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Sympathy Messages for Deceased Loved Ones

By Dave Pipitone


What sympathy messages can you share when a friend or family member dies? Numbness, shock and disbelief are often the first reactions when we receive a phone call that someone close to us has died. As one who cares, you may feel helpless to control or change the situation.



How do you express sympathy wishes that show that you care during this time? Condolence words may can be difficult to find or compose, especially when a death is completely unexpected. if an infant, child or teenager died. Offering sympathy saying words to console another person goes beyond giving flowers or cooking a meal for the family.


Many greeting cards offer sympathy messages - words of hope that the person who has died will be in a better place. Being there for others - just listening and being present, is an unspoken gift that people will appreciate and remember for years.


Dealing with death is difficult. Mourning, grief and loss are the hardest things in life that many people will experience. For example, a popular scale measures psychological stress from zero to one hundred. The death of a spouse is rated as the most stressful - a measure of one hundred at the top of the stress scale.


At a wake or funeral, friends offer sympathy messages to share words of sorrow, empathy and being there for the surviving parents, family member or friend. Condolence words are a bereavement gift that helps lift a person's awareness that you care for them during this time of shock, numbness or disbelief.


Offering to listen and give condolence words of hope can help take the edge of the anger and help parents and family make it through a dark time.


Long after the funeral, it is common for a survivor to experience yearning - wanting to see our deceased loved one again - and soon. Parents whose children have died yearn to see them again. Spouses who have lived together for a long time feel like they have lost a part of themselves when their wife or husband dies. Words of sympathy can provide an assurance that you care for a person during this time.


The process of grieving is very normal after a loved one dies. Remember that every mother has a unique relationship with her child; every dad has a different experience with each child. There is no such thing as a typical loss.


The stark fact of life is that physical death happens to everyone. A religious Christian faith believes in a better life for eternity - a home with a loving God forever. Simple sympathy messages that recall this truth - being at home with deceased children and with God when time is done brings peace of heart and calm of mind to those who are grieving.


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