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Sympathy Card Messages: How to Express Your Condolences

Originally Published May 14, 2024Updated Jul 04, 2024

Card Ideas for Condolence and Sympathy Messages

We imagine sending cards for happy moments in life, however it's the difficult moments when a sympathy card or a condolence message can go a long way in making a difference. It’s never easy when a person close to you loses a loved one, falls ill, or has someone close to them involved in an accident. You want to be there for the person, but it isn’t always possible if you live far away, or you don’t want to impose on the person and their grief.

These condolence messages, sympathy card ideas, and words to say get well soon or I’m thinking of you are here to help you gain inspiration and send messages of support. Sending a card or a handwritten message can go a long way to let them know you’re there for a friend or family member who has fallen on difficult times. 

What is the Best Condolence Message for a Card

Sending condolences is not always easy. You might not know the right words to say or how to express how sorry you are. These 15 messages of condolence might help inspire you or guide you to a heartfelt message to share in regards to loss or grief of a loved one. 

  1. You and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your son.
  2. It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family
  3. I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences.
  4. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.
  5. May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.
  6. I can’t imagine your loss and what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences.
  7. Please accept my condolences, just know that I am here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time of loss.
  8. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences in this time of grief.
  9. I am honored and blessed to have known your father. He was truly a blessing in my life and I will miss him. My condolences.
  10. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences and sympathy.
  11. Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace! Our warmest wishes in your time of grief for your loss. 
  12. May God put her in a special place where she will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished her!
  13. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person.
  14. Dear (Name), we are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. May our condolences bring you peace during this painful time of loss.
  15. (Name), we just want you to know that we are really sorry to hear about your grandfather, he was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace.

Thinking of You Card Messages

Whether they are far away, or going through a tricky time in their life, Thinking of You cards are a great way to share a smile and a good memory with a photo! With lots of designs to choose from on the Picta site, your photo cards are ready in 1-hour!

  1. Thinking of you always makes my day.
  2. Just wanted to send some happy thoughts your way today.
  3. I’m sorry you haven’t heard much from me lately. I’ve been thinking about you often, though.
  4. It’s been too long. Remember, no matter what time throws at us, I will always be here to support you—with a smile, a joke, or a listening ear!
  5. Thinking of all our warm memories and counting down the time until we can make some more! Keep that heart happy and full!
  6. From my heart to yours, a little note to say you're supported and loved. Let's catch up soon and add more memories to our collection!
  7. I’m starting to realize how lucky I was back when we got to see each other every day.
  8. Call me when things calm down a little. It would be so good to hear your voice.
  9. I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me a text or an email when you get a chance.
  10. Thinking of you today and always. Miss you!
  11. Though we might be far apart, I think of you often and remember our good times together.
  12. Love and miss you and hope to see you soon!
  13. Just a little note to say I’m thinking of you. Let the good memories fill your heart and bring you comfort until the next time we meet!
  14. Remember, no matter what time throws at us, I will always be here to support you—with a smile, a joke, or a listening ear!
  15. Sending you a little comfort wrapped up in this card. Hope it finds you smiling and eases your day!

Whatever the message, a little note can go a long way to boost their spirits and let them know how much you miss them and support them in this difficult time. 

Sympathy Card Messages

These card ideas may help someone grieving or going through hard and difficult times. These messages will hopefully express your memories and let the person know you are thinking of them.

  1. Thinking of you warmly during this difficult time and sending lots of love your way.
  2. Just a note to say we're with you in heart, especially now when things are so tough.
  3. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Remember, I'm just a call away for support or a chat.
  4. In these challenging times of grief, may you find a little comfort in knowing how much others care.
  5. Sending you strength and love to get through each day. You're not alone in this.
  6. Hoping each day ahead brings you a little more peace. Hang in there and take care.
  7. Please know how much you are loved and cherished. Wishing you brighter days ahead.
  8. You've been on my mind, and I’m heartbroken to hear about your struggles and loss. I’m here for whatever you need.
  9. May you feel the warmth of friendship and love that surrounds you during these hard times.
  10. Your resilience inspires me every day. Sending hugs and positive thoughts your way.
  11. I'm here to offer my support during this time of sorrow. Remember, you are loved deeply by many.
  12. As your friend, I feel for you deeply. Please know you can lean on me for anything you need.
  13. In this time of sorrow and grief, may the love of family surround you and bring you peace.
  14. Feeling helpless but offering all the love and support I can. You are never alone.
  15. Your family loves you so much, and we all offer our support in every way. Let’s get through this together.

Get Well Soon Cards and Messages

Whether for a procedure, an overnight stay, or other health problems – these past few years have made us realize how scary it can be to fall ill. These Get Well Soon card ideas can be helpful to send well wishes to a loved one to help them on their road to recovery. 

  1. Thinking of you lots and hoping for your speedy recovery.
  2. We’re all thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
  3. This message comes to you filled with sympathy and hope for better days ahead. Your strength will see you through, and I’m here to support you.
  4. Hang in there, better days are coming, keep this happy memory close.
  5. Hope you feel a little better every day.
  6. It's difficult to see someone so special going through tough times. Please accept this message of support and know that my will to help you is strong.
  7. May this message bring you comfort and remind you that you are not alone. Wishing you strength and speedy recovery in these challenging times.
  8. Sending good, healthy vibes your way.
  9. You’re in all of our warmest thoughts as you recover from your accident.
  10. Best wishes for a little progress and a little encouragement every day during your recuperation.
  11. You are in my thoughts and prayers during your time of recovery.
  12. You’re one tough cookie!
  13. See? You’re so great, even germs like you!
  14. Sending you a message full of sympathy and well wishes. I will be here to support you through these difficult times.
  15. In difficult moments like these, know that you have my full support. Get well soon and remember, my thoughts are with you.

Whether you decide to write a funny get well soon message or a religious get well soon card, Picta has hundreds of different designs for 1-hour pickup.

What is the best thing to say in a sympathy card?

You can choose to write a sympathy card for a variety of occasions (unfortunately, not always happy ones) including illness, hospital stays, job losses, loss of a loved one, loss of a friend, etc. The best thing to write in the card is a message that comes from the heart, especially in times of grief and sorrow. What would you want to hear if you were in the person's shoes. It really is the thought that counts! 

How to write a short sympathy card:

Start with an introduction: Use the person’s name and make sure to address the sympathy card appropriately. This can be the right time to use a nickname that you generally call the person to add some warmth and comfort into your message.

Make sure to be respectful: For example, if the person is religious, it might be a good idea to add this into the card text. It might not be the right time to joke or take a light-hearted tone with someone you don’t know as well when you write your message.

Keep it personal: Adding in personal details about the recently departed in your sympathy card, a favorite memory with the person or something you are looking forward to when they are doing better is always appreciated.


Sending a short sympathy card, condolence message, get well soon card or thinking of you note is a special way to send love to a family member or friend going through a difficult time. These little gestures of love and warmth can help the person remember the light at the end of the tunnel and offer some happier memories and hopefully some peace during a dark time.

Grief and loss will often make the person feel alone, these messages that you write from the heart will spread some hope and love and let the person feel surrounded and not alone! 


Leah from Picta

Written by Leah from Picta

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Leah is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, "word artist", and brunch connoisseur. 
By day, she makes a living by creating all this content you know and hopefully love for Picta on the blog, in your inbox, or on social media. 
By night, she enjoys cooking up something new in the kitchen, hopping on her road bike, and painting watercolors with a glass of rosé (or two or three)!

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