15 Condolence Messages for Friends

When your friend loses a loved one, whether it’s a parent, grandparent, child, or other close relation, a natural reaction is to support your friend however you can. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know how to comfort someone who’s grieving. Even if you have a similar experience, the heartbreak in someone else still can feel inaccessible or impenetrable. One of the best things to remember is that you’re not going to make the pain go away. Your primary purpose is to show your friend how much you love and care for him or her, and that you’re there to give support in whatever way you can. 

If You’re Close to Someone Who’s Grieving

There’s a lot of things you can do if someone you’re really close to loses a loved one. Some actions you can take include bringing food over to your friend’s home, sending flowers or chocolates, or being a shoulder to cry on. What you decide to do depends on your level of comfort and how intimate your relationship is with this person. It might also depend on how much pain this loss is causing. Your friend may just want to be alone. A great way to find out how you can be supportive during a difficult time in your friend’s life, is to ask. “What do you need right now?” or “How can I support you through this?” are great examples for questions you can ask. 

The Purpose of Condolence Messages

If you have an acquaintance, or a friend who you aren’t particularly close with, you can still show consideration for what they’re going through. This is where condolence messages come in and can be a perfect way to get your sentiment across. Condolence messages are of course not limited to people who aren’t as close to someone who is grieving, but if you are in a more involved relationship then understandably you may want to do more. It is simply difficult to know what to say to someone, especially if you haven’t experienced a massive loss or shattering grief. We’ve compiled 15 examples of condolence messages that you can send, whatever your relation may be to the person who has suffered a loss.

15 Condolence Message Examples

  1. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. 
  2. My heart breaks for you and your family. You are in my prayers.
  3. I am shocked to hear what happened. I’m so sorry for your loss.
  4. Please know that I am here for you if you need anything during this time.
  5. My deepest sympathies are with you. 
  6. I am praying for you and your family in this time of grief.
  7. I send my deepest condolences for your loss.
  8. I am going to miss him/her too. I’m so sorry for this loss.
  9. I wish you and your family the most peace as possible as you mourn this loss.
  10. He/She lived a beautiful life, he/she will be sorely missed by many. 
  11. My heart is so heavy for you too.  
  12. Remember that you are so loved and we are all here to help with whatever you need.
  13. He/She is a great loss to this world, words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss.
  14. You are in my heart and my prayers. 
  15. What a lovely person, he/she will be missed greatly.


Take these examples and alter them to fit what you think your friend would be comforted to hear and to represent your relationship with him/her. 

Another way to be helpful is to let him or her know what resources you’ve found that could help them during this time. This includes the website you’re visiting now, funeralhomes.com. Funeralhomes.com is the number one funeral home directory in the nation, and has all the details one needs to find the perfect place for their loved one’s final resting. Everything that goes along with laying someone to rest needs a guiding hand. Our funeral home directors are ready to assist. Let your friend know that the best place to find a local funeral home is on Funeralhomes.com


Thank you for stopping by and good luck in your support of those you love.