“I am so sorry for your loss – you are in my thoughts.” “I’m so sad to hear this and I’m here if you need to talk.” “He/she was such a wonderful person/so selfless – full of positivity/kindness [whatever feels appropriate] – they will be hugely missed.” “He/she will be missed so much – they were so special.
“May you take comfort in loving memory and the friends and family that surround you.” “May the pain you feel now be nothing compared to joy found within the memories of (name.)” “I can’t express how much we loved and cherished (name). Our deepest condolences for your loss.”
Should I text condolences? The answer is yes, if you are comfortable doing so. Texting a condolence is an efficient way to immediately reach out to friends and family. A heartfelt message lets those who are grieving know we are thinking of them.
Expressing Condolences in English
Share a fond memory if you have one. If you don’t know the person, express sadness that you never got to meet him or her or acknowledge the importance of this person to your friend. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was heartbroken by this sad news.
The spouse of the deceased
There are certainly no rules against a spouse speaking at a loved one’s funeral, but it does not seem to occur very often. Often, the spouse’s emotions are too raw to focus enough to write a speech.
This phenomenon is often referred to as broken heart syndrome, the widowhood effect, or more technically, takotsubo cardiomyopathy. “Broken heart syndrome is a social condition that shows if your wife or husband dies, your mortality goes up and stays elevated for years. So you can almost ‘catch’ death from your spouse.
Whether you consider yourself married as a widow, widower, or widowed spouse is a matter of personal preference. Legally you are no longer married after the death of your spouse. … Legally, when a spouse dies, the contractual marriage is broken and no longer exists.
Move it to Your Right Hand
It is a common practice for those who have been widowed to move their wedding ring to their right hand.
If her husband passes away, you should continue to address her as the First Lady. In addressing a letter or card, write, “First Lady (married last name). Of course, this is a very specific example, but many women use titles associated with their husbands’ positions.
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