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Coping with Loss

15 Thoughtful Messages to Write in Your Sympathy Card

February 23, 2021

Life After Loss” provides you with helpful ways to cope with tragedy and loss. From advice on dealing with impossible pain to suggestions for finding incredible power, we share expert tips from grief counselors and emotionally focused therapists that will assist you through the grieving process, step by step. Whether you’re looking for self-care tips or ways to comfort a loved one, this series will help bring about comfort and closure.

Writing a sympathy card can be an emotional experience. Finding the right words to comfort someone who is grieving is often difficult. To help get you started, we’re sharing thoughtful sympathy card messages that will show empathy while offering support. Remember to use these ideas as inspiration, because the most meaningful messages come from your heart.

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“We often struggle to find the right thing to say,” says Jim McCann, founder and chairman of 1-800-Flowers.com. “A few simple messages of support can be extremely comforting to those who are grieving.”

No matter who you’re trying to comfort during tough times, we have the right words for grieving family members, friends, and colleagues.

Five ideas for writing a sympathy card message for a family member

What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that ___ was part of our family.

Celebrating the life of a wonderful man/woman and mourning his/her passing with you.

Our family will not be the same without ___ . I know we’ll find comfort in each other and we”ll get through this together.

There are no words for the legacy ___ has left on our family. His/her shining personality will live on in our hearts.

___ has made a difference in so many lives. I’m grateful to have been a member of his/her family.

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Five ideas for writing a sympathy card message for a friend

Thinking of you as you celebrate ___’s beautiful life. He/she will live on in your heart.

I know I can’t make your pain go away, but I want you to know I’m here for you with a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen with, or anything else you may need.

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jim McCann

A few simple messages of support can be extremely comforting to those who are grieving.

Jim McCann

Founder and Chairman

1-800-Flowers.com Inc.

Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember someone who was so close to you.

We’re so very sorry for your loss. Our family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Five ideas for writing a sympathy card message for a colleague

Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family during this tough time.

___ touched so many lives in the very best way. I’m grateful I got the chance to know him/her as both a colleague and a friend.

Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing okay.

Keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time—and wishing you hope and healing when you’re ready.

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