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Examples of Sober, Subtle, and Sincere Condolence Messages

Condolence Message Examples
No one said death was ever easy. It brings with it days of gloom and despair. At such times, even a few words said with heartfelt emotions can bring a ray of hope into the darkened life of the person at loss. These words need not be elaborate verses exalting a person, for words of condolence are meant to simply show your solidarity with the grief-stricken family.
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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
When you pay condolence to a bereaved person, it is to provide comfort to get through to a difficult time. It is a means to encourage the person at loss to come to terms with their sorrow. A simple sympathy message for one, conveys a thousand emotions in a few words. A condolence message translates to being a sympathetic hug, and hence, keeping it as uncomplicated as ever is more than important.
Dear James,

I am deeply grieved to hear of your mum's sudden demise. Knowing the close bond you shared with her, I am sure you are going through the most difficult and trying time. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that my prayers are always with you.

Having known such a gem of a person as your mother has been certainly a pleasure. Her simple and caring ways, that made everyone feel comfortable, will always be remembered.

Beautiful and serene, as she was while on earth, I pray that she enjoys the bliss of angels in her eternal abode.

With love and heartfelt sympathies,
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~ Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow; this is all I pray during your most trying times.

~ All we have is our prayers and sincere sympathies to give you strength to cope with the loss of your loved one.
We know the void left behind by the loss can never be filled.
Dear Uncle Peter,

I extend my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of aunt Matilda. It is hard to believe she isn't with us anymore.

My fondest memories of her have always been, her ever-smiling face and her jovial laughter. It is true that aunt Matilda lived a life of a fragrant flower. She always managed to bring a smile to a weary heart.

Difficult though it may be, I know for sure she would want us all to be the same, spreading joy and peace in the lives of those around us. May we remember her example, so that she may continue to smile even in her heavenly abode.

My prayers and thoughts are with you in this grief-stricken hour. We pray that God grants her eternal rest in heaven and that her soul rests in peace.

With love and heartfelt sympathies,
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...when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away." - Jean Sibelius' "Be Still My Soul"
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~ Take comfort in knowing that the one you love is in safe hands and is being taken care by angels.
We hope and pray you get the strength to deal with your loss.
We will always be there to share in your sorrows.
~ An angel from earth was called for by the angels in Heaven, this angel happened to be our _____.
We hope and pray that he/she never leaves your side and always watches over you from his/her heavenly abode.
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~ Commend your heart into the hand of God.
He will comfort you and strengthen you with his victorious right hand.
Know that, in his love you will find solace. Our prayers are always with you.
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~ Let my lone candle shine bright to dispel the sadness of your dark night.
May you find comfort in the flicker of hope that my silent presence will always be with you.
Just want you to remember in your joys and your grieves I'll be there as I promised.
Remember, your words are the means to convey your emotions to the ones in grief. It is through these words that you will empathize and share in the loss. So choose your words well, and remember to portray your genuine feelings.