What to Write in a Sympathy Card: 50 Ideas for Condolences

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When someone you know has suffered a loss, you might not know what to say. You want to bring her some comfort, but don’t want to say the wrong thing. You might feel awkward or uncomfortable, but it’s important to reach out. Your support and love goes a long way in helping your loved one through the grieving process. Don’t worry so much about saying the right thing. Instead, write from the heart. Let your loved one know you’re thinking of her and that you’re there if she needs any support in the upcoming weeks and months, whether that’s a home cooked meal, a thoughtful sympathy gift, or a shoulder to lean on. Here are 50 ideas for what to write in a sympathy card:

1. “We are so sorry for your loss.”

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When you find it hard to find the right words, keep it short and simple. Explain how sorry you are for her loss and leave it at that. Just those words alone can bring a little bit of comfort.

2. “Sending my love to you and your family.”

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Let your loved one know that you’re there for her and her entire family. Let her know how much your heart goes out to her and her entire family during this period of sorrow.

3. “Wishing you peace and comfort during this hard time.”

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It’s going to take a long time for your loved one to feel any semblance of normalcy again. Wish her a little bit of peace and comfort to get through the worst of this terrible storm.

4. “May time help you heal and bring you peace.”

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As they say, time heals all wounds. While it’s not necessarily true with grief, time eventually takes the edge off the intense pain she’s feeling now. Remind her that it will get better.

5. “Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss.”

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If you’re having trouble finding the right words, you already know that words can’t really describe what you’re feeling right now. Let her know that you can’t find the right words but still feel sorrow for her loss.

6. “Sharing in your sadness as you remember your lost loved one.”

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You might not feel the intense sadness she does right now, but you are sharing in the grief. Let her know that you not only share in her sadness, you also remember her loved one fondly.

7. “Please accept my warmest condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss.”

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The word “condolence” means an expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of death. It’s the perfect word to explain how you’re feeling at this moment and the sentiment you want to convey.

8. “I hope you know I’m here for you during this time of sorrow.”

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Let your loved one know that you’re there for her, whether that’s helping her with daily tasks or lending an ear. You can be the shoulder she needs to lean on during this tough period of life.

9. “She was an amazing person and led a wonderful life.”

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It’s always a good idea to talk about the memories you have of the person who passed. If she made an impact on your life, let the grieving family know what a great person she was.

10. “She will be missed.”

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Of course, you’ll miss her too. Let your loved one know that she’s not alone in missing the person who has passed. Knowing there are others who share in her pain can help her feel a little less isolated.

11. “I have the best memories of her and will hold them dear.”

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Feel free to share your favorite memories you have with the one who has passed. Telling stories about the deceased can help bring comfort and healing to the grieving family and is the quickest way to bring about a smile.

12. “Many people have been blessed by her kindness.”

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Let the grieving family know how much of an impact the deceased person made on the world. Recount how many people have been blessed just by knowing such an amazing person.

13. “Celebrating the life of a good person and mourning their passing with you.”

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Grieving isn’t just about mourning and sadness. It’s also about celebrating the life of someone who made a difference in the world. Let your loved one know you share in that celebration.

14. “I’m here with anything you might need.”

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These are perhaps some of the most important words to say when sharing your sympathy. Offer to help in any way you can to make these trying times a little better. If you can, be specific in the ways you can help, such as bringing over a meal or calling every few days.

15. “I’ll call to see when would be a good night to bring over a meal.”

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Offering your help might not be enough because the request is too vague, especially when someone is upset. Be a little more specific and let her know you plan on reaching out to send over a meal.

16. “I’m only a phone call away.”

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You might live far away and cannot support your loved one in person. If that’s the case, let her know that you’re available to talk over the phone. Ask her when might be the best time to talk or let her know to call you at any time.

17. “I pray that God will grant you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.”

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If you’d like to offer a more religious perspective, feel free to do so. Religion offers many people a sense of comfort, peace, and strength that they cannot find elsewhere.

18. “May God give you comfort and peace in your time of sorrow.”

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Offer your loved one a bit of hope that God may provide comfort and peace during this difficult time. Even those who aren’t necessarily religious can find a little bit of hope in these comforting words.

19. “My hope is that God may wrap His arms around you and give you peace.”

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Right now, all you can hope for is a little bit of peace. Let your loved one know that you hope God can surround her and her entire family with peace and comfort.

20. “We are praying for you and your family.”

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Let your loved one know you’re praying for her and her entire family during this tough time. Knowing that you’re thinking of her and sending offer prayers can provide a bit of comfort and peace.

21. “I am praying for you to find peace and healing through God’s infinite love.”

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This wording is a little more specific than just offering prayers. It lets your loved one know that you’re praying for her comfort and healing with the power of God’s infinite love.

22. “God can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you.”

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Let your loved one know she can turn to God during this difficult time. Many people find that time spent with God can strengthen them and provide peace to get through intense sorrow.

23. “Your Mother will forever remain in our hearts and memories.”

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For someone grieving the loss of a mother, let her know how much of an impact her mother has made on your life. Let your loved one know that her mother will always be remembered.

24. “Your Mom’s kindness and generosity will live on forever.”

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Share specific traits of your loved one’s mother that make her so special, such as her kindness, generosity, hospitality, or caring nature. Let her know those qualities will live on forever with her memory.

25. “You’re carrying on your Mom’s greatest qualities.”

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Even better, let your loved one know how beautifully she carries on her mother’s amazing traits herself. She’ll find a little comfort in knowing she’s carrying on her mother’s legacy.

26. “Your mom was lucky to have you.”

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Perhaps your loved one took care of her mom over the past few years. Or, maybe she just offered love and support from afar. Let your loved one know how lucky her mom was to have her daughter in her life.

27. “Your father lived a truly remarkable life.”

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For someone who has lost a father, let your loved one know how remarkable his life was. Share in the things that made it so outstanding, such as his adoration for his children or his love for adventure.

28. “May your Dad’s memory always be your guiding light.”

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A father’s love, support, and guidance doesn’t end when he passes away. Instead, it lives on through his memory and the memory of all the things he taught his children throughout his life.

29. “I’m thankful for the impact your father made on my life.”

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If your loved one’s father impacted your life, let her know. Share the things he did to leave an impression on you that you’ll never forget, even after his passing.

30. “Words cannot describe how great of a person your husband truly was.”

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For someone dealing with the passing of a spouse, share in your appreciation of him as a person. Reminisce on the things he did to make an impact on your life and the lives of everyone who knew him.

31. “Losing the one you love is so hard. Remember you’re not alone.”

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You won’t find many things that are more difficult than losing a spouse. Remind your loved one that she’s not alone and can always turn to you for support, comfort, and guidance.

32. “The love and joy your wife brought to the world will never be forgotten.”

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Losing a wife is a difficult and trying time. Bring a little bit of comfort and love by sharing the things that made his spouse a truly spectacular person and remind him that she’ll never be forgotten.

33. “What the two of you shared was truly something special.”

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Remind your loved one that the love he or she shared with her spouse was truly remarkable. A great love story such as theirs will always live on in the hearts and memories of others.

34. “I can’t imagine what you’re going through with the loss of your child.” 

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When someone loses a child, the grief is even more intense. Let your loved one know that you can’t imagine what they’re going through but that you’re there for them to offer all the love and comfort you can.

35. “Your daughter filled the world with so much joy.”

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Let your loved one know how much her child meant to you. It might not be enough to heal the pain, but it can provide a bit of comfort knowing others loved her as well.

36. “You filled her days with so much love.”

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Remind your loved one that her presence filled her child’s day with love and joy. This simple message can bring about a little bit of peace and comfort during the most difficult days of her life.

37. “I’m so sorry to hear you lost your sister. She will be deeply missed.”

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The death of a sibling has its own unique challenges. Provide support and encouragement by reminding your loved one that everyone who has known her sibling will miss her as well.

38. “Your brother had such a positive impact on so many lives.”

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Let your loved one know the difference her sibling made in the lives of everyone who knew him. Share specific ways he had a positive impact on the lives of others, such as the time he dedicated or the jokes he shared.

39. “May all of your happy memories of your Grandmother give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.”

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Losing a grandparent is a challenging time. However, drawing on all of the happy memories your loved one has of their grandparent can help provide a bit of comfort and peace through the difficult storm.

40. “Your Grandma blessed everyone she met with her love.”

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Let your loved one know that her grandparent did just improve the lives of her grandchildren. She blessed everyone she met with her abundance of love and support.

41. “Your Grandfather was an amazing person and I will always remember him.”

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Tell your loved one that her grandparent’s memory will always live on in the hearts of the people that knew him. Share stories of time spent together that show how much of an amazing person he truly was.

42. “Remembering your dear friend with love.”

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Friends are the family we chose. That’s why it’s so difficult when a friend passes away. Remind your loved one that you remember her sweet friend and that you send your love during this trying time.

43. “I will miss her too, and will carry her in my heart, always.”

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For a shared friend, remind your loved one that you share in her grief to provide a little comfort and consolation that she’s not alone. The both of you will carry the memory of your friendship with you, wherever you go.

44. “Heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved pet.”

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Losing a pet can be incredibly challenging. Let your loved one know that you’re there for her through this difficult time by sending your heartfelt sympathy and condolences.

45. “Pets hold an important place in our hearts.”

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Losing a pet can be so challenging because they hold such an important place in your heart. Let your loved one know that you understand her pain and that you’re there for her with whatever she needs.

46. “Losing someone we love is one of the biggest storms we will face in life. I know you are strong enough to get through this.” 

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Remind your loved one that the pain she’s facing is one of life’s greatest challenges. Give her hope by letting her know that she’s strong enough to get through it.

47. “Here’s to celebrating a truly great person.”

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There’s no need to always focus on the negative when it comes to grief. Take the time to celebrate the life of an amazing person by sharing memories, funny stories, and the impact he made on the world.

48. “Sending you love and caring wishes.”

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Love has unbelievable healing powers. Let your loved one know how much you love and care for her to help make things just a bit easier during this difficult time.

49. “The joy and happiness your loved one brought into our lives will not be forgotten.”

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Focus on the joy and happiness the deceased person brought into the world instead of the pain and sadness of their passing. Remind your loved one that you’ll never forget the contribution she made in your life.

50. “She can only be physically gone but never the memories shared.”

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Let your loved one know that the one she has lost can never truly be gone. Once she has made an impact on the people that love her, her memory will always be held dear.

These messages of sympathy can help bring a little comfort and peace to the grieving family. Be sure to speak from the heart and stay away from tired cliches that provide more harm than help. Whether pairing these messages with a bouquet of sympathy flowers or a condolences gift, your loved one is sure to appreciate your kind and meaningful words.