40 Condolence Messages for Someone Grieving

Saying goodbye to a family member, friend or four-legged companion is never easy. Although it may feel like there is nothing you can do for someone suffering a loss, offering condolences and support can go a long way. Reaching out can let them know they are not alone during this difficult time.  Whether you send a card, flowers, text or email, the messages below are a great place to start if you are looking for the right words. 

General Notes of Sympathy 

  1. We share in your sadness as you remember (NAME). May the memories of your time together bring you comfort in the coming days.
  2. Know you are surrounded by love and prayers during this time. Remember we are here for you.
  3. Sending prayers and comfort from our family to yours.
  4. Sending big hugs to ease the pain and help brighten the days ahead.
  5. May comfort and love uplift you during this difficult time.
  6. Remember to take care of yourself. Please let me know how I can help.
  7. May you feel the outpouring of love and support from friends and family.
  8. We are here for you any time. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
  9. NAME led a truly remarkable life. He/she is an inspiration.
  10. A person as special as NAME will never be forgotten.

 Loss of a Pet 

  1. In the days ahead, know your loyal friend is watching over you.
  2. Special pets leave our lives but never our hearts. With deep sympathy for your loss.
  3. May memories of your beloved pet always be close to your heart.
  4. Your special pet will be forever remembered and forever missed.
  5. It's never easy helping our four-legged friends across the Rainbow Bridge. I hope your time together brings a smile to your face.
  6. Your loyal friend will always be in your heart and by your side.
  7. Your pet has earned his/her angel wings. May you always feel their presence.
  8. NAME was lucky to have you. Find peace knowing he/she will continue to be surrounded by your love.
  9. Our bonds with our pets enrich our lives forever.
  10. NAME was such a gentle, loving soul. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Loss of a Parent/Grandparent/Relative 

  1. Thinking of you as you celebrate NAME's amazing life.
  2. Each generation leaves a legacy on our hearts. May his/her life fill you with pride and inspiration.
  3. May the memories you've shared comfort you in the days and years ahead.
  4. You are not alone in your devastating loss. Thinking of you and your family.
  5. I am sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. Know God's love is surrounding you and your family.
  6. A parent's love lasts forever. We are praying for you and your family.
  7. May God wrap His arms around you with comfort and hope.
  8. There are no words for your loss. Sending support, love and peace.
  9. May God's love sustain you in the difficult days ahead.
  10. Celebrating the amazing life of your mom/dad. He/she will never be forgotten.

 Loss of Friend 

  1. You are not alone in your mourning. Please reach out so we can walk this path together.
  2. Good friends are a precious gift. May the memories of your time together bring you happiness in the coming days.
  3. Treasured friends remain in our hearts forever.
  4. May your shared laughter shine in your heart during this difficult time.
  5. Someone so special can never be replaced.
  6. Those who have shown us kindness, joy, love and support are the hardest goodbyes. Thinking of you during this time.
  7. Please know I am here for you as you move forward with the memories of your beloved friend.
  8. All the times you shared will never be forgotten.
  9. He/she is not gone forever, you will always carry him/her in your heart and soul.
  10. Good friends never really leave us, they help us along our journey until we meet again.

Let someone know you are thinking of them in their time of need with a quick message of comfort and hope. Taking a few moments to share your sentiments shows how much you care and can make the journey a little easier.

Courtney McLaughlin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, N.C. She gratefully shares her life, home and heart with her daughter and their dog.