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Short Sayings for Expressing Your Sympathies

Our deepest condolences
With Sympathy
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
In Loving Memory
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Fondest remembrances
Thinking of you and offering you hope and comfort.
May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.
Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts.
I have been thinking of you
Hope this brings sunshine to your day
Let's get together soon for lunch, give me a call.
Just as you have been for us, we are always here for you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
We are so sorry for your loss.
We write you with heartfelt condolences at this sad time.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Add a Salutation to Short Notes of Sympathy to Make Them More Personal

Condolence messages are very personal, so you should first mention the name of the person you are addressing. Depending on how close you were with them some of the ways you can do that are:

  • Dear _______,
  • My Dear Friend _______,
  • Dearest _______,
  • Dear Mrs. _______,
  • Dear Mr. _______,
  • Dear _______ Family,
  • Dear Family _______,

If they are a professional person and have a title you can use a salutation such as:

  • Dear Pastor _______,
  • Dear Reverend _______,
  • Dear Rabbi _______,
  • Dear Father _______,
  • Dear Reverend and Mrs. _______,
  • Dear Doctor _______,
  • Dear Doctor and Mrs. _______,

* Condolence Note Writing Tip: If you knew the deceased, but not the family, address the letter to the closest family member, such as the spouse or eldest child.

Bible Quotes Make Excellent Short Notes of Sympathy

If the person or family you are writing to is religious Bible quotes are a great source of comfort. Some you can use are:

“The LORD is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18

“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

"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all." Psalms 34:19

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

"The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." Psalm 9:9

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." Peter 5:7

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

"You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness." Psalm 18:28

"Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles." Psalm 119:50

Some Quotes by Famous People That Can Be Used as Short Notes of Sympathy

“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” Robert Ingersoll

“He kept at true good humour'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

“Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.” Rita Schiano

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

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

“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

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.” Charles Dickens

Short Notes of Sympathy for Social Media

For sending short notes of sympathy via Facebook, Twitter, Email, or text, the following phrases are appropriate:

Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved _____. May you find the comfort and strength to cope.

Thinking of you at this most difficult time. You have my deepest condolences.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this very sad time.

Our condolences to the _____ family on the passing of _____.

I am very saddened by the news of _____'s passing. You have my heartfelt sympathies.

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

My condolences to you on the passing of your _____. He/she will be forever in your hearts.

Short Notes of Sympathy to Send With Flowers

  • Please accept these flowers as a token of my deepest condolences.
  • May these flowers express what our words cannot.
  • Thinking of you during your time of sorrow
  • With loving thoughts and prayers.
  • With all our love and prayers.
  • Hoping that it helps to know we care.
  • With our heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
  • Always in out thoughts and prayers.
  • With our deepest love and affection.

What to Say in Person

These short notes of sympathy are also appropriate expressions for expressing your condolences in person:

  • I’m very sorry for your loss.
  • Please accept my sincerest sympathies.
  • May peace be with you and your family.
  • You have my sincere condolences.
  • My sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. Father etc.
  • May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Cherish the memories.
  • My condolences to you and your family.
  • I cannot believe this untimely death, God bless you and keep you strong as for sure it's not easy to accept.

Common Misspellings Often Used in Short Notes of Sympathy are:

Make sure you avoid these common spelling mistakes if substituting your own words for any in our examples.

  • Condolense
  • Condolesens
  • Simpathy
  • Simpathie
  • Blesings
  • Simpothy
  • Simpothie
  • Berreeved
  • Boreaved