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Sympathy Flower Messages

When someone you know is grieving, it's only natural to want to reach out and express your love. Sending sympathy flowers shows you are thinking about them, but finding the right words for a sympathy card can feel overwhelming.

We have crafted a guide to condolence messages so you can express your heartfelt sentiments appropriately.
Remember, a sympathy card doesn't require an elaborate essay or profound musings on life and death. It simply needs to convey your warmth and love for the recipient.

What to include in a sympathy message

Before we jump into a few sympathy flower message ideas, let's reflect on what is appropriate and how to approach the process. The best way to start is by letting them know you are thinking of them and expressing your sincere condolences for their loss. If you had a personal connection with the person who passed away, share a fond memory, or mention how much they will be missed.

If you feel comfortable and able, offer your support, and let them know they can rely on you during this difficult time. Assure them you are there to lend a helping hand or provide a listening ear whenever needed. Conclude with a warm closing message filled with love and hope for the future. Let them know they are not alone and that brighter days will come.

Below, you will find a range of condolence messages that you can draw inspiration from or personalise to suit your unique situation. Remember, the thought and sincerity behind your message is what truly matters, not the exact words.

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Short sympathy flower messages

You will have only a few words on a standard florist card if you aren't sending a sympathy card with your flowers. This can sometimes be a better choice than a long message when you don't know the person well but want to show your support.

•  Sending heartfelt condolences.
•  With deepest sympathy.
•  Forever in our hearts.
•  Sending love and support.
•  Gone but never forgotten.
•  Our thoughts are with you.


Sympathy messages for someone who has lost a parent

The loss of a parent is one of the hardest things anyone can go through, especially when they are incredibly close. Your flowers and sympathy message will be a welcome reminder they are not alone and provide a source of strength.

• My thoughts are with you and your family during this incredibly challenging time. May you find strength and support in one another.

• Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Your mum/dad was incredible, and I will always cherish the memories we shared with them. Please know I am here for you, offering my support and love.

• Words cannot heal how you feel; however, please know that I am here for you, ready to provide any assistance. We are all grieving the loss of an extraordinary individual.

• My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. You are not alone in this journey of grief.

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Sympathy messages for someone who has lost a child

• No words adequately describe the depth of despair and loss that a parent feels when their child dies. Grieving the loss is a process that can take months or even years and can involve many different emotions. Your sympathy message should reflect these emotions.

• I am deeply sorry for the loss of [name]. It may provide little comfort, but your child will always be with you in your heart. You are in my thoughts.

• I want you to know I am here for you, ready to lend a listening ear or a comforting presence, no matter the time of day.

• My condolences. I stand beside you in this challenging time, offering my unwavering support. Don't hesitate to contact me whenever you need someone to lean on.

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Sympathy messages for someone who has lost a baby

Losing a baby is a challenging and heartbreaking experience. Although the pain may never subside, reaching out to loved ones and seeking support can help the grieving process. Your sympathy flowers and message will give the recipient strength and ensure they know they are not alone in their emotions.

• I offer my heartfelt condolences as you mourn the loss of your baby. Please know that you are in my thoughts during the coming days and weeks. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support you.

• In this difficult time, it's essential to be gentle with yourself and allow space for your grieving process. Take all the time you need to mourn in your way.

• You and [name] are constantly in my thoughts, and I hope that with time, you can heal.

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Sympathy messages for someone who has lost a friend

Sympathy messages in this scenario should acknowledge the importance of friendship and the pain of losing one. Try to convey the value the departed friend brought to life and give the bereaved support and understanding.

• Sending you my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your cherished friend.

• I can't imagine your pain after losing such a special friend. Please know I am here for you anytime you need me.

• Remembering the beautiful moments that you shared with your friend and holding you in my thoughts as you mourn their passing. I hope that with time you heal.

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Sympathy messages for someone who has lost a pet

Our pets provide support and companionship during difficult times and enhance our mental and physical health. Their unconditional love is irreplaceable, so it's tough to bear and accept the loss when they die. Your flower message should be short and sweet to capture the moment without overdoing it.

• Thinking of you and the wonderful memories you shared with [name].

• I know how much [name] meant to you and share your sadness. Wishing you comfort and healing during this difficult time.

• [name] was truly one-of-a-kind and brought happiness to all who knew him/her. They will be deeply missed.

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What NOT to write on a sympathy card

Writing out your condolences can be difficult, especially if you are also grieving. There are certain words and sentiments to consider when expressing your sympathies. It is best to focus on what you believe may comfort the bereaved and avoid offering cliched platitudes or comparing your experiences.

Avoid discussing the cause of death or the person's age because these details can be distressing and irrelevant to the recipient.
Refrain from using phrases like "they're in a better place" and religious quotes, as the grieving person may not find comfort in those words.

What are the best flowers to send sympathies?

Generally, white flowers are the most appropriate to express sympathy. Examples include lilies, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, gladioli, and orchids. It is also common to select colours that reflect the personality or favourite colours of the deceased.

Whichever flowers you send, remember it’s the gesture that counts.