Condolence Messages


In the unfortunate event a condolence message is needed, it’s often difficult to know what to write. One of the most difficult times in anyone’s life, losing someone can seem like nothing else in the world matters. Receiving a message from a caring friend or relative can ease the intensity ever so slightly and brings to reality just how much people care.

To begin, a condolence message should, where possible, be solely hand-written. As well as adding a personal touch, it shows that you have taken the time out to write the message, rather than simply writing the message on a computer or through a Dictaphone and having it transcribed. 

When writing the message, try to imagine you are talking to the person face to face. It provides a much more personal touch and will make the bereaved feel that little more comfortable whilst reading the message. 

Start the message by first acknowledging the bereavement, following this with your most sincere condolences. If you knew the deceased well, after this initial introduction it would be ideal time to mention some endearing qualities about the deceased. 
Mentioning a section about what you remember about the deceased – your happy memories, for example –
“I fondly remember when … and I…” – would add a happy touch to the message, relieving some of the unfortunate sadness from the message. 
To begin the end of the condolence message, it is always good to offer any help you can. Whether it is helping with arranging any funeral preparations or inviting the recipient of the letter for a coffee to get out of the house, anything you can offer would be greatly appreciated – it may not be accepted, but it will definitely be appreciated.

Personalizing the message with an ending line mentioning the recipients name is recommend to add that final, personal touch to your condolence message. 

Of course, there are simple condolence messages available. A simple, one sentence message such as “[name] will be missed dearly so and I hope they are as happy in their new life as they were in this one” can be all that’s needed to get your condolences across to the bereaved. 

Condolence messages are always difficult to write – it’s hard not to come across as apologetic rather than sympathetic. Taking your time writing the condolence message will be well worth it for the recipient of the message. 1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
2. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow
3. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
4. May the blessings of love be upon you,
May its peace abide with you,
May its essence illuminate your heart,
Now and forever more
5. Hold tight to memories for comfort,
lean on your friends for strength,
and always remember how much you are cared about.
6. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times
and he helps you heal with the passage of time.
7. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.
8. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
9. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
10. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones pours through
and shines down upo
n us to let us know that are happy.
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