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March 13, 2019 Wedding Anniversary Wishes 3 comments

When writing a condolence card for someone who lost their father, try bringing up pleasant Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Mother.

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Mother

Sympathy Card Messages for the Death of a Mom

The loss of a mother is a great loss. Moms are special people. Finding the right words of sympathy to comfort someone who lost his/her mom can be difficult. Most people will lose their mom some time during their lifetime. The following messages can be used in your card when you don't know what to write, but you can edit these to fit the situation.
  1. Moms stay in a very special part of our hearts even after they pass. I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss.
  2. I am sorry you lost someone so important and special in your life. I’ll be praying for you and the rest of your family.
  3. From when I have heard you talk about your mother, she sounded like she was a great woman. She did an excellent job raising you as evidenced by your character. I am sorry for your loss.
  4. No one can replace a mom, but God can comfort a grieving heart. He knows what you need during this time much better than anyone else.
  5. The heart that your mother had for others is a rare gift to the many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. Please accept my condolences.
  6. There’s a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. I am sincerely sorry for the loss of your mother.
  7. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. From what I heard, she was a great woman to be admired. I’ll be thinking about you in the coming days and saying a prayer for you now and then.
  8. I’m sorry for the loss of you mother. It only makes sense for me to do what you mother would have done in this situation if it were someone she knew. I’ll pray for you, call you soon, and bring some soup in the coming week.
  9. To lose your mom is to lose a very close and loyal friend who has known and loved you your entire life.
  10. God gives us the gift of mothers to provide us nurturing, comfort, and support. God can still provide that for you now, but he’ll have to do it in a different way.  I’ll be praying for you to have comfort and support from God.
  11. It takes a special person to be a good mom, but it takes an even more special person to be the mom of a great child. You are proof of your mother's great character.
  12. The loss of a mother creates a void that cannot be filled by anyone. Since mothers a God-given, I'll pray for Him to give you what you need at this time.
  13. Moms provide their children with so much while they are growing up including a place to call home. Now your mom as been called to her home. I hope you are comforted by the promise to be with your mom in her new home when the time comes for you to join her in the sweet by and by.
  14. As I hear of your loss, I'm reminded to be grateful for the time I have had with my own mother in this life. Our mothers have been such a blessing in our lives, and they will continue to bless us even now and in the future.
  15. Children and grandchildren continue the legacy their mothers begin. Your mother has built a strong legacy that I know will continue on.
  16. Mothers are guardian angels, teachers, and best friends who we are blessed with for a time with their valuable time.
  17. Death holds no power over love, especially the love of a mother. For this reason, we can never completely lose our mothers.
  18. I know your mother had great faith, something that made her a strong woman. May you find comfort in your knowledge that you will be reunited with her.
  19. There are some things we can't control in life otherwise the world would be full of billions of sweet mothers like your mom.
  20. I appreciate your mom for who you are. She gets credit for producing you and influencing you. She'll live on through you.
  21. There's a reason mothers are a requirement for babies. I wish we could keep them for our entire lives though.
  22. Time is no match for the forever connection that mothers have with their children.
  23. Mothers can never be replaced, and most of us don't get to keep them for our entire lives. I hope your memories of her bring you comfort. She was an amazing person.
  24. Your mom impressed me in many ways. I feel inspired by her life and aspire to be more like her.
  25. Your mom lived a dynamic and meaningful life. One of her best accomplishments was you.
  26. As a friend of your mom's, I know what a special lady she was. I am sorry for your loss. I'll miss her.
  27. The legacy your mom left for you to continue is a blessing not just to you but also the people she and you have come in contact with over the years.
  28. I was encouraged by your mom to do my best and I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have known her. She will remain in my memories as she was, a beautiful, strong, and smart woman.
  29. Not everyone gets to say that they had one of the best mothers in the whole world. In your case, I think that would be true if you said it.
  30. Three words come to mind when I think of your mom: warm, caring, and wise.
  31. Moms live forever in the hearts of their children. I wish you the best and am praying for you.
  32. I was glad to meet your mom. I see how her influence shaped the person you are today. She will continue to live through some of the good qualities you possess.
  33. I didn't get to meet your mom. Based on what I know about you, she must have been done something right. I am sorry for the loss you're experiencing.

Quotes for Loss of Mom

Quotes can be an appropriate way to express condolences. These are especially appropriate quotes for the loss of a mother.
  • "A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go." -Unknown
  • “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” -Emily Dickinson
  • "Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever." -Unknown
  • "Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother." -Jane Welsh Carlyle
  • “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.” -Unknown
  • "A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

So now that you know there is no perfect sympathy card message for loss and no exact words of Sympathy messages for loss of mother or loss of father.

How to Write a Sympathy Card

writing a sympathy note for loss of mother

Dear John,

I just heard about your mom. I am so sorry and I want you to know I am thinking of you and what you and your family must be going through right now. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you.

I'm sorry I never had a chance to meet your mother, although we spoke on the phone several times. In those conversations I was able to feel just how much she loved you even though she was thousands of miles away. It truly broke her heart that she couldn't travel to be with you and spend more time with you. She always talked about how much she appreciated all the cards and letters and videos you sent to her. Even though distance kept you apart, it was obvious that you still had a strong relationship.

I am sorry I won't be able to make it to the funeral to convey my condolences in person. When you get back we can get together for a memorial dinner here. I'll call you and make all of the arrangements.

My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Kate

Before You Begin-Rules of Etiquette to Consider

  1. Keep your letter short but thoughtful.
  2. Mention one of your favorite memories of the deceased if you have one.
  3. Be respectful of religious beliefs. Try to remember that everyone deserves sympathy, regardless of their beliefs.
  4. Sign with your full name (first and surname). Not only is this is good etiquette, it will also prevent confusion regarding relatives or friends with the same first name as you.
  5. Do not to discuss any financial matters or make offers of financial help.
  6. Offer practical help such as offering to cook meals or help out with household chores.

Begin With an Appropriate Greeting

Letters of sympathy and condolences are very personal in nature. Therefore, proper etiquette dictates that you should always first use the name of the person you are writing your letter to. The specific nature of your relationship to the recipient will help you to determine the exact phrasing that should be used. Here are some sample suggestions for your greeting:

Dear ________,
My Dear Friend _________,
Dearest __________,
Dear Mrs. __________,
Dear Ms. __________,
Dear Mr. __________,
Dear __________ Family,

What to Say First in Words of Condolence Letters for a Mother

It may be difficult for you to get started on your condolence letter for a mother. Sometimes the most challenging part is choosing the first words of your condolence letter. Just write from the heart so that your letter genuinely reflects the nature of your relationship with the bereaved.

In our letter we began with:

I just heard about your mom. I am so sorry and I want you to know I am thinking of you and what you and your family must be going through right now. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you.

Other appropriate opening sentiments include:

I am so sorry to hear the news about your mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

My deepest condolences to you. Words cannot express the how sorry I am to hear about (mother’s name). I will keep you in my prayers.

We just heard about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you during this difficult season.

My heart is filled with sadness for your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that my thoughts are with you during this time.

May your memories of (mother’s name) sustain and strengthen you as you navigate the difficult days ahead. Please accept our condolences.

You have my deepest sympathies. My prayers are with you during this time.

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Mention a Wonderful Memory of the Deceased

When writing words of condolence letters for a mother, it can be hard to find just the right words to express your sadness. You may fear saying the wrong thing, or worry about bringing more pain to the family. However, as our sample letter demonstrates, mentioning a fond memory of the deceased and calling them by name can actually provide a measure of comfort to the bereaved. If you can, try to share a favorite memory or story about the deceased. Here are some sample ideas to help you with your letter:

  • _______ was a kind and gentle woman. She had such a spirit of wisdom and was always able to give me just the right advice for any situation I faced. I feel truly blessed to have known her and will miss her dearly.
  • I am shocked and saddened to hear of the devastating loss of your mother, _______ was always the first person in the office and the last person to leave. Her hard-working attitude was an inspiration to us all.
  • I have such fond memories of _______. We grew up together and were almost inseparable until we went to college and she moved across the country with your father. Even though we have never met in person, I feel like I know you because always shared such great stories about you in her annual letter . I will truly miss her unique spirit.
  • I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, _______ .Though I never had the chance to actually meet her, I know how influential she has been in your life, and how special she was to you. Please know that my prayers are with you.
  • Our family has always enjoyed having _______ as our neighbor. Your mother always had a smile and a wave for everyone on the street. We are grateful that we had the opportunity to get to know one another at our neighborhood block party, so many years ago. We will greatly miss her friendly face.

How To Offer Help in a Words of Condolences Letter for a Mother

Some appropriate ways to offer help are:

  • We will be dropping off several meals that you don’t have to worry about cooking. You can just keep in the freezer and use them as you need or want them.
  • I attend a weekly support meeting ever since I lost ______. I'll send you an email with the details about the group in case you would ever like to join me.
  • I would like to help you out with your household chores. I'll call you and arrange a time on whichever day suits you best.
  • I’m going shopping on _______ and will pick up a few things for you and drop them off on my way home.
  • I'll call you in a couple of days to see if you would like to go for a walk at a time that suits you.

Close with an Appropriate Sentiment

We closed our sample letter with:

My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

The closing statement is perhaps one of the most important parts of any condolence letter. It is the final opportunity within the letter to offer your sympathies. Other phrases that can be appropriate to use in a words of condolence letter for a mother include the following:

  • With prayers for strength to face these challenging days.
  • With hope it helps you to know we are thinking of you.
  • With warm and heartfelt sympathy.
  • With all of our blessings, love and prayers.
  • Please know you are not alone.
  • Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • With our deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Don’t Make These Common Spelling Mistakes

Be sure to avoid these common spelling mistakes if substituting any of your own words for those in our sample words of condolence letters for a mother. Remember to check your letter for spelling mistakes prior to mailing. Here are some of the most common spelling errors:

  • Condolense
  • Condolesens
  • Simpathy
  • Simpothy
  • Simpothie
  • Preyers
  • Blesing

Condolence Messages for a Mother

You can also choose to send your condolences via text or email message rather than by letter. While you can still include the same kind of sentiments as with a traditional letter, the format of a text or social media message often restricts you to a shorter message. When sending a condolence message for a mother via text or social media, it is appropriate to make your message shorter. Here are some sample ideas that you can use:

Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

I was so shocked to hear the sad news about ______. Please accept my deepest sympathies; you are in my prayers.

I’m sorry for your loss. Please know that you have my condolences in this difficult time.

My deepest condolences to you. So sorry to hear of the passing of dear ______.

You can send one of these short messages immediately to provide comfort and sympathy. Later you can then send a more traditional condolence letter as you feel it is appropriate.

Condolence Cards for a Mother

You may want to send flowers or another type of condolence gift to the family of the deceased. You will want to include a condolence card for a mother along with your flowers or gift. If you are at a loss for what to write, try any of the following ideas:

  • May these flowers serve as a token of my sympathy for you.
  • May this (type of gift) be a reminder of my thoughts and prayers for you.
  • May these flowers express what words never will.
  • Know that you are in our prayers.
  • May these flowers show you just how much we care.
  • Please know that we are always here for you. You don’t have to face this alone.
  • We are praying for you and will keep you in our thoughts.
  • With our deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

Words of Condolence Quotes

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” Leonardo DaVinci

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” William Penn

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” Emily Dickinson

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What to Write in Sympathy Cards for Loss of Parents

writing a sympathy note for loss of mother

Writing a sympathy card is often an emotional and intimidating experience. It can be challenging to find the right words to offer support, comfort, and empathy. We know how important it is to lend a piece of your heart and pay your respects, while being thoughtful, mindful, and open with your condolences. 


Here are 40 meaningful messages to inspire an intimate, heartfelt offering of sympathy and compassion. Consider them starters to help your personal note flow. They may inspire you or you can use them as guidelines, but remember the most thoughtful messages come from the heart.

From a family member:

  1. I am thankful to have shared memories with _____. I will miss him/her and his/her impact on our family. 
  2. Our family will not be the same without _______. I hope we can find comfort together during this difficult time. 
  3. No words will ever do justice to the impact ________ has left on our family. 
  4. The legacy ______ has left on our family is unmatched by any words that can be written. 
  5. I will miss _______ and will carry our memories together for the rest of my life. 
  6. _______ made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have been a member of his/her family, learning and growing from him/her. 
  7. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. 
  8. I am saddened to learn of the loss our family has suffered and hope to move through this difficult time together as one. 
  9. I hope we can celebrate the life _______ lived, remembering the good times we’ve shared as a family. 
  10. Our family will forever remain strong together and will share in the journey to finding peace after this difficult loss. 

From a colleague

  1. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
  2. We are so lucky to have you as a member of our office and are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts. 
  3. Wishing you peace and comfort during this hard time. 
  4. We are so sorry to have learned about your loss. We are here for you however needed. 
  5. The office is with you in your thoughts during this time of healing.
  6. We are saddened to learn of the loss you’ve had, please let us know how we may help you heal. 
  7. I hope this card finds you surrounded by strength and compassion.
  8. Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. 
  9. Our hearts are saddened to learn of your loss, please know we are with you. 
  10. We hope you know we are by your side during this time of sorrow. 

From a friend:

  1. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
  2. Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts. 
  3. Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am with you through this difficult time.
  4. My heart goes out to you and your family. 
  5. The joy _____ brought to our lives will not be forgotten. 
  6. Please know I am here to listen, comfort, and lean on during this difficult time. 
  7. I hope it brings you comfort to know that I am celebrating the life ______ lived and am thankful for his impact on my life. 
  8. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. 
  9. Please know we are only a phone call away.
  10. Hoping these words will help you find comfort during this time of sorrow.

From all of us:

  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
  2. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone, you are surrounded by those who care for you.
  3. Please remember that we love and care about you and will be here for you always.
  4. It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know ______. He/she will be missed dearly.
  5. We hope this card finds you surrounded by love and compassion.
  6. May time help you heal and bring you peace.
  7. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but know we are with you through your grief.
  8. We are thankful to be a part of your life and hope we can offer comfort and strength during your time of need.
  9. We hold you close in our thoughts and hope you know you can lean on us for whatever you may need.
  10. Sending you lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss.

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Writing a sympathy or condolence card can be an awkward, uneasy thing to do and it can be hard trying to come up with the right words for a meaningful message. We’ve done our research by exploring the web, as well as using our contacts and cards here at Funky Pigeon to come up with some ideas for what you can say. Read on to find a selection of sympathy card messages and ideas, from the simple quotes to the heartfelt wishes.

Short, Simple Messages

  1. With heartfelt condolences.
  2. We are so sorry for your loss.
  3. I hope you feel surrounded by much love. Our thoughts are with you.
  4. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.
  5. With deepest sympathy as you remember Ashley.
  6. Holding you close in our thoughts and hoping you are doing OK.
  7. It was truly a pleasure knowing Rebecca. She will be deeply missed.
  8. Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time.
  9. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.
  10. You are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
  11. May you find comfort in those around you.
  12. Jane will remain in our hearts forever.
  13. As you grieve, know that we are all remembering and honouring Jade.
  14. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
  15. Sending hugs and best wishes during this difficult time.

Thoughtful Wishes for a Loss

  1. Ryan will live forever in our hearts and memories. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
  2. This card isn’t meant to do anything for you but let you know that I am thinking of you at this time. I am sorry for your loss.
  3. I like to believe that when we lose someone close to us, they still live through us and give us strength. The time we have spent with those we’ve lost makes them part of us.
  4. Words cannot describe who Rachel was and so words also cannot describe the loss we are all feeling now.
  5. Life is complex, and so is death. The feelings that follow a death can be easier to navigate with a friend. We’re all here for you at this difficult time.
  6. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
  7. I can’t imagine what you are feeling, but I want to express my condolences to you. Please let me know of any way I can help.
  8. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
  9. I wish that I could bring you comfort and acceptance, but all I can do is stand beside you through the storm. I’m here if you need anything.
  10. When death occurs in a family, it leaves behind an emptiness that can only be filled by the love of others and time. Please do reach out if there’s anything we can do to help.
  11. One of the storms we all must face in our lives is the passing of someone dear to our hearts. I am sorry you are facing this right now, but I know you are strong enough to get through it.
  12. We’re truly sorry to hear about the loss of Simon. The passing of a loved one is never easy, but time truly does heal all wounds.
  13. May all of your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.

Appreciation of Person

  1. Joel was an amazing person and had a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know him.
  2. We are sorry for your loss. Jess was such a great person, she will live on in our memories forever.
  3. I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I will always remember her as a generous, kind and loving woman. I know that you have those qualities too and will have acquired them from her.
  4. I am sorry you lost your sister. I know she loved you very much and that you will miss her greatly. I am sure she is very proud of you. I will always remember her as a great character.
  5. Leon touched so many lives for the good. I’m grateful I had the chance to know him. He will be dearly missed.
  6. Your grandad blessed so many people with his faith and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of him as well as in the knowledge that others are missing him too.
  7. James had a positive impact on so many lives. I’m so happy to have had him as a part of my life for so many years. He will always be a cherished friend and live long in my memory.
  8. Here’s to celebrating the life of a great person and mourning his passing with you in every possible way.
  9. Elsa was an amazing person and had a truly remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know her.
  10. John brought so many gifts to our lives. We will never forget them.
  11. Remembering your wonderful grandad and wishing you comfort through this time.
  12. We are thinking of you all as you celebrate your grandma’s remarkable life.

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