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Inspirational Sympathy Messages &
Finding the words to express your deepest feelings at a time of loss
can sometimes be very difficult. This section is dedicated to
helping you find the words. We have put together a
selection of real inspirational sympathy/bereavement messages that we have personally
received as well as submission from our readers. We hope these
examples will help you find your own unique way of expressing your
love and concern for someone that has lost a loved one.
New messages and
insights will be added to our website each week. Do you have
an inspirational story or letter to share?
We would love to hear
of a Parent
Judy, passed away in 1993 from ovarian cancer
love of your friends and family surround you and fill your
heart as you journey down this new road. It has been 16 years
since my mom passed away and I know that the road ahead will
bring you many ups and downs but know that your mom's love and
presence will always be with you. Be sure to be kind and
gentle with yourself. Sending you and your family lots of warm
I am very sorry
to hear of your mother's passing away. I was glad to
have met her. Know that my thoughts are with you.
Be gentle with yourself.
Love & Strength, G.K.
Thought: Many people
send cards and flowers the first few weeks after someone has
passed. Think of sending a card or a note a few months
after the loss to remind your friend that you are still
thinking about them. Anniversaries, birthdays and
holidays can be particularly difficult. These are
special times that you can let your friend or family member
know that you care.
Please call if you want
to talk, or bitch about annoying family members who don't do anything,
or if you want to share stories about funeral directors, making
arrangements, eating sandwiches every day for what seems to be months-
Having to make small talk with people whom you have never seen before,
but they remember you when you were a baby, and finding yourself in
the back of the room in the funeral home thanking everyone from coming
to this event. Just like you are in event planning auto pilot.
I nearly expected to be reading evaluation forms at the end of the
ordeal. Anyhow- I just wanted to tell you that I've been
thinking about you and hope you are doing ok. Take Care and Take
Some Time For Yourself. C.S.
The typical sympathy card in the store may not be the
most inspirational card to send.
Think of sending a card with a beautiful flower, a fun
picture or something that inspires the person to connect with
life. My favorite
cards to send are ones with Mickey Mouse or a beautiful
only imagine how difficult this has been, and my heart goes out to you
and your family. You are
so young to have to suffer such an incredible loss and while time is a
healer, I know that’s of little consolation now.
Know that you have many, many friends who love and care about you.
If you need anything I am only a phone call away.
I’ve been thinking
about what you must be going through, and it seems that we can’t
truly understand what you’re going through until we face the same
situation. But I am ready
to help in any way that I can. E.R.
My thoughts are with
you. Take Care and think
of me if you need a smile.
Inspirational Thought: When
we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the
most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of
giving much advice, solutions or cures, have chosen rather to
share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender
hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of
despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief
or bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not
healing, and face us with the reality of our powerlessness, that
is a friend who cares. ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen
I never know what to
say in letters like this, as my experience with family loss is
limited. Yet, if I were in
your situation, I’d take comfort in the thought that people’s
prayers and thoughts are with me.
Rest assured mine are with you.
I just wanted
you to know that I have been thinking about you all week, and
I will keep you in my prayers.
not to say anything that will diminish your friends
feelings: "your dad wouldn't want you to be sad"
or "you'll feel better soon." Also, try to stay
away from silly clichés. The most important thing to
do is to just be sincere.
I am so sorry for
your loss, and I wish I had something wonderful to say to make you
feel better. Please know that I'm willing to help you out however I
can during this difficult time. I'd love to bring your family dinner
or take you out for coffee if you ever need to talk to someone.
I'm so sorry for your
loss. I really respect you as a friend and as a professional, and I
know your dad must have had a role in making you the great person
of a Friend
I am heartbroken that he is gone; and
I’m glad he remembered me.
I’ll never forget him.
Certain people touch your life, and he was certainly one
of them. I know you
were very a special person in his life. D.B
sending you lots of supportive hugs & love via the ether and
wish I could be more ”there” for you!
My thoughts are with you and hope you are doing for
yourself whatever is required.
am sorry to hear of your friends passing.
I know he must have treasured your caring and special
friendship during his illness.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
often wonder what they should do for someone when they
have lost a friend or family member.
One of the most special gifts I received was from
my friend Steve. When
my friend Dan passed away I did not have enough money to
go to the funeral. Steve
used his frequent flyer miles to buy me a plane ticket
so I could go to the funeral to be there for Dan’s
family as well as give me an opportunity to say good
bye. I am
forever grateful for his generosity.
of a Pet
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. That
must have taken a lot of soul searching to make the decision to
put Chase to sleep and I hope, in time, you are able to heal.
I was saddened to
hear of the new of your kitten passing. I'm sorry that his
life was cut short, but glad that you were able to make his last
week more comfortable. Although he didn't make it, you
gave him a chance to fight. You also gave him the comfort
of companionship and warmth in his final days. Thank you
for giving the little guy a fighting chance. We appreciate
your compassion and we will remember his spirit. So sorry
for your loss. EK
smallest gestures can make a big difference in
someone’s life. Some
of the cards and letters I received when my mom passed
away were from people I hardly knew.
I was so touched that someone would take the time
to let me know they cared.
your loved one create a Virtual Memorial that others can
contribute their memories and everyone can view the memorial
The Virtual Memorial Garden allows you to set-up
a virtual Memorial for free –
words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes
are truly endless."
Your Stories With Us…What has
you have an inspiring story, card, or letter you would like to
What did you wish someone had done for you? We invite you
to submit your stories and wish lists.
Loss of a Parent
Loss of a Spouse/Significant Other
Loss due to a
Miscarriage, Still Birth & Infant Loss
Loss of a Friend
Loss of a Pet
Loss of a Child
Loss of a Relative
Loss of a Grandparent
Loss due to Suicide
Loss of a person serving in the Military
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