What Can I Say Instead of Sorry for Your Loss? Condolence Messages for Loved Ones

Losing someone is a painful event in one’s life. The grief, sorrow and sadness are often too immense that no amount of comfort can provide relief. To express condolence messages, however, somewhat eases the pain felt by the bereaved letting them know that they are not alone, and people are thinking of them. Understandably, knowing how to say I’m sorry for your loss can be complicated with all the emotions involved. That is why we often hear the question, “What can I say instead of sorry for your loss?”

Two hands hold the hand of a senior citizen in condolence

Condolence messages need not be complex nor superfluous and it should not sound like a cliché either. What a heartfelt condolence message needs are sincerity and a proper expression of support for a grieving family or grieving person. Below are some condolence messages and a few quotes you can send to extend a kind word to grieving loved ones.

65 Condolence Messages

  1. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
  2. It’s terrible to hear about your great loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family.
  3. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.
  4. My heart aches to hear this news. I’m praying for everyone.
  5. May peace be with you.
  6. My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support.
  7. A beautiful flower has bloomed in God’s kingdom.
  8. My heart goes out to you.
  9. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling but let us share our heartfelt sympathy.
  10. I hope you feel surrounded by much love.
  11. Please know that your friends love you and are here for you.
  12. As a testament to your strength and courage, you are in our prayers.
  13. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow.
  14. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
  15. Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
  16. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
  17. I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences.
  18. Do not hesitate to call or text if you need anything. I’m here for you.
  19. We hope you find peace and comfort in your time of grief.
  20. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Wishing you the best and know you have my full support in every moment.
  21. I will be thinking of you in this moment of pain.
  22. I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
  23. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
  24. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
  25. Sending great big hugs your way.
  26. I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve.
  27. Let the memories provide comfort in your journey through this loss.
  28. I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.
  29. A life well-lived. May God’s love and comfort be with you.
  30. Please accept our most sincere sympathies for your loss. May the prayers of all people who love you bring solace.
  31. Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing okay.
  32. Mat my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
  33. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if you need anything.
  34. My heart is heavy today, and I know yours is too.
  35. I send my prayers and support to you and your family during this difficult time.
  36. It is often hard to find the right words at a time like this. May you find peace, comfort, and all the love you need in the days to come.
  37. [Name] fought the fight and finished the course with faith.
  38. Even though there is joy in the homegoing, there is sorrow in your loss. Thinking of you at this tender time.
  39. I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.
  40. [Name] was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed.
  41. Words can’t describe how sorry I am at this loss. You’re in my prayers.
  42. Please accept my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
  43. My deepest condolences for the passing of your family member. I will hold the memories we shared together so close to my heart.
  44. Forever remembered, forever missed.
  45. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a family who was so close to you.
  46. I know I can’t make your pain go away. But, I want you to know I’m here with a shoulder or an ear or anything else you need.
  47. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.
  48. Thinking about you day and night. Please let me know if you need anything.
  49. As you go through this difficult time, remember that you are so loved.
  50. It is never easy to find the words to express our feelings when there are no words that can fully capture the depth of what we’re feeling.
  51. May God give peace to the soul.
  52. Our family prays that God grants you all comfort in your time of sorrow and strength going forward. [Name] loved the Lord and we know that her prayers will continue to surround you now and forevermore. 1st Thes 4:1 “Sorrow not, even as others have no hope.”
  53. I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
  54. Thinking of your family with love and wanting to help out in any way I can. I’ll call to see when would be a good night to bring over a meal.
  55. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. But, I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences.
  56. May the Lord keep you safe under His wing as you begin to navigate this new existence. Our prayers are with you and your family.
  57. I wish I could be there to comfort you as you grieve. I’m holding you in my heart.
  58. We hope you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of their life.
  59. Through God’s love, I pray that He grant you the comfort that He alone can give. My heart is with you.
  60. May the Lord comfort you with sweet memories and His perfect peace.
  61. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven.
  62. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves for they are still alive in our hearts. Through us, they live on. My condolences.
  63. May the love and mercy of our Lord be bestowed upon you and your family during this unfortunate time. My most sincere condolences.
  64. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
  65. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. Our condolences.

Condolence & Sympathy Quote Options

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  1. “It is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” –William Penn
  3. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” –Mahatma Gandhi
  4. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” –Aeschylus
  5. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of tomorrow.” –Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” –Norman Cousins

How to Sign a Condolence Card or End a Condolence Message

Knowing how to say I’m sorry for your loss in comforting words is challenging. You need to express heartfelt sincerity. To end off a condolence note or sympathy note, here are some choices that convey thoughtfulness and warmth for a grieving loved one.

  • Thinking of you
  • My sincere sympathy
  • Caring thoughts are with you
  • God bless
  • Wishing you peace and comfort
  • God bless you and comfort you
  • With love and remembrance
  • Keeping you in my prayers
  • Prayerfully
  • Wishing your healing
  • Genuine wishes for your peace
  • Please accept our sincere condolences
  • God bless you and your family
  • My family’s hearts are with you and your family

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Sympathy should be given when someone passes. That is why sending a sympathy card message has been a customary tradition all over the world to make sure that the ones left behind still have the support they need.

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