Sample Sympathy Wording
on the loss of a Mother or Father

I hope that my sample sympathy wording will help you find the right words of condolence if someone close to you loses a parent.

When my mum died 12 years ago we received so many lovely cards and letters, each of which are still treasured today. 

Sympathy wording to a good friend on the loss of their Father

Dear Terence,

I heard the sad news, from Emma, this morning.  I'm so sorry. No words of mine can ease your pain right now.  Geoff was a good dad to you and Tony, you were so lucky to have him. All the love and happy times you shared will be etched in your heart forever.

You and your family are in my thoughts and I send my warmest love and condolences.



Words of Sympathy to a neigbour on the loss of her dad

Dear Jane,

I am so sorry to hear that your dad has passed away.  Dad told me the sad news, this morning, on the phone.  It is such a shock. 

Your dad lived to a grand old age and I will, forever, remember his happy smile and cheerful whistle. I can still picture him washing his car, in the driveway, every week. 

The next days and weeks will be difficult ones so make sure you take time out, as and when you need it.  Grief is a long journey so don't rush it.

You were a great comfort to me all those years ago when my mum died so I can help in any way, please let me know.  I am a good listener.

Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

Lots of love,



Sympathy Message on hearing of death of mother

Words to express sympathy that I sent to a friend when her mum died.

Dear Julia and family,

I have just heard your heartbreaking news.  I cannot find any words to ease your sadness as I truly know how you feel.  I hope that you were able to see your beloved mum before she passed.

Grief is a long journey so take as much time as you need. Think of your mum, speak her name and share in all the happy memories you have.

Sending masses of hugs from us all.

With our deepest sympathy,

Sarah and family


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