Whenever somebody that we know passes it can be hard to know what to say.
We have so much to say but yet we don’t want to say the same thing everybody else does. We want to be comforting & show that we care about their grief.
This past year when my Nana died, I thought I would scream with all of the cards that said “I’m sorry for your loss”. I know people care & that they’re sorry but that’s not what you want to keep hearing.
So what do you really say in condolence cards?
Below are 30 ideas that you can write in sympathy cards. You can expand on any of these or leave them short & simple.
You don’t have to worry about it not being long enough.
The important part of sending condolence cards is showing that you care.
Sympathy Card Messages
I’m going to miss them too.
You’re surrounded by love & support.
Sending you hugs & prayers through this card.
I’m so saddened to hear about the loss of…
Sally was a wonderful person. I will always remember…
Thinking of you as you celebrate Bill’s life.
Wishing you moments of peace & comfort.
Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
Kim was an amazing person, I’m so glad I got to work with her.
Steve touched so many lives.
I’m mourning your loss with you.
Praying that you find comfort in your memories.
There are so many funny stories of your mom that I could tell. Like that time…
I can’t help your pain go away but I’m willing to help you around the house with anything that you may need.
I understand that this is a difficult time for you & your family. I hope to take some of the pressures off of you by bringing by a meal or two this week.
Kelly will always be in our hearts.
Words can’t even begin to express how sorry that I am for your loss. Know that I’m with you during this time.
Remember that you aren’t alone. We are here for you.
Sometimes there just aren’t words to express how we are feeling.
May you feel comfort in your family & friends.
I pray that God will give you strength & comfort in this difficult time.
Grief is never easy. Please feel free to lean on me whenever you need to.
I can’t imagine all that you are going through right now. Remember that I’m only a phone call away.
My heartfelt condolences.
If you need anything at all, to talk, to cry, a hug, I’m here for you anytime.
Don’t rush through your grief, take all of the time that you need to heal.
This has been such a shock to us all. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything.
I’ll miss Mike very much. Especially his (say something like his sense of humor or kind heart).
Our family won’t be the same without Emily.
Please know that we are thinking of you & your family during this difficult time.
What Not To Say In Sympathy Cards
Keep in mind that you send sympathy cards during a delicate time of grief & loss. It’s wise to avoid:
- Talking about money & possessions
- Bringing up problems
- Going into details about their death
- Comparing their loss to one of your own
- Saying things like “it was for the best”
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