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Text for a condolence card

The expression "to offer condolences" or "I offer my condolences" is on its way out of the language and can seem impersonal and outdated. But what should one write instead? Here are some good tips on how to formulate a personal greeting for someone who has just lost a loved one.

Difficult words in a difficult time
A condolence message can be one of the most challenging things to write. It can be difficult to find the right words to show support for grieving friends, colleagues, and family members. We have gathered some suggestions that hopefully can help you write your own heartfelt message.

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Suggestions for condolence messages

We can't say anything to make the sorrow easier, we just want to say that we are sorry and that we are thinking of you in this difficult time.

When you look at the flowers, know that I am thinking of you.

I can't imagine how difficult it must be, but you should know that I am here for you.

We fondly remember all the good times we had with ...

Remember that we love you and are thinking of you.

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Some good advice when formulating your own condolence message

Express your compassion first and foremost.

Mention your relationship to the deceased.

Be honest - write what you feel!

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Condolences with extra thoughtfulness

One can offer condolences in different ways. For example, by sending a message, through a personal visit, or by offering assistance with various practical tasks. Flowers are a beautiful and personal way to express sympathy. Be aware that the bereaved may receive many condolence bouquets and, at the same time, have much to think about before the funeral. Therefore, consider selecting flower types that are easy to care for and are delivered in a suitable vase.