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When sending a sympathy card there can be worry about the correct protocol or ways in which to do things. There are no set rules to this but we can offer some guidelines that you may wish to follow in order to avoid causing any offense or upsetting the recipient. These are by no means the only things to consider when sending your sympathy card, and you may find that some do not apply to your situation. But you should be able to use them as a starting point for what may or may not be considered appropriate. If you are worried about certain aspects of the process of sending a sympathy card, some of the topics covered here should help to allay some of your fears when it comes to the correct sympathy card etiquette.

If you are looking for more ideas and help with what to write in a sympathy card, and what is the right thing to say for different people (friends, family, acquaintances etc.) try our Sympathy Card Writing Tips

How Long Should I Wait Before Sending a Sympathy Card?

There is no set answer to this. You should endeavor to send it as soon as you hear of the passing, but you can also wait a little while too if you are worried it may seem rather quick. Even if you have the opportunity to speak to them face to face though still send a card.

When Has too Much Time Passed to Send a Sympathy Card?

If possible then you will want to send a card or note as quickly as possible. But you may not hear of the passing until a later date, and that could be months after it has happened. If that is the case then it is still a good idea to send a some form of card or message to let the person know you are thinking of them. If you don’t then they may think you have just ignored the death and don’t care about it. Later is better than never. Obviously if many years have gone by then it would be a little strange for you to send something, but if it’s still only months, or even a year then you can be confident it isn’t too late and the effort would be appreciated.

Can I Send an Email or Text Message as a Sympathy Message? Or do it via Twitter/Facebook?

NO! It doesn’t take much effort to purchase a sympathy card from a shop or online, or even to write a short message on some blank stationary. Even if you learned the news of the deceased on social media it is still not a good idea to send your condolences that way, especially if you knew the person well. However, once you’ve sent a card/note then you may express your sympathies again over social media. Remember though – the first thing you should do is send some form of sympathy card.

Can I Offer them Support?

Yes, but you must make sure your gesture is then backed up. Do not offer something you cannot deliver on. For example, if you offered to babysit for them or help with the funeral arrangements, you have to follow through on that. Get in contact after your offer of support and repeat it, maybe even in person, so that they can take you up on your offer without feeling guilty about having to ask. So think about whether you can genuinely help before promising to do so. You must not offer to help and then just disappear. An empty gesture is much worse then no offer of help.

Can I Say Anything Religious?

This will have to be based entirely on your own judgement. Only you know the person you are sending the card to, and whether something religious will be appropriate or offensive to them. Using religious quotes or verses when you know them to be an atheist, for example, would not be a good idea. But for the most part saying something like “you are in my prayers” is not likely to cause any offense. The last thing you would want to do in their time of grief is start pushing your own religious belief onto them. Of course if you know they share the same beliefs as you then it would be completely appropriate to use religious wording. But overall if you are in any doubt then avoid overtly religious messages and keep it simple.

Are Flowers Enough?

If you are sending flowers then there is a good chance they will come with a note. However, it is considered better to send your own separate card or note as it will allow you greater space to express your true feelings. It is not a good idea to rely solely on the printed note that will come with the flowers, unless the shop you have ordered the flowers from will let you write your own. To be on the safe side though, try to send your own card as well as the flowers.

Should I Send Money or a Gift?

No. This would, by most people, be considered offensive. Unless you know otherwise that the person receiving it would appreciate some form of gift or money then it should be avoided. It could easily be misconstrued that money or presents can bring consolation for a loss. Stick to flowers and a card.

Do you Send Sympathy Cards to Family Members or Relatives?

Family members don’t usually send sympathy cards to each other. So no, you don’t have to send a card to close family members. The loss of an immediate family member often means the rest of the family grieve together, in person, and so a sympathy card wouldn’t be necessary.

If the loss is a relative that you wouldn’t consider extremely close – a cousin for example – then it may be more appropriate to send a card in this situation. Offering your condolences and letting them know you’re thinking of them is a touching gesture and likely to be appreciated.

Should you Send a Sympathy Card if you go to the Funeral?

A sympathy card or note is often sent to the family if you aren’t able attend the funeral. However there are situations where it is accepted. For example you may attend but also send flowers to the funeral or home of the family of the deceased. A card usually accompanies those flowers. So in this instance you would both go to the funeral and send a card. And realistically showing your sympathy in both a card and as a funeral attendee is unlikely to cause offence. In fact it shows you care even more deeply.

Other Things You Can Do

  • Sending an anniversary card for the person’s passing as well as a sympathy card. When the anniversary of a death comes around then the feelings of loss and grief will return for the loved one’s. Sending a card on the anniversary to show that you are still thinking of them and are there for support. You may even want to buy a card for this when you are buying the original sympathy card and then put some sort of reminder for the year anniversary.
  • Try not to worry about your words failing to express the correct sentiments. By sending a card you will show how much you care, and even if you words don’t quite match the way you feel, it will still be appreciated.

Other Things NOT to Say or Do

  • There are still some phrases you will want to avoid saying in your card. Things like “I know how you feel”, “at least they lived a long life”, “you need to be strong” etc. These are all inappropriate and not the sort of thing to say to someone grieving. As has been said previously in this article, keep it simple.
  • Don’t dwell on the circumstances around the death. When grieving, the last thing anyone wants to have to do is re-live the death of their loved one. Avoid mentioning this and just offer them condolences and support.

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Finding the right words for a sympathy card is tricky. That’s the main reason for this website – to give you help in expressing your thoughts and getting the correct words for the way you’re feeling. Hopefully if you’re struggling with this then you will find what you need here. But one area that is often overlooked is how to sign a sympathy card when you’ve written the message.

How you sign your card will depend on how well you know the deceased, and to a certain extent on the message you’ve written. Some of the more basic closing’s that you can use before signing your name are:

  • Our sincere sympathy
  • Please accept my condolences
  • With caring thoughts
  • With deepest sympathy
  • Warmest condolences
  • With sympathy
  • You are in our thoughts and prayers
  • Wishing you peace
  • Sending you love
  • Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow

Try to keep things short, but avoid using anything like “Sincerely” as this can come across as too distant and formal.

If you knew them well then you can consider using their name when you sign the card. This can add personalisation to the card, making it seem more genuine and sincere. Also, including a more personal sentiment and perhaps the word “love” would be appropriate, depending on the relationship you had with the deceased. Some of these sentiments would be a good starting point for closing your sympathy card:

  • With love
  • With loving memories
  • Thinking of you
  • _______ will never be forgotten
  • _______ will live on in our hearts
  • _______ memory will never be forgotten
  • _______ will remain in our hearts
  • We will never forget ______

Extra Tips:

  • It is often a good idea to keep your sympathy message or note brief, and the same applies to how you sign it. Don’t go on for too long, keep it short and simple.
  • Sign your name, don’t leave it as anonymous. The recipient will want to know who it came from.
  • If you’re signing a sympathy card for a pet then all the same rules apply. You can possibly be slightly more informal, but never forget that people appreciate and love their pets as much as they do family. Keep that in mind and avoid anything that might offend them.
  • Unless you know it’s appropriate, avoid anything religious.

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If you aren’t sure what to write in a pet sympathy or condolence card, including one or more pet loss quotes can be a good choice. They can often offer understanding when the recipient has lost their pet, and knowing they are not alone with the pain can be comforting. Some of the quotes will also offer insight into the loss, helping them to come to terms with what has happened.

So try one of the many pet loss quotes below for your card:

“That one true heart was left behind!
 What feeling do we ever find,
 to equal among human kind
, a dog’s fidelity!”~ Thomas Hardy

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”
~ Immanual Kant

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him
and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too”~ Samuel Butler

“Nothing to be done really about animals. Anything you do looks foolish.
 The answer isn’t in us. It’s almost as if were put here on earth to show how silly they aren’t”
~ Russell Hoban

“I believe all animals were created by God to help keep man alive”~ Iowa Fujita

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“No one loves you unconditionally
 as your beloved pet”~ Cynthia Dobesh

“All animals, except man, know that the
 principal business of life is to enjoy it”
~ Samuel Butler

“Until one has loved an animal,
 a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”~ Anatole France

“Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in”~ Mark Twain

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole”~ Roger Caras

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”~ James Herriot

Sorry for your pet loss message

“If I have any beliefs about immortality it is that certain dogs I know will go to heaven, and very very few people”~ James Thurber

“A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered”~ Lacie Petitto

Pet Loss Sympathy Message

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pet condolences

Losing a pet can be just as hard as losing a friend of member of the family. They become incredibly special to their owners, and the loss will have a long and deep affect on them. So when it happens, sending sympathy or pet condolence messages can be the most appropriate thing to do. However, finding the right words can be difficult. Especially when you are trying to judge the impact the loss has had on their lives.

If you are struggling then you may want to use the pet condolence and sympathy messages below to either give you a guide and some ideas of what to write, or pick the most fitting one and use it in your pet sympathy card.

Our pets never really leave us. They live on in memories ofthe love and devotion they gave us.

Our treasured friends bless our lives and give us more love than we ever knew possible. May fond memories of __________ bring peace and comfort to you.

To lose a true friend is never easy.
 Know that you’re in our/my thoughts.

At first they need us, and then we need them.
 Wishing you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

In this tragic moment, perhaps you could celebrate the life of your beloved animal friend and allow the happy memories to help soothe your grief and mourning

Cat Loss Message

The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May fond memories comfort you and bring you peace.

It’s hard to say goodbye to such a special companion.
 My thoughts are with you.

In this tragic moment, we must celebrate the long life lived by your beloved pet, instead of letting those happy memories fade away in mourning

Of all the words used to describe _________, there is truly only one – Irreplaceable.

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

May fond memories of your beloved pet warm your heart always.

Dog Pet Loss Message

Although no words can help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

Treasured friends like your furry companion are missed by all when they pass on, and their fond memories live on forever in our hearts. Wishing you comfort and peace in your time of need.

I know words do little to ease the pain you feel when such a lovely pet passes on. Keep the memories close to your heart and know that I’m keeping you in mine.

Some pets are friends. Others are family. The loss of an amazing dog can’t be easy, and I’m here if you need comforting in this time of grief

Pet Loss Message

I’m deeply sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and pet. They were certainly a gift from above. I am so sorry for your loss.

Life is short, and the loss of a pet serves to remind us of how precious our time here truly is. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful pet.

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sympathy notes

A sympathy note, much like a sympathy card message, should always come from the heart. It doesn’t have to be long or but you should aim to express exactly what you’re feeling. But we understand that this can be difficult for many people. Thinking up the words and making them sound appropriate is not easy. If you find yourself in this position then one of the sympathy notes below may be able to help inspire you in what to say in your own.

A few things to remember though: keep your sympathy notes short and to the point. Don’t well on details or remind them of anything painful. Just express your condolences to them and speak from the heart.

Use some of the sympathy note examples below to either give you ideas of what to write in your own or use them directly.

Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss

We/I are saddened to hear of your sudden loss

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

_____ brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget _____

With deepest sympathy on the demise of your _______

We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of _______

If my hug was strong enough to take away your pain, I would start now and never stop

I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss

May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead

May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you

We share your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence

This planet will not be the same without _______

Just know that my arms are wrapped around you during this time of loss

As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of _______

Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one

condolence messages to a friend

Writing a sympathy message for a friend can be even harder than doing so for someone you know less well. You will feel more of a connection to them and the pain they are suffering. So finding the right words to show your compassion and understanding can be hard.

If you are struggling to come up with words for your friend in their time of need then use one of the condolence messages below. They can either give you an idea of what to say or you can just copy the one that you feel represents what you want to say the best.

I am so sorry to hear about _______’s passing. I hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead

Through this card, I send my condolences to you and your family my friend for your loss. I hope you get all the support from your family and the strength to get on with life

For you my friend, I offer all my condolence wishes for the untimely loss of your close friend. I pray to the Lord to bless you with the strength to cope up with the loss.

I’m here for you during this dark time, and will be here for you when the light begins to shine for you again

Remember ________’s stories, and how they made you feel; by doing that, part of _______ will always remain with you

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

Although no words can really help to ease your loss, know that you are in my thoughts

I cannot take away your pain, but I can listen if you’d like to talk about it

I’m sorry. I know those words are inadequate, but I am truly sorry for what you’re experiencing right now. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help

Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time

Please remember that I am here to help however I can

I know loss can be difficult, so I’ll be thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers

funeral card messages

Sending a funeral card is a terrible thing to have to do. But at times it is necessary. That doesn’t make it any easier though, and we understand that. One of the biggest worries when sending one is coming up with a suitable message for the card. Finding something appropriate to say that doesn’t offend or appear trite can be difficult. Even more so when trying to get everything you want to say into a small card with only a small space for a few words.

So we have put together some of the most fitting and well thought out funeral card messages for to use or give an idea of what to say. Hopefully some of the funeral card messages below will allow you to say what you wanted and ease some of the worries you have when writing your own message.

In loving memory

Rest in peace

We miss you

We will never forget you

‘Til we meet again

Fond memories

You will be dearly missed

See you in heaven

Gone but not forgotten

You will live on in our hearts

So dearly loved. So sadly missed. God Bless

Memories of you will never die nor will they fade as time goes by

A simple wish that you were here

Never forgotten and always in our hearts

We will always treasure the wonderful memories we have

You’re our angel up in the sky, make sure you watch over us all

Love and miss you always

Keeping you in my/our heart

Sleep in peace until we meet again

Rest in peace and know that we will never forget you

I will remember you and love you forever

Your memory lives on in our hearts

In god’s arms you can gently rest

Our lives will never be the same again

Because of the love you gave us you will never be far from our hearts.

An honourable man/woman & lifelong friend

In loving memory of a dear friend

Fondest remembrances

With heartfelt condolences

bereavement messages

When someone you know suffers a bereavement it can be difficult knowing what to say to them. The last thing you want to do is offend them, but at the same time you will no doubt feel a real desire to try and comfort them. One way you can do so is with a bereavement message, sent with a card or gift.

Finding the words that express what you feel but don’t cause offence is tough. You don’t want to say the wrong thing and just make it worse, so try using one of the pre-written bereavement messages below to give you an idea of what to say, or copy one directly if you feel it would be suitable.

I’m so sorry for your loss

Always in our hearts

Please accept my/our sympathy for the loss of your

We join all of you in your sorrow

I wish you healing and peace

Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time

With heartfelt condolences

We are sharing your sorrow

Wishing you peace and comfort at this time of sorrow

My/Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow

Our hearts are filled with sorrow

All things grow in time except for grief

My thoughts are with you

I will keep you in my prayers

Know that my thoughts are with you

With our deepest condolences

With much love and sympathy

May God Bless you during this time

May you find comfort in those around you

_______ brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him/her!

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

When reason fails, pray for peace. We will be praying with you

_______ will remain in our hearts forever

With loving memories of _______

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts

condolence messages

Offering condolences to a friend or loved one during their time of need is important. Finding the right words for condolence messages can be difficult. You want to make sure you don’t say the wrong thing, or something that might be misconstrued as offensive. You also want to ensure that your words of condolence are heartfelt and meaningful, the sort of thing that would be comforting. But expressing yourself through a short message this way requires thought and consideration.

The sympathy and condolence messages below will give you some inspiration and ideas, taking away some of the pressure you can feel when attempting to come up with the perfect words. Just know that the grieving will appreciate your message as long as it is from the heart and shows you have taken the time and consideration to think of them.

Use these condolence messages and examples as a guide for what you want to say in your sympathy or condolence card.

Condolence Messages

We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence

Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength

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

With our love and deepest sympathy as we remember __________

Please accept our most sincere sympathies for the loss of your __________. May the prayers of all people who love you bring solace to your soul

We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for you at this time

Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember a friend who was so close to you

Thinking of your family with love and wanting to help out in any way I can

I know this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers

Short Condolence Messages

My heart is with you in your time of sorrow

Our deepest sympathy

With love and remembrance

Forever remembered, forever missed

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

You are in my thoughts and prayers

My prayers are with you and your family

Thinking of you during this difficult time

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

May God give you comfort in your time of grief

May the passage of time heal your grief

My family extends to you our deepest condolences

The news of __________ death brings much sadness

May the passage of time heal your grief

We know the day will come but death always leaves us with grief

We are thinking of you during these difficult times

My prayers are for you during this sorrowful time

I am sorry about your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

May your memories give you peace and comfort

Sharing in your sorrow. With love and friendship

Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts

May your heart and soul find peace and comfort

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you

We send you thoughts of peace and courage

We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief

With caring thoughts and love

Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers

Holding you close in my thoughts and hoping you are holding up well

Condolence Quotes

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know” ~ Unknown

“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same” ~ Unknown

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity” ~ William Penn

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” ~ Unknown

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live” ~ Norman Cousins

“Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there’s a memory they live in our hearts to stay.” ~ Unknown

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” ~ Unknown

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” ~ Aeschylus

“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

Condolence Messages for Loss of Father

Your father was a great man. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss

The loss of your dad has come as such a shock to us all. He will be missed so deeply.

I’ll never forget your father’s loving smile and generous spirit. Life won’t be the same without him. My thoughts are with you

We can’t begin to imagine how hard this is for you but please remember we’re here if you need anything at all.

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your father. He will live on forever in our hearts

He may be fine but dad would have been so proud of you. Let’s celebrate his life and remember the good times. Our condolences go out to you

I know how close you and your dad were. I’m wishing you strength and love to get through this awful time

He may be gone but he’ll be smiling down on you. Let’s make a toast to him and remember what an incredible man and father he was

Deepest condolences for your father’s passing

Your dad touched everyone who knew him. Life will be a little less bright and fun without him. You’ll be in our prayers.

Condolence Messages for Loss of Mother

I know there is nothing I can say to ease the pain but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Your mother was one of the most amazing people I ever met. Her warmth and generosity was unrivalled. Her loss has shocked everyone and we’re all sending you our love. Stay strong.

Words will mean very little but your mom touched me like very few could. Her spirit will live on in you. My condolences on your loss

A mother’s place can never be filled, and her loss will be with you forever. But her memories should be treasured and her life celebrated for the amazing woman she was. I’ll be here for you whatever you need

If there’s anything you need to help get through this awful time, just ask. We’re wishing you strength and love

You have my deepest condolences for the loss of your mom. She was a truly special woman.

The memories of your mother will never fade. She had such a positive impact on everyone who knew her that they will live on forever in our hearts. My deepest sympathy for your loss

Our thoughts go out to you in this trying and difficult time. Your mother was such a good friend if ours we want to be there to help in any way we can

We will miss your mom so much. You’re in our thoughts and anything we can do to help please don’t hesitate to call

Keep strong and remember how proud your mom was of you

Condolence Messages for Loss of Sister

I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. She was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly. Please accept my condolences

I know how close you and your sister were and how much her passing will have hurt you. I’m here to talk or listen if you need me

Your sisters warmth and charitable spirit was an inspiration to us all. We are so sorry for your loss

My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this terrible time. Your sister was an amazing person and will be missed greatly

We send you our deepest sympathies for the loss of your sister

The memories of your sister will never fade. She was one in a million. Please accept my deepest condolences

“My sister may not always be at my side, but she is always in my heart” ~ Unknown

I know my words won’t offer much in the way of relief from the grief but I wanted to offer my condolences. Your sister was a fantastic person and will be missed so much

Your sister was such a kind, loving girl that I can’t imagine a world without her. My prayers go out to you and hope you find strength in family and friends

I feel blessed to have known your sister and the time we spent together. I will never forget the wonderful memories I have of her. I hope your keeping strong and you know I’m here if you need me

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sympathy quotes

If you are finding it difficult to come up with the appropriate words for your sympathy card message you might want to consider using one or more sympathy quotes. Not only is there the possibility that someone has already managed to articulate the feelings you have better than you could have hoped to, but some inspiring quotes can help to give you a different view of death and put things into perspective.

So use some of the famous authors, poets and celebrities quotes below to help solve your problem with your sympathy card message and afford you with a sincere and earnest message.

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again” ~ Maya Angelou

“Between every two pine trees there is a door to a new life.” ~ John Muir

“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” ~ Gandhi

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Flowers grow out of dark moments.” ~ Corita Kent

“Grief is the price we pay for love.” ~ Queen Elizabeth II

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

“They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ William Penn

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

“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” ~ Unknown

“We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.” ~ Anne L. de Stael

“Though sympathy alone can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.” ~ Bram Stoker

“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” ~ Sir Walter Scott

“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

“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.” ~ Confucius

“Where there is sorrow there is holy ground” ~ Oscar Wilde

“The light has gone out of my life” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” ~ Saint Augustine

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.” ~ Richard Bach

“Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive Joy Weeps.” ~ William Blake

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

“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

“Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”~ Thomas Moore

“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 foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world”~ Unknown