A list of beautiful, heartfelt, & encouraging quotes that are perfect for writing in a sympathy card or sharing with a friend who has recently lost a loved one.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller
A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. Maya Angelou
Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever. Unknown
It is not length of life, but depth of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains. Unknown
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality Emily Dickinson
May tender memories soften your grief,
May fond recollection bring you relief,
And may you find comfort and peace in the thought
Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…
For time and space can never divide
Or keep your loved one from your side.
When memory paints in colours true,
the happy hours that belonged to you. Helen Steiner Rice
Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. Unknown
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love. Washington Irving
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Khalil Gibran
The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. Thornton Wilder
So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. Helen Keller
It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. Unknown
Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Whoever you hold in the heart of you
Is forever and always a part of you. Unknown
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Thomas Campbell
If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. James O’Barr
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. Rumi
What is lovely never dies,
but passes into another loveliness,
Star-dust or sea-foam,
Flower or winged air. Thomas Bailey Aldrich
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again. Unknown
Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was. Hebrew Proverb
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The greatest gift that we can give to those who have left us is to live fully in their place. Unknown
To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. J.K. Rowling
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy. Unknown
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. Victor Hugo
Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. Meister Eckhart
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
Sometimes the strongest people in the morning are the people who cried all night… Unknown
There is poetry and there is beauty in real sympathy; but there is more — there is action. The noblest and most powerful form of sympathy is not merely the responsive tear, the echoed sigh, the answering look; it is the embodiment of the sentiment in actual help. Octavius Winslow
And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief. William Cullen Bryant
Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you. Pueblo Blessing
There is in souls a sympathy with sounds. William Cowper
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. Robert Louis Stevenson
After the clouds, the sunshine; after the winter, the spring; after the shower, the rainbow; for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, after life’s cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace. Helen Steiner Rice
Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. Vicki Harrison
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains…..
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains. Unknown
Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. Charles Henry Parkhurst
Each person’s grief journey is unique as a fingerprint or a snowflake. Earl Grollman
While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. John Taylor
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Oscar Wilde
The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. Jean Paul Richter
Hold him in your memories. Find him in your dreams. Unknown
Believe in Angels. They express themselves in many ways, a dream, a whisper, coincidence, an overpowering feeling… Unknown
The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. Eileen Elias Freeman