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When we learn of the death of someone, whether a family member, a friend, or a casual acquaintance, it is customary to send a condolence card immediately.
This is often the most difficult time to write even three or four simple sentences, when the pain of the loss is so great. It is possible to send an e-mail, but writing a short note, or sending a card, is preferable. The bereaved person can keep your expression of sympathy in a scrapbook or box and return to it some time later.
Handwrite your address on the envelope, preferably in black or blue ink. Do not use a printer. If you knew the deceased but were not close to his or her family, identify yourself clearly, for example: Mr. Axel Girard (work colleague of…).

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80 messages of condolence

Here are 80 sample condolence messages to help you find the words:

  1. We share your grief at this difficult time.
  2. True friendship is shared in times of trial. The cruel bereavement that has struck you allows us to tell you how close we are to you.
  3. Faced with this painful blow of fate, I am both saddened and bewildered. I would like to bring you some comfort, but today, words fail me. Receive all my tenderness.
  4. I will not forget the one who left you and I send you the testimony of my sincere affection.
  5. I take a deep part in your grief. Affectionately and sadly.
  6. I ask your family to count me among your sincere friends and hope that they will find some comfort in my respectful thoughts.
  7. I am devastated by the terrible news. My heart goes out to you.
  8. I am truly saddened. Sincere and saddened condolences.
  9. I want to join with all those who are sharing your grief. Please receive my most sincere condolences and believe in my respectful feelings.
  10. Please accept my respectful sympathy. I know how much this misfortune has affected you and I want you to know that I share your pain.
  11. Please accept my deepest condolences.
  12. I am deeply moved by your unexpected loss. I would like to be able to take a great part in your suffering and to alleviate, as much as possible, this very hard trial. Please accept my friendship.
  13. The misfortune that has just shaken your family has petrified me. Know that my heart goes out to you. Be assured of my warm sympathy and friendship.
  14. My soul is sad and my heart is aching. I fully associate myself with your grief and I am ready to see you again as soon as you wish.
  15. Dear Sir or Madam, please accept my sincere condolences and my deepest sympathy.
  16. We are very close to you in your great misfortune. Affection and tenderness.
  17. Allow me to tell you that I share your pain. I am thinking of you. I am with you every day and every moment. You can always count on me. See you soon.
  18. Everything is said. Words cannot help. Nevertheless, believe in my affectionate support in this terrible ordeal.
  19. Your pain is mine. How better to associate myself with it than by reiterating all my affection for you and the person you have just lost. Best regards.
  20. Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences.
  21. I was too late to attend the farewell ceremony, but I want you to know that we share your pain and you can be assured of my most sincere support.
  22. Some pain is difficult to console, but a few words can ease it. When the grief has fled, the best moments will remain.
  23. Shaken by this sudden death, it is difficult for us to find the right words. Please know that we are close to you in spirit.
  24. We want to tell you how close we feel to you at the moment when the pain invades your heart.
  25. By sharing your deep sorrow, we want to help you ease it.
  26. As this terrible loss hits you, it is essential for us to assure you of our most loving support.
  27. A loved one has just passed away. How can we express in simple words the great emotion and the infinite sadness that we feel in our hearts. We offer you our most sincere condolences.
  28. If there were words to be said to try to console you, we would say them from the bottom of our hearts to soften your pain.
  29. True friendship is recognized in difficult times. The cruel bereavement that has struck you allows us to tell you how close we are to you.
  30. The book of life is the ultimate book that cannot be closed or opened at will. We would like to return to the page we love, and the page of sorrow is already under our fingers. Sincere condolences.
  31. One must have lived through this terrible ordeal to understand the intensity of your pain. By assuring you of our affection, we hope to help you ease your pain.
  32. Life is fleeting, but the memory of a loved one remains. We wish you much courage, and we are with you at heart.
  33. A loved one has just left you. Your pain is only matched by your emotion, and the fervor of our affection can help you bear this immense pain.
  34. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your (brother, friend, father…). We will truly miss him. My thoughts are with you and your family.
  35. If he has left this earth he will never truly leave us, for he is still alive in our hearts and minds, through us he lives. Please accept my condolences.
  36. Many fond memories come back to me as I think of our dear departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you in these difficult days, my deepest condolences.
  37. Please accept my condolences, just know that I am here for you, please don’t hesitate to call me, especially during this difficult time.
  38. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and tranquility you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.
  39. I can’t even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I want to extend my condolences to you and your family.
  40. Hearing about your loss saddens me deeply, but I know it is still far from what you are going through right now. You are in my thoughts. My sympathy goes out to you and your family.
  41. Please accept my condolences for the passing of your (son, brother, wife, father…). It was an honor to have known such a beautiful person and I will truly miss him.
  42. May his soul rest in peace, I firmly believe that God will accept him with open arms for all the good he did while on this earth.
  43. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will give you the strength to get through this time in your life. My deepest condolences.
  44. My sincere condolences to you and your family. He was a truly lovely and kind person. He will be missed.
  45. I can’t imagine how difficult what you are going through right now is, I just know that I am here for you. I am so sorry for your loss.
  46. May the good memories of your (father, friend, husband…) bring you comfort during this difficult time in your life. My heart goes out to you.
  47. Please accept my deepest condolences, words cannot express the sadness you feel at this time, but I am here for you and I am thinking of you.
  48. May my condolences bring you some comfort.
  49. Losing someone you love is a terrible ordeal, but knowing that you were able to be a part of this fantastic person’s life will hopefully bring you some comfort. My condolences.
  50. Dear (insert name here), I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your (father, mother…). May my condolences bring you comfort and peace at this painful time.
  51. ( Name of the deceased ) will be greatly missed. He was loved by all, and will be remembered forever. I am sorry for your loss.
  52. Words cannot express the immense sadness I feel for the passing of your (father, mother…), please accept my condolences.
  53. (Name), I just want you to know that I am very sorry to hear of the passing of ( name, your father, mother…), he was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
  54. The loss of a loved one is never easy, if there is anything I can do, please feel free to let me know. My sincere condolences.
  55. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that I am here; call me if there is anything I can do to help you. My deepest condolences.
  56. I am proud to have known your (father, mother…) He was truly a landmark in my life and I will miss him greatly. My condolences.
  57. Sincere condolences to you and your family for the immeasurable loss you have suffered. At times like this words are superfluous… We are with our mind and soul with those who had the privilege of knowing.
  58. I am deeply grieved and words are no help in expressing the pain I feel at this time. My deepest sympathies.
  59. With a heavy heart, I pray for the eternal rest of this exceptional man.
  60. A beautiful soul, full of love, has gone away from you, leaving you in loneliness and sadness. With great sorrow, I offer you my condolences for the loss of your (wife, son, husband…).
  61. I cannot believe that (name of deceased) is no longer with us… He will always be in our hearts.
  62. Condolences to the bereaved family. My tears flow for a friend, a great man.
  63. The mother is the dearest being in the world. No one and nothing can fill the void created by the loss of your dear mother.
  64. Flowers and prayers go to your dear grandmother who left us too soon.
  65. All our thoughts to help you overcome the immense void left by the loss of your beloved father/mother/brother.
  66. All my life I will remember his kindness. My heart goes out to you.
    For all that he did for us in life, we owe him our undying love and the promise that we will never forget him.
  67. My condolences.
  68. Life comes to an end as a candle light goes out, but in the heart the memories are forever anchored.
  69. At this painful time, may the love of your family and friends bring you some comfort.
  70. Anyone can be forgotten, but not a man who chose a life of selflessness and generosity.
  71. Birth is a gift to enjoy life on earth. Death is a privilege to free oneself from the sufferings of this world. My deepest condolences.
  72. Death can never take a good man from our hearts. He was an inspiration to us, the legacy remains and will continue through the generations.
  73. Your (father, mother, husband…) will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in peace. Sincere condolences from the family of (your name here).
  74. Please know that my family is one with you in this terrible time. Our thoughts are with you.
  75. Although life is now clouded by grief, please keep in mind that family and friends will always be there for you. Do not lose hope.
  76. I don’t have the words to take away your pain. If there is anything I can do to help you, please do not hesitate to call. My condolences to you and your family.
  77. No one expected such a sudden loss. I wish you strength and courage in the face of this sudden loss. My deepest condolences.
  78. We will never be able to say goodbye to a man who will always be in our hearts.
  79. No one can replace someone so dear to us. Truly, life will never be the same without him. Rest assured that you are in our thoughts.
  80. I remember how sweet and loving your mother was. She was a woman of uncommon strength and wit. Her death is a real loss. Please accept my deepest condolences.
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