Sympathy Messages for the Loss of a Parent

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Sympathy is an important part of being human. It’s a way to show that you care, and it can help you feel better when someone else is upset. When someone loses their parent, it’s important to be compassionate and empathetic with them. If the person has lost their mother, then you can say something like “Mothers are very special people”. These messages will help the grieving person know that you care about them. You might even show them that you respect and miss the deceased as well. This articles offers different templates and examples of sympathy messages for the loss of a parent.

General template of a sympathy message

This example below is good well-rounded template of a sympathy message. Feel free to change anything that doesn’t “speak” to you. After all, these are just examples, let your feelings guide you.

Dear (grieving person),

I wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about the death of your mother/father. Please accept my deepest condolences on this sad occasion and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you strength at this time of great sorrow and grief.

I am sorry to hear about the death of your mother/father. I understand how difficult it is to lose a parent. There are no words that can ease your pain and suffering but I hope this message helps you cope with this tragic loss.

We all have at least one memory of our parents, no matter how good or bad it is. This memory will always be with us and bring us comfort even in times like these when we feel alone in this world without them by our side anymore.

Examples of short phrases

An easy way you can customize the above template is by adding some the phrases below. Nobody knows better than you what you need to include to a sympathy message. We’re just here to help you find the words.

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • We’re/I’m sorry for your loss.

  • We are/I am here to support you during this difficult time, and we/I hope that you know that we are with you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, we hope that the memories of your loved one bring comfort and peace to your heart during this difficult time.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Your father/mother was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed by all. Please know that we are here for you if there is anything we can do to help.

  • We are devastated by the news of your mother’s passing. We wish to express our deepest condolences to you, your father, and the rest of the family members. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

A religious sympathy message

Was religion important for deceased mother or father? Then consider using a sympathy message with religious undertones. Our example below is for a Christian sympathy message. However, you can replace they components with teachings from Islam, Judaism or any religion you follow.

I share your grief and sadness at this time, and pray that you find comfort in God’s grace.

God’s grace is the source of comfort, hope, peace, strength, love and joy. As we go through life we will experience many things that can cause pain to our hearts. The good news is that God’s grace is there for us when we are hurting or grieving over the loss of a loved one who has passed away. It is important to remember that all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28).

This means you can take comfort in knowing that even though your parent has died now, they are with Jesus where there is no more sadness or suffering (Revelation 21:4). They also went home to be reunited with other loved ones including grandparents/grandparents who have gone before them as well as other family members if they were believers in Christ prior their earthly demise (John 14:1-2; 1Corinthians 15:51-57).

A nonreligious sympathy message

Or maybe, you the deceased or the grieving person are not particularly religious. Then you can send them a sympathy message along these lines:

  • I wish all my love, heartfelt condolences, and sympathy for you on the sad demise of your father/mother who has left us all too soon. May his/her soul rest in peace!

  • Your dad/mother was a very loving person and always tried to make everyone around him/her happy. Heshe will be missed by many people as he was a great friend to many people throughout his life. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time of your life when you are grieving the loss of your father whom I hold dear in my heart and prayers.

  • May your loved ones comfort you during this time of sorrow. Please accept our sincerest sympathy for your loss; we share in your grief with this passing away of your loved one from our lives so suddenly but trust that life just happens. We offer you our most heartfelt condolences.

A workplace sympathy message

What about a more professional sympathy message? It’s important to find a balance between being personal and too close. That’s especially true if you’re the manager of the grieving employee.

I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of  (name of deceased). Our heartfelt condolences are with you at this time of great sorrow and grief.

May the soul of (name) rest in peace and may God comfort you during this difficult time.

We highly advise that you seek professional help from a counselor or psychologist if your grief becomes overwhelming. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Even more examples of sympathy messages

Here we have some more examples and templates of sympathy messages.

As you grieve and mourn the loss of your loved one, I pray that your loved ones are with you in your time of sorrow. May they give you strength to cope up with this terrible loss that has come upon your family.

I hope that your family’s loving embrace envelop you and comfort you during these times of pain, sadness and grief. I know it is difficult for you to bear such a heavy burden. Please know that there are people who care about what happened to your father/mother.

My thoughts are with all members of our community who have lost a loved one due to an untimely death or illness. I am sorry for their loss but I can only imagine how painful it must have been for them. And how painful it still is even now as they live on without their loved ones.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article helped you write the perfect sympathy message. If you still have any doubts or questions, feel free to reach out to us for help or ideas.

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