40+ Sympathy Messages: What To Write In Your Sympathy Card

What to Write in a Sympathy Card: Writing a sympathy card is often an emotional and intimidating experience. It can be challenging to find the right words to offer support, comfort, and empathy.

We know how important it is to lend a piece of your heart and pay your respects while being thoughtful, mindful, and open with your condolences.

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Signing a sympathy card isn’t easy. We search for words. We wonder what would be comforting to hear. We worry about saying the wrong thing…

Introduction

In this definitive guide, we take a deep dive into how to write a sympathy card — including why to send one, how to address it, and plenty of ideas for what you can write — alongside what’s best not to write.

Read through our detailed guide and learn how best to convey your condolences to friends, family, and acquaintances when they lose a loved one.

The following sympathy messages are meant to give you a guideline to follow for bringing warmth to a grieving heart. Use them as they are, combine them, or customize them to express your feelings. Coming from the heart, any of these messages will help your loved one inside a condolence card.

Examples of Sympathy Card Wording

  1. “We are deeply sorry about the loss of (name). As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring him/her.”
  2. “I’ll remember (name) in many positive ways-with a big smile and a great sense of humor, always great with a story.”
  3. “I’m sure your heart is aching. We want you to know that we are here for you if you need anything. Expect us to check in soon.”
  4. “Sorry for your loss. I celebrate the life of (name) and am mourning him/her with you in this trying time.”
  5. “Our hearts go out to you and your family. Although I don’t know exactly what to say, I want you to know that I am with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember (name).”
  6. “Words can’t express the loss of (name). Know that I’m here for you and your family in these difficult times when you need anything.”
  7. “I can’t express how much (name) meant to me over the years. He/She always brought so much light into the lives of those around him/her. My condolences to you and your wonderful family.”

Bible Verses for Sympathy Cards

If you or the card recipient are Christian, then perhaps a Bible verse or verses could provide comfort during this difficult time. The same, of course, goes for other religions.

Here are some suitable examples from the Bible that might bring comfort to Christians:

  1. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
  2. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
  3. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
  4. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28
  5. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Matthew 5:4”
  6. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18”
  7. “I pray that God will grant you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.”
  8. “May the Lord give you comfort and peace in your time of bereavement.”
  9. “May God wrap His arms around you and give you peace and hope.”
  10. “I am praying for you to find peace and healing through our Lord’s infinite love.”
  11. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.”
  12. “May God turn your time of darkness into light again. May He stay by your side during this difficult time.”
  13. “We are holding your family in our hearts and lifting you in prayer.”
  14. “Please accept my deepest condolences and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you.”

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Can You Send a Sympathy Card to a Muslim

There can be confusion around religion from those outside of faith, and so, if you aren’t a Muslim yourself and were wondering if you can send a sympathy card to a Muslim, the answer is yes, absolutely; a note of condolence would be much appreciated.

Here are some Islamic condolences you might like to use:

  1. May Allah give him/her an easy and pleasant journey and shower blessings on their grave.
  2. May Almighty Allah give you patience and ease to pass through these trials.
  3. May the Almighty Allah expand his/her grave and give him/her eternal peace. Allah is always merciful towards people who believe in him.
  4. May Allah grant him/her eternal peace.

Common Sympathy Card Messages

These simple, commonly used condolence messages are great starters to your personal message. Use them to get your message flowing or as inspiration for your own words.

  1. “I am so sorry for your loss.”
  2. “My deepest sympathy for your loss.”
  3. “Words fail to express my deep sorrow for your loss.”
  4. “My heart goes out to you and your family.”
  5. “Please know that I am with you, I’m only a phone call away.”
  6. “Sharing in your sadness as you remember your lost loved one.”
  7. “Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time.”
  8. “Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.”
  9. “I hope you know I’m here for you during this time of sorrow.”
  10. “Please accept my warmest condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss.”

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Husband

Losing a spouse is typically unexpected, and something no one is ever ready for. When someone’s grieving the loss of a husband, it’s crucial to let them know they’re not alone.

  1. “It’s just not fair. If you ever want to talk, know I’m always here for you.”
  2. “Words cannot describe who your husband truly was and so words also cannot describe the loss we are all feeling now.”
  3. “Though the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming. I know you can get through this.”
  4. “You’ve got so much on your mind and on your heart right now. We hope it will make one less worry to know that we’ll be taking care of yard work for you for as long as you need.”
  5. “It was truly a pleasure to work with your husband. He will be missed by many.”
  6. “Someone who shared so much of life with you will forever be a part of you. Keeping you in my prayers as you remember your husband.”
  7. “Losing the one you love is so hard. And so I’m praying hard for you, for peace, for comfort, for whatever you need right now.”
  8. “Be gentle with yourself, and take all the time you need to heal. Remember, you’re not alone.”
  9. “My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your husband. His memory will not be forgotten.”
  10. “Nothing compares to the love of a spouse. I want you to know that I am thinking about you and I’m here for you always.”

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What NOT to Write in a Sympathy Card 

Here are a few thoughts and phrases to avoid in sympathy cards, because they risk either minimizing the recipients’ unique feelings of grief or actually making them feel worse.

Examples

  1. “I know how you feel.” We all experience and process grief differently.
  2. “She was so young.” No need for a potentially painful reminder.
  3. “What a terrible loss.” Avoid dwelling on the pain or difficulty of the loss.
  4. “You should…” Instead of advice, offer comfort and support.
  5. “You will…” Steer clear of predictions about how their grief journey will go.
  6. “This happened for a reason.” Even with the best intentions behind it, this thought risks assigning blame for the death.

How To Sign A Sympathy Card

How you sign your sympathy card will depend to a certain extent on the message that you’ve written. Here are some closings that you can use before signing your name.

Examples:

  1. “With caring thoughts,”
  2. “My deepest sympathy,”
  3. “Warmest condolences,”
  4. “Please accept my condolences,”
  5. “With Sympathy,”
  6. “All my love,”

Sympathy Sentiments

Even though our words can’t take away the pain of losing a loved one, they can go a long way toward helping a grieving person feel loved and supported. 

Writing a sympathy card is often an emotional and intimidating experience. It can be challenging to find the right words to offer support, comfort, and empathy. We know how important it is to lend a piece of your heart and pay your respects while being thoughtful, mindful, and open with your condolences. 

What matters most is your thoughtfulness, kindness, and empathy, which you can show by offering your support and sending a meaningful sympathy card straight from the heart.

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