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How To Respond To Condolences Sent By Loved Ones


We receive heartfelt condolences when we lose someone very close to us. We become clueless and fail to respond to our well-wishers in those situations. This thing becomes challenging due to the grief we experience at that moment.

But we need to respond to every person and receive their condolences gently. Sharing our grief with others can help to lower the pain of loss in our hearts. This blog post will share a few tips on how to respond to condolences received during difficult times.

We understand the pain you are going through. So let’s proceed with this blog.

How to Respond to Condolences Received when You Lose Someone?

The best way to respond in these situations is just by saying ‘thank you.’ This small and sweet gesture of yours will impact others and portray your image as a strong person. This is also a polite response to all the people offering their condolences.

Your situation is vulnerable as you just lost a loved one and are grieving over the loss. People usually get confused and cannot focus on anything. In these times, you may not have clarity over things and how to respond to condolences.

Here are some of the best replies you can give to different people while suffering from the pain of losing a loved one:

  • I appreciate you for coming here today to be with us. Thank you.
  • Thank you for supporting us at this crucial time.
  • I appreciate the time you took to help me organize the funeral.
  • Thank you for taking such a long trip to be with us.
  • Your support deeply touches me at our father’s funeral. Thank you.
  • Thank you so much for your sympathy and donation. I am sure your donation will help other people.
  • It must have been a tiring journey. Thank you for joining us today in putting our grandma to rest.
  • I appreciate the flowers you sent for us.
  • Thank you for showing your kindness and sympathy. I’ll remember your gesture forever.
  • I was touched by your helping hand and empathy. Thank you so much for being here with me on the saddest day.
  • Your moral and financial support has kept me going through these difficult days. I will be forever grateful to have you in my life.
  • Your comforting words have helped me a lot these days. Thank you so much.
  • Your kind words have helped me go through this sadness. Thank you so much.
  • Your comforting words and sympathy deeply move me. Thank you so much.

How to Respond to Condolences Received Online?

In this era of the digital world, condolences can also be sent online through emails or e-cards. These condolence messages are no different from condolences in person.

You need to be calm and respond to these messages sincerely. These messages are the same as a message that a person gives you personally, so you need to respond to them in the same way. Online messages are the fastest ways to communicate with a person.

Condolences are often received through emails and on the chatbox. Here are a few messages you may send in reply to condolences and sympathy:

  • I am delighted to receive your message on such a difficult day of mine. I hope better days will come sooner.
  • I received your message today. My family and I appreciate your kind gesture at this challenging time for us.
  • We appreciate the cash donation you made in honor of my late grandfather. We will never forget your good deeds.
  • Your constant support and encouragement have helped to get through this difficult time. I’ll be forever grateful to you for your kind behavior during my difficult time.
  • Thank you for the flower you sent. I know few people are rooting for a speedy recovery. Thank you so much for your care.

Other Ways to Respond to Condolence Messages

When we lose someone close to us, our situation becomes miserable. We lose our mental stability in these situations. Only time can help us to regain our mental stability. However, we have to live in society as per its norms. So we need to inform others about the uncertain demise and reply to all the condolence messages.

We have discussed numerous ways to respond to condolence messages in the above sections. Now let us see more ways to respond to condolence messages:

  • Post on Social Media: Thank you, and I appreciate the effort of all the people who took out their time to message you. Social media platforms are the best to message a general audience.
  • Say it at the Funeral: Many people gather at a funeral. Those people are your well-wishers. Appreciate and thank everyone for joining you on the saddest day of your life.
  • Article in a Newspaper: Publish an article in a local newspaper showing your gratitude towards every person who sent you condolence messages.


The loss of a loved one cannot ever be recovered. Nonetheless, people send condolence messages to grieve the loss of their loved ones.

You should reply to each of them politely. The above suggestions can be useful for you to deal with all the messages you’ll receive on your saddest day.