Condolence Notes: What to Say

Advice from Legacy.com experts on what to say in a sympathy note, how to express condolences


When someone you care about is grieving, it's hard to find the right words. When should you send a condolence card? How do you write a thoughtful and memorable condolence note? What common sympathy expressions should you avoid? To help you comfort and support a grieving colleague, friend or family member, LegacyConnect offers advice from condolence experts. Click on the links below to learn more about how to write condolence notes, what not to say and more.

How to Write a Sympathy Note

Why Write Sympathy Notes?
Writing a Condolence Note
Writing a Condolence Note to a Grieving Child or Adolescent
What Makes a Condolence Note Memorable?
Timing Your Condolence Notes
Condolence Stationery
Speaking of the Deceased
Leaving a Message

Condolences for Specific Situations
When Loss Hits the Workplace
Condolences from the Group
What to Say When Someone Dies Unexpectedly
Supporting the Bereaved After a Suicide
Youth Suicide: What You Can Say and Do to Help the Survivors
When a Baby Dies
Grieving Miscarriage
How to Be Supportive After a Miscarriage
What to Say to a Grieving Spouse
What to Say When Someone's Ex Dies
What to Say: Rocky Relationships
Expressing Condolences for Difficult Relationships

What NOT to Say
What Not to Say
People Want to Be Helpful, But...
Is It Ever Appropriate to Question the Bereaved?
Making Amends for Something You Said

Ways to Show Sympathy and Support
The Gift of Listening
Why Is It So Hard to Listen?
7 Ways to Listen Better
6 Distractions That Hamper Listening
6 More Distractions That Hamper Listening
The Importance of Empathy

How to Write an Obituary or Eulogy
Giving a Eulogy
Star Eulogies

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Comment by melissa r jac on January 17, 2011 at 10:41pm
To My Uncle Tommy L Cook. You left us before we could say goodbye. So many things i wanted to say. Our hearts are broken eyes filled with tears oh how i wish you were still here. Oh how i wish this was all a bad dream.Then i could make up for many unfinished things.You make a impression on my life and showed me many good things. Go Rest In HEAVEN You'll always be in our dreams.I LOVE YOU UNCLE TOMMY. LOVE YOUR NIECE MISSY.... A.K.A (GOOSE)
Comment by janice obanion on January 10, 2011 at 9:43am
to the dobbins and mills family words can not express my feeling so i send my pray to each and everyone.  janice obanion and family
Comment by briandenewellis on December 28, 2010 at 9:49am
My condolences to the Addams family!
Comment by briandenewellis on December 28, 2010 at 9:49am
My condolences to the Addams family!
Comment by Lonnie W. Hurt on December 9, 2010 at 8:05am
is this where I write my condolance?
Comment by Lonnie W. Hurt on December 9, 2010 at 8:05am
is this where I write my condolance?
Comment by Jennifer thompson on September 26, 2010 at 5:15am
BRENDA ,I LOVE YOU SO MUCH .AND YOU WILL B MISSED SO MUCH . AND WILL B THINKIN OF YOU EVERYDAY, KNOWIN YOURE NOT IN NOMORE PAIN.I LOVE YOU LOVE ALWAYS UR LITTLE SISTER JENN
Comment by Carrie Skinner on June 16, 2010 at 12:01pm
Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Oakview Homeowners Assoc
Comment by Gil Serique on May 18, 2010 at 10:46pm
i am sorry tolearn about it. He was a great great friend.we hadsome short and unforgetable time together. May you and your family be in peace.
Comment by alice sheppard on April 7, 2010 at 12:18am
For all the famleys who lost love one in this terrible mine explosion,I pray god will give you all the stregnth to get through this very hardtime. Only his grace can get you through lean on him.I wish i could say a prayer and take your pain away but, I want you to know i will have you in my prayers
Comment by lea on March 18, 2010 at 9:43am
To Ron's family,
I graduated from Middletown North with Ron, and couldn't believe the news. I hadn't talked to Ronnie in many years, but remember him fondly as a great guy, who loved his family, and made everyone around him happier. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Lea (Pavlicek) DeCosta
Comment by Yvonne on March 4, 2010 at 2:08pm
Natalie, I was sadden to hear of your loss. Remember He is a comforter. My prayers are with you and the entire family.

Sarah Minnis-Detelus
Comment by Alvin Little Pink Anderson on February 23, 2010 at 3:40pm
Nate will always be remembered fundly by me. May God Bless you the Family in this time of sadness.My prayers are with you.
Alvin Little Pink Anderson

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