1. “I'm thinking of your family and "..." today"
There is nothing better than to see a heavenly loved ones name written out or spoken. A simple message like this speaks volumes to the grieving.
They may feel alone as they struggle, so it’s always nice for them to know you are there for them. Just knowing you are thinking about them and that you care is comforting. Your friend might not reply, but they will still have appreciated the text message.
2. “You are important to me, I love you, I cannot imagine how hard these days are for you, please know we are praying for you daily."
Loss often leads to depression especially if the loss was traumatic, unexpected. People can feel like no one cares about them. They need to hear that they are essential to you and that they are loved. This acknowledgment will help them explore their coping mechanisms and remind them that they have support.
3. Today I saw a"..." it reminded me of your son and his love for "..."
Sharing a memory of the persons loved one helps to calm the fears that their child, husband, father ex has not been forgotten.
4. "This is "...", my husband and I were just talking about what a difference your daughter "..." has already made in our family, through her short life and death."
If you have felt inspired or changed through a story of loss, share! Even through the most difficult circumstances knowing a loved ones legacy of good continues on, is immeasurable.