Sample Condolence Letter
Sample Words of Condolences

Are you in need of a sample condolence letter? Here you'll find condolence letter example templates to use as inspiration to write your own thoughtful words of condolence. 

A condolence letter is of course a very personal letter and will depend on your relationship to the deceased as to how you word your condolence message on a death.  

In your condolence message upon a death think about:

Your memories of and relationship to the deceased.

Your tribute to them.

Consolation of the bereaved.

You will find condolence message samples below which should help you to compose a thoughtful letter.

Useful Condolence Phrases

We were so sorry to hear .......

We send/extend our deepest condolences.....

Please accept my sympathy on ....

With love and sympathy....

We were very sad to hear ....

It was with great/deep sadness that we heard that ....

It was a great shock to hear that ....

I cannot find the words to say how saddened we were to hear of the loss of .....

Please know that we are praying for you on the loss of ...........

I cannot imagine how you are feeling, but please know that I am here for you .................

.......... brought so much joy and love to your family

You are not alone, we are here for you in the hours, days and months to come..............

No words of ours will heal your pain and sadness and we are praying for you and your family ...........

Sample Condolence Letter


I thought I would write to you to express my sympathy for the death of John. I was so sorry to hear about your loss.


It was with great sadness that I learned about the death of John.

Everyone in the family joins me in sending our deepest sympathy.

John was a great friend and colleague. We worked together for many years at D.S Smith & Son and I shall treasure the memories I have of him. My most poignant memory being when we celebrated our 25 year anniversary with the Company.

John will be sadly missed by us all, he was liked by everyone and was an asset to the team.

Please let me know if you need anything or if I can drop by with anything you need in the next weeks.

We all send you our deepest condolences and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love/Sincerely/With Deepest Sympathy,



Sample Condolence Letter
Death of Mother


It was with enormous sadness that we heard that your dear mother, and our wonderful friend has died.

We cannot imagine how you must be feeling right now but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We have many wonderful memories of her and treasure the times we all spent together. Our last being our trip to Austria in the mountains where we spent two glorious weeks.

You can be extremely proud of having had such a mother. She was an amazing lady, of great character and humour and we shall miss her infectious laugh and kindness.

We all send our deepest condolences.

Sincerely yours,


Condolence Messages
Sample Condolence Letter
Death of Sister

Dear Tina,

John and I were very saddened when we read your letter today. Your sister's death comes as a great shock to us both. Julia was a great friend and we have many wonderful memories of her. Her passing will leave an empty space in our lives, as it will in yours.

I can remember the last time she came to visit us, here, in France. We spent many jolly days together basking in the sunshine and exchanging gossip over a glass of wine. We could always rely on Julia to tell us the latest about all the goings on in the village, who had got married, had a baby and so forth.  It certainly helped us when we first moved here and were so homesick.

I am sorry that John and I are unable to attend the funeral. But our thoughts will be with you and Tony as you say goodbye to your beloved sister and our wonderful friend.

With deepest sympathy.

Much love from Francine and John Stapleton


Sample Condolence Letter 
Death of Teacher


I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Smith.

She was my favourite history teacher and I was fortunate to have her in year 6 and 7 at Hillside Junior High. 

She was a teacher who taught from the heart and was always very enthusiastic and passionate about her subject. I have many fond memories of my time spent in her class.

May she rest in peace.

My deepest condolences to her family.


Sample Words of Condolence for Cards

Don't fret too much if you cannot find the right words for a letter. There are many cards available so choose an appropriate one and add a personal condolence message.

You are in our thoughts and our prayers

We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your mother

We are thinking of you at this difficult time

Sending deepest sympathy during this sad time

I wish I knew what to say but words just aren't enough

Thinking of you at this sad time.

Love, Sarah Knot

Sending my sincere condolences.

Love, Sarah Knot

Please accept my sympathy on the death of your father.

Love, Sarah Knot

Condolence Poem

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you, and whispered “Come to Me”.
With tearful eyes we watched you, we watched you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands now rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.

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