremely difficult because you are losing a source of strength, stability and consistency in your life. I am sorry for your loss.
- Your dad was a wise man, but at the same time, he had a great sense of humor. He will be missed greatly and remembered often.
Condolence Messages on Death of Father
After a fathers death you can help family or friends to get through the sorrow and pain with these thoughtful words of encouragement. When mourning their father it’s important to show loved one’s you are there for them. So show them with a card or message.
- May the wonderful memories of your dad help ease your suffering. It’s so hard to say goodbye to someone so loved but I hope you can find the strength to get through this tragic time. My most heartfelt condolences.
- Please accept my most sincere condolences to you and your family. May you find strength and support amongst each other. I am thinking of you and sending my love.
- I could never know how hard this is but know that I will always be there for you. I will support you through every moment. My heart goes out to you.
- I wish I could do more than offer my most sincere condolences. It is so heartbreaking that you have lost your beloved father and I am devastated for you. I only hope the love he leaves behind can bring you some comfort in this face of such a difficult time.
- I hope that friends and family are surrounding you and bringing their love and support following the loss of your dad. I understand that there is only so much they can do but I sincerely hope that the kindness and support of loved ones can help you deal with the grief. My condolences.
- I am so very sorry for your loss and wish to express my deepest condolences. I hope they loved ones are with you for support and you can find some strength to get through the hard days ahead.
- I would like to express my condolences to you and your family for the loss of a devoted father and husband. I am always thinking of you and want you to know I am here if you need any help. May you find some peace to heal.
- There is nothing harder than losing someone as loved as your dad. You may feel alone as you go through this but we will all be there if you need us. I can promise I won’t let you down. You have all my sympathy and love.
Condolence Messages for a Friends Father’s Death
When a friends dad has passed away then they will be hurting and grieving. A condolence message will help them to know their friends are thinking of and there for them.
- I know how close you and your dad were. I saw firsthand the love you shared and bond you had. I am so very sorry he is gone.
- I’m going to be there for you as you cope with the loss of your father. I can’t make the pain go away but I can help you through the grief and mourning. I’ll do everything I can.
- You are as good a friend as I’ve ever had and I’m so sorry you’re father has passed away. He was a kind and loving man who touched so many lives. My sincerest condolences.
- I have very fond memories of your dad and spending time with him. Its so sad that he’s no longer with us. May his memory never leave you.
- Losing your father is just awful and I can’t imagine what you’re going through. But you have always been there for me and I will do the same with you.
- There is nothing I can say to take away your pain. But please know I’m here, always thinking of you and ready to help any way I can. With loving sympathy, your friend.
- I want to do all I can to help you through this terribly difficult time. I can’t understand what you’re feeling but I can support you when you need it. I’m so sorry for your loss.
What to Text Someone Who Lost Their Dad
- I’m deeply saddened to learn the news of your father’s passing. Please accept my deepest regrets for your loss.
- I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved dad. He will be sorely missed.
- My condolences to your and your family after the tragic loss of your father.
- May your fathers memory live on forever in your heart.
- I’m here for you if you need me. I’ll check and see how you’re doing very soon.
- My thoughts go out to you and your family at this time. My condolences.
- My deepest sympathies to you for the loss of your dad.
- I’m thinking of you and praying you find comfort to get through such a terrible loss.
Religious Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Father
These messages can be used in sympathy cards but are also good for a memorial service or even part of a eulogy.
- Your father’s strong faith was an inspiration to many. I am praying that God’s love and grace will bring you some peace in the coming days.
- May the love of God bring you comfort and strengthen you during this terribly difficult time. Your dad was such a wonderful man and I know his spirit will live on through you and your family.
- Our prayers are with you and your family as you mourn the loss of your father. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he is in heaven and reunited with our Lord and Savior.
- Your faith can bring you solace and peace as you come to terms with the loss of your dad. He was an amazing man who I know was very proud of you.
- We were so saddened to learn of your father’s passing. May the Lord surround you with His love as you grieve.
Sympathy Messages for a Friend that Lost a Father
- I know how close you and your dad were. I can’t express how sorry I am he has gone. My heart goes out to you.
- If you need anything I’m always here for you, whether that’s to talk or just listen. You aren’t alone and I’ll support you in whatever way you need.
- I was lucky to get to know your father and he was one of the kindest and most generous men I ever met. He may be gone but he leaves behind an amazing legacy.
- We’ve known each other for decades and I have some great memories of your father from all that time. He was so much fun and a the life and soul of every party. I’m going to miss him and I’m so sorry he’s gone.
- Your dad was truly a great man. He was always proud of you and everything you did and his legacy will live on through you. My condolences for such a tragic loss.
Sympathy Messages for a Relative Who Lost a Father
- We were all so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. He was a beloved member of our family and losing him has left a huge hole in our lives.
- Your dad was always there for us no matter what we needed. His kindness and generosity was the mark of a great man. He won’t be forgotten.
- Your dad raised an amazing family that I know he was so proud of. You will continue his legacy by remembering and honoring all he did in life. My sincere condolences.
- There is nothing harder than losing your father. You and your family are in out thoughts and prayers during such a tough time.
- It was clear for everyone to see how much your father loved his family. In this time of loss we will be by your side with love and support.
Sympathy Messages for a Colleague Who Lost a Father
- I was deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a parent is incredibly hard and I’m sending my condolences and thoughts.
- Take all the time you need as you deal with losing your father. We will cover for you at work until you’re ready to return. My deepest sympathy.
- You’ve shown remarkable strength in facing something as hard as losing a parent. I’m very sorry for your loss.
- Everyone at the office is thinking of you and sending our love. May your father’s memory always be a blessing.
- Please accept my condolences for the sad passing of your father. I will be praying for you and your family.
Condolences for an Employee or Client Who Lost a Father
- Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father. We were very sorry to hear of his passing and send our thoughts to you and your family.
- We understand this must be a very difficult time for you. Please accept our deepest sympathies.
- With sympathy for the loss of your father from all of us at [organization]. We send our condolences to your family.
- I was terribly sorry to learn of your fathers passing. My condolences for your loss.
- We send our condolences for the passing of your father. May he rest in peace.
Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Father in Law
- Losing a father-in-law can be just as difficult as losing a parent. We wanted to let you know we are here for you in any way you need us.
- Your father-in-law was a friend and colleague who will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
- My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father in law. I hope you’re coping ok and I’m always here if you need me.
- I knew your father in law well and he was a kind and humble man. His loss is a tragedy for all of us but especially you. My sincere condolences.
- With love and sympathy for the loss of your father in law.
Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Father and Husband
- Your family has suffered an enormous tragedy and I am so sorry your family has lost both a father and a husband. My deepest sympathy.
- Your husband was a true partner in every sense of the word and an outstanding father. His love and kindness shall never be forgotten.
- The memories of your partner and father to your children will live on in the hearts of all who knew him. He was a truly incredible man.
- Your husband was a fantastic father and beloved by all who knew him. I am so sad he is gone and will miss him dearly.
- We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your husband. His memory will live on through you and your family.
Words of Sympathy for the Loss of a Father and Grandfather
- Your father and grandfather was a really remarkable man. The wisdom and guidance he showed us was so inspiring and I know everything he taught you will continue to be a part of your family for years to come.
- All of us who were lucky enough to know your father were touched by his warmth and spirit. He will be missed by many people. My condolences.
- I am sending my sincerest sympathy for the loss of your father. I know how much he meant to you and your family and how much his grandkids will miss him. I hope you’re holding up and am only ever a phone call away.
- The loss of a father and grandfather is devastating but I’m sure his memory will always be with you.
- May your father rest in peace and his legacy be a reminder of the amazing man he was.
Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Step Father
- While a stepfather may not be your biological dad I knew how losing one can be just as heartbreaking. I’m here for you if you need support.
- Although he may not have been your biological father we know how much of an impact he had on your life. I hope all he did for you will never be forgotten.
- The passing of your stepfather is a reminder that family is not defined by blood but by love. I can’t say just how sorry I am he has left us.
- Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your stepfather. Remember that we will always be there for you.
- I understand how deeply you will feel the loss of your stepfather. He stepped up and became your dad when you needed one the most. You have my most heartfelt sympathy.
Condolence Messages For a Father Figure
- Losing someone from your life who meant so much to you is awful. I know he wasn’t your biological father but I also know how much of an influence he had on on your life. I’m so sorry.
- Having a father figure in your life is so important and to have him taken like this is unbelievably cruel. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
- Your father figure provided strength and guidance when you needed it most. I can’t express how sad it is he is gone. We are here for support if you need it.
- The loss of a mentor is incredibly hard to bear. Please accept our condolences for your loss.
- May everything your father figure did and the guidance he showed you last long after he has gone. I know you will want to make him proud and I feel confident he will be looking down on you and smiling. My love and sympathy.
How to Sign a Sympathy Card for the Loss of a Father
These are a few examples of how to sign a sympathy card for when someone has lost their father.
- May time heal your heart. With deeper sympathy.
- My sympathy and thoughts are with you
- We will be thinking of you.
- With loving condolences.
- With warm thoughts and prayers
How to Talk to Someone Who Lost Their Father
As well as offering your condolences and sending a sympathy card you will probably talk to whoever has lost their father. This can be difficult too as it’s hard to know what to say and how to act around those grieving a parents passing.
Although you may feel uncomfortable you shouldn’t ignore them. Some people prefer to be left alone when they’re mourning but many don’t and need the support of friends and family.
I know I needed people around me after my dad died and would have struggled far more if I hadn’t had family and friends. So try put aside any awkwardness you may have and be there for them.
Follow these tips for what to do when you talk to someone grieving a passed father:
One of the most important things you can do. It’s also easy and doesn’t require much on your part.
Let the person grieving express their emotions and how they are feeling. Don’t judge them and listen closely, trying to understand what they’re going through.
You don’t have to have experienced exactly the same loss as they have to understand the pain and hurt they’re going through. Simply be empathetic to their situation and offer your support by being there if they need someone to talk to.
When I was going through the loss of my father I had family, namely my husband, who could be there for me. But friends would also come round to visit and be with me, not necessarily to talk but to listen. It isn’t going to make the pain go away but it does help.
If you knew their father well and had any special memories of him then sharing them is a good idea. It can help those mourning to remember their dad in the best way and not to dwell only on the negatives.
Like listening it isn’t going to be a magic wand but anything that can bring some positivity to someone grieving will help. And I remember reminiscing about my dad with close friends and ending up laughing about some of the funniest and most cherished memories I had of him. I missed him dearly, and still do, but remembering those special times with him definitely helped.
It takes time to get through the pain of losing a parent. It took me months before I felt like I was starting to move through the worst of it and that was just the start. It was longer than that before I really felt like I’d past the worst.
So don’t rush whoever is grieving and allow them to grieve the way they want taking as long as they need. Be supportive and there for them at every stage without expecting them to be over it by within a certain time.
The most important thing to remember is to let them know they aren’t alone as they go through such a difficult moment.
What Not to Say to Someone Grieving Their Father
These are just a few examples of what not to say to someone grieving:
- It was God’s will.
- At least he’s in a better place now.
- Cheer up.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- It’s time to move on.
These are only likely to upset someone mourning their father and make them feel worse.
How to Support Someone Who Lost Their Father
As well as sending a card or offering your condolences you will want to be there for someone grieving their father who passed away. Think in more practical terms about what you can do to support them.
For example my neighbors came round with some food they’d made for me after my father had passed away. They knew I would be struggling and not want to cook, something common in those grieving.
It was a touching gesture and one I really appreciated. That’s only one example though and there are many more ideas of ways you can offer your support:
- Help with daily tasks: when going through the grief a loss brings it can make doing regular day to day tasks very hard. So offer to help with things like cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. Anything you can do to alleviate some stress from them will be appreciated.
- Cook meals or bring food: like the tasks above cooking can also be challenging whilst grieving. So having someone doing the cooking or bringing cooked food for you that don’t have to prepare is a real help when feeling the effects of grief. I mentioned earlier how this helped me when I was really struggling with my grief, so I know how helpful it can be. If you can offer any supper like this it will make a big difference.
- Help them with paperwork: after a death there is often admin and legal documents that need taking care of. You can offer to assist with any of the paperwork they have and they may be finding overwhelming. Even something as simple as cancelling a subscription in the deceaseds name can reduce the workload for the bereaved.
- Send a thoughtful gift: a gift is a nice way of showing you’re thinking of them. If you were planning to send a card then a gift or flowers would go well with it. You can even make it personal to their father – something like a picture frame with picture of their dad would be a very touching gift.
- Offer to help with funeral arrangements: arranging a funeral is a daunting task. There are many aspects to it and having to do it alone is tough. So you could offer to help with some parts of it or just attending the service with them.
- Offer financial support: you should probably know the bereaved very well before offering any financial support but if you do it can be both appropriate and helpful. Grief can impact finances, causing unexpected expenses and the grieving family needing time off from work. So do consider it if you think it would help them out but be tactful if you’re going to.
- Healthline Guide to Losing a Parent
- Band Back Together – a guide on how to cope with death of a parent.
- Our House Grief – a guide to dealing with the loss of a parent as an adult.
- Child Bereavement – a resource to help children cope with loss and grief.
- Good Grief Podcast – After losing her mom and struggling with the grief Blake Kasemeier started the Good Grief podcast to talk about loss and mourning with both experts and through her own experience.
- On Grieving the Death of a Father by Harold Ivan Smith – a collection of stories from various people all grieving the loss of their father. An insightful and moving look at the experience of grieving a parent.
- Grief Therapy Explained – if you’re thinking about counselling this guide may help.
What to write in a sympathy card for loss of father is hard. I hope these examples have helped you to offer support and comfort to someone whose dad passed away. It will be an incredibly tough time for them so try to be there and do whatever you can to make it easier whilst they grieve.