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What Can I Say Instead of Sorry for Your Loss?


It is important to show that you care after someone you know experiences a loss, but how can you do this? Simply saying 'I'm sorry for your loss' can seem like you haven't put thought and care into your condolence message, which may be upsetting for the recipient.

Luckily for you, there are some thoughtful and beautiful alternatives.

'I'm Sorry for Your Loss' Alternatives for an Acquaintance

Showing your care for an acquaintance can be difficult, as you want your words to sound sincere without being too much.

Here are some wording examples you can use:

  • "You have my deepest sympathy."
  • “Take care of yourself and your family during this difficult time.”
  • "Sending you my condolences on the loss of your loved one."
  • "My thoughts are with you during this time of mourning."
  • "I'm here to listen if you'd like to talk."
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'I'm Sorry for Your Loss' Alternatives for a Friend

When a friend experiences a loss, they will likely feel lonely and will need someone to show support. You want to show that you not only care, but also that you are there to support them during this difficult time.

These are some wording examples that show that you really want to support your friend:

  • “How can I help you?”
  • “I'm here whenever you need me.”
  • "I’m so sad to hear this and I’m here if you need to talk."
  • "I wish I could be there to give you a hug."
  • “Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are doing okay.”

'I'm Sorry for Your Loss' Alternatives for a Partner

Your partner will appreciate you showing you care when they experience a loss. You can help them by showing that you are there for them, and proving it with your actions, too.

  • “I am here for you, no matter what.”
  • "I love you and I'm thinking of you."
  • "If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know."
  • "How are you feeling today?"
  • “I wish you didn’t have to go through this. How can I make things easier for you?”
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We hope you have found this blog useful. For more wording help and advice, be sure to check out our other blogs.