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How to Write a Condolence Message

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Published 15/02/2021
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When someone close to you has lost a loved one, it can be hard to find the words to offer them comfort. And in such an emotionally delicate situation, what if you say the wrong thing and make it worse?

Of course, most people will appreciate the thought no matter what message you send to them offering your condolences. But is there any set way to do it? And what is the best thing you can say? In this blog I will be looking at how you can write a condolence message.

Speak from the Heart

The best messages come from your true feelings. As I mentioned earlier, it can be very hard to know what to say at a time like this. So why not work that into your message? Something along the lines of “I can’t quite find the words to express how sorry I am for your loss” lets the recipient know that, whilst you’re being honest about the difficulty of composing the message, you are offering sympathy to them in their time of need.

Another way to speak from the heart can be to offer your support during what is undoubtedly a difficult time. “Just so you know, I’ll always be here for you and you can get in touch with me any time.” Something like this reinforces that you’ll be there for them, that they can use you as a shoulder to cry on, which will be much appreciated.

A Final Farewell

On you can leave tributes for someone who has recently passed away. You can do this in the same style as discussed above – leaving a message for the loved ones they’ve left behind – but most people choose to target the message towards the deceased themselves.

Sometimes, the simpler the better. Whilst some people prefer to leave elaborate messages, poems and even photo or video tributes, something such as “Can’t believe you’re gone, will miss you forever” may resonate more as a raw, emotional tribute.

On Funeral Notices, people often return on the anniversary of the passing, or the deceased’s birthday, to leave personalised tributes for the milestone. Again, the best thing to do if you don’t have a specific message in mind is to simply speak from the heart, letting the person – and everyone else viewing the notice – know just how much they meant to you and how much you miss them.

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