Sympathy Card Message Suggestions

At We've help send sympathy messages to families all throughout the country. If you need a little inspiration in putting your own condolences into words, take a look at some of our featured sympathy card messages below:


“We are so sorry for your loss.”

“I’m going to miss her, too.”

“I hope you feel surrounded by much love.”

“Sharing in your sadness as you remember (insert name).”

“Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.”

“With deepest sympathy as you remember (insert name).”

“I was saddened to hear that your grandfather passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.”

“Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you comfort.”

“It was truly a pleasure working with your father for (insert time frame). He will be deeply missed.”

“Thinking of you all as you celebrate your grandmother’s remarkable life.”

“We are missing (insert name) along with you. With heartfelt sympathy,”

“Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a friend who was so close to you.”

“Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.”

“Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing OK.”

"May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time"

"We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss"

"We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family"

"Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss"

"Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow"

"Please remember that you are not alone...we are always here for you"

"I want you to know that I am here for you during this difficult time"

"May your memories give you peace and comfort"

"(Insert name) will remain in our hearts forever"

"We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief"

"Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel. We are here to support you in any way possible."

"Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts"

"Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy"



“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 mother 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 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.”

“I have the best memories of staying with Aunt (insert name) 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 (insert name)…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.”

Offer to Help

“I know I can’t make your pain go away, but I want you to know I’m here with a shoulder or an ear or anything else you need.”

“Thinking of your family with love and wanting to help out in any way I can. I’ll call to see when would be a good night to bring over a meal.”

“You’ve got so much on your mind and on your heart right now. We hope it will make one less worry to know that my husband and I will be taking care of the yard for as long as you need.”

“I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything we can do—from walking the dog to picking up your dry cleaning, please let us know.”

Following Up

“It’s been a while, but I know that the hurt doesn’t go away when the cards and casseroles do. I’m still here for you.”

“Just wanted to let you know we’re remembering your mom on her birthday and sending lots of caring thoughts your way.”

“I know Christmas won’t be the same without (insert name), but I hope it helps a little to know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers, especially through the holidays.”

“Hard to believe it’s been a year since we said good-bye to (insert name). Couldn’t let this anniversary go by without letting you know that I’m thinking of you.”

Sympathy Closings

With sympathy,
With deepest sympathy,
With heartfelt sympathy,
With prayers and sympathy,
With sincere sympathy,
With warm thoughts and prayers,
With caring,
With love at this sad time,
In caring sympathy,
With you in sorrow,
Sharing your sadness,
Thinking of you,
Caring thoughts are with you,
God bless,
God bless you and comfort you,
Keeping you in our prayers,
Lifting you up in prayer,
Praying for you,
Wishing you peace,
Wishing you healing,
My heart goes out to you,
Please accept our condolences,
My sincere condolences,

What NOT TO WRITE in a Sympathy Card

“I know how you feel.” We all experience and process grief differently.

“She was so young.” It would be best to avoid a potentially painful reminder.

“What a terrible loss.” Try to avoid dwelling on the pain or difficulty of the loss.

“You should…” Instead of advice, offer comfort and support.

“You will…” Steer clear of predictions about how their grief journey will go.

“This happened for a reason.” Even with the best intentions behind it, this thought risks assigning blame for the death.