Writing a note of condolence can be very hard because of the deep emotions involved. You want to comfort and support, but not say something that will disturb or sadden the recipient. Sometimes having an example to follow will help you know what to write in a sympathy card or on a card with a gift.
There are many occasions when condolences are needed because of a death. There are several ways of expressing condolences to someone. You can send flowers, a gift, or a sympathy card. You may also donate money to the charity that they supported, write in a condolences book, take food to the friends and family of the deceased, or offer to help them in some way.
The word “condolence” comes from the Latin “condolere” meaning “to suffer together." Sometimes the dictionary lists the word “pity” as a synonym, but better synonyms are comfort, commiseration, sympathy, and consolation. It really means acknowledging a loss, showing sympathy, and empathizing with someone.
Many times you are at a loss for words when someone has had something sad happen in their life. Sometimes you can decide what you want to say by reading what others have said in similar situations. Hopefully, these condolence examples will help express what you feel and bring comfort to those in need:
Here are some condolences that are a little more formal and a bit longer:
Sometimes, reminding the person who is grieving that he isn't alone, and that others will miss his departed loved one as well, can also be a wonderful way to offer condolences. Here are some examples of things to say in these situations:
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