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Funeral Card Messages: Sending Condolences

Updated on July 7, 2015

There is not a single time in life that is worse than losing someone who is near and dear to your heart.

The passing of a loved one is a time of deep sorrow and grieving, and nothing can ever make it any better; time just passes and you simply learn how to live without them.

They may always be on your mind, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and eventually you will be able to recall fond, happy memories rather than sulking in the moment of the loss.

Everyone grieves differently and it is a normal and totally necessary process. If you have a loved one who is suffering from the loss of someone they loved, the best thing that you can do is be there for them if they need someone to talk to, otherwise offer them some space to grieve.


Send a Sympathy Card

One thing that can help make someone feel a little better while they are grieving is to send them a card! This lets them know that you are thinking about them and that you are there for them should they need you. It’s a beautiful thing.

Since each person is different though, how do you know what kind of funeral card messages should be sent? Whether you pick a card out at the store, buy a blank, or make your very own card by hand with personal funeral card messages, you need to know what to look for. Here’s some tips:

  • Positive: Never EVER write any negative funeral card messages to someone who is grieving. Always keep the message positive for the sake of the recipient who is already going through a terrible time.

  • Memories: If you have any happy memories about the deceased, share these happy memories with in the card in an effort to place a smile on their face.

  • Religious beliefs: This is an important one. If the family has strong religious beliefs, then offer a message in the card such as helpful pieces of scripture or a nice and short prayer. Help the family find comfort in their God.

  • Offer help: It is important that those who suffered a loss know that they have people there for them, that they are not alone in their grieving if they don’t want to be. Offer help in any ways that you can, such as starting a meal train or simply getting them out of the house.

Even with the above tips in mind, it can still be really hard to find the right words to say, and sometimes there really is no right words to say at all! It really depends on the person writing the card and the person receiving it.


Sample Funeral Card Messages

Here are a few example funeral card messages that are appropriate for such a time of grief:

  • Dear God, please give this family the strength they need to get through this hard time, and let them find comfort in your love. Amen.

  • My deepest condolences are with you and your family. I’m terribly sorry for your loss, just know that I am here for anything you may need, even if it’s just a shoulder to cry on.

  • Sending my deepest sympathy to you and yours. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • No words can explain how sorry I am for your loss. Take all the time that you need to grieve over your loss and know that I’m just a phone call away, should you need someone to talk to.

  • A time of loss is a time for grieving and recalling all of the happy times you spent with your loved one. This is important in the process of healing, so take all the time you need. Know that you are loved!

  • Another angel has gained their wings. Know that they are in heaven watching over you.

  • May you find comfort in God during this hard time, and let you find peace within yourself and healing in the Lord.

  • Wishing you and your family a time of healing and recalling the happy times spent. May you find comfort in each other as the days move on.

  • If I could find the words to say that would take your pain away, I would. Know that I’m here for you no matter what it is you may need. I love you.

  • Sending my condolences to you and your family during this time of great loss. I’m sure that (name) was a remarkable person to have been so loved by so many.

Writing messages in funeral cards all depends on the individual circumstances, but as I stated earlier, simply letting the grieving family know that you are there for them is about all you can do. Be sensitive to their situation, see their pain, and offer your ear and shoulder.

Handmade Lace Sympathy Card


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