I am sending my most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. Words cannot begin to express the pain you must be feeling at the loss of your.
One of the most profound losses that anyone can experience is the death of their mother and knowing what to say in a sympathy card is never easy. Here are some short sentiments of sympathy that should be helpful when the occasion arises ...
"Your mom was a beautiful person, inside and out, and she will be sorely missed."
"Extending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time."
"Your mother was the kindest and gentlest woman I have ever met. I feel so fortunate to have known her and extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family."
"Your mom was a very special lady and loved by everyone who knew her. Please know that we share in your grief and extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family."
"May these words comfort you on the loss of your mother. I will always remember her sweet smile and beautiful nature. May God keep you in his embrace at this difficult time."
"May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by so many. Your mom will be sorely missed. God bless you and your wonderful family. "
This section provides some examples of sympathy letters on the death of a mother. Hopefully they will give you the inspiration and guidance you need as you write to another at the saddest of times ...
I can't tell you how sorry I was to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet and kind lady and I will always remember her for that beautiful smile that she always displayed. I always admired her tireless energy- nothing ever seemed to slow her down.
I think your mother's greatest legacy will be in the wonderful children she raised. She was so very proud of all of you.
I will miss those Sunday chats your mom and I had. She was always quick to start a conversation and I will miss her wisdom and great stories of times gone by.
I hope that you will find the inner strength to get you through this sad and difficult time. You have my very deepest and sincere sympathy.
Yours In Sympathy,
Mary Lyons Brady
Dear Members of the Reynolds' Family,
We were deeply saddened to hear of your mother's death. It was a shock to all of us.
I think that the loss of one's mother is by far the saddest event of anyone's lifetime. There is just no other loss that measures up to this one. But knowing your mom as we did, we know that she wouldn't want us sitting around grieving but rather celebrating the wonderful life she led. I'm sure she had few regrets in living the full and successful life that she did.
We join in with everyone who knew your mom in wishing you peace and comfort as you face this very sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family.
Bill, Ginger, Diane, Mark and Nick
I was very sorry to hear of your mother's death. Having lost my mom less than a year ago, I know full well the grief and sadness you are feeling right now.
I know that the thoughts are no doubt overwhelming that nothing ever will quite be the same. That certainly is true, however, soon you will have the memory of your mom that will live on in your heart and mind as well as in the hearts and minds of all of us who knew and loved her.
I will pray for God's choicest blessings on you and your family at this difficult time.
In Love and Sympathy,
Sending words of sympathy via email is a quick and effective way of delivering your sympathy message to the grieved. Here is a sampling of things you can say to express sympathy words in an email to someone who has lost their mom ...
Subject: In Deepest Sympathy
Just a brief message of sympathy to say how very sorry we were to learn of your mom's passing. We are all deeply saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Withers Family
Subject: Your Dearest Mom
These brief words cannot begin to express the sadness we feel on your mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
John & Pat
Subject: Such Sad News
I wanted the quickest way I knew how to let you know how sorry I am to hear of your mother's death. I was very surprised and saddened by the news. I am awaiting details of the services so that I can pay my respects in person. Despite the circumstances it will be good to see you and your family again.
All My Best,
Texting has become more and more of a mainstream communication form. No longer the exclusive domain of adolescents and teenagers, adults in increasing numbers use text messages to get their messages delivered quickly, including sympathy messages. Here are some examples of what to text when offering your condolences to someone on the passing of their mom ...
I am so sorry about your mom. You have my heartfelt sympathy. I will be in touch soon. Love Mary
Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your mother. I will drop by your place on my way home. - John
I am shocked and saddened about your mother's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. God Bless You. I'll see you soon. - Mary
My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mom. She was a great gal. Stay strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you. -Elaine Walters
Words of Faith can be a source of comfort for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. What better time to use these words to let someone know that they are not alone in their grief. Here are some examples of the use of words of Faith to express sympathy on the loss of a mother ...
How very sorry we were to hear of your mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers, and those of so many others who knew her, are with you at this sad and difficult time.
Your mother was blessed with so many wonderful experiences and a long and productive life. You must feel blessed as well to have had her a part of your life for so long.
Our faith tells us that God is showering his blessings on you at this very moment as well. The Bible says "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted." I pray that you will find peace and comfort in these words and that God will give you the strength and courage to go on.
God Bless You and your wonderful family.
Yours In Faith.
I want to let you know how sorry I was to hear of your mother's death. She was a radiant and wonderful lady who enjoyed life to the fullest.
I know that it seems like a sad ending of a life, but I have faith that your mom is on a wondrous journey to reap her just rewards. Hers was a good and blessed life and the happiness and joy that she brought to all of us will live on in her memory.
I think that mothers are one of God's greatest blessings, and your mom was no exception. Her angelic smile and sweet voice made her a joy to be around. I will miss her dearly.
I ask for God's choicest blessings on you and your family. May your faith guide you and comfort you in your sadness.
In love and faith,
I hope this finds you doing well and holding up over your mother's death. I know what a difficult time it is for you.
I think that when God created mothers as the very special people that they are, that He had your mom in mind already. She was truly one of those blessed and good people who are full of so much grace and dignity.
I know your faith will comfort you. My prayers will be for you and your family to find the peace and strength that comes in knowing that a loved one has gone to their eternal rest.
God Bless You.
With love and affection,
Sometimes simple sympathy verses, when added to your sympathy messages, can give your sympathy words even greater effect in delivering the comfort that you wish to convey ...
I know that words alone
Can hardly ease the pain
But please know that our thoughts
Are with you on the loss of your wonderful mom
God made mom's the special people
that they are; That is why the loss of
your mom is so very hard to bear
Thinking of you at this sad time,
Knowing the pain that you feel
Please know that our thoughts are
With you on the loss of your dear mom
May you be comforted in your sorrow
On the loss of your wonderful mom
May you find comfort and peace in knowing
That you are not alone
Here are some sympathy sayings about mother on her passing that can be used to enhance your heartfelt sympathy message ...
"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers" Jewish proverb
"Of all the saddest days in a person's life, the saddest by far is when they lose their mother"
"We get far in life on our mother's love, even further in remembering her"
"A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory"
"If ever there was an inconsolable grief, it would be that which is experienced at the loss of one's mother"
Some of our favorite poets have penned words of sympathy poems that might bring comfort to someone who has lost their mother. Here is a sampling of a few that you might find useful. When added to a note or letter of sympathy, they provide an extra touch that shows the recipient how much you care ...
To My Mother (addressed to his mother-in-law)
By Edgar Allan Poe
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering to one another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore by that dear name I long have called you-
You who are more than mother unto me,
And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,
In setting my Virginia's spirit free.
My mother-my own mother, who died early
Was but the mother of myself; but you
Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,
And thus are dearer than the mother I knew
by that infinity with which my wife
Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.
Tribute to Mother
By John Greenleaf Whittier
A picture memory brings to me;
I look across the years and see
Myself beside my mother's knee.
I feel her gentle hand restrain
My selfish moods, and know again
A child's blind sense of wrong and pain.
But wiser now,
a man gray grown,
My childhood's needs are better known.
My mother's chastening love I own.
By William Wadsworth
What through the radiance which was once so
bright Be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour of
splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find Strength
in what remains behind.
A well placed sympathy quotation inserted in your sympathy message or condolence letter can be a nice touch that will be appreciated by the reader. Here are a few sympathy quotes for your consideration ...
"The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her." Unknown
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." Abraham Lincoln
"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'" John Greenleaf Whittier
"The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home and Heaven."-William Goldsmith Brown
Brief phrases are an appropriate way to personalize a wreath at a mother's passing. Here is a selection that may fit your needs when searching for just the right words to use for that purpose ...
"Mother O' Mine"
"Mother-Forever In Our Hearts"
"Mother, Wife, Grandmother"
"God Grant Eternal Rest To Our Mother"
"Rest In Peace Dear Mother"
"In Memoriam To A Dear Mother"
Sending flowers when someone's Mom had passed away is always thoughtful. Space for sympathy card messages is limited so make sure the flower delivery card has just the right words ...
"Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow"
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you"
"We are thinking of you during this difficult time."
"May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time."
"As you grieve, know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of your Mom"
"Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about."
Knowing what to say at the time of passing of a mother is important, but equally, if not more important, is knowing what not to say at this emotional time. Here are some phrases to avoid ...
"It's probably for the best"
"Now you can have your life back now that you don't have to deal with her illness anymore"
"I think she lost the will to live"
"These last few years must have been such a burden for you"
"I think she is much happier now"
I have such precious childhood memories of your mom/dad. I know No matter how old we are, it's never easy to lose a parent.
Last year I wrote an article entitled How to Write a Sympathy Card. I received feedback that it was helpful, so I decided to put together this bigger version for you, full of lots more helpful tips and advice. Why not bookmark it, so you can refer back to it when required? Read through our guide and learn how best to convey your condolences to friends, family and acquaintances when they lose a loved one. You can express your sympathy via many methods, but nothing is held as close as a handwritten sympathy card during and after periods of grief.
First things first, who should you address the card to? This is a common question in this situation, so here is a simple guide. If you knew the deceased well, address your note to the closest living relative – usually the wife/husband, or eldest child. If you didn’t know the deceased but your friend or relative was a close friend or close relative of the deceased, write to them. If a friend’s parent has passed away, write to your friend. You can always add an “and family” onto the end of your greeting, if you wish.
Address the envelope formally, with titles and full names, using the classic rules.
The below are some short, generic messages that convey your sympathy. If you’d like to keep your message concise, these phrases are ideal, or they can be combined, or added in with more personalised messages, quotes, or biblical references to write a longer piece. Whilst a short message is fine, remember that just “Dear Brian, with love from Lucy” is not enough, and comes across as nonchalant.
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Nobody ever expects their child to pass away before them, but sadly it does happen. Knowing what to say in this situation can seem impossible. Here are a few ideas for you:
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The passing away of a pet can often by overlooked by others, when it is often a harrowing time for the owners. Be prepared next time a beloved pet dies, with a message along these lines:
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Sometimes you might want to let someone else do the talking for you, or to enhance what you have already written by adding a suitable quote. Here are some useful examples:
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If you or the card recipient are Christian, then perhaps a biblical verse could provide some comfort. The same, of course, goes for other religions. Here are some suitable examples from the bible:
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When personalising the card to your situation, remember to:
The reason most of us struggle to write sympathy cards is, we are terrified of writing something that could further upset, offend or anger the recipient. You also need to avoid belittling any feelings they are having. With all of this in mind, keep these phrases and topics out of your writing:
In summary, don’t allocate blame, don’t discuss the circumstances of the death, don’t offer advice, and don’t tell them they will feel better in X amount of time. Put yourself in their shoes, and think about the words which would bring you comfort at such a time, and which words wouldn’t.
Here are a couple of examples, to give you a feel for the kind of thing you can write in your own cards:
I am so sorry for your loss. Steven was a wonderful man, with a heart of gold, and I will miss him dearly. His laugh was infectious, and I’ll never forget our camping trips in France. He often spoke of your achievements during our games of golf – a true sign of a proud parent. You meant the world to him, and I know the feeling was very much mutual. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time, and I would be more than happy to look after Milo and Maude for you if you would like some time out. They are welcome to stay over at my house anytime.
Sending you and the family all my love.
I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Jennie. To me she always seemed to be a whirlwind of fun and laughter, and I couldn’t help but feel uplifted in her presence. I know what a support she was to you over the years too, especially during sixth form, when you were inseparable and sneaking out late to go to parties.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln
If you’d like some help with washing and ironing during this difficult time, please let me know. I can collect and drop it off again, so you can concentrate on looking after yourself.
Thinking of you,
Love from Louise”
” My dear friend Fran,
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Jamie’s death. I cannot imagine the heartache you must feel. Words seem so inadequate to express my sadness. He was a wonderful young man, so kind and thoughtful, and I know he will be deeply missed by many. If I can help with meals, just let me know – I can cook you and the family some meals and drop them off, or I can come round to your house and cook. Whichever you would prefer.
Remembering with you, the life of your precious son.
Lots of love,
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Whilst it is lovely of you to send a sympathy card to someone who has recently been bereaved, it is also nice to follow up your card with further contact – whether that be in person, by telephone, email, or a letter. It is also a nice idea to get in touch on the anniversary of their loved one’s death, to let them know you are thinking of them. Offer support and any practical help they might still need, and also let them know that it is perfectly OK for them to still be feeling sad.
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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.
Here are 40 meaningful messages to inspire an intimate, heartfelt offering of sympathy and compassion. Consider them starters to help your personal note flow. They may inspire you or you can use them as guidelines, but remember the most thoughtful messages come from the heart.
From a family member:
From a colleague
From a friend:
From all of us:
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I am sending my most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. Words cannot begin to express the pain you must be feeling at the loss of your.
Mother’s Day is meant to be a time to honor the most important woman in your life, but it can be extremely difficult for those who have lost their mom. No matter how much time has gone by, the annual holiday can still be painful. So this Mother’s Day, we invite you to celebrate mom by remembering her with these thoughtful quotes. Although she’s no longer here on earth, she’ll always live in your heart.
• "What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller
• "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." — Unknown
• "Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." — The Wonder Years
• "A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go." — Unknown
• "You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be." — Nigella Lawson
• "Mom, I am missing you today but I know that you will always be with me in my heart." — Karen Kostyla
• "Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know." — Unknown
• "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy." — Eskimo legend
• "Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated." — Alphonse de Lamartine
• "Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity." — Terri Guillemets
• "We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love." — Madame de Stael
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• "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure." — Renee Wood
• "There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart." — Mahatma Gandhi
• "No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply." — Billy Graham
• "I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence." — Alyson Noel
• "Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart." — José N. Harris
• "Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." — Vicki Harrison
• "And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.'" — Unknown
• "Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." — Emily Dickinson
• "But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone." — Mitch Albom
• "If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them." — James O’Barr
• "Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn't magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning." — Carrie Jones
• "I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn't get past something like that, you got through it." — Jodi Picoult
• "There is something about losing a mother that is permanent and inexpressible—a wound that will never quite heal." — Susan Wiggs
•"My mom is a never ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune." — Graycie Harmon
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