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20+ Ways to Respond to Sorry for Your Loss

20+ Ways to Respond to Sorry for Your Loss

Losing someone you love is hard. During this time, you will have a lot of people coming around to express their sympathies and offer you their deepest condolences.

Sure, you appreciate hearing the sentiment, but you are so caught up in your loved one’s death that it is sometimes difficult to find a way to respond.

The way you wish to respond is entirely up to you, and a simple thank you will cut it in most cases. Here are 20+ other ideas for how to respond to “Sorry for your loss”.


How to respond to “Sorry for your loss” in person

Hearing someone say ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ in person can be especially gut-wrenching, and knowing how to respond at a moment’s notice can be a bit of a brain teaser.
To make things easier, here are 7 ideas for how to respond to someone who gives their condolences in person:

01“That’s very kind of you. I appreciate it.”
This is a simple way to respond to “I’m sorry for your loss”, especially to someone at the funeral who you don’t know well.


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02“This must be hard for you as well. We should be there for each other.”
When the deceased person shared a lot of close relationships with other people, it is important to understand that you are not the only one who feels their loss. By saying this, you are returning the support and encouragement the other person gave to you.


03“Your sympathy means a lot to me during this time. Thank you.”
When you don’t feel like saying much, but you still feel a need to show the person that you are grateful for what they’ve said, this is a perfect response.


04“It is upsetting that we are meeting again under such unfortunate circumstances, but I’m thankful to see you again.”
You don’t generally see all your friends and family in one place unless there is a funeral or a wedding. When you use this response, you are acknowledging that, even though it is a sad situation, you are glad to see them.


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05“Thank you for thinking of me. It means a lot.”
This is another quick and simple way to show appreciation for the condolences. It is good to use with someone you aren’t very close with.


06“Don’t be sorry. She lived a long, full life. She wouldn’t want us to be sad.”
If the deceased person had a cheery spirit, chances are they would not want anyone moping around after their passing.



07“I appreciate that. It’s hard, but we’re working through it.”
This response is good for when someone keeps asking how you and your family are doing.


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08“I’m having a hard time putting my thoughts into words, but just know that I appreciate you.”
This response is good because it lets the person know that you aren’t sure how to respond, but you are grateful. This way they won’t feel offended by a short response.


How to respond to “Sorry for your loss” through a text, email or thank you card

When you get ‘I’m sorry for your loss’ messages or any variation of the sentiment via text or email, it is best to respond through those same channels. The advantage of this is that you will be able to think about what you say before you send it.
Here are 8 ideas for how to respond to “Sorry for your loss” through a text, email or thank you card.

09“I appreciate your condolences during this difficult time for my family.”
When you get a text expressing condolences, you can use this as a quick way to say thank you.


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10“Your love and support during this time mean the world to me.”
This is good to use for a text when someone you are close to has sent you condolences, but you are too busy grieving or with funeral plans to send a lengthy response.


11“Your support and thoughtfulness are well received. [Deceased person’s name] always spoke so highly of you.”
This is a good text to send to someone close to your relative or friend who died but is not very close with you. It shows respect and reminds the person that the deceased person loved them.



12“Thank you for your friendship and your help. You have certainly been a rock during this rough period in my life.”
This is good to say to someone who has been helping you throughout this entire process, since you are acknowledging what they did and are showing your appreciation.


13“I greatly appreciate your family’s gift of encouragement and hope in this rough time. I am forever grateful for your support.”
When an entire family sends their good wishes and offers help in a trying time, this message thanks everyone at the same time.


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14“Thank you so much for all your help and uplifting words. I know you are already busy and have a lot on your plate. I’m lucky to have someone like you in my life.”
This is good to use with someone who has put aside their responsibilities to help you. It shows that you’re appreciative.


15“You went above and beyond for me and lifted my spirits in ways you will never know. Thank you for your continued support.”
This is a perfect text to send to someone who may think that you have forgotten them.


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16“I am truly blessed to have you in my corner. Your sympathies are deeply appreciated.”
This message is meant for someone who has always had your back and is there to help you get through the different stages of grieving.


How to respond to “Sorry for your loss” with an Instagram or Facebook post

If you have a lot of friends and family, the number of condolences you receive can be a bit overwhelming, so you may not have time to respond to everyone individually.
In a case like this, the best way to go about communicating is by creating a public response on Instagram or Facebook. Here are some examples of how to respond to “Sorry for your loss” online.

17“To everyone who sent well wishes and condolences, your messages didn’t go unnoticed. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to answering everyone, but I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness.”
If you haven’t responded to any messages, people will start to wonder if you are okay and may message you several times, or worse, take offense. By using this response, you are offering an explanation for your absence and you are showing your appreciation to everyone.


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18“While nothing will be able to bring them back, I find comfort in knowing I have so many people who are willing to lend a helping hand and lift me out of this period of darkness.”
You can use this post to show that you are thankful for the support and that you are feeling a bit better because of it.


19“I know I have been very distant these past few days, but your posts have really touched my heart. I am extremely grateful to all of you for your love and support.”
This short post lets everyone know that you have received their messages and that you appreciate them.



20“Mom would be so pleased with all the positive messages I have received. Thank you for showing love to my family and me.”
This is good to send since it kind of shifts the focus off the death and lets everyone know that your mom would be pleased to see everyone unifying and being supportive.


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21“I’m not sure how I would have made it through this period without your messages of peace and comfort. May God continue to bless you all.”
This simple post is good since it lets your friends and family know that their wishes have been well received and that you hope their kindness will be rewarded with blessings.


22“This is one of the most difficult times in my life, and I would not be able to get through it without each and every one of you. Thank you.”
This message is good since it means that the support of those around you has helped to reduce your sadness and pain, and therefore you are very grateful.



These examples of how to respond to “Sorry for your loss” can be used when a friend, relative or even a pet dies. Hopefully, you won’t need to use them again for a very long time.