Trying to find the right words to express your condolences in writing is much harder than most people realise. It becomes even harder when you are directly connected to the person who has passed. Sending a sympathy card to express your condolences and to let family or friends know you can be counted on is something you should do.
Fortunately, there are many quotes and sayings that you can use as a message to help express your thoughts and feelings.
Short Sympathy Quotes
Sometimes a short quote or saying is all that is needed to express your feelings, and the following are a selection of some of the most popular:
- “Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day.” – Author Unknown
- “Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” – Thomas Moore
- “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
- “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson
- “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
- “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II
- “What is lovely never dies but passes into other loveliness.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
- “May love be what you remember most.” – Darcie Sims
- “Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.” – Joni Mitchell
- “It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.” – Author Unknown
Well-Known Sympathy Quotes
Many who write sympathy cards like to use a quote or saying by someone famous. These are all notable quotes by well-known authors:
- “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine
- That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” – William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
- “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – From a headstone in Ireland
- ‘He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- “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.” – Kahlil Gibran
- “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 the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving
- “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
- “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelou
- “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Author Unknown
- “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Religious Sympathy Quotes from the Bible
Religious quotes from the Bible are incredibly popular and although there are many to choose from, the following are a selection of the most commonly used:
- “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalms 147:3
- “For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.” – Psalms 72:12
- “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” – John 16:22
- “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.” – Numbers 6:24-25
- “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
- “Let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
- “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
- “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.” – Psalms 18:28
- “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
Other Religious Sympathy Quotes
Many religious quotes do not come from the Bible, although some may have had their origin there. Here are a few non-denominational options you can choose from.
- “A human life is a story told by God.” – Hans Christian Andersen
- “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” – Author Unknown
- “And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.'” – Author Unknown
- “Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
- Home to my God.
- To rest forever after earthly strife
- In the calm light of everlasting life.” – John Henry Newman
- “God’s love is a light that can reach all corners of the earth. Lend your worries to Him and know that you are loved.” – Author Unknown
Choosing the Right Sympathy Quote for a Funeral
The quote you choose will very much depend on what sort of a person the deceased was and what you want to say about him or her. Whether their family is religious will also impact the quotes you share. And even if you are not, remember that many people find a great deal of comfort in a spiritual quotation.
That does not mean that a quote has to be religious, even if the family is. Finding a quote that says what you want it to say about the person who has passed and at the same time giving comfort to their family is more important. Sometimes that means using a well-known or famous quote instead of a religious one.
There are many sources of quotes on the Internet, but hopefully, the selection will provide you with just the right comment you need when writing out your sympathy card.