When someone special to your friend has passed away, it is kind to send a bereavement message to your friend to express words of sympathy. Here are some great samples of condolence messages to a friend that will surely bring them comfort and ease their pain.
#1 I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I am always here for you, sending you love and strength during this distressing time. Let your tears flow, and may your sorrows be softened with happy memories. I am thinking about you and sending my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
#2 Hugs are great medicine for the soul. They let you know that others care and wrap you up in the comfort of warm hearts. They hit the right note when words cannot. If you need a hug, just let me know, as I have plenty. I would love nothing more than to share them with you during this difficult time. I send you my deepest condolences.
#3 Losing a loved one is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It feels like fog casting a veil over your life. I want you to know it won’t always be that way. The fog will clear, and the sun will shine again. When you need a ray of light, I will never be far away. I am sending you my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
#4 My deepest sympathies are with you for the loss of ______. If you’d like to talk, to walk, to sit and stare at the world with the strength of a friend beside you, I am here for you. I am here for you now. I am here for you later. Take your time.
#5 While no one and nothing can fill the hole created by the loss of your loved one, I know that [he/she] would want you to think of all the joy, love, and laughter that remains in the world. It may seem out of reach right now, so when you’re ready, I am here with a smile, a hug, and bits of cheer. I am thinking of you and sending heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
#6 When the bridge over grief seems shaky and long, look up. Remember the view and beauty around you. There is a world of wonder still to discover. Keep walking and moving forward. Soon you will find yourself on solid ground again. I send you my sincere and heartfelt condolences, and am here for you whenever you are ready.
#7 Losing someone so dear is devastating, and no words can ever really relieve that pain. But to help, I wish you courage and healing during these toughest of days. Cry when you feel like it. Let the laughter roll when it comes. And know that your [friend/loved one] will forever live on in the journeys you shared together.
#8 We may know that death is a part of life, yet it’s never easy to lose someone. I’m so very sorry for the loss of [insert name], whom I know was a bright spot in your life. I would love to help you keep his/her memory alive by hearing your stories of the times you shared. I’m here to listen to your words, your tears, and to hold your hand through it all.
#9 There are cultures in the world that mark a person’s passing with a celebration of life. I don’t know if you’re up for a marching jazz band or a raucous party, but if I can help you to remember [insert name] and all the greatness [he/she] brought into the world, I’m standing by. Dance shoes and jazz are optional. A moment of happy reflection is not.
#10 After losing someone you love, it can feel like you’re floating through life. You go through the motions, but are numb to the world around you. One of the hardest parts can be trying to reconnect yourself. Whether you need someone to laugh, cry, or talk with, I will be here to help you through this time. My heart is with you.
#11 I know it must feel all-consuming and endless right now, but I hope it brings you some comfort to recognize that never knowing the [love/friendship] of [insert name] would have been a worse fate indeed. I am here. Whenever you need me. Day or night. I am here to cry or laugh, to listen or talk. Let the grief be what it is for now. And one day soon, all those memories will sparkle with joy again.
#12 My thoughts and heart are with you during this time. I’m so sorry for the loss of your loved one, as I know [he/she] was a special person in your life. May the many happy memories that you made together be a consolation today and all the days ahead. I send you my sincere condolences and sympathies.
#13 It can be hard to think happy thoughts, especially when you are missing someone that meant so much to you. How about a trip to a fun place? We can laugh and cry together. True friends are still here, loving and living life with you. I am holding you in my heart and standing with you in your time of loss.
#14 The highest form of love is remembering and honoring those who have passed. Although it is no healing balm, I hope the memories of your loved one soothes your pain in these coming hours, days, and weeks. I wish for that time, once again, little by little, when you can joyously bask in the sunshine of the good times you shared.
#15 Saying goodbye to someone as important as [insert name] is to you is hard. Although I cannot replace [him/her], I am here to soften your loss with hugs, a shoulder to cry on, and the reminder that you are not alone. You are in my thoughts and my heart.
#16 It is always a good thing to be kind to yourself when life gets rough. Look for the things that will build you up again after losing your loved one. Friendship and uplifting activities are things I can offer to you. I hope that spending time with me is #1 on your list. I am waiting for your call whenever you feel up to it.
#17 In thinking about your loss, and all that you are going through, I had an idea. Would you like to meet up so we can talk and celebrate their life together? I would love to bring a smile to your face and see moments of joy return to your heart. I would be honored if perhaps I can help your healing process to begin. I am thinking of you.
#18 My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your [friend/family member]. May you find comfort in remembering the special moments that brightened your days throughout the years. I hope you allow all the memories you shared to shine in remembrance for years to come.
#19 It is with sincere compassion that I extend my deepest sympathy for the recent bereavement of your [dear friend/loved one]. Alas, the curtain falls on us all, but it is never an easy time for those left behind. May the warmth of your [companionship/love] radiate in your heart as peace settles upon you in the coming days and weeks.
#20 I just wanted to write to lift your spirits a bit and let you know I am thinking of you constantly in your time of loss. I hope you do not mind if I come and visit from time to time. I would love to brighten your day because I care deeply about you and how you are feeling. Until then, I am sending you my deepest sympathies and condolences.
#21 Even when we know it’s coming and there’s time to say goodbye, loss is never easy. May the memories you made with [insert name] over the years and during his/her final days help you find peace. Sending you love and light and wishes for brighter days.
#22 No matter the cause, death always seems senseless. I am so sorry for the loss of [insert name] and know that my words can do little to ease what you’re going through. I am keeping you in my thoughts and sending you much love. May you find solace in the little routines of life and the love of your friends and family.
#23 I would do anything to lift the sorrow you’re feeling right now. Some say that our anguish is how we honor the wonderful life we have lost. Allow your tears to flow, your heart to ache, and your mind to mourn. You are in my thoughts, and I am always here if you’d like an ear to listen. My deepest condolences for your loss.
#24 Learning of ______’s passing was heart-wrenching. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you are finding strength in your family and the love of your friends, as we are here for you. If there is anything I can do, whether it is to help you say goodbye, to keep his/her memory alive, to distract you from the pain, or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
#25 When life knocks the wind out of your sails, let the breeze of sweet memories carry you towards new horizons. If you need someone to get into the boat with you, count me in. I am here to lend a steadying hand. We can navigate this time of loss together. I am sending you my heartfelt condolences and sympathies during this challenging time.
#26 Your heart might feel frozen, caught in the winter of sadness. It can seem as though life will never flourish again. I hope the sunshine of our friendship will bring warm thoughts. Showers of love bring growth and life. Spring can come to your heart once again, dear one.
#27 If you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster right now, hang in there. It is totally understandable. I hope that it will not be long before things level out and you have a sense of calm. Then you will have an opportunity to look back on all the beautiful adventures you had together. I am thinking of you and send you my sincerest condolences during this very tough time.
#28 Right now, happiness may seem like a leaf that has been carried away and is just a speck in the sky. Stay hopeful because the winds of change can bring new things. New adventures will begin, and new joys will be born. I am sharing in your sadness as you remember your loved one, and sending my sincerest sympathies and condolences.
#29 They say that sweet times of reflection are a part of grieving. As time goes on, I hope you will be able to carry your memories into the future with strength and hope. May your sense of peace and wellbeing be restored despite the heartfelt loss you feel at the present time. I am thinking of you and so sorry for your loss.
#30 In times of sorrow, it is not always easy to see the light. If I can help you find a glimmer by giving thanks for the gift that was the life of ______, please know that is what I am trying to do. ______ was a truly special person, and I am so grateful that you had [him/her] in your life. May [he/she] be at peace.
#31 As you go through life without [insert name], know that you are a credit to his/her memory. I am sure that [he/she] would be thinking of you fondly and with pride for who you are and how you live your life. My heart is with you during this time of loss and in the brighter days to come.
#32 Life can feel like a wilderness and as dry as a desert. Remember that cacti plant flowers in these hard places. Your life can still bloom again, even though it feels as though nothing good can come from grief. Hoping you will see new growth and beauty, despite the loss of your beloved. You are in my thoughts.
#33 My heart breaks, seeing you in pain. I know how close you were and how important they were to your life. Only time will be able to heal a wound like this, with each day getting a little easier. I can’t take the pain away, but I am here to hold your hand through it. I send you my deepest sympathies and condolences.
#34 As your friend, I wish that I could protect you from anything that might make you sad. Sadly, I cannot protect you from the devastating effects of losing someone who is special to you. All I can do is offer a smile when you need it, or a thoughtful ear if you would like to talk. Know that I am thinking of you, and I am very sorry for your loss.
#35 Stepping back out into the world can be hard in a time of loss. I would love to take those first few steps with you and help you move forward. Baby steps are totally fine, so long as we are moving in the right direction. We can take the road to new beginnings together. I send my deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss.
#36 When sorrow rolls in like a fog, take courage. Be brave and know that your feelings will change. You can find a beautiful path on the other side of the deep valley you are going through. I am reaching in to hold your hand through it all. I am so very sorry for your loss.
#37 I am so sorry for your recent loss. [Insert name] was one-of-a-kind and can never be forgotten. If I can make your life any easier during this time, I am here to help. Whether it’s distracting you from your loss or supporting you in moments of pain, I will do all that I can for you.
#38 I know it’s hard to accept that someone you loved is now gone. They may not be here, but talking about them will keep their memory alive forever. I am always here to listen to those stories, sharing both the happy memories and the difficult ones. Whenever you are ready, I will be here for you.
#39 I am here for you and hope you know that I care deeply about what you are going through. You must have so many memories that you cherish in your heart and mind. Their life is a precious story to tell. I would love to help you create a journal or scrapbook in celebration of your loved one. I am only a phone call or text away.
#40 It is normal to feel sad, and natural to be low. It is just nice to have someone you can trust to be there at those times. Dear one, I am here for you, to help you through. Whether you are up or whether you are down, a true friend will travel the journey with you. Know that you can count on me. I am so very sorry for your loss.
#41 I can’t bring back your loved one, and I can’t fill the hole they left in your heart. You may feel like you want to push everyone away. Know that I am here to cry with you, laugh with you, and I’ll be there to share the memory of their life with you. My shoulder is here whenever you are ready.
#42 Grief is such a personal experience. Emotions can arise without warning at the sound of a favorite song, picture, or special place. It can be an overwhelming experience. If you ever feel like talking about those things, I am ready and willing to share in your grief and support you through it.
#43 When we lose someone we care about, the world can seem cloudy and gray. We can feel lost in a storm of emotions. In time, blue skies will return, and the sun will shine for you again. I hope that rays of joy and happiness will brighten your world soon. I send you my deepest sympathies and condolences during this difficult time.
#44 It is with sadness that I send this message, for I know how much your [friend/loved one] meant to you. I wish for you a quiet time of healing, where you can reminisce and find the space to forever store those memories within. I am so sorry for your loss.
#45 If you need a friend today, I am here for you. If you need some quiet, I am happy to be still. If you need to talk, I am here to listen. If you want to be alone, I can wait. Please know that someone is ready to help and thinking of you as you grieve your loss.
#46 Sometimes our hearts get bruised and wounded along life’s path. Friends are a gift in hard times. They can help you through the rocky patches. They bring kindness and comfort. If your heart is needing some good medicine, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
#47 I tried to find the right words to express just how sorry I am for your loss. Words just don’t seem like enough. If you need me, I’m there, no matter what time of day it is. Thinking of you always and sharing my deepest sympathies with you as you go through this hardship.
#48 I am here to offer whatever support you should need as you deal with this difficult time. I understand that the pain is fresh, and maybe you aren’t ready to talk yet, but when you are, my door is open. I am sorry for your loss, and please accept my heartfelt condolences.
#49 Seeing the good in sad times is always a challenge. I hope that you have experienced it in the kindness of those who surround you at this time. Perhaps knowing that you are loved will be the comfort that wraps you up in hope and a new perspective. My thoughts are with you, and I am so very sorry for your loss.
#50 Time stands still in grief, yet the clock hands still move. I understand how it feels to be caught and held in sorrow. Yet from experience, I am confident you will emerge strong and able to face the future with expectation and hope. I am thinking of you and sending my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
#51 It’s difficult to imagine moving on with your life after losing someone close to you. I know that you may just want to curl up and shut out the world. But I will be here for support, whenever you need it. I can’t bring them back, but I can be a shoulder for you to lean on.
#52 Love touches us in ways like nothing else can. I’m sure the passing of [your friend/your family member] must feel like an enormous gap that will no longer be filled. But [true friendship/love] never fades. It will glow when you remember and suddenly illuminate random moments with the happiest of memories. You are in my thoughts during this hard time.
#53 I’ve heard the news, and I’m so sorry for your loss. If it means anything, I would love to hear some stories you have about them. They sound like they were an amazing person, and I wish I could’ve had the chance to know them better. Let me know if you need anything at all.
#54 I was incredibly sorry to hear that you lost someone that was so special to you. I know it must cause you a great deal of pain. Know that if there is anything at all I can do to help ease your burden, I am here for you. I send you my heartfelt sympathies and condolences.
#55 It is never easy to lose someone we care for. It’s something that all of us must experience at some point in our lives. I wish that I could ease your pain, to help you heal. I hope that this message at least lets you know that I am thinking of you always. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you in this difficult time.
#56 While you try to process the loss of your loved one, I hope you know that I am here. I am sure you are thinking about them constantly. Remember the good times, the laughs, and the funny things about them. Remember the reasons why they were special to you. My deepest condolences go out to you, my friend.
#57 I am terribly sorry that you are going through this. Losing someone special to you is never easy. Although right now, your grief may seem endless, it will get better with time. I am here to support you, and to offer a shoulder to cry on if you need it. My sympathies go out to you during this time.
#58 I wanted to share my deep condolences with you as you deal with the loss of someone special. There are no words to express just how sorry I am that they have passed. As your friend, I hate to see you dealing with such sorrow, and would fix it all in a heartbeat if I could. I am thinking of you during this very hard time.
#59 I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone deals with loss in their own way, so I won’t try to force anything upon you. Just know that I’m here for you. Whether you need me to pick something up for you or even just to talk, know that I have your back and support you 100%.
#60 A time of loss is like a grain of sand in an oyster. Over time, despite causing pain, the sharp grain becomes a valuable pearl. The memories and love for ______ will eventually become a pearl of wondrous beauty. It will become a treasure in your heart.
#61 I send you my deepest condolences. I know how much you cared for them and how hard this time must be for you. All I ask is that you give me a call whenever you need something, no matter how small.
#62 If only there were a guide to help us know how to navigate grief when it is thrust upon us. I am terribly sorry that you have lost someone you care about. I will do my best to help you honor their memory with each new day.
#63 My heartfelt condolences after the loss of your loved one. Loss, while an exceedingly difficult part of life, helps us to appreciate that which we love, both here on earth and after they pass. I am here for you, whatever you should need.
#64 When something as tragic as this happens, it’s incredibly difficult to deal with. Try to remember all the good times you had together and celebrate their life. If you need anyone to talk to or to distract you or whatever, please just give me a call. I send my sincerest sympathies and condolences for this challenging time.
#65 My heart ached to hear your news, and I’d love nothing more than to be there to comfort you right now. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time, and rest assured, I am here whenever you need an ear to listen to or a shoulder to cry on.
#66 It is overwhelming to lose someone you love. Not only one of the most important people in your life is gone, but each message of condolence is a reminder of that fact. I understand the need to shut yourself out for a while. When you are ready, I will be here to listen to their memory and help you through the healing.
#67 It is often when someone has left our lives that we fully see how precious life is. I know that ______ would want you to remember that and to carry on with the same zeal for life that [he/she] did. I’m sorry for your loss and am here to help you venture forth and embrace life, whether in sadness or in joy.
#68 Words of condolence cannot erase the ache of your loss, yet I hope you find some small comfort in those that come your way. My heart goes out to you for the loss of [insert name], and I am keeping you in my thoughts.
#69 I was shocked when I heard the news. Ever since that moment, my thoughts have been with you. I know how hard it is to deal with something like that. Please lean on me to help you get through this as best as possible. Let me know what I can do for you.
#70 Sadness is indeed a part life, but so are friendship and happiness. Always remember that I am here to give you both of the latter whenever you need me. Sending you my sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
#71 The loss of [insert name] is felt near and far as [he/she] brought so much good into the world. I can’t imagine the depth of your suffering, but still, my heart aches for your loss. If there is something I can do to support you during this time, please know that I’m here for you.
#72 Sorrow can be like an ocean when the waves crash in. It may seem as though so much has been washed away. May those waves leave jewels in the sand of your heart. Beautiful memories can be like finding a perfect shell. They are to be enjoyed and treasured, examined, and loved. I am thinking of you and sending my love to comfort you.
#73 You have always lived life to the fullest, a happy person with the biggest smile. Your beloved would always want you to be that way. We are here for you, hoping to fill you to the brim with joy and see the sparkle in your eyes return. You are loved and cared for in this sad time.
#74 Words cannot describe the sadness I felt on hearing about the passing of ______, but it was with great fondness that I recalled that [he/she] meant so very much to you. I hope you cherish the beautiful thoughts of your time together and let them warm your soul for now and the future. With deepest sympathy as you remember your loved one.
#75 I can’t even begin to imagine the pain you’re feeling right now. They were a great person. Remember that they are still a part of who you are, so in a way, they will always be with you. Let me know if you need anything at all.
Best Quotes for Your Condolence Message to a Friend
“Life has to end. Love doesn’t.”
“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”
Sir Walter Scott
“The dead never truly die. They simply change form.”
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
Winnie the Pooh
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”
“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”
“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
“He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“You will always be in my heart…because in there you’re still alive.”
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”
“We need never be afraid of our tears.”
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
“The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; the secret anniversaries of the heart.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
“Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.”
“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
James M. Barrie
“As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.”
“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
“On this bald hill the new year hones its edge. Faceless and pale as china, the round sky goes on minding its business. Your absence is inconspicuous; nobody can tell what I lack.”
“Look closely and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders. That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day.”
“In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods of tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.”
Best Bible Verses for Your Message of Condolence to a Friend
1 Corinthians 15:42
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
And if children, then heirs — heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
1 Thessalonians 4:15
For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
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