These are some expressions of sympathy and offering condolences that you can use in conversations.
In formal situations:
– I’m (very/really/extremely) sorry to hear that.
– That’s really too bad. I’m sorry to hear it.
– You must be very upset.
For a serious incident:
– How awful!
– How terrible!
– How dreadful!
– What a terrible situation!
For a minor accident:
– Oh, that’s bad luck.
– That’s a nuisance.
– What a shame.
– What a pity.
– That’s too bad.
– That’s a shame.
– That’s a pity.
– I’m sorry.
– I’m sorry to hear about your father.
– I’m sorry to hear that your little Tweetie died.
– Let me offer my condolences.
– Let me tell you how sorry I am to hear about your grandmother.
– It must be pretty hard on you.
Responding to Condolences:
– Thank you.
– That’s very kind of you.
– There’s nothing that can be done about it.
– It’s God’s will, I suppose.
– God gives and God takes away.
Useful expressions for writing a letter of condolences:
– I am sorry to hear that …
– I am sorry to hear that your father is hospitalized.
– I offer you my sincere heartfelt condolences …
– If there is anything that I can do to help, please do not hesitate to let me know.
– I pray to God to give you strength in this time of grief.
– I pray to God may his/her soul rest in peace.
What to do and what to say in the time of grief:
What to do
1. If you don’t know what to say, offer a hug and a shoulder to cry on. It is not easy to do, but it’s very helpful.
2. Be a good listener. Don’t offer advice, or tell them how they should feel or what they should do. Just listen … that is what he needs most right now, quiet support. It’s called “therapeutic silence”
3. Share fond memories of the deceased. The bereaved need very much to talk it out and they love to hear stories of their lost one. Be patient when they retell the same story over and over. Story-tellling is part of the healing process.
4. Bereavement can make us helpless and awkward. It’s okay to be honest about it and say something like: I’m not sure what to say to you, but I want you to know I care.
What to say
When facing loss of someone important to them, people often want to hear expressions of sympathy as follows.
1. I know how you fell.
2. It’s just God’s plan.
3. Just look at all the things you have to be thankful for.
4. He’s in a better place now.
5. God needed another angel.
6. She’s not suffering anymore.
7. He’s at peace now.
8. It was for the best.
9. Life is for the living.
10. All things must pass.
11. She led a full life.
12. God will never give you more than you can handle.
Thank you for reading expressions of sympathy and offering condolences that you can use in conversations.