How to express the condolence?

  • How to express the condolence to someone who lost somebody? Like for example a death of a husband or wife?

  • Mein herzlichstes Beileid.


    Mein tiefes Mitgefühl.

    are standard phrases for this situation. If you want more variety have a look at But these are mainly written condolences on that site.

    "Mein [herzliches] Beileid" is certainly the standard, so you can't really go wrong with that (except for a close friend, where this might be too impersonal). The phrases on the site John linked to seem overly *kitschig* to me, though. They are also quite long, so if you try to say them, you risk coming across like someone who, well, memorized a phrase. Even written, many of these would feel insincere to me, on account of their *kitschigkeit*.

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