How to Express Sympathy for Loss of a Father

Sending a sympathy card or letter? Stuck for what to say?

These examples of real sympathy messages will help you compose your own. Express your heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a father by choosing the words of sympathy which speak to you. Make a few changes to make them your own.

Your relative or friend will be comforted to know that you are thinking of them in their time of grief.

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Poem for loss of a father: “Dads can’t stay with us forever, we always have to part, but may the strength and love he showed live inside your heart.”

“Dads can’t stay with us forever, we always have to part, but may the strength and love he showed live inside your heart.”

Your father has always been a pillar of strength. The news was a shock to us, and I can’t imagine how you might feel right now.

I will always remember how his positivity had a domino effect on us all when we were together. His laugh was infectious. I’m sure that he has left a mark on the lives of many people.

I know how much he loved you and the rest of your family and you’re all truly blessed to have had him.

He will be remembered and missed by so many.

Please know that I’m here to offer my support during this difficult time.

Dear John

It is with great sadness that I'm writing to you.

Your Dad, our friend and colleague, was a source of motivation for all of us. He showed us how to cope with life’s challenges, and he was there to help us.

I can imagine how sweet a father he was to you. He is resting now.

Please do not isolate yourself too much. Being with your family and friends will give you the support and strength you need to deal with grief.

Our regards to your Mum and siblings. We will come to visit you guys soon!


Dear Rita

We heard the sad news of your father's death. We can't begin to imagine how painful it is for you. But take heart and be strong, please.

Your Dad was like a father to us. He was a man of wisdom and experience who would tell us when we were doing right or wrong. We all went to him for advice.

We send our love to your family and hope you find the strength to cope at this difficult time.

My love,


Nothing can prepare us to deal with the loss of our fathers. Take one day at a time. Mourn your loss.

If you ever need a shoulder, just know that I am always here for you.

I hope you come out stronger from this.

Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.

We are so sorry. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences are with you.

May your father rest in peace and may you find the strength to carry on without him.

Words, no matter how kind, cannot mend the heartache you’re experiencing. However, as you mourn the loss of your father, please accept my warmest condolences.

I wish you peace of mind, support, and whatever you need during this challenging period.

Sending love and healing thoughts your way and hoping that with each passing day you’ll find strength to push through.

I’m sorry you’ve lost someone you and your family loved dearly.

As you journey this difficult path, please be strong and know you’re not alone. Find light in the happy moments you shared with your father, reminisce when the need arises, and do whatever makes the grieving process easier.

I’m here for you.

Quote about a father: A father is a son’s first best friend and a daughter's first love

My heart goes out to you in these troubled times.

A father is a son’s first best friend and a daughter’s first love and I clearly saw that in your relationships with him. He nurtured your feelings in ways a father should. Even with a strong personality, he was warm to us and made us feel like family.

I’ll miss his antics and efforts to make us laugh. Another bright smile is lost and the sadness resonates with us.

I am sending my love as you go through this. I know that with faith and courage you can find comfort and healing.

The father you have has shaped you, helped you and loved you all your life.  Let’s use the present tense because he is always with you. You can hear his voice whenever you need to and we’re so glad to know the wonderful person he created.

Your father was a great man. I was touched by how willing he always was to help out. I’ll never forget the time I needed a ride to the airport last minute and he instantly offered to drive, singing oldies rock the whole way there.  He was a gem, and I’m terribly sorry for your loss. I’ll be thinking of you and your family in this difficult time.

Words cannot begin to express the sadness I feel for you losing your father.

I know this is incredibly hard for you and your family, so I offer my deepest sympathies. Take this time to remember him, heal, and know that I’m here for you.

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