120 Condolence Messages To Express Your Sympathy and Love

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I’m terrible at comforting someone, never know what to say, when thinking about condolence messages, I get a blank mind. Is it just me? 

We, humans, aren’t particularly great at coping with loss or failure. Especially when our loved ones are dealing with something tragic, we often run short of words to console them. The loss of a family, a pet, a divorce, or even a breakup can take a toll on one’s mind. These are the times you want to offer your condolences, but finding the right words can get tricky.

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While there isn’t a perfect way to offer condolences to someone, you can always rely on the right messages that can go a long way. ​​Below are 120 condolence messages and quotes to help you offer your sympathy when your near and dear ones are dealing with grief.

Before looking at these heart-touching condolement messages, here’s a little brief about what and how to choose the right words when consoling someone.

How to Write Condolence Messages?

When someone you have known or loved has lost something in a war called life, it can get challenging to choose the right words. However, with the right choice of words and messages, you can comfort and encourage them to let them know they aren’t alone. Because remember, this is the time they need them the most.

Choosing the Right Tone

You can choose the tone according to the gravity of the situation. If the person dealing with loss is a friend who prefers humour as a coping mechanism, add a hint of funniness to condolence messages. If someone just lost a family member, be empathetic towards them and leave them simple words like loss, support, comfort, and soul rest in peace.

Choice of Words

This is the most important bit when you’re trying to console someone. Let them know you understand that what they’re going through isn’t easy, but time will heal it all. Choose words like – time heals, it’s not easy but shall pass, and I’m here for you.

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Add Some Personalisation

When your friend is grieving the loss of their family member or pet, make sure to add their name in the condolence message. Or, when they’ve failed an interview or exam, let them know it is all a part of life. And they will succeed in the next!

People grieving may often forget what they’re told, but a message straight from the heart isn’t.

Do Not Expect a Reply

When you leave someone a text who’s already going through a difficult time, the last thing you should expect of them is a revert to your text. Remember, this is their time to grieve. They may read your message later or have already read it and felt better (purpose served).

Be sensitive and refrain from bothering them with a followed up text soon after.

Condolences Messages for Someone Who Lost a Family Member

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There’s no greater loss in life than the death of a person we loved from all our hearts. In this unfortunate event, when words fall short, simple condolence texts can help them feel better. Below-listed messages are simple and to-the-point empathetic messages that will let them know you care.

  1. You and your family are in our minds and hearts.
  2. Deeply saddened by the loss you and your family have to deal with.
  3. When you love someone so much, does goodbye even exist?
  4. Please accept my condolences, and may the power of my prayers help you to cope with this loss.
  5. May the memories of your loved one help your heart to heal with time. 
  6. Accept my condolences, and know that I am always there for you.
  7. Sending you love and positive thoughts only. 
  8. I wish you courage for today and hope for the future. 
  9. Sending the grieving family comforting thoughts and sympathy.
  10. Gone out of sight, but never out of our hearts. 
  11. We send our sincerest condolences during this difficult time. 
  12. I’ll have you in my thoughts throughout this difficult time. 
  13. To you and your family, please accept my sincere sympathies. 
  14. Hoping these flowers bring you some comfort. 
  15. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.
  16. We will genuinely miss ___. (name)
  17. May their loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength today and forever.
  18. I am here for you. No matter what.
  19. My family is praying for you and your family.
  20. May God grant you peace and health.
  21. Just before dawn is the darkest hour. 
  22. Those we love do not leave us; they walk alongside us every day.
  23. I hope it gives you some peace to know there is still an angel watching over us. 
  24. Do not give up. 
  25. Love endures forever that memories may soothe and that tears can heal. 
  26. Have faith in a brighter tomorrow. 
  27. May you find the solace you need in God during this difficult time. 
  28. Sharing in your sorrow.
  29. Let your favourite memories comfort you during this difficult time. 
  30. During this trying time, please accept my prayers and support for you and your family. 
  31. Accept my sincere condolences to you and your family. 
  32. We hope you can find relief in the celebration of your life and the memories evoked by it. 
  33. Please let them know how truly and deeply they will be cherished forever.
  34. We extend you our deepest condolement and say a prayer for you. 
  35. We send our sincere condolences as you mourn this loss.

Comforting Condolences Messages for Someone Who Lost Their Pet

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Only a person who has had a pet will understand the value they bring to an individual or family. They’re our friends, family, and a little more than everything to us. Having a pet is one of those selfless relationships that last forever in our hearts and minds. If your friend, colleague, or family is going through the passing of their furry pawsome friend, below are a few condolence messages that will comfort the pet parents. As a memory, you can also customise their pet’s portrait or photograph that will not let them feel lonely.

36. I can’t imagine your sorrow at the loss of (pet’s name). He/she brought so much joy to your family and was a special member. I’m sending you my love.

37. The loss of a dog is incalculable. But so is the love that has been left behind.

38. Best friends come in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. (Pet’s name] was so adored, and he’ll/she’ll always be with you in your heart. I’m sorry for your loss. I’ll never forget the joy he/she provided to everyone they met.

39. I’m so sorry that your best friend passed away. The lovely soul that was [Pet’s name] is now your angel.

40. Dogs are indeed man’s best friend, as the saying goes. [Insert name of dog] was a unique pawed buddy. May your happy memories relieve your family’s loss during this challenging time.

41. We lose our dogs/cats way too soon. For a brief period, they were a blessing to us; we can only hope that we made their lives joyful. In this tough situation, please accept my condolences.

42. (Pet’s name) is always here for you and will love you no matter what. We will miss (Pet’s name), too.

43. I deeply feel your loss. I hope the lovely memories you enjoyed with (Pet’s name) will help lessen the hurt in your heart.

44. We needed a small pal to complete our lives, and your pet was that ideal companion. We will always love him. 

45. I’m terribly sad about your loss. But I’m delighted (she/he) had a beautiful life with a wonderful owner like you.

46. Thank you for the happy moments and lovely times. Your furry buddy was a forever good friend to us.

47. We’ll miss him/her. He/she was the best dog on this planet.

48. You are the most amazing pet parent, and the love you shared with your [Pet’s name] will live on forever. I love you, and I’m here for you.

49. Your companion will always be by your side, watching after you. 

50. I’m incredibly sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. 

51. Pet’s name) was a loyal and devoted buddy. Keep your heart safe with the memories you have of them. 

52. It takes a unique kind of dog/cat to make us care so much about them and miss them so much. 

53. I hope the pleasant memories of the days you spent together provide you with some comfort. 

54. All pets want to be loved with all of their hearts, and you gave them that.

55. The little buddy will forever be in our hearts. He was a rockstar, now an angel who will guide us all.

Encouraging Condolence Messages for the One Who Failed at Something

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We all have been through the best and the worst times. We pass; we fail, and it’s all a part of life. The disappointment that may come with failure can be very daunting for some. This is when your dear one needs some peer and family support. You may find yourself needing help with the right words, but the right motivating messages can go a long, long way.

The below quotes will remind them that it is not the end of the world if they’ve failed at something. And someday (very soon), it’s going to be all okay…

  1. You’ll find that each time you rise again, it gets easier and easier, and you’ll learn that those setbacks taught you the most valuable life lessons.
  2. We have been here before. Failure is only failure if you don’t take something away from it. Let yourself fail the exam; you’ll study the next time differently. Let yourself fail in a relationship; the following time, you’ll know how to create a stronger one. Every failure teaches us something. Learn it and move on.
  3. More dreams will be destroyed by your doubts than by failure ever could! No matter what, have faith in yourself.
  4. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?” -Marilyn Monroe
  5. Failure is unavoidable. You’ve failed once more if you allow it to bring you down and stop you from achieving your goals. It wasn’t really a failure if you took the lesson to heart and kept moving forward on your path to success.
  6. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” -Oprah Winfrey
  7. “Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.” —John Keat
  8. Even a failure feels like a success when you strive to accomplish something extraordinary. You at least have the guts to try, and that’s more than most people can say. 
  9. Which do you think you’ll regret more at the end of your life, failing or never trying?
  10. Failure is often looked at as a death blow that prevents our success. Failure is a delay, not death, so if we change our perspective and perceive it as a teacher instead, we’ll probably feel very differently about those moments in our lives.
  11. “The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures but the one who turns failures to the best account.” —Richard R. Grant
  12. Remember that we love you and will always be there for you. We cannot imagine or understand what you are going through right now. But, it shall pass.
  13. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. That is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan
  14. If you fail, you will be much like the majority of people on Earth. Your uniqueness lies in the way you decide to respond.
  15. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” -Oprah Winfrey
  16. Be positive, and don’t let minor setbacks in life derail your passion. The next time, you’ll succeed if you try again and start over. Many of life’s failures are caused by people who, when they quit, had no idea how close they had been to success.
  17. Accept your failure, whether one or many, because success is guaranteed for the rest of your life if you have the right mindset and are willing to learn from your mistakes.
  18. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho
  19. Everybody falls. The real failures are the ones who won’t get back up, whether it takes two days or two years.
  20. “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

Condolence Messages for Someone Who’s Going Through a Breakup or Divorce

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Bidding farewell to your partner can sometimes be the most difficult step one takes. Not every relationship is meant to last forever. Hence, the end of one can take a toll on one’s mind, and even though this may seem like the end of the world to them, it really isn’t. While your friends, family member, or colleague is going through a breakup/divorce — we hope these uplifting, encouraging condolence messages will help them feel a little better, if not more.

Once you’ve shared a comforting condolence message, don’t forget to remind them that it will get better with time. You can also make a plan to grab dinner with them, followed by a movie!

  1. Instead of staying unhappy in your marriage, you decided to stand up for yourself. I adore you; you are so brave. 
  2. This message is my way of showing you how much I cherish you. I am here to support you in overcoming the pain and moving toward a more promising future because your challenges are also my struggles.
  3. You’re stronger than this, my love. Good things are waiting for you.
  4. “When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn’t a sign that they ‘don’t understand’ one another, but a sign that they have, at least, begun to.” – Helen Rowland
  5. Everyone experiences bump in the road, but I hope you won’t lose heart despite this tragic event. We are here for you. 
  6. It is always better to dissolve a marriage than to keep it going in vain. You have a brand-new life and a fresh start ahead of you, and I couldn’t be happier for you—best wishes for the future. 
  7. Separation is a difficult thing to deal with. But I’m glad you took a stand and protected yourself, and I hope it brings you some solace in the coming days. 
  8. We certainly never imagine our marriage ending in divorce, yet there are occasions when it is the right course to follow. May you discover the joy and a new sense of purpose in life.
  9. Although the chapter of your marriage has already ended, you can always start a new one for yourself. I’m sending you my best wishes for the future! 
  10. Our hearts hurt for you as you go through this trying time. I hope you have the fortitude and bravery to seize the fantastic opportunities the future has in store for you!
  11. In these difficult times, don’t think you are alone because I am there with you to help you in whatever ways I can. Remember, ending a marriage/relationship that doesn’t give you peace is always good.
  12. “Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy’s staying in an unhappy marriage and teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce.”- Jennifer Weiner
  13. We’ve been thinking about you. Please try not to let the pain of this moment drag you down. We love you.
  14. We’re all here to support you so you can get through this. You may want to give up, but don’t because if there’s darkness, there’s also light.
  15. I’m so sorry that life has this terrible thing planned for you. I’m always here for you if you need any kind of help during this difficult period!

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  1. It is sometimes necessary to end a bad marriage to begin a new chapter in life, and it is sometimes best to look ahead and bury all the terrible memories of the past. My friend, it is time to move on. 
  2. Although life isn’t always simple, I hope this tragic event doesn’t cause you to lose hope. We are here to help you. 
  3. Make the most of your newfound freedom by getting out there and living life to the fullest. You deserve the very best! 
  4. Despite the difficult times you are currently through, better days are coming. You just need to keep moving forward at this point.
  5. During this difficult moment, I’m thinking about you. I understand how depressed you are, but keep in mind that you will go out and seize every wonderful chance that comes your way in this new stage of your life.
  6. I just thought I hugged you… I hope you felt the squeeze. 
  7. Keep your chin up; things will get better. Never be reluctant to start afresh. This is your time to rebuild what is broken and to walk towards your dreams.
  8. You have to start letting go of the past today. Appreciate what is still left and foresee what is to come. 
  9. Some people believe that strength comes from holding on, but sometimes it comes from letting go. 
  10. Some storms come to clear your path, but not all storms come to ruin your life.
  11. I believe in you more than you believe in yourself. This breakup will turn you into a better person, I swear.
  12. Everyone must go through difficult times in life. I swear to be there for you during yours! 
  13. Keep your focus on the possibilities of tomorrow rather than on the regrets of the past.
  14. The people that are quick to walk away are the ones that never intended to stay. I know you’re stronger than this, hun.
  15. A broken heart is a gift from God, and it’s simply His method of showing you who He actually saved you from.
  16. Six letters, two words, easy to say, hard to explain, easier to do: Move on.

Sympathy Quotes That Make For The Best Condolence Messages

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When messages are something you don’t prefer, we’re sure these sympathy quotes can help you to console your grief-stricken friend, colleague, or loved one.

  1. “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
  2. “They say that a part of you dies when a special loved one passes away… I disagree… I say a part of you lives with your loved one on the other side.” – Daniel Yanez
  3. “Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears.” – Criss Jami
  4. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” – James O’Barr
  1. “Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind and has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” – Dean Koontz

Supporting friends in their tough times

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  1. “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.” – Cassandra Clare.”
  2. “The bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” – Anne Lamott
  3. “No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, Echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.” – Unknown
  4. “So say it loud and let it ring. We are all part of everything. The future, present, and past. Fly on, proud bird. You’re free at last.” – Charlie Daniels
  5. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  6. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  7. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” – Terri Guillemets
  8. “Whoever you hold in the heart of you is forever and always a part of you.” – Rossiter Raymond
  9. “In times like this, you should hold on firmly to faith and hope, it might look like you have lost more than you can bear, but you are stronger than this pain you feel.” – Unknown

Other Ways to Offer Condolences to Your Dear Ones

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Make a Condolence Letter or Card

To show sympathy and empathy towards a grieving person, you can write them a condolence card or letter. You can find a sorry letter at a nearby store or choose from thousands of ready templates available on the internet.

Always customise your card according to the unfortunate occasion and provide as much support as possible. A small gift with a handmade letter is a good option too.

Give Meaningful or Cute Gifts

Sympathy gifts are the best way to offer condolences to someone dealing with a loss. These gifts can be anywhere from a cute little teddy, a portrait of a pet, a family member, or a fun certificate when the person is going through a failure in an exam or at work. Photo frames, books, music cassettes, or even handmade paintings can make for the best sympathy gifts.

Offer Your Support

You can always extend your support to the grieving person by taking them out for a change in the mood after leaving them a condolence message. You can be their mood booster, from taking them out for movies, shopping, and vacations to letting them vent to you. Be their listener, and do not interrupt them. This will help them feel better.

Share Some Funny Messages or Incidents

Remind this person of the best memories they’ve shared with you. Share funny messages with them on a regular basis. Remind them they can always come out of it stronger and better. And most importantly, let them know they aren’t alone and there’s light at the end of every tunnel.

Parting Thoughts

Remember, when your close ones are going through one of the lowest times of their lives, avoid putting them down or shooing their thoughts away. Instead, send them regular reminders in the form of messages and quotes that everything will be fine and that it is also fine to feel what they are feeling. However, they must move on.

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Author: Miriam Eugolatac

Miriam is the creator of this blog and an avid love specialist with years of relationship and marriage advice. While she is not working on her career in the real world, she loves to jump on the site and use this platform as a way to express and hopefully help other people with relationship advice.

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