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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

sympathy card messages

If you’re finding it difficult to come up with the right words for a sympathy card message, you’re not the only one. It is a problem that most people will face at some time. What’s the correct thing to say? How can I express exactly what I feel in words? And how can I not make it sound corny or forced? You will want your sympathy message to sound heartfelt and truthful, not forced and fake. Thankfully we can help you.

We have combined a large selection of sympathy card messages to give you ideas and inspiration for your own messages, making sure you will never have trouble in thinking what to say. So try some of the general sympathy card messages below that should be suitable for practically any card. Or head back to the home page and select the category that most suits what you are looking for.

Short Sympathy Messages

These messages and wishes are short and to the point. Sometimes you just want a few simple words for a card that acknowledges a loss and let’s someone know you’re thinking of them. If that’s the case then these are perfectly suited.

With Deepest Sympathy

With Heartfelt Condolences

Sharing your sadness

Always in our hearts

Our love and thoughts are with you

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With You

Keeping you in our prayers

Thinking of you in these difficult times

Thinking of you

So sadly missed

We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss

My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family

We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you

Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.

Please remember that you are not alone. we are always here for you

May your memories give you peace and comfort

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

Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time

I am sending you a hug and my love through this note.

I wish you peace and healing during this time

We join all of you in your sorrow.

Our warmest condolences

Please accept my/our condolences

With caring thoughts

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers

I am so deeply saddened by your loss

My heart is aching for you

I’m so sorry you’re having to go through such a difficult time

Never forgotten, always remembered

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Long Sympathy Messages

If you want something a bit more expressive then a longer message will do the job. This allows you to expand further and offer your condolences in greater detail. You can use these as they are or as inspiration to write your own message. Finding the right words is tough but if you speak from the heart and are understanding then your message will be appreciated.

It seems so cruel to lose one so dear. Time may dull the pain, but we will never forget _______. Please accept my condolences.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger

There are times when there are too few words left to heal us, when what we wish for is to be carried, when all we have left is the hope that tomorrow will be a more gentle place to land than today

It was with great sadness that we/I learned of _______’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived

May memories of _______ and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead

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

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

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

Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about ______ death. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy,

We share comfort in knowing _______ is no longer suffering. We send thoughts of sympathy and support to you as you begin your journey without _______

I am praying for you to get through this time with the peace that comes from the knowledge that God loves you and that He will take care of you

I hope you understand that when people write in a card, ‘Sorry for your loss,’ it is only because they can’t put together words to describe what they are wanting to express to you during this time. With that said, I am sorry for your loss

I was saddened to hear of your loss, and I realize you have lost a blessing from God. I pray that God will bless continue to bless you in other ways and strengthen you.

I wish I could do more than give you my sympathy. Please let me know how I can help. Know that I am here if you need anything, and I love you

I wish I could express to you all the appropriate words. All I can say is that I am sorry for your loss and that I want you to know that you mean a great deal to me

It was with great sadness that I learned of _______’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and I hope that in a small way they help through these trying times

I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now, but I want you to know that we are just a phone call away. My heartfelt condolences

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Sympathy Quotes

You can also use a quote to offer your sympathies to someone. Quotes work well as famous people have often said insightful, profound and comforting things in regards to loss and bereavement. So try one of these sympathy card quotes

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” – Helen Keller

“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson

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

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

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

For more see our Sympathy Quotes

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Sympathy Messages to a Friend

When it’s a friend you’re trying to comfort and offer condolences you will want to be more informal. They need support and the knowledge their friends and family are their for them. Hopefully the examples below will help to console them and with friends support show there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m here for you, whatever you need

We’ll get through this together

Wishing you strength and peace during this awful time.

Remember that so many people are here for you if you need us. Please don’t hesitate to ask

If you need anything at all, be that to talk or some support when things get tough, I’ll be there for you

You are in my heart at such a difficult time. You have my deepest sympathies

It may not mean a lot but I hope my words of condolence can help bring you some comfort at this time

Take the time to heal and remember I’ll be here whenever you want to talk

May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences

I know that what you are going through right now is very difficult, just know that I am here for you. I am truly sorry for your loss

Try our Condolence Messages for a Friend for more examples

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Sympathy Messages for Loss of Mother

The loss of a mother is devastating and often some of the hardest times in anyone’s life. During this period the support and love of friends and family is key. Offer your sympathies and show you’re there for them with these condolence messages.

Your mothers amazing generosity and incredible spirit will never be forgotten. She was so special. My sincerest condolences

Your moms passing has been such a shock to us all. Let us know if there’s anything we can do. Stay strong

Everyone who knew your mom was touched by her presence. She was an incredible woman. We’re so sorry for your loss

I am here for you and your family if you need anything at all. Don’t hesitate to ask

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this tough time

Sympathy Messages for Loss of Father

The loss of a father is as equally devastating as losing your mom. So the same should apply – console and support those grieving, and offer your condolences with one of the messages below.

The loss of your dad will leave a hole in so many people’s lives. Please accept our deepest condolences

I’m here for you if need anything, even just to talk. I’m so sorry for your loss

My sincerest condolences to you and your whole family

Your father was a great man blessed with a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed

I hope you can take a little comfort from knowing everyone who met your dad knew what a fantastic person he was. His Loss will affect us all deeply

What to Avoid Saying

As this is such a sensitive time for those suffering a loss there are a few things you will want to avoid saying to make sure you don’t cause offence.

  • Don’t compare a loss you’ve suffered to theirs. Each is individual and unique, and by comparing them you could make there’s feel less important
  • Avoid using anything like “it’s for the best” or “it was Gods plan”. These sorts of phrases may be well intentioned but make assumptions that the person suffering the Loss could disagree with.
  • Try to always send an actual card rather than an email or Facebook message. A card always shows you’ve made an effort and put some thought into it
  • Don’t go into unnecessary details about the person’s death. Going over the cause of their passing just brings up unwanted memories
  • And never bring up money or a will. This isn’t the time and would be very disrespectful

For further ideas and help see our sympathy message writing tips. We also have a guide on how to sign a sympathy card too that you may find useful.