Sympathy Message Examples

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Message Of SympathyThe death of a loved one is a time of sorrow and grief for family and friends and reading sympathy message examples will help you write the perfect words to console the family. In this time of sadness, it is important that you do your best to care for the family of the deceased and try to help out as much as you can. One of the first things that you can do is to write a condolence card for the family of the deceased. It does not matter whether you will be attending the funeral service or not, sending a sympathy message is important to show you love and care.

Writing a sympathy message can be quite hard at times. It can be difficult to put our feelings and memories of the deceased into words. It can also be hard to find the right way to console and talk to the family. If you are stuck with trying to think of what to say there are many sympathy message examples below that will help.

How to Write a Sympathy Message

First of all, you will want to express your knowledge and sadness about the news. A simple message like “I was saddened to hear about John’s passing” will be sufficient.

Next, you will want to write more about your grief over the loss and express your condolences to the family.  You can write a phrase like “My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow” or “Please accept my condolences for the loss of my good friend, and your sister, Jane”.

Next, write something that you know about the deceased that you treasure and what he or she meant to you. It could be something they said or a memory of something you did together. This shows the family how important the deceased was to you.

Finally you may to offer a helping hand then conclude with another simple message of condolence. If you are in the position to do so, it is nice to offer to provide for whatever the family needs during this difficult time. For example, if they need someone to help clear up stuff and old memories, or buy groceries and do household chores, you can offer yourself to help them. Finally, conclude the card with a simple condolence sentence like “We are praying for you during this difficult time” or “Your loved one’s memory will live on in the hearts of everyone he or she knew forever”.

For sympathy message examples that will help you turn your sentiments into words, see below. Remember that condolence cards are important and meaningful, but true friendship and love is the most important. Make a call or drop by to visit the family of the deceased even long after the funeral to show them that you care and you are there to help. You can also send a sympathy message to the family on the anniversary of death to commemorate the passing of their loved one.

Sympathy Message Examples

“Your sister was such an incredible woman and such a pleasure to be around. She and I were friends since elementary school and I always thought of her as a sister to me. You have my deepest sympathies. Your sister will truly be missed by me and everyone whose lives she touched.”

“My sincere condolences for the loss of your father. May the sorrow that you are feeling in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you. Your father was inspirational to his family, friends and coworkers. He was a strong, considerate and caring man who will be missed by many.”

“Dear _____, I understand how difficult this time must be for you. I know how much your (husband or wife) meant to you. (He or She) was a terrific person that touched the lives of many people. Your love for (him or her) and their love for you is inspirational. Please call me or stop by anytime if you need someone to talk to, I will always be there if you need me.”

“I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your brother. He will be truly missed by my family and myself. If you need anything, remember that I am here for you. My thoughts are with you and your family. God bless.”

“We were so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She was a strong intelligent woman, loving mother and caring person. Our family and everyone at our book club will miss your mother every day and her memory will live on in our hearts forever. We love you and are thinking about you often these days.”


Hopefully the sympathy message examples above have helped show you how to write your own sympathy message. For more help, read our other articles on writing sympathy messages and example sympathy messages.


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Jason Ropchan is the Founder and CEO of Your Tribute, an online resource for Funeral and Grief information and products. He has more than 15 years experience in the funeral industry developing and marketing funeral technology. He has worked with thousands of funeral homes worldwide to help them provide online memo...