Knowing that a coworker has lost a friend or loved one can make it difficult for you to know what words to share. The following sympathy messages for coworkers set the right tone of caring, respect, and professionalism to help you comfort your coworker.
1. My heart sank when I heard of the passing of ______. I hope you will take all of the time you need to mourn. Let me know what I can do to support you as you grieve. I send my deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss.
2. Everyone feels your absence from work and wants to support you. I hope you know that I am here to help with work, and also if you just want to talk. I won’t pretend to understand exactly how you feel, but I promise to listen and try to help. I am truly sorry for your loss.
3. I don’t have the right words to say, but I am thinking about you and am here to support you. It doesn’t have to be now. It could be later or much later. Just know that I am here and I care.
4. I am sorry to hear about the passing of your family member. You are always so busy, but now is the time to stop and take care of yourself while you grieve. Your work can be done by someone else or it can wait. Please accept my deepest sympathies while you’re taking the time you need.
5. I was saddened to learn about your loss. I hope that you just unplug from work and take the time you need to deal with what is most important right now. We all will cover for you here. I send my sincerest condolences and sympathies.
6. You must be dealing with so much right now, and nobody wants you to be thinking about work. I hope you are focusing on yourself and on your family as you mourn. I offer you my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
7. I was very sorry to hear about [name of deceased] at work the other day. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you during this difficult time. I am usually up [early/late], so please just call or text if you need anything or want to talk.
8. I heard about ______ and cannot imagine what you must be feeling. Everyone here at work is saddened by the news. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences for your loss.
9. Although we only know each other through work, I was saddened about the loss of [name of deceased]. I wanted to let you know that I check my email regularly and you can also call me at (555) 555-5555 if I can help you with anything. Please accept my condolences and sympathies while you face such a difficult time.
10. Please know I am thinking of you at this sad time. I know how important family is to you. While the bond you share makes the loss of your family member even more painful, I hope it can also be a source of strength in your grief. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
11. I heard about the passing of ______ and my heart aches for your loss. I am here for you, whether that means helping you with work, bringing you food, or just sitting quietly with you. I am truly sorry for your loss.
12. I am saddened by your loss. My hope for you is that you find some joy and comfort in remembering [name of deceased] and the life [he/she] lived. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.
13. I heard about the loss of ______. I wish I had some magic words to lift your spirit and give you strength, but all I can do is tell you that I care. My thoughts are with you as you remember [him/her] and as you grieve.
14. I was saddened to hear of the loss of [name of deceased]. The bond of love you shared was strong. I hope that your love will carry you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.
15. Nobody can replace ______, and nobody has to. [He/she] will live on in the hearts of all who knew [him/her]. When you are ready, I’ll see you back at work. I am truly sorry for your loss.
16. I just found out about [name of deceased]. This must be so truly hard on you. Please don’t feel like you have to struggle without some help. I know we are coworkers, but we are also friends. So, friend to friend, please let me know what I can do to help.
17. There are no words to express how sincerely sorry I am for your loss. I know I speak for all of us when I say that we are here for you if you need anything. If there is something we could do to bring you comfort or relief, we would love to do it for you. We are thinking of you.
18. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a loved member of your family. I will always remember some of your wonderful stories about ______ and know that [he/she] will always live in your heart and memories. Please accept my condolences and sympathies.
19. I heard about the passing of [name of deceased]. I am sorry for the pain you must feel as you grieve, and am hopeful for the day [his/her] memory brings a smile instead of a tear. I send you and your family my heartfelt wishes and condolences.
20. The whole office sends you our sincere condolences during this difficult time. If there is anything we can do to help you as you grieve, please let us know. We will be there for you. We are truly sorry for your loss.
21. Losing your [mother] is one of the toughest life events that we all must face. As you absorb the impact of this loss, please know that I am thinking of you. I send my sincerest sympathies and condolences.
22. I am truly sorry about the passing of your ______. Please don’t think about work, but instead, just concentrate on taking care of yourself. Please accept my deepest and sincere condolences to your and your family.
23. Whenever your [father] dropped by for a quick coffee or lunch, his love for you and pride in everything you have achieved was there for everyone to see. I know he will always be with you in some way, sharing his strength and his love. I am holding you close in my thoughts.
24. If the saying, “like father, like son” is true, then the world has lost a very bright light with his passing. I am thinking of you at this sad time and hope that you find some small moments of joy and peace in your memories.
25. I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear of the loss of your [husband/wife/partner]. I know you had so much planned. It is not the right time yet, but when you are ready, I know you will keep [his/her] memory alive. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
26. Death is never easy, but losing a [mother/father/child] is extraordinarily difficult. Please reach out if you need any help with anything either at work or personally. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.
27. Everyone at work is thinking about you, and I am truly sorry about the loss of ______. Please accept my sympathies and condolences.
28. We at work all agree that there is no way of understanding the pain that you’re going through right now over the loss of your [child]. Please accept my sincerest and deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your spouse.
29. Everyone at work is heartbroken over what you’re facing right now. Your [spouse] was a special person, and I cannot imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry for your loss.
30. I never had the privilege of meeting your [mother]. But I know she must have been an incredible woman because you have inherited her strength and kindness. Her presence made the world a better place and will continue to do so through you. I am thinking of you during this challenging time.
31. The love of a [mother] is unique and eternal. She will always be with you in your memories, in your children’s eyes, and in your heart. Please accept my deepest sympathies at this sad time.
32. The love you had for your [husband/wife/partner] can never be taken away. Even though [name of deceased] may no longer be here, [his/her] memory will live on in the life you have built together and your gorgeous family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
33. I am sorry to hear of your [father’s] passing. I know from all your stories that he was a kind and generous man with a big heart and even bigger laughs. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss.
34. I am so sorry about the loss of your [child] — nobody at work could believe the news. If anything should arise that you might need help with, please do reach out and let me know. I will be there to help you.
35. Any death is tough, but it is particularly difficult to lose a [parent]. Please accept my sincerest sympathies over the loss of your [mother/father]. I look forward to seeing you at work when you’re ready to come back. I am thinking of you.
36. I offer you my condolences and sympathies over the pain you’re going through over the loss of your [spouse]. If you need anything, before or after you come back to work, please make sure to let me know.
37. It is so sad that your [husband/wife/partner] has been taken from you, but I know you will never stop loving [name of deceased]. Through your love and memories, [he/she] will live forever. I am so very sorry for your loss.
38. Nothing can really compare to the pain of losing your [mother/father] — particularly when they were as bright, bold, generous, and kind as yours. Our warmest wishes and deepest condolences are with you and your family at this time.
39. I can’t find words that seem meaningful enough to express how sorry I am over the passing of ______. I, as well as everyone else at work, would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and all of your family.
40. Please receive my sincerest condolences and sympathies over the loss of your [mother/father]. Though you are missed here at work, don’t rush back to work unless it helps you to heal. You are in my thoughts.
41. I didn’t know [name of deceased] in person, but I feel like I know [him/her] through you. [He/she] must have been a very great [man/woman] indeed. I am so sorry for your loss.
42. I will always remember the wonderful [cookies/baked goods, etc.] that ______ used to send with you to share at work. Every morsel was bursting with her love. I cannot imagine how hard it is for you now. I want you to know I am thinking of you and sending you my strength in this difficult time.
43. Every family member is important, and when one passes, it is felt by everyone and is never easy. I want you to know that I’m available if you need anything while you’re taking time off. I am sorry for your loss.
44. [Name of deceased] was an incredible person who will be sadly missed by so many people. The memory of [his/her] generosity and kindness will live forever. Please accept my deepest condolences at this time.
45. Though the time will come for us all to leave this earth, that fact doesn’t make it any easier. I wish there was something I could say to ease your suffering and brighten your day. Please know that I am thinking about you and here if you need anything.
46. [Name of deceased] was such a valued member of our team, and I was saddened to hear of [his/her] loss. [He/she] will always be remembered here for [his/her] quick mind, and a smile that simply lit up the room. I am truly sorry for your loss.
47. Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of ______. You should be incredibly proud of everything [he/she] achieved. I want you to know that [he/she] had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives and will always be remembered with great love.
48. My words cannot help you recover from the sorrow and heartache of the loss of [name of deceased]. That heartache is shared by everyone [he/she] worked with, and I will never forget [him/her]. I wish you strength during this incredibly difficult time.
49. I know what a close-knit family you are from the way your [son/daughter] talked about you while at work. The bond you shared gave ______ the confidence to achieve some incredible things. I hope that fact helps you find some peace as you navigate the exceedingly difficult days ahead. Please accept my sincere condolences.
50. [Name of deceased] had an unquenchable passion for life, for pushing the boundaries at work, and for always helping others. I cannot believe [he/she] is gone. My heart, thoughts, and warmest wishes go out to you during this hard time.
Best Sympathy Quotes for Your Coworker
“Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your year.”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”
“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”
“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”
“In the gardens of memory, the palaces of dreams, this is where we will meet.”
Alice Through the Looking Glass
“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
“Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.”
“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
“You will always be in my heart…because in there you’re still alive.”
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
“Closed eyes, heart not beating, but a living love.”
“May each tear and each fond memory be a note of love rising to meet you.”
“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”
“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.”
“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”
“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.”
“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No matter where I am, your spirit will be beside me. For I know that no matter what, you will always be with me.”
Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach
“He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”
“The loss of my father will always sting. But now, everything that I do is in honor of him and celebrates his life.”
Adrienne C. Moore
“The dead never truly die. They simply change form.”
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
“Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”
“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
“What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness.”
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“Whenever there comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
Winnie the Pooh
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.”
“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.”
“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”
Sir Walter Scott
“Love like ours can never die!”
Sympathy Bible Verses for Your Coworker
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
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