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September 12, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

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.

Sympathy Cards About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 1

"Your mom was a beautiful person, inside and out, and she will be sorely missed."

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 2

"Extending my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother and praying that your faith will give you strength in this sad time."

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 3

"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."

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 4

"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."

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 5

"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."

Sympathy Cards About Mom Sample 6

"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. "

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Sympathy Letters About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Letters About Mom Example 1

Dear Edna,

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

Sympathy Letter for Mom Example 2

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.

In Sympathy,

The Nelson's

Bill, Ginger, Diane, Mark and Nick

Sympathy Letter for Mom Example 3

Dear Bob,

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,

Beverly

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Sympathy Messages in Emails About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Messages in Emails about Mom Sample 1

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

Sympathy Messages in Emails about Mom Sample 2

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

Sympathy Messages in Emails about Mom Sample 3

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,

Marion Best

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Words of Sympathy Text Messages About Mom

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 ...

Words of Sympathy Text Messages About Mom Example 1

I am so sorry about your mom. You have my heartfelt sympathy. I will be in touch soon. Love Mary

Words of Sympathy Text Messages About Mom Example 2

Just wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your mother. I will drop by your place on my way home. - John

Words of Sympathy Text Messages About Mom Example 3

I am shocked and saddened about your mother's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. God Bless You. I'll see you soon. - Mary

Words of Sympathy Text Messages About Mom Example 4

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

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Sympathy Words of Faith About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Words of Faith About Mom Sample 1

Edna,

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.

Gertrude

Sympathy Words of Faith About Mom Sample 2

John,

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,

Margaret Peterson

Sympathy Words of Faith About Mom Sample 3

Martha,

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,

Janice Reilly

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Sympathy Verses About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Verses About Mom Example 1

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

Sympathy Verses About Mom Example 2

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

Sympathy Verses About Mom Example 3

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

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Sympathy Sayings About Mom

Here are some sympathy sayings about mother on her passing that can be used to enhance your heartfelt sympathy message ...

Sympathy Sayings About Mom Example 1

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers" Jewish proverb

Sympathy Sayings About Mom Example 2

"Of all the saddest days in a person's life, the saddest by far is when they lose their mother"

Sympathy Sayings About Mom Example 3

"We get far in life on our mother's love, even further in remembering her"

Sympathy Sayings About Mom Example 4

"A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory"

Sympathy Sayings About Mom Example 5

"If ever there was an inconsolable grief, it would be that which is experienced at the loss of one's mother"

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Sympathy Poems About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Poems About Mom Example 1

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.

Sympathy Poems About Mom Example 2

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.

Sympathy Poems About Mom Example 3

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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.

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Sympathy Quotes About Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Quotes About Mom Sample 1

"The death of a mother is the first sorrow wept without her." Unknown

Sympathy Quotes About Mom Sample 2

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." Abraham Lincoln

Sympathy Quotes About Mom Sample 3

"For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'" John Greenleaf Whittier

Sympathy Quotes About Mom Sample 4

"The sweetest sounds to mortals given are heard in Mother, Home and Heaven."-William Goldsmith Brown

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Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths

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 ...

Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths Sample 1

"Mother O' Mine"

Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths Sample 2

"Mother-Forever In Our Hearts"

Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths Sample 3

"Mother, Wife, Grandmother"

Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths Sample 4

"God Grant Eternal Rest To Our Mother"

Sympathy Words About Mom for Wreaths Sample 5

"Rest In Peace Dear Mother"

Sympathy Words About Mother for Wreaths Sample 6

"In Memoriam To A Dear Mother"

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Sympathy Words to Write in a Flower Delivery Card for Mom

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 ...

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 1

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

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 2

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you"

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 3

"We are thinking of you during this difficult time."

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 4

"May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time."

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 5

"As you grieve, know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of your Mom"

Sympathy Words in Flower Delivery Card for Mom Example 6

"Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about."

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Phrases To Avoid

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 ...

Phrases To Avoid Example 1

"It's probably for the best"

Phrases To Avoid Example 2

"Now you can have your life back now that you don't have to deal with her illness anymore"

Phrases To Avoid Example 3

"I think she lost the will to live"

Phrases To Avoid Example 4

"These last few years must have been such a burden for you"

Phrases To Avoid Example 5

"I think she is much happier now"

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Condolence Messages

sympathy words for the loss of a mother

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.

Who do I address the card to?

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.

How do I address the envelope?

Address the envelope formally, with titles and full names, using the classic rules.

Short sympathy messages

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.

  • I’m thinking of you
  • I’m thinking of you during this difficult time
  • You’re in my thoughts
  • I am so sorry for your loss
  • You are in my prayers
  • My deepest sympathy
  • My sincere sympathy
  • Please accept my condolences
  • With warmest condolences
  • With heartfelt condolences
  • My heart goes out to you at this difficult time
  • My heart goes out to you at this time of sorrow
  • I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of [insert name]
  • I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of [insert name]
  • Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold dear in your hearts
  • With love
  • With love and hugs
  • With love at this sad time
  • Sending you and the family love
  • With thoughts of peace and courage for you
  • I will miss [insert name] very much
  • May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you
  • May your heart and soul find peace and comfort
  • I was very saddened to hear that [insert name] passed away
  • I am missing [insert name] along with you
  • I am sharing in your sadness as you remember [insert name]
  • Thinking of you as you celebrate [insert name]’s life
  • Thinking of you and hoping you are doing OK
  • God bless
  • Wishing you peace
  • Wishing you healing
  • With you in sorrow
  • I am sharing your sadness
  • Sending caring thoughts your way
  • [Insert name] will live in my memories forever
  • [Insert name] will be sadly missed
  • Words cannot even begin to express my sorrow
  • Please remember that you are not alone, and I am always here for you
  • May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time
  • My heart is aching for your loss

Sympathy for the loss of a mother

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  • When I think of your mother, I think of a strong, confident woman who would have done anything to protect her children and ensure their happiness.
  • Living without the one person who has loved you unconditionally all your life – even before you were born – must be so difficult. 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, the irreplaceable woman who brought you into the world and loved you unconditionally throughout your life.
  • I was so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She was a wonderful woman, who will be truly missed by many.
  • Mums remain in our hearts forever, even after they pass away. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • It takes a special person to be a Mum, but it takes an extra special Mum to bring up a wonderful child. Your Mum was clearly one of the best. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • Mothers carry their children in their hearts, and children carry mothers in their hearts too. Keep your Mum there, and carry her memory with you always. She was a wonderful woman, and I am so sorry for your loss.
  • Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. From all I heard about her, she was a wonderful woman to be admired. What wonderful memories you must have of her.

Sympathy for the loss of a father

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  • Your father was one of the nicest people I knew, and I know that he was a great dad too. I am so sorry for your loss.
  • My condolences to you for the passing of your father. He was a wonderful man, and there will never be another man like him.
  • Your father was always talking about you and bragging about how wonderful you were. I hope you know that you meant the world to him. He was a great man and will be sorely missed.
  • I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a great man, and I know how close you were to him. He will be missed by many.
  • I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I will remember him as a kind, funny man who would do anything to help anyone. You are in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Sympathy for the loss of a child

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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:

  • The shadow cast by his parents certainly allowed him to shine brightly in his world. Good for you both to have raised [insert name] to be his own man and yet so remarkably like his parents.
  • If a woman is to be judged by her friends and family, [insert name] is to be judged at the highest level.
  • I feel as though I was blessed to have been graced by [insert name]’s big heart and kind personality. It is truly the mark of wonderful parents. Every bit of my heart goes out to you during this most difficult time.
  • I am truly sorry for your loss. The loss of a child is absolutely heartbreaking. My heart aches for you and your family. [Insert name] was a wonderful child and she will be terribly missed by so many.
  • Words can not express the sorrow and pain I feel for the loss of your son/daughter. [Insert name] will be greatly missed. With my deepest sympathy.

Sympathy for the loss of a pet

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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:

  • May fond memories of [insert name] bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time.
  • To lose a friend is never easy. Please know that you are in my thoughts at this difficult time.
  • It is so hard to say goodbye to such a special companion. My thoughts are with you.
  • Some pets are friends. Others are family. The loss of [insert name] can’t be easy – he was a wonderful and loyal dog. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Pets never really leave us – they live on in our hearts and our fond memories.
  • You are in my thoughts following the sad passing of [insert name]. Please know that she touched many lives with her lovely nature and unusual meow. She will be missed.

Sympathy quotes

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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:

  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” – Thomas Campbell
  • “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love” – Leo Buscaglia
  • “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts” – Dorothy Ferguson

Biblical verses

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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:

  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
  • “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
  • “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Some general tips for writing a sympathy card

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When personalising the card to your situation, remember to:

  • Select an appropriate card. It doesn’t have to be a sympathy card specifically – it could be a blank card with a nice picture on the front.
  • Take your time – don’t write your sympathy card in a rush
  • Keep it short if you’re struggling with what to write – it’s better to send a card with a short message inside than a card containing a long, ill-informed or offensive message.
  • Compliment the deceased
  • Share a favourite memory of the deceased
  • Say something uplifting – don’t dwell on the negatives
  • Offer practical help. Don’t just write, “If you need anything, you know where I am”, as that is too vague and won’t be taken up. Instead, offer a hand with specific practical tasks such as childcare, cooking or ironing. Don’t make promises you can’t keep though; if you can’t babysit for them every weekend for the next 6 months, don’t say you can.

What NOT to write in a sympathy card

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:

  • “You will…”
  • “You should…”
  • “I know exactly how you feel”
  • “He was too young…”
  • “It’s for the best”
  • “They’re in a better place now”
  • “You can always remarry” or “You’ll meet someone else”
  • “At least they lived a long life”
  • “Everything happens for a reason”
  • “It could be worse…”
  • “At least you have other children”
  • “It will get easier in time”
  • “It’s time for you to move on”
  • Any details about the manner of the deceased’s death

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.

Sympathy card message examples

Here are a couple of examples, to give you a feel for the kind of thing you can write in your own cards:

Loss of a father

“Dear Sarah,

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.

James”

Loss of a friend

“Dear Stephanie,

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”

Loss of a son to suicide

” 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,

Diane”

Follow up on your sympathy card

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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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Condolence Examples

sympathy words for the loss of a mother

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:

  1. I am thankful to have shared memories with _____. I will miss him/her and his/her impact on our family. 
  2. Our family will not be the same without _______. I hope we can find comfort together during this difficult time. 
  3. No words will ever do justice to the impact ________ has left on our family. 
  4. The legacy ______ has left on our family is unmatched by any words that can be written. 
  5. I will miss _______ and will carry our memories together for the rest of my life. 
  6. _______ made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have been a member of his/her family, learning and growing from him/her. 
  7. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. 
  8. I am saddened to learn of the loss our family has suffered and hope to move through this difficult time together as one. 
  9. I hope we can celebrate the life _______ lived, remembering the good times we’ve shared as a family. 
  10. Our family will forever remain strong together and will share in the journey to finding peace after this difficult loss. 

From a colleague

  1. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. 
  2. We are so lucky to have you as a member of our office and are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts. 
  3. Wishing you peace and comfort during this hard time. 
  4. We are so sorry to have learned about your loss. We are here for you however needed. 
  5. The office is with you in your thoughts during this time of healing.
  6. We are saddened to learn of the loss you’ve had, please let us know how we may help you heal. 
  7. I hope this card finds you surrounded by strength and compassion.
  8. Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. 
  9. Our hearts are saddened to learn of your loss, please know we are with you. 
  10. We hope you know we are by your side during this time of sorrow. 

From a friend:

  1. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
  2. Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts. 
  3. Words fail to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know I am with you through this difficult time.
  4. My heart goes out to you and your family. 
  5. The joy _____ brought to our lives will not be forgotten. 
  6. Please know I am here to listen, comfort, and lean on during this difficult time. 
  7. I hope it brings you comfort to know that I am celebrating the life ______ lived and am thankful for his impact on my life. 
  8. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. 
  9. Please know we are only a phone call away.
  10. Hoping these words will help you find comfort during this time of sorrow.

From all of us:

  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss.
  2. May you find comfort in knowing you are not alone, you are surrounded by those who care for you.
  3. Please remember that we love and care about you and will be here for you always.
  4. It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know ______. He/she will be missed dearly.
  5. We hope this card finds you surrounded by love and compassion.
  6. May time help you heal and bring you peace.
  7. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but know we are with you through your grief.
  8. We are thankful to be a part of your life and hope we can offer comfort and strength during your time of need.
  9. We hold you close in our thoughts and hope you know you can lean on us for whatever you may need.
  10. Sending you lots of love and comfort, we are so sorry for your loss.

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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.

100 Uplifting Sympathy Messages For Loved Ones

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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.

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• "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

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• "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

    Jennifer AldrichEditorial AssistantJennifer Aldrich in an editorial assistant for CountryLiving.com who writes about food, decor, entertainment, and more.

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