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Have you ever wondered what to say to friends and family who have just lost a loved one? Is it difficult to find the right words of comfort for their loss, isn’t it? However, the fact remains that you should say something to offer your support and sympathy. What you say doesn’t have to be long or in detail. It’s better to keep your words short and focus on more the way you speak to them. Even a brief, but compassionate statement that lets them know that you are thinking of them can be comforting when they are mourning.

Finding the Right Words

One of the most challenging things for the majority of people to do is finding the right words to say after someone sadly passes away. It is sad enough that somebody has died. But, nobody wants to make a mistake and say something that makes those who are grieving feel worse than they already do. Some people stumble on their words when they are nervous, so it’s important to focus on keeping your conversation as brief as you can and concentrate on what matters the most. Which is, letting them know that they are in your thoughts.

Comfort in a Time of Loss and Grief

It might be tempting to avoid talking to those who are grieving, but that isn’t nice either. Rather than just avoiding it, spend some time thinking about the words that you are going to say. Keep their character(s) in mind and remember that you don’t need to ramble on. Its always better to keep your words short and as comforting as possible.

Your first words to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one might be at the funeral service. If this is the case, then offer your words of comfort, keep it short, and then let other people offer their condolences. It can be overwhelming for those at their loved one’s funeral, so it’s important to avoid making the circumstances even harder than they already are.

If you don’t get the chance to speak to those who are grieving during the funeral service, take the time to leave a message in the guestbook, or send them a sympathy card after the service. Either way, your condolences will be communicated with them, and they will be extremely grateful for your support during the time of loss. Here are some comforting things you can say:

  • “There are no words to express how sorry I am. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
  • “My favourite memory of [name] is…”
  • “I am so sorry to hear about your loss. If you need anything or you need to talk, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”
  • “[Name of deceased] brought so much happiness and joy to everyone around him/her. They will be greatly missed by so many.”
  • “Please know that I am thinking about you, and I am praying for your comfort.”
  • “I can’t begin to imagine how you are feeling right now, but please know I am here to help you in any way I can.”
  • “I wish I had the right words to say right now. Please know that I am here for you if you need me.”
  • “[Name of deceased] was such a lovely person. We will all miss him/her. However, their memory will live on through the life they lived.”

S. Stibbards & Sons Are Here to Help

At S. Stibbards & Sons, we have five generations of experience serving our local community since 1867, which means that we understand how hard it can be to find the right words of comfort. We want you to know that you do not have to face this alone. If you would like support during this challenging time, then please get in touch with our friendly and compassionate team by visiting our contact page today.

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