Send Some Love
It's never too soon or too late to write a note of support.
Thank you for reaching out to your person. Even when we don't know what to say, saying something is always better than saying nothing.
If you don't know what to say, it's OK to admit it.
Do you care about them? Let them know.
Are you willing to listen if they want to talk? Tell them.
"I'm so sorry you are going through this. I don't know what to say, but I wanted you to know that I care about you, and I'm here for you."
If it's a death, talk about the person who died by name. Share a memory or what you will miss about them. If you didn't know them, you could offer to listen to stories about them when the grieving person is ready.
"Mark was always ready with a quick joke to lighten heavy situations, and he made everyone who knew him feel genuinely loved."
If it is another kind of loss, acknowledge it.
"Spike was such a sweet and loving dog. Losing a fur-baby is so hard."
Think about something you can offer and will follow through on.
Need some ideas? Check out this list.
Say what comes naturally, based on your relationship with the person.
"Here for you always,"
"In caring sympathy,"
"Sending you a big hug,"