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Words of Condolence

Updated on February 2, 2014

The Importance of Giving Words of Condolence

There is always time for everything. A time to sow and a time to reap; a time to be happy and a time to be sad; if there is a beginning, there is always an end. Life begins in a birth and ends in a death. Death is probably one of the most happenings in a person’s life that not all people are happy and eager to deal with. Singularly, there is none who has yet to testify if there is indeed life after death.

A loss of a loved one is very hurting and even traumatic to the ones who are left behind. It is missing a person’s company and presence forever. But if there are people around you who lend a shoulder to cry on or just be your sounding board, the burden of losing someone is bearable. If you do not have anything to give on someone’s wake, your words of condolence will be more than enough.

Gives comfort

Have you yourself been into a situation wherein you feel that the world is against you? Or, have troubles that you cannot bear? How does it feel when a friend or even a stranger hands a hankie to you to wipe those tears? It is indeed very comforting. Words of condolence especially if it is sincere can calm and comfort a turmoil soul stricken with grief and sorrow. It is a soothing balm to those who are left behind.

Gives inner strength

Your words of condolence can be a source of inner strength too.  People who lost their loved ones are most likely to be desperate and they cling on to everything that gives them strength.  if you choose your words carefully and fill it with an inspiring message, the bereaved family will draw strength from it.  They are to remember it and it will inspire them as they move on to their daily lives. 

 If there is one thing in life that you do not think of practicing on, it is writing words of condolence.  You do not practice it or even think about it.  You only dig into it when circumstance calls for it.  Before you even think of writing a sympathy letter or expressing out those words with the sole hope that it will console the grieving family, here are some of the tips to make it sincere and endearing.

Plan what you have to say and write it in a piece of a stationary paper.  It may look impersonal if you process it with computers and programs.  It is totally unacceptable as well if you send your words of condolence in a form of an email, text message or any other form or electronic communications

If the deceased one is only an acquaintance, make it short and simple.  You may want to address it to the person whom you have most interacted with.

Choose simple words that easily understood by everyone.  You do not have to flaunt what you have in your brains otherwise it may defeat its purpose of consoling the bereaved family.


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      Shirley Pisa 

      7 years ago

      Giving condolences is a way to ease the existing burden and pain.

      Nice hub :)


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