Some examples of sympathetic phrases include, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you," "Please accept our heartfelt condolences" and "We are here for you in your time of need." The content of a sympathetic phrase depends on the nature of the event to which one is expressing sympathies.
Finding the right words to express how feelings when a loved one is hurting can be difficult. Sympathetic phrases are appropriate when a person is experiencing the loss of someone close, failing to achieve an important objective or going through a difficult time due to other personal reasons.
Expressing sympathies and/or condolences is a way to assure a person that he or she is not alone while facing struggles. It is always best to speak authentically from the heart and acknowledge a loved one's pain while respecting the need to grieve. In the case of a person losing a loved one, it is helpful to reflect on a positive memory of the deceased.
A sympathetic message that highlights a special moment shared with the deceased may also help bring a moment of relief from the pain of loss. A sympathetic message can recall the good things the deceased brought to the lives of others.