We simplify the condolence process and help you take thoughtful action quickly.

  1. Start by selecting and personalizing one of our sample condolence notes, sympathy quotes or sayings.
    See condolence examples.
  2. Then choose one of our links to see a short list of thoughtful gifts.
    See gift ideas.
Pretty photo

1. Select a sample message

Condolence Notes

  • We are sorry for your loss. (NAME), was such a great person, (HE/SHE) will live on in our memories forever.
  • I was deeply saddened by the news of (NAME’s) passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.
  • We were coworkers of (NAME). Words cannot express our sorrow. The office won’t be the same without (HIM/HER).
  • See condolence examples.


  • “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller
  • “Grant but memory to us, and we lose nothing by death.” -Whittier, My Summer with Dr. Singleton
  • “The Lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • See gift ideas.

2. Show your sympathy

You can do a lot with our simple but thoughtful messages:

  • Email it
  • Post it on a funeral memorial blog
  • Copy it to the special note section of a condolence purchase of a flower arrangement, food or gift basket.

Browse our theme pages to find some options. We list a broad idea. Click and follow the link at the top of the page for specific ideas we’ve researched and compiled for you.

The key is to keep it simple and keep your momentum going. At this point, you are only a few minutes into your condolence search and you are almost done. Congratulations, you are about to feel really good about doing something kind for someone who deserves your support. We’ve taken the guesswork out of it. Let us help you reach your goal.

A quick condolence is a fast bereavement message that is often accompanied with a sympathy gift that either supports the grieving family or further demonstrates your feeling of sympathy. A quick condolence is not a bad thing, although it seems to carry a negative connotation. Some say, it is a condolence that is distant or false. It is neither. A quick condolence is an honorable and courteous act. It is genuine support from an indirect contact that shares bereavement and sympathy for the loss of a loved one. It extends the depth of grieving for someone and shows him or her the far-reaching influence of their importance or the importance of the deceased. It brings credit to you as a considerate individual and can show the good faith of your organization.

The act of providing a quick condolence differs from the traditional condolence in both content and approach. This may seem harsh, but providing a quick condolence need only be punctual and appropriate. At best, your knowledge of the deceased is limited. Keeping your message short and traditional is entirely appropriate. You need to say something respectful. You should be concise and you can be somewhat generic. They key is not to dwell on the message content, instead focus on task completion. A quick condolence must be timely.

Start, by identifying a traditional condolence message. Utilize the deceased name to make it unique. If you need help, you can utilize a condolence or sympathy website that offers examples of traditional condolence messages, sympathy notes or quotes.

Then, select a gift. The best gifts offer an element of support. This would be something like a meal, or food such as fruits or meats and cheeses. Gifts that can be consumed are often pretty and helpful. You will find, some of the same sympathy websites you researched for sample messages will also offer ideas for condolence gifts beyond the traditional sympathy flowers.

Your goal should be to complete the condolence process within the first week of receiving the news. Better sooner than later. If you can move to action within the first day you’ll increase your odds of following through with your intent and you’ll feel better about task completion. Following this plan will help convey your message and move you to your goal. Many of us believe we are capable of providing quick condolence but the truth is most of our efforts end there. The process of moving to action is only achieved by a few. If your desire is to provide a quick condolence, stay focused, utilize the methods and tools discussed in this article and bring your vision to reality.

If we can help the individuals that say they want to provide a quick condolence and move them to follow through with their desire, grieving people would receive a tremendous amount of support and comfort.