Condolence Messages: What to Write in a Sympathy Card


sympathy cards | What to write in a sympathy card

Being at a loss for words when expressing your sympathy to someone is not an uncommon feeling. The intimidation of finding the right phrase to accurately describe our compassion to another person can be difficult, but there are certainly tried and tested messages you could use to at least bring them love and comfort.


What to Avoid

Grief is a unique thing, so try to avoid giving advice. It can be potentially harmful saying something like ‘I know how you feel’. Instead, offer love, thoughts, and support. Make it personal by showing them that you think of their loss as unimaginable. Offering your support is a subtle, but effective way of showing compassion and appreciation. Letting them know you are thinking of them will really make a difference. Here are ten examples you could choose from:

Ten Sympathy Message Ideas

  • I am so sorry for your loss.
  • With deepest sympathy as you remember ______.
  • We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
  • We are here for you during this time.
  • Please accept our warmest condolences.
  • There are no words, but there is much love surrounding you and your family.
  • Sending hugs and caring wishes your way. You are never far from my thoughts.
  • Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing okay.
  • Caring thoughts are with you.

Once you have found suitable phrasing to convey your compassion, it is recommended to wrap up your message with a warm closing. For example:

  • With sympathy,
  • With deepest sympathy,
  • With prayers and thoughts,
  • Thinking of you,
  • Wishing you peace,
  • With love,
  • My sincere condolences,


Of course, words can’t truly describe the extent of one’s loss, or compassion, but there are at least countless ways of showing them your support and providing them with comfort. Even receiving a sympathy card bears love sentiment regardless, and is still valued.

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