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Sympathy card and funeral flower messages

Last updated 26th April 2019

What to write on funeral flowers and sympathy cards

When someone dies, you may feel the need to do something, even if you didn’t know the person well. Sending flowers or a note is a simple way to express your condolences but knowing what to write on funeral flowers and sympathy cards can be challenging.

Funeral messages are rarely easy. A few well-chosen words are all it needs, but it’s important to choose these words carefully.

And for most people, it can be very difficult to say everything you want to say in funeral flowers or funeral card messages. It’s hard to know where to begin.

Remember to consider the deceased’s or the bereaved family’s beliefs when choosing what to say. There’s no need to compromise your own views, but it may not be the appropriate time to share them.

This simple guide gives some ideas for what to write in funeral messages including examples of phrases and verses of remembrance for funeral flowers and cards, as well as words of sympathy to comfort the grieving.

What to write on funeral flowers

Flowers are a traditional way to express condolences in times of mourning. When ordering funeral flowers, you will normally be allowed to choose a small card that will go with them.

It’s completely up to you what you write on the card, and often only a few kind words of remembrance or comfort are needed. You can address your funeral flower messages to the deceased, write something about them, or address your words to those who have lost their loved one.

Here are some short funeral flower messages examples for inspiration:

Short funeral flower messages

  • Forever in our thoughts.
  • Gone but never forgotten.
  • Thinking of you always.
  • You will be sorely missed.
  • May you rest in peace.
  • With love and fond memories.
  • In loving memory.
  • Always in my heart.
  • Rest in peace.
  • Till we meet again.
  • With condolences.

Religious words for funeral flowers

  • Wherever you are, God is.
  • In God’s arms you can gently rest.
  • Goodnight and God bless.
  • May God keep you by His side.
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • So dearly loved. So sadly missed. God bless.
  • Mine is just a simple prayer, God bless and keep you in His care.
close up of hand writing a funeral flower card with a fountain pen

Sympathy card for flowers

  • Thinking of you at this difficult time.
  • We are so sorry for your loss.
  • With deepest sympathy.
  • Our thoughts go out to you.
  • Wishing you some small comfort in this time of sorrow.
  • With loving memories of [name of deceased].

Religious sympathy messages

  • May God be with you in this time of sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • With blessings, love and prayers.
  • Hugs and prayers at this difficult time.

Here are some examples of longer funeral card messages if you’d like to say a little more:

Longer funeral flower messages

  • When a person becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
  • Time may pass and fade away but memories of you will always stay.
  • You were always the most beautiful flower in the garden.
  • To me you were so special. Someone good and true. Never will I forget you, I thought the world of you.
  • What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.
  • You brought joy, happiness and laughter to all who met you. You will be deeply missed by everyone.

Religious verses for funeral flowers

  • God took you in his loving arms, He saw you needed rest, His garden must be beautiful, For He only takes the best.
  • God will link the broken chain, As one by one we meet again. In our hearts he will always stay, Loved and remembered every day.

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What to write on sympathy cards

Having more space may make knowing what to write on a sympathy note feel even harder. Being able to say a little more brings greater opportunity to say the wrong thing.

It’s natural to worry but making the effort to reach out and send a card will let the person grieving know that you care.

Remember, you don’t have to put everything you want to say into one card. It’s more about letting the person know that you care and that you’re thinking about them.

You could write a few rough drafts first on some scrap paper to see how best to express your feelings.

close up of mans hand writing a card with a fountain pen

If you’re struggling to know where to start, here are some examples of verses of remembrance and words of comfort:

Sympathy card messages

  • I can’t begin to imagine your loss. Let me know if there is anything, absolutely anything, I can do.
  • May you find comfort and healing in the love of those who remember with you.
  • Please know that we are thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow.
  • Our hearts are filled with sadness and tears, but our memories are filled with smiles of the good times we shared over the years.
  • Many friends come into our lives, but only a few leave with their footprints on our hearts.
  • Loss leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Religious messages of sympathy

  • May my condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.
  • May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.
  • Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

Short and simple is fine

At the end of the day, if you’re stuck for what to write on a funeral card or funeral flowers, don’t be afraid to keep it simple. Try some of the messages above and remember that it doesn’t have to be a poetic masterpiece.

The important thing is you’ve shown that you care and at such an upsetting time, this is what matters most.