Phrases of condolence

Suggested phrases for letters of condolence

Writing a letter of condolence is a common practice in the event of the death of somebody close to you, be it a family member, friend or colleague.

A letter of condolence, or even a simple message, is intended to offer family members of the deceased a message of comfort, expressing closeness, solidarity and participation in the loss, with the warm embrace of words written from the heart.

The condolence letter should preferably be short, sincere and appropriate to the occasion. Sincerely expressing your feelings can bring comfort to the deceased’s family. Furthermore, offering your availability for practical support in case of need is a much-appreciated gesture. If you decide to use pre-printed condolence cards, it is a good idea to add a personal handwritten phrase or thought.

In this section of the site we have collected some phrases that may be useful when writing a letter of condolence, to help you express your support.

As you grieve, know that you are in our hearts and that we love and care about you.

Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

We share comfort in knowing [name of deceased] is no longer suffering. We send you thoughts of peace and courage.

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about your loss. We are here to support you in your grieving process.

These flowers are the most heartfelt expression of our sincere condolences.

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

Thinking of you and [name of deceased] in our minds and in our hearts.

As you grieve, know that we are thinking of you and honouring the memory of [name of deceased].

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Know that you can always count on our friendship.

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