Sympathy Messages and Condolence Quotes - If you are unsure of what to write in a sympathy May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.
Finding the right words of condolences to offer the bereaved is difficult. There are no right words; there’s nothing you could say that will make the pain go away. However, there are short and the condolence messages you can send to a grieving person.
A condolence message is a heartfelt or sympathetic message you send to someone in a time of sadness, specifically, during the time of death.
When someone loses a loved one, one of the necessary things you have to do is show sympathy. Condolence messages are the most acceptable way to show sympathy towards the bereaved. i.e., Say or send a simple, heartfelt condolence message that conveys your sympathy and if you can, be there for the person.
Although your condolence messages or words of encouragement might not be enough to cheer up a grieving friend, careless words could hurt them further.
Here are a couple of things to avoid saying to a grieving person:
If you are terrible at consoling people who just lost a loved one, then you will find this list of sympathy messages handy.
These simple words of sympathy are appropriate for situations when you didn’t know the deceased, or you aren’t close to the bereaved. For example, you are accompanying a friend to a funeral, or your co-worker lost his best friend.
If someone loses an uncle, an aunt, a friend, an in-law or even a grandparent and you did not know the deceased use the following straightforward and short words of condolence:
Losing a spouse is a painful emotional experience for anyone. When we fall in love, among the things we fear could end a relationship, death is something we never include.
The best way to offer condolences to someone who just lost a husband is to say a little heartfelt word of sympathy and offer to help out.
You can offer to pick up the children, or drop them at their grandmas’, get some so groceries, bring them food as the family is on shutdown at such moments.
These are heartfelt condolences messages that can convey your sympathy to a friend or someone who just lost her husband:
When a man loses his wife, it takes him time to realize just how much is about to change. Apart from your message of condolence, he could use your help with home errands such as food and in caring for the children.
These are sympathy messages for someone who just lost his wife:
The loss of a father is massive.
Your message of condolences will depend on the recipient. If it is a co-worker or a friend who lost his father, a simple message of condolence is appropriate what if it is a child? That requires more finesse and empathy.
These are appropriate words of sympathy for someone who just lost a father:
“When I lost my mom, I cried until my insides hurt and my tears ran out.” – Nicholas Owen
These are some deep words of sympathy for someone who just lost a mother, if you knew the mother well enough, a short story or mention of the impact she had on you would be helpful.
“A brother shares childhood memories and grown-up dreams.”
Losing a brother is never easy, most times the surviving siblings wonder if there is anything they could have done and then they find something and blame themselves.
Empathy, in this case, is more important than sympathy.
It is always helpful to offer simple condolences phrases such as “There was nothing you could have done.” “It’s not your fault.”
These simple words of sympathy are appropriate for someone who just lost a brother:
It’s easier to miss her at a cemetery, where she’s never been anything but dead than to miss her at all the places where she was alive. —John Scalzi
These are examples of words of condolences you can offer to a friend or co-worker who just lost a sister:
Losing a child is like a sword through the heart a thousand times, it is death by a thousand paper cuts, and it is not uncommon for marriages to crash shortly after the death of a child.
It is a sensitive period for the parents, so it is best to keep to a simple word of condolences.
Here are ten simple condolence messages for a family that just lost their child:
These are sincere condolences message you can send to the family of a late teacher, mentor, boss, principal or any figure of authority in your life.
If you have a good memory of your mentor, you can share it with the bereaved to recognize the role the deceased played in your life.
“I will always remember the day; he met me crying in the hallway because of some trouble at home. He took me home and told me to wait in the car; I saw him have a word with my mother and from that day, my parents never fought again, well at least not in front of me.”
Stories like this can offer some comfort to the grieving family.
These are 10 condolence messages you can offer someone who lost a teacher or a mentor:
For some people, the death of a pet could sting more than the loss of a friend. I’m not making this up; some pet owners are more attached to their pets than humans.
This means when someone loses a pet, a condolence message on the loss of the pet is in order.
Here are some sample condolence messages on the loss of a pet:
When someone loses a pet, avoid making statements such as “You can always get another pet.” It is equivalent to telling a boy who just lost his father, your mother will remarry soon and you will no longer miss your father. Stupid right? Yes, it is insensitive, and you should never say or imply that to a pet owner.
Remember, the best condolences message is one that conveys your sympathy.
Use these sympathy messages to send to someone who has lost their child and show them that you are there for them.
Losing a child is one of the most tragic things that could happen to anyone. A parent having their son or daughter taken from them will likely be the most painful experience that could possibly be imagined. The grief will be long lasting and change the lives of the family involved forever.
If you are unlucky enough to know a parent, or parents, going through the loss of a child you may want to reach out and show you are there for them if they need you. But trying to find the right words during such a traumatic time is incredibly tricky. A condolence or sympathy card is always a touching gesture but needs to have considered and thoughtful wording. You don’t want to cause offence by saying the wrong thing.
But at the same time you shouldn’t be put off offering sympathy. A message of love that speaks of how sorry you are and the support you can give will always be appreciated. For the parents, just knowing that friends and family are thinking of them whilst they go through such an awful time can alone be comforting. So if you are considering not sending a card or reaching out please don’t be afraid to.
However, there are a few things to be wary of. In your message you should avoid phrases or topics such as:
If you are still struggling and aren’t sure what to say or write then try one of the messages below. They should either provide inspiration to write your own or can be copied directly as they are. Just remember to speak from the heart and your card and message will be warmly received.
I know that there isn’t anything I could say to take away the pain. But please know I’m here for you, whatever you need
You are in our thoughts and prayers during this awful time. We’re here if you need us
There are no words that can explain the sorrow and pain we feel for the loss of your [son/daughter]. They will be greatly missed
Words will seem meaningless so please know that I’m thinking of you constantly. You have my deepest sympathies
There are no right words at this time. We just wanted you to know that you have our full support in whatever you need
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Remember we’re only a phone call away
A child is always with us. First in their lifetime, then forever in our memory
We send you our love and heartfelt prayers that you may find the strength you need to get through each day
I hope you find strength in loved ones and family to help you get through this awful tragedy
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We hope you find some form of peace and comfort in time
I imagine there is no pain deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time
We are truly sorry for your terrible loss. Losing a child is heartbreaking. Our heart aches for you and your family
Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear
My words will never be enough to express the sorrow I feel for your loss. But I hope you can take some comfort from knowing I’m thinking of and there for you
No words can express the pain that you are going through. My prayer is that God will give you strength to face the coming days ahead
I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only offer to be with you during this awful time and hopefully provide a shoulder to cry on a source to take strength from
I only wish there was something I could say or do to lessen the pain. You will be in my thoughts and prayers
Whenever you feel ready to talk or want some company then I’ll be there. I’m so deeply sorry you’re having to go through this
May you find comfort in God and the strength he brings as you mourn the loss of your child. My prayers will be for you alone
We know that over time the pain may look likes it’s faded and life has returned to normal. But behind that the memories and grief will last a lifetime. We’re so sorry for your loss
I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby girl. I know nothing I say can make it better, and I can’t even begin to imagine what your going through, but please know, even before she was born, she was loved by everyone. She is a beautiful star, a star that will always be in our hearts and our memories
We are deeply saddened by your loss. We will cherish the memories of the times we spent together. We are with you during this time of grief
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Please know you and your entire family are in our constant thoughts
Your little girl will forever be in our hearts, her memory everlasting in those who knew her. Stay strong and know we’re here for you
I am still in shock about the loss. She was so special to our family, we will miss her dearly. Our heart goes out to you and your family during this tragic time
My condolences to you and your family. Life does not make sense and losing someone as young and loving as [name] is tragic. We will miss her immensely
We are truly sorry for your loss. Our heart aches for you and your family. She was a wonderful person and we will miss her terribly
Nothing I can say will help to ease the pain, but your daughter was an amazing woman who’s warmth and good nature touched all her knew her. I can’t imagine a world without her in it. I’m so sorry for your loss
Words mean little but your daughters generous soul will have created memories for us all to cherish. Her loss is devastating and we’re sorry deeply sorry
I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are going through. I am so sorry for the loss of your son
I cannot imagine there is a pain more deep and terrible than losing a son. My heart, soul and prayers go out to you at this most harrowing time
I feel lucky to have just known your son. His loss will be felt by everyone and leave a gaping hole in so many lives. Please accept my sincerest condolences
The love and joy that your baby boy brought to us all is something I will forever miss and treasure. I am very sorry for your loss
Your little man was beyond special. His beaming smile and the joy he spread will never be forgotten. We’re so deeply sorry for your loss
Your son was an inspiration to everyone around him. I am so blessed and lucky to have known and called him a friend, and I will keep his spirit alive with the many memories I hold close to my heart
Like everyone who knew your son we will feel his loss so deeply. I hope you can take comfort from knowing how special he was and the amount of people he touched
Love and hugs to you and your family at this deeply sad time. Your son will never be forgotten
Please accept my sympathy for the terrible loss of your son. He will be remembered as the incredible person he was
Your son was loved by all and brought joy to everyone who knew him. Every bit of my heart goes out to you during this most difficult time
I feel so lucky to have been graced by your son’s warm spirit and cheeky smile. He was one of a kind and can never be replaced. I will miss him dearly and send me sincerest condolences
I don’t know what to say, I know how awful this must be for you. I’m so sorry and am there for you whatever you need
If you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen then please don’t hesitate. I’m always here for you
You are in my prayers, constantly. I pray you find the strength needed to get through this
Take time to rest and process what has happened. We can be there for anything you need doing. We’re so sorry
The right words are so hard to find. Please know that I’m thinking of you every moment
You have our deepest sympathies. [Child’s name] will never be forgotten
Brief as your child’s life was may we ever remember the joy they brought. Please accept my deepest condolences
Having heard the sad news we are sending so much love and prayers to you both. Goodnight, God bless precious baby.
We have just heard the terrible news. Just to let you know we are here for you if you need a comforting shoulder to lean on
If you need a friend to talk to or just someone to sit with in silence, I am here for you
Please be patient with yourself and take all the time you need. Sending you our love and deepest sympathy
We send you our love and heartfelt prayers that you may find the strength you need to get through each day
First, address the family members who the card is being given to. (If you forget, the names are usually spelled correctly in the obituary, or you can call the funeral home or church to help with spelling.)
Inside the card, use the deceased person's name. You will not hurt the families' feelings by acknowledging what they are already feeling and talking about, and avoiding the obvious makes everyone feel uneasy. You are acknowledging a life now gone, there is no skirting around it. The bereaved know this and need it to be acknowledged and honored.
Write about a personal memory or a personality trait that made the person special and remarkable. This will help the bereaved connect to their loved one. Memories help. For instance, if you were a good friend to the woman 40 years ago, when you send a letter to her children, you will know something about their mother they may not remember or even know. It may be comforting to read that their mother used to be the life of the party, for example, or that she used to bake excellent chocolate chip cookies.
It is also comforting to know that the loved one will not be forgotten. Assure the bereaved that you will remember. For instance you can say, "I will always remember Mike's ability to help others out. Back in 2010, the winter in Michigan was brutal. It was Mike, your dad, who came out in the middle of the night to help me jump start my car. His goodness will not be forgotten."
When writing a condolence card for someone who lost their father, try bringing up pleasant Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Child.
“O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.” Psalm 10:17
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 “From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:19
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:2
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Corinthians 1:3–4
These 60 quotes about loss of a child will touch you deeply whether or not you have lost a child before. We pray for your little angels in heaven.