In life, experiencing pain, sadness, grief, and sorrow is normal. They will come and they will pass in time to strengthen a person and make him more resilient. Unfortunately, expressing sympathy to people who are going through those things isn’t that easy. Just one word and you can end up hurting them more.
So, to help you express exactly how you are feeling, we’ve collected these sympathy quotes & messages you can use to help you or anyone you know to overcome loss and hard times. Send your comforting thoughts to people who are in need of them today.
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. – Robert Louis Stevenson
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell
May the stars carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears, and, above all, may silence make you strong. – Chief Dan George
There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world
If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart I’ll stay there forever.
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
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom
Wherever a beautiful soul has been
there is a trail of beautiful memories.
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
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There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. – Dante Alighieri
Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,
but rather openings where our loved ones shine down
to let us know they are happy.
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Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.
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
If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. – William Penn
At the end of the day you can focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.
When you lose someone you love,
you gain an angel you know.
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
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. – Albert Schweitzer
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 Raymond
While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. – John Taylor
The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.
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.
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. – Teitoku Matsunaga, Japanese Poet
It is not length of life, but depth of life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal. – From a headstone in Ireland
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Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
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.
Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. – Thomas Moore
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
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. – William Wordsworth
There are no goodbyes for us.
Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi
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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. – Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman
We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.
May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear, how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
Please remember that you are not alone…we are always here for you.
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Don’t forget to share these sympathy quotes to people who need them the most.