201 Sympathy Quotes To Comfort Friends & Family After Loss


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Last updated on June 3rd, 2024

 

Inspirational Sympathy Quotes To Comfort After Loss of Family, Friends, And Pets

 

“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 colors true, the happy hours that belonged to you.”

– Helen Steiner Rice

Sympathy Quotes To Comfort Friends

Sympathy Quotes & Messages For Family, Friends, Dogs, And Pets: Sympathy is a feeling and expression of sincere concern for someone who is experiencing something difficult or painful. It’s often accompanied by a wish for them to be happier or better off. In general, sympathy implies a deeper, more personal level of concern than pity – a simple expression of sorrow.

Sympathy has been in use since the 16th century. It comes ultimately from the Greek sympathēs, meaning “having common feelings, sympathetic.” But why is sympathy important in life? Because it provides a means of understanding another person’s experience or situation, good or bad, with a focus on their individual well-being.

Sympathy puts the person struggling in a place of judgment more than understanding. A person seeks to make sense of a situation or look at it from their own perspective. When a person is sympathetic, they may give helpful advice or look upon someone with pity.

The purpose of sympathy is to understand the feelings of a person when he is badly in need of it and, if possible, to help him come out of it. When you sympathize with someone, you are also indirectly showing the person that you are with them.

That alone creates hope in his life, but we should never overdo it. Otherwise, the person will never try to sort out his problems and will constantly seek the sympathy and support of others, making himself vulnerable. Here are 201 Inspirational Sympathy Quotes about loss and grieving.

If you are looking for sympathy quotes for the loss of mother/father or sympathy quotes for the loss of a dog, or pet sympathy quotes, you can use these sympathy quotes, messages, and words that are perfect for a card, note, or text.

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When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys, and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.

– Clarence Darrow

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 on our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

– Leo Buscaglia

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

– Henri Nouwen

Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.

– Oscar Wilde

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered, or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in your life that matters.

– Amit Ray

Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

– Eskimo Legend

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, and racked with sorrow, but through it all, I still know quite certainly that just being alive is a grand thing.

– Agatha Christie

Across the years, I will walk with you in deep green forests, on shores of sand, and when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand!

– Robert Sexton

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

– Nelson Mandela

The angels are always near those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.

– Eileen Elias Freeman

The morning glory blooms but for an hour, and yet it differs not at heart from the giant pine that lives for a thousand years.

– Matsunaga Teitoku

In the end, there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.

– Robert Brault

Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes, but it cannot hide love from the soul.

– Jalal-ad-Din Rumi

A sense of interconnectedness with others has been shown to fortify feelings of happiness.

– Will Bowen

I loved you your whole life… I will miss you for the rest of mine.

– Anonymous

Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.

– Joan Didion

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.

– Chief Seattle

May love be what you remember most.

– Darcie D. Sims

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

– Alex MacLean

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Wonderful Sympathy Quotes For The Loss of Your Loved Ones

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.

– Anne Lamott

Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others… By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.

– Gordon B. Hinckley

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

– George Washington Carver

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds: And as the mind is pitched the ear is pleased With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave; Some chord in unison with what we hear Is touched within us, and the heart replies.

– William Cowper

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

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

– Thomas Campbell

The phrase “there are no words” seems like the only thing that fits right now. I cannot fathom what you’re going through, but I love you and am thinking of you.

– Anonymous

How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently. Only a moment you stayed but what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.

– Dorothy Ferguson

There is no way that I could being to explain to someone what it feels like being without you. I would say it’s like the Earth without the sky.

– Cindy Adkins

I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.

– Gail Caldwell

If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.

– Sophocles

Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time.

– Anonymous

Farewell, dearest friend, never to see one another anymore till at the right hand of Christ.

– Donald Cargill

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.

– From a Headstone in Ireland

May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

– Anonymous

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.

– Jean Giraudoux

The object is not to forget, but to remember to go on.

– Anonymous

However long the night, the dawn will break.

– African Proverb

From the end, spring new beginnings.

– Pliny the Elder

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Top Sympathy Quotes For Your Beloved Friend With Pictures

If we never experience the chill of a dark winter, it is very unlikely that we will ever cherish the warmth of a bright summer’s day. Nothing stimulates our appetite for the simple joys of life more than the starvation caused by sadness or desperation. In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom, and find the blessing in every curse.

– Anthon St. Maarten

A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor – such is my idea of happiness.

– Leo Tolstoy

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.

– Anonymous

That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind.

– William Wordsworth

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

As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us, as long as I can, I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.

– Anonymous

Sympathy constitutes friendship, but in love, there is a sort of antipathy or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow. Gently, may your friends ease your pain. Softly, may peace replace heartaches. And my warmest memories remain.

– Anonymous

Every time a tear forms in your beautiful eyes, look up to the heavens and there you will see me, smiling down from God’s glorious skies.

– Injete Chesoni

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

The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired.

– Robert Southey

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

– John Taylor

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.

– Mahatma Gandhi

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Whoever you hold in the heart of you, is forever and always a part of you.

– Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.

– Dylan Thomas

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.

– Clive Staples Lewis

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.

– Homer

All things grow with time, except grief.

– Jewish Proverb

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Sympathy Quotes To Comfort Someone After The Loss of A Child

You know all that sympathy that you feel for an abused child who suffers without a good mom or dad to love and care for them? Well, they don’t stay children forever. No one magically becomes an adult the day they turn eighteen. Some people grow up sooner, many grow up later. Some never really do. But just remember that some people in this world are older versions of those same kids we cry for.

– Ashly Lorenzana

After a loved one passes, be encouraged by their passing and legacy. Instead of crying, live an inspired, spiritual and happy life like they did when they were here. Live each day with encouragement knowing that they are proud and smiling down on you from Heaven.

– Matt Fraser

Words often don’t express the feelings we have but sometimes those words can get us through hard times. Take solace in the memories of a wonderful person that touched the lives of many.

– Anonymous

Sometimes I don’t want to talk about it. Not to anyone. No one. No one at all. I just want to think about it on my own, because it is mine, and no one else’s.

– Michael Rosen

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

– William Butler Yeats

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another.

– Jack Kornfield

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

– Hilaire Belloc

Sympathy does not think. It acts. It acts to remove the ceaseless sufferings of the world.

– Sri Chinmoy

May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

– Julie Herbert

No, the camera can’t steal the soul. But it can occasionally hold it hostage.

– Anonymous

May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.

– Anonymous

A woman’s fatal weakness is to desire sympathy and comprehension.

– Ouida

Of each other, we should be kind while there is still time.

– Philip Larkin

There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.

– Elizabeth Berg

A mother’s grief is as timeless as her love.

– Joanne Cacciatore

I hope you feel surrounded by much love.

– Anonymous

Flowers grow out of dark moments.

– Corita Kent

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Unique Sympathy Quotes For Someone Who Passed Away

We begin with the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.

– Dalai Lama

Don’t be ashamed to weep; it’s right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones are sealed inside to comfort us.

– Brian Jacques

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Act like you care. Pray like you care. Speak, smile, reach out, and live like you care. The point is to make sure those in your life know beyond doubt that you do care.

– Richelle E. Goodrich

Death? Be as proud as you want: bore me later, because Love is sovereign here. Life never ends. Joy comes in the morning. Glory hallelujah. And let it be so.

– Anne Lamott

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.

– Jerome K. Jerome

Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bare. May it be comforting to you to know that others care.

– Anonymous

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.

– Ivan Turgenev

Everything will be okay in the end. If it didn’t, it’s because it hasn’t come to an end yet.

– Domingos Sabino

Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.

– Joseph Addison

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.

– Arthur Schopenhauer

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though
Sorrow would be made less by baldness.

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

I was brought up to be sympathetic toward others.

– Joyce Carol Oates

We are so sorry for your loss.

– Anonymous

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Short Sympathy Quotes: Helpful Words For Loss And Death

When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which mankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.

– Fred Rogers

If our hearts are ready for anything, we can open to our inevitable losses, and to the depths of our sorrow. We can grieve our lost loves, our lost youth, our lost health, and our lost capacities. This is part of our humanness, part of the expression of our love for life.

– Tara Brach

Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.

– Mitch Albom

Ten long trips around the sun since I last saw that smile, but only joy and thankfulness that on a tiny world in the vastness, for a couple of moments in the immensity of time, we were one.

– Ann Druyan

We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.

– Cassandra Clare

So say it loud and let it ring. We are all part of everything. The future, present, and the past. Fly on proud bird. You’re free at last.

– Charlie Daniels

To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.

– J.K. Rowling

If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.

– Norman Cousins

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world.

– Oscar Wild

Sending you my love and comfort. My deepest sympathies for your loss.

– Anonymous

Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.

– Eric Micha’el Leventhal

When humans are ranked instead of linked, everyone loses.

– Gloria Steinem

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

The more sympathy you give, the less you need.

– Malcolm Forbes

Grief changes shape, but it never ends.

– Keanu Reeves

May angels lead you in.

– Jimmy Eat World

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Best Sympathy Quotes & Sayings For Family, Dogs, And Pets

Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.

– Elizabeth Gilbert

To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because ‘it’ is the person you loved. The pain stops, and there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no one else can fit it.

– Jeanette Winterson

They mustn’t know my despair, I can’t let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn’t bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more.

– Anne Frank

You’ll have to drop this desire for attention, this desire for getting sympathy from people. In fact, it is very ugly to desire sympathy from people – it makes you a beggar.

– Osho Rajneesh

I hold you with hands you cannot feel. I whisper words you cannot hear. I will never leave your side. I never left you I’m still here.

– John F. Connor

Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with social instincts which in us would be called moral.

– Charles Darwin

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

– Thornton Wilder

Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

– Thomas Moore

The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.

– Anonymous

You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really feel the loss.

– Mandy Hale

May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.

– Anonymous

I’m missing [insert name] along with you. With heartfelt condolences.

– Anonymous

Words can’t express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.

– Anonymous

Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.

– Anonymous

If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.

– Moliere

I wish you healing and peace.

– Anonymous

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Meaningful Quotes of Sympathy To Calm Bereaved Souls

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment, and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.

– Gilda Radner

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.

– Albert Einstein

When you find yourself weeping for what you have lost, remember that you are weeping for someone who blessed you with joy. How lucky we are to have all known such a wonderful person.

– Anonymous

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better.

– Oscar Wilde

Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals.

– Leo Tolstoy

Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.

– Anonymous

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is the nearest of all to us.

– Meister Eckhart

Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.

– Dirk Benedict

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.

– Xenophon

If you’re looking for sympathy you’ll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.

– David Sedaris

May the memories of your loved one give you strength in the days that lie ahead.

– Anonymous

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

– Anonymous

It is terribly rude to tell people that their troubles are boring.

– Lemony Snicket

Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.

– Orison Swett Marden

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

– Joseph Fort Newton

We are with you through this difficult time.

– Anonymous

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Sympathy Quotes And Messages To Use In A Condolence Card

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.

– Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.

– Clive Staples Lewis

As we go through the journey of life, we must remember that the impressions we leave behind will define who and what we are. They are just as individual as the paths we have chosen to walk. So leave good impressions wherever you go.

– Dave Hedges

End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The gray rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.

– Anonymous

Our heart is with you in your time of sorrow. With love and remembrance, we express our deepest sympathy.

– Lifelords

Extending deepest sympathy to you for your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you.

– Anonymous

He will always be within your heart and the many others that loved him and as close as a beautiful memory.

– Lifelords

Once upon a memory, someone wiped away a tear, held me close, and loved me, Thank you, Dear.

– Lifelords

Goodbye is not forever; farewell is not the end. It simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.

– Anonymous

I am sending you this card to let you know that I am thinking of you. I am sorry for your loss.

– Lifelords

May my condolences bring you comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss.

– Anonymous

May He who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul.

– Anonymous

Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember …(name).

– Lifelords

May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you.

– Lifelords

Say not in grief ‘He is No More’ but in thankfulness that he was.

– Hebrew Proverb

Please know that I am praying for your peace and comfort.

– Lifelords

We are here for you and your family, now and forever…

– Lifelords

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

– Lifelords

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Religious Sympathy Quotes With Popular Biblical Verses

The mark of a man is initiative, but the mark of a woman is cooperation. Man talks about freedom; woman about sympathy, love, and sacrifice. Man cooperates with nature; woman cooperates with God. Man was called to till the earth, to “rule over the earth”; woman to be the bearer of a life that comes from God.

– Fulton J. Sheen

When you go through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

– Isaiah 43:2

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

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

– Revelation 21:4

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

– John 11:25,26

Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears.

– Criss Jami

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philemon 4:7

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

– 1Corinthians 2:9

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you thoughts of comfort.

– Anonymous

May the love of your angel softly enfold you. Gently uplift you, comfort and hold you.

– Anonymous

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

– Psalm 34:18

God’s grace is all-powerful and can give you the strength to get through anything.

– Anonymous

For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.

– Psalms 18:28

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

– Matthew 11:28

May the love of God heal you as the burden in your heart abounds.

– Anonymous

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

– Psalm 46:1

May the love of God bring you comfort at this difficult time.

– Anonymous

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

– Matthew 5:4

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.

– Hebrews 13:5

The memory of the righteous is a blessing.

– Proverbs 10:7

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Sympathy Quotes To Remember The Lost And Loved Ones

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

– Anonymous

Our sympathy is just as base. We come to them who weep foolishly, and sit down and cry for company, instead of imparting to them truth and health in rough electric shocks, putting them once more in communication with their own reason. The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

– Og Mandino

Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind and has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.

– Dean Koontz

They say that a part of you dies when a special loved one passes away… I disagree… I say a part of you lives with your loved one on the other side.

– Daniel Yanez

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

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can, and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

– Alphonse de Lamartine

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

– Khalil Gibran

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.

– Albert Camus

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

– Ann Landers

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world.

– Wayne Dyer

Though sympathy alone can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.

– Bram Stoker

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

– Mother Teresa

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.

– Washington Irving

Some losses don’t hurt just for a while, they hurt for a lifetime.

– Narin Grewal

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

– Confucius

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.

– Emily Dickinson

We are thinking of you during these difficult times.

– Lifelords

None of us can choose where we shall love…

– Susan Kay

Tears are the silent language of grief.

– Voltaire

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If you are looking for some unique sympathy quotes to send to a grieving friend or family member after someone has passed away, you can comfort them with one of these comforting messages. Sympathy is a crucial skill in every relationship. It’s an important aspect of human interaction.

Feeling sympathy for someone is positive because it’s a surface-level acknowledgment of someone’s feelings or a situation that they’re going through. Sympathy helps us get in touch with others’ feelings and gives us an emotional understanding of ourselves and others.

“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


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