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The condolence message samples we have provided are based on different possible scenarios and cover a variety of relationships for which condolence messages may be required. They are based on common real life scenarios, and adapted from actual condolence letters.
These rules serve as basic guidelines to ensure that you don't unintentionally say the wrong thing in a sympathy message
Letters of sympathy and condolences are personal, and so you should first mention the name of the person you are addressing. Some of the ways you can do that are:
For less intimate relationships, say the family of a co-worker who has died, a single sentence on a card will suffice. Some single sentence condolence message samples might be:
If you knew the deceased and would like to say more than a single sentence you can use phrases such as:
On behalf of the Rugby Football club let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of club legend _____. To say _____ was a larger than life character would be an understatement. He will always be remembered as a great team player – verified by his many awards. His on the field competitive style and skill were only surpassed by his incredible positive influence and zest for life off the field.
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I pray that the many happy memories of _____’s life with all of you will, with time, overcome the sadness and pain that have accompanied you all as you journeyed these later years with _____. _____ did a lot in the community, but I particularly remember hi/her dedication to our church. He/she worked tirelessly and was a good friend to all. I will always remember our happy times in _____. Please be assured of my prayers.
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear _____. I have so many happy memories of spending time at each other's homes when we were growing up. We were very lucky. I know your _____ fought a brave battle. God bless him/her and all of you at this time of sorrow.
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
I'm really saddened to hear of your wonderful father's death. He was an extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will mourn deeply his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence. May he rest in peace.
Our condolences to the _____Family upon the passing of _____. May you always hold fond memories of his/her life with you.
It was with great sadness that we learned of _____'s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.
Flowers say what words can’t, and they are always a welcomed addition to messages of sympathy. Our condolence message samples are perfect for the card that will accompany your gift if you order sympathy flowers or sympathy gifts online for delivery. Below are some of the most appropriate and appreciated sentiments to use as words of condolences for flower message cards:
In today’s world many people use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to send condolences. You might say something like:
You may find some of the following terms in some of our samples:
Makes sure you avoid these common spelling mistakes if substituting your own words for any in our examples.