Funeral Etiquette

Words for Condolence Cards and Sympathy Cards

Life events such as coping with the loss of a loved one and writing a sympathy card are hard enough, but sometimes related tasks seem to be easier upon starting them and you realize, they are actually harder than you first thought.  Selecting the appropriate sympathy cards and words can prove to be a challenging situation.  Here’s why:  It’s not as simple as scribbling out a quick sentence on your condolence card.  The purpose of a sympathy card is just that, sympathy.  While many of these sympathy quotes may “work” for your situation, be sure to think about how they will be received.  You’ll want to make sure the words of sympathy are expressing your feelings of true condolence and of support in a difficult time.

Common Condolence Cards Words:

  • I am so sorry.
  • I’m praying for you.
  • I want to help share your burden. Would it be helpful if I were to…
  • Call me if you need anything.
  • He/She will never be forgotten.
  • You are in my thoughts.
  • Thinking of you.
  • We are thinking of your during this difficult time.
  • His/Her memory will always be in our hearts.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • I’m praying for you.
  • May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
  • With Deepest Sympathy.
  • Thinking of you during this difficult time.
  • My Sincere Sympathy.
  • May God’s Grace strengthen you.
  • Sympathy from all of us.
  • Our warmest condolences.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • With Heartfelt Condolences.
  • As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of “name of the deceased”.
  • With caring thoughts.
  • With loving memories of “name of deceased”.
  • Sent with love and remembrance.
  • Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
  • We will miss “name of deceased”.
  • Remembering you and “name of deceased” in our minds and in our hearts.
  • With thoughts of peace and courage for you.
  • We send you thoughts of peace and courage.
  • Peace, Prayers and Blessings.

Some Inappropriate Things to Say:

  • Perhaps it was their time.
  • I understand how you feel.
  • You will get over this in time.
  • It’s all for the best.
  • Time heals all wounds

Additional Funeral Etiquette Information and Support:

Funeral Etiquette for Immediate Family Members

Funeral Etiquette for Distant Relatives and Friends

Famous Funeral Poems

Funeral Poems of Sympathy

Sympathy Cards

Sympathy Card Comments

Sympathy Quotes

Thank You Notes