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How to Write Sympathy Card Messages

Elegant white flowers next to a sympathy message, symbolizing an outpouring of love and remembrance

Writing a sympathy card is a sensitive and personal way to convey your condolences to someone grieving. The message you write can offer comfort and show that you care, but it's important to strike the right tone. Below we'll explore the dos and don'ts and provide examples of messages to help you express your condolences thoughtfully.

Do's and Don'ts


  • Express sincere condolences. Authenticity is key.

  • Share a positive memory of the deceased, if appropriate.

  • Offer support, but don't impose. Let them know you're there if they need you.

  • Keep it simple if you're struggling for words. Sometimes, less is more.


  • Avoid clichés like "They're in a better place now." These can often feel hollow.

  • Give unsolicited advice about how to grieve.

  • Make it about yourself. Focus on the bereaved and their loved one.

  • Rush the grieving person. Everyone processes grief differently.

Sympathy flowers lie next to a candle in a solemn display.

25 Sympathy Card Message Examples

  1. "My heart goes out to you during this difficult time."

  2. "I am deeply sorry for your loss. [Name] will be sorely missed."

  3. "Thinking of you, wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain."

  4. "The memories of [Name] will forever hold a special place in my heart."

  5. "With heartfelt sympathy and understanding thoughts in this time of sadness."

  6. "Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow."

  7. "May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead."

  8. "Sending you love and caring wishes to let you know you are never far from my thoughts."

  9. "My deepest sympathy as you remember [Name]."

  10. "Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts."

  11. "I wish I could gather the right words to ease your pain and offer you comfort."

  12. "[Name]'s kindness and generosity knew no bounds. They will be deeply missed."

  13. "Remembering your wonderful [relation] and wishing you comfort."

  14. "It’s hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember."

  15. "May you find comfort in loving memories, strength in the companionship of those who share your loss, and solace in knowing that [Name] touched so many lives."

  16. "My thoughts are with you, even as my arms long to give you a comforting hug."

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

  18. "May [Name] rest in peace. Know that I’m here for you."

  19. "In this tough time in your life, may my friendship, sympathy, and heartfelt condolences bring you comfort."

  20. "Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened me, but I know that this is far from what you are going through right now."

  21. "Words cannot express how sorry I am at this loss. You’re in my prayers."

  22. "Thinking of you, at this time of loss."

  23. "We are with you through this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss."

  24. "May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you."

  25. "[Name] brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him/her."


Writing a sympathy card is an intimate and sincere way to communicate your support during someone's time of loss. By choosing your words carefully and speaking from the heart, your message can offer comfort and solace in a time when it's most needed.

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