Sympathy Messages Examples and Words

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Sympathy Messages ExamplesIt is helpful to read sympathy messages examples before writing a condolence. A person who is grieving for someone they love is dealing with a lot of emotions so you must be careful with what to say to them. It can be difficult to think of the right words to say especially if you have never lost a loved one or if you have never attended a funeral. If you are not good at talking to people personally or too shy to express your condolences, then you can just write the bereaved a letter of sympathy. To help you construct your own letter of sympathy, here are some of the most commonly used words in sympathy letters as well as some sympathy messages examples.

Sympathy Messages Words

Below are some of the most common words of sympathy that you can use to express your condolences in your letter of sympathy: Sorry, Loss, Condolences, Memory, Comforted, Sincerely, Deepest, Genuine, Miss, Saddened, Peace, Strength, Pray, Thoughts, Prayers, Remember, Love.

Make sure that your letter of sympathy includes at least two of the above words. Pick two or three different words of sympathy from the list above and make your sympathy message personal. For example, if you choose the words “strength” and “saddened” then your personal sympathy message could read like the following example, “I was very saddened when I heard the news that John has passed away. He always gave me strength when I was depressed. I will miss him greatly.”

Sympathy Messages Examples

Example One: Death of a Spouse

“Dearest John,

My heart was broken into pieces when I heard the news that your wife Susan had passed away. I cannot imagine the pain and sorrow you must be feeling right now. I hope that I can offer you some comfort right now, but I know that nothing can take away the pain you are feeling during this difficult time. I want to hold you in my arms right now and tell you that you are always in my prayers and thoughts. I know my words do not mean much in the midst of the sorrow you are feeling right now, but they are all I can give you at the moment. Please accept my sincere condolences and think of these words as warm hugs that will give you comfort during this difficult time.”

Example Two: Death of Parent

“Dearest John,

Our family was deeply saddened when we heard the news of your mother’s death this week. We are sending you our sincerest condolences and know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother is the strongest woman we have ever known and we will miss her greatly. Your mother has always comforted us when we were depressed and gave us strength when we are feeling down. We hope that we can return the favor and give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. There are no words that can take away the pain in your heart right now, but know that we are always here for you and praying for you.”


The above sympathy messages examples will hopefully help you write a sympathy message for a friend or relative who has lost a loved one. For more help, we suggest reading some articles on writing sympathy messages or read additional sample 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...