Sympathy Messages: What to Write in a Sympathy Card

But even though it’s not easy, it is important to reach out in sympathy. Our words can’t take away the pain of losing a loved one, but they can go a long way toward helping a grieving person feel loved and supported.

How to Write a Condolence Message: The Best Examples of Condolences (updated May 2022)

  • May peace be with you.
  • As a testament to your strength and courage, you are in our prayers.
  • We hope you find peace and comfort in your time of grief.
  • Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are sharing in your sorrow.
  • Let the memories provide comfort in your journey through this loss.
  • I send my prayers and support to you and your family during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
  • Rest In Peace, dear friend. Wishing you comfort and peace.
  • My heart is saddened by your loss.
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
  • My heart aches for you and your family.
  • It is never easy to find the words to express our feelings when there are no words that can fully capture the depth of what we’re feeling.
  • We hope you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of their life.
  • Please know how much they will always be loved, deeply and sincerely.
  • We are so sorry for your loss, and send a prayer your way.
  • You have our deepest condolences as you grieve this passing.

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Condolence messages for loss of mother

  • I’m so sorry for your sorrow and loss. I know your mother is smiling somewhere, as she watches over all of you.
  • Your dear mother was so loved and was so good to everyone who knew her. She will be missed by so many.
  • May your mother’s soul rest in peace.
  • We deeply miss her, and we pray for you. Her passing is a great loss for so many.
  • Your mother was a gem, and will be greatly missed.
  • I’m truly sorry to hear about your mother. She was such a great person.
  • Your mom touched so many lives. May her spirit continue to live through you and your family.
  • Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace.
  • May her soul rest in peace and light forever. Wishing you peace and comfort.
  • Your mother was such a sweetheart, and was so full of so much love for others. May she rest in peace and be free from pain.
  • I’m so saddened to hear of your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman. I wish peace and comfort to you and your family.
  • Your dear mother was such a beautiful soul. The world has lost a wonderful person. I know you will hold on to the memories and the lessons she has taught you
  • She taught us that love is the only truth.
  • She was a very special person and always will be. May God be with you and your family in this time of sadness.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you as you deal with your loss and with the absence of your father.
  • Your dear father will be very missed. May he rest in peace.
  • His spirit is everywhere, like a beautiful light that he took with him.
  • My heart goes out to you. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. I know your Dad was a very special man.
  • His soul will live forever in our hearts.
  • We want you to know how deeply, truly, and dearly we will miss him.
  • He touched so many hearts, and opened so many minds.
  • We will never forget him, and are grateful to have had him in our lives.
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you as you are dealing with your loss and with the absence of your father.
  • May your father’s soul rest in peace. He will be forever missed.
  • Your dad was such a wonderful person, and I will always be grateful for the memories I have of him.
  • Your father has taught me how to be a good human being. He was a gentle, kind, and selfless man.
  • We’re happy we had him in our lives.
  • His loving warmth will be forever with us.
  • He will not be forgotten, and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
  • Your father was a very honest and trustworthy man.


It can be a great comfort to a grieving person or family to hear that others thought highly of their loved one, too. If you knew and admired the loved one who has transitioned, be sure to let your recipient(s) know.

  • “What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know him.”
  • “What a good and generous man your father was. I thought his funeral service was a wonderful tribute to him and all he has done for our community. He will be missed.”
  • “Your granddad believed in uplifting everyone in his circle. I was one of those people. And I am so honored to have known him.”
  • “Your mama was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.”
  • “Celebrating the life of a good person and mourning their passing with you.”
  • “Celebrating the life of a good man and mourning his passing with you.”
  • “Your daughter touched so many lives for the good. I’m grateful I had the chance to know her as both a colleague and a cherished friend.”
  • “Your mother blessed so many people with her faith and kindness. Praying that you’ll find comfort in your memories of her and in the knowledge that others are missing her, too.”
  • “Our abuela told us our stories, passed down traditions and held us together in love. We are so blessed to come from her and to feel her love from heaven.”
  • “I have the best memories of staying with Aunt Edie as a kid. I don’t think I’ve told you this, but starting when I was about 10, she would take me to Becker’s for ice cream cones…and let me drive! Only Aunt Edie…I’m going to miss her fun-loving spirit so much.”
  • “Nobody could tell a funny story like your mom. Remember at your graduation party—the story about the vacuuming incident? My face hurt for a full day after from laughing so much. I’ll always cherish those memories of fun times spent with her.”
  • “Your mama was always doing for people. A lot of people have been blessed by her kindness and hold her close in their hearts.”
  • “Qué persona tan maravillosa y qué vida tan extraordinaria. Me alegra mucho el haberla conocido.”

Writing tip: Need a more specific word than “good” to describe the deceased? Consider one of these: kindhearted, talented, admired, unforgettable, fun-loving, funny, wonderful, well-loved, lovely, sweet, generous, one-of-a-kind, one-in-a-million, honorable, respected, caring, hardworking, strong, energetic, happy.

Composing Loss of Father Sympathy Card – 3 Easy Steps

Comforting a friend who has lost a Father is probably one of the most difficult things you will need to do. Very few of us are experienced in dealing with death on a daily basis and it can be stressful.

The first thing to know is that your friend is in pain, grieving and needs any help they can get. They will not judge you, nor criticize what you do. Any small measure of support will be appreciated, even if they do not show their feelings at this time.

Being at the funeral or memorial service is the first step in showing that you care. Try at all costs to attend the ceremony. Offer your condolences and then step back and allow the process to take place. If possible, make contact with the family spokesperson and let him know that you will be available for any help needed in the weeks to come.

Very often, you don’t need to say much. Let your friend know that you are there to listen. Let them talk and express their feelings. Don’t be judgemental or critical. Allow them time to work through the grief. If they don’t want to talk, try not to force the issue by calling and being rejected. Simply tell them that they can call you whenever they are ready.

Often, the grieving person will want to talk about how their Father died. For many of us, this is probably a conversation we would rather not have. Be prepared to listen and try not to become emotional if possible.

After a death in a family, there are many admin and day-to-day issues that need to be dealt with. If you have the time and are able to help it will be much appreciated. You can offer to make phone calls to landlords, colleagues, business clients, insurance companies and financial institutions. You can help with simple errands like organizing meals, doing the shopping or cleaning around the house. Looking after pets will be appreciated in the days to follow.

If you cannot be there in person, you can arrange to have groceries or essential supplies delivered. This will take the burden off day-to-day living, knowing that these items are taken care of without the need for them to worry.

If your friend is willing to talk, offering wonderful stories about their Father will be a great comfort. You can reminisce on memories you have about their Dad and on special times and experiences you shared. Try to find funny and uplifting stories that will lighten the mood.

Offering a presence at the time of a death is greatly welcome. But life goes on, people move on and your friend’s grief will fade in your mind. Remember that your friend will continue to have bad days for many months and even years. Occasions like Dad’s birthday, Father’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries and other celebratory days will be extremely hard. Let them know that you are still there for them, long after the death. Call or visit, send a card and tell them that you are thinking about them on this special day.

If you are a creative person, why not make a fabulous scrapbook of their Father? Include family photos and anecdotes to create a memento that they will cherish in the years to come. If you are not up to this, simply frame a photo of their Father, add some lovely words and offer as an equally wonderful and lasting gift.