When the time comes that you need to support someone after a death in their family or other major loss, it’s never easy.

You might struggle to find the right words - particularly if the mourning family speaks Spanish.

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Knowing how to comfort them in the Spanish language is important and it can be a challenge if you’re not yet fluent in Spanish.

If you’ve found yourself in a situation like this, where you need to express your condolences in Spanish, the guide below will help you.

Take a look at some of the common phrases used to express regret or sympathy in Spanish.

Spanish vocabulary used to describe death, loss, and sympathy

Let’s start by looking at some essential vocabulary to describe death and loss in Spanish.

The table below contains the phrases you’ll need for this:


EspañolEnglish
EntierroBurial
DolorGrief
FallecerPass away
MorirTo die
MuerteDeath
CremaciónCremation
La tumbaThe tomb

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How do you say condolences in Spanish?

The Spanish word for ‘condolences’ is condolencias. It is typically used to express how sorry you are to hear of someone’s death.

Condolencias is normally also used alongside the possessive pronoun mis. So, at a funeral, you would hear people saying:


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Mis condolencias.


My condolences.

You might hear an extended version of this phrase, which is:

Mis más sinceras condolencias

Both of these phrases are used in the same way their English translations are used.

There are more ways to express condolences in Spanish too.

More ways to express sympathy in Spanish

Take a look at the following table to see more examples of ways to express sympathy in Spanish.

Which ones have you heard of, and which are new to your vocabulary?


EspañolEnglish
Que el/ella descanse en pazMay he/she rest in peace
Lo siento muchoI’m very sorry
Estoy a tu lado para lo que necesitesI’m at your side for whatever you need
Lo lamento muchoI am sorry for this
Mi más sentido pésameMy deepest condolences
Comparto tu dolorI share your pain
Siempre es doloroso y difícil perder a alguien cercanoIt’s always painful and difficult to lose someone close to you
Puedes contar conmigo en estos momentos difícilesYou can count on me in these difficult moments

Formal and informal contexts for offering condolences in Spanish

There are formal and informal contexts that you should be aware of when giving condolences in Spanish.

In formal contexts, you might not know the person who has passed away.

You might not know the person who is grieving very well either. In situations like these, you should use usted.

The usted form requires the entire sentence to be formulated in a formal register. Instead of te, you must use le. Instead of tu, you must use the possessive pronoun su. My guide on Spanish pronouns covers this in more detail.

In other contexts, you might be best friends with the person who is grieving.

Or you might want to offer your condolences to a close family member who you haven’t seen for many years. In these situations, you should use the informal register.

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In situations where you know the person well, you can use te, ti and tu when expressing your sympathies.

Examples of how to offer your condolences in Spanish

Now that we’ve covered some key phrases used to express condolences, here are some examples of how you might use them.