Sympathy Thoughts,
Sympathy Quotes, Sympathy Sayings

Sympathy thoughts need to contain the words that express your feelings. Sometimes finding the right words to express your condolences can be difficult, especially when emotions are raw.

Sympathy quotes can be used in a flower message card, sympathy card or condolence letter to the family of the deceased.

Here are sympathy quotes which may contain the words you wish to express. We hope you find them inspirational for yourself and to share with others.


Sympathy Thoughts

“May the blessings of love be upon you, May its peace abide with you, May its essence illuminate your heart, Now and forever more."
Sufi Blessing

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity ."
William Penn.

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others...for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received."
Albert Einstein

"Although no words can really help
To ease the loss you bear
Just know that you are very close
In every thought and prayer."
Anon Sympathy Thoughts

"And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile."
John Henry Newman

"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

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love."
Leo Buscaglia

"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

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality."
Emily Dickinson

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
Author Unknown

"There is no death. Only a change of worlds."
Chief Seattle

"They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies."
William Penn

"If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again."
Author Unknown

"If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time."
Beth Mende Conny

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing."
Robert Ingersoll

"Maybe [deaths] are not exits after all. Maybe they are holes through which something pours in, a love so far beyond our ken that we can only stand there, mute, riven, blessed."
Brian Doyle

"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
Author Unknown

"You don't get over it, you just get through it. You don't get by it, because you can't get around it. It doesn't 'get better'; it just gets different. Everyday... Grief puts on a new face."
Wendy Feireisen

"Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.”
Kahlil Gibran


"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
From a headstone in Ireland


"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

"Death is the most blessed dream."
Georg Büchner

"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil."
John Taylor

"It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; 'tis rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?"
Benjamin Franklin

More sympathy thoughts...

"However long the night, the dawn will break."
African Proverb

And one of our favourite sympathy thoughts...

"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, "There, she is gone.""Gone where?"Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying."
Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) American author, educator, and clergyman




It is also helpful to write a personal note sharing a memory of the deceased together with sympathy thoughts. Receiving cards with personal memories helps those who are grieving in their healing journey.

Along with sympathy thoughts, you may find the following useful...


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