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Phrases for Standard Sized Store Bought or Homemade Cards

I hope that you find comfort and happiness in knowing that your beloved one has touched the lives and hearts of so many others and gave them the eternal gift of many happy memories.

When the sun begins to shine for you again. Please remember that life is for the living. Get out there and show the world how special you are. You are a true gift in my life.

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for you and your family. We are here to help, support, and do whatever you need done, with thoughts of peace and courage for you and your family.

We share comfort in knowing Tony is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without him.

Seashells remind us that every passing life leaves something beautiful behind. May beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace.

May loving memories comfort you. Though the ones we love may leave life, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on.

There is joy and happiness at the end of this dark tunnel. I know you must feel alone, but I am always right beside you holding you in my thoughts.

I hope to one day have the courage your dad had towards the end of his long life. I feel blessed to have known him for so long.

Remembering your family with love, tears, laughter, and fun times. Know we are thinking of you and wishing to be there with you.

I am really sorry to hear about your dad. He was really a great person. He had such a sense of humor that reminds me a lot of you. He will be greatly missed.

These Condolence Phrases for Condolence Cards are Appropriate for Use on Social Media

  • My sincere condolences on the loss of your _______, you are in my prayers.
  • To The _______ family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy.
  • Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to our family for the loss of _______.
  • Dear _______ and _______, my condolences and prayers of comfort go out to you.
  • My condolences to you and your loved ones at this sad time.
  • I am saddened to hear of _______'s passing.
  • My sincere deep condolence to all of you.
  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
  • Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your _______.

Condolence Phrases to Offer Help

After the death of a loved one, some families struggle with things like making funeral arrangements. In such cases it is appropriate to offer help using condolence phrases such as:

  • I’ll be happy to come over on _____ and cook for you and the children.
  • I’m going into town on _____so I’ll stop by your place to see if there is anything you need. If you make a list I’ll pick everything up for you.
  • I’m going shopping on _____. Why don’t you go with me, it might do you good to get out of the house for awhile.
  • I noticed there are some chores that need doing around the house. Put them out of your mind, I’ll get a team together to take care of them after the funeral.
  • Since I lost _____ I attend regular support meetings. I have one on _____, I’d really like for you to join me.
  • I have _____ off, so I’ll pick you up and we can go for a drive to _____ for the day.
  • Don’t worry about feeding your pets; I’ll take care of that on my way to and from work until you’re ready to do it again.
  • I’m going to _____ on _____ night. I’ll pick you up at _____ and we can go together

If you need some ideas or help with making funeral arrangements, our Funeral Planning Guide can provide you with expert assistance, and even help you to shave thousands of dollars off the cost of a funeral.

Religious Condolence Phrases for Condolence Cards

These bible verses can be used as condolence phrases for condolence cards.

  • “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18
  • “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
  • "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
  • “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19
  • “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
  • “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2

Condolence Phrases by Famous People

“Each departed friend is a magnet that attracts us to the next world.” Jean Paul Richter.

“When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted into which our grief has given us entrance. And inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy and their understanding.” Helen Keller.

“Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.” Jane Welsh Carlyle

“Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.” Julie Burchill.

“He kept at true good humor’s mark. The social flow of pleasure’s tide: He never made a brow look dark, nor caused a tear, but when he died.” Thomas Love Peacock

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” From a headstone in Ireland

“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” Author Unknown

“A human life is a story told by God.” Hans Christian Andersen

Rules of Etiquette When Writing Condolence Phrases for Condolence Cards

If you decide to compose your own personal condolence phrase, apply these basic rules of etiquette:

  1. Keep your letter short but thoughtful
  2. Mention a funny or fond memory you have of the deceased. If you did not know them, mention a story that you heard about them, or even what the bereaved previously told you about their relationship.
  3. Be respectful of religious beliefs. Not everyone is a Christian. Some people believe in reincarnation rather than heaven, others might be atheists. Regardless of their belief, they still deserve your sympathy and respect.
  4. Sign your letter with your full name (first and surname). This will identify you apart from relatives or friends with the same first name as you.
  5. Never offer financial help until at least two weeks after the funeral, and then do it anonymously.
  6. Never mention debts the deceased may have owed you. You can deal with that after the family has had time to grieve.
  7. Offer to help with daily chores such as cooking, feeding pets, grocery shopping, or getting the kids to and from school.

Avoid These Basic Misspellings When Composing Your Own Condolence Phrases

  • Condolense
  • Bereeved
  • Simpathy
  • Simpathie
  • Preyers
  • Blesings
  • Deceesed
  • Simpothie
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