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grief quotes that help you cope and understand loss

Grief affects us all. At some point in our lives we will go through the process of grieving. That’s why these quotes about grief can help. Feeling like you’re not alone and that there is a life after loss is so important to coping. Grief quotes do that.

They remind us that what we’re going through happens to so many. They allow us to put our emotions into perspective and understand them better. On top of all that they are a way to show and demonstrate our grief and what we’re experiencing.

So use these grief quotes to help understand your pain. Share them with others so it becomes more normal to talk about bereavement and grieving. Or reach out to someone you know who’s suffered a loss with these sayings to let them know you care and are trying to understand.

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Moving On
Bible Verses

Short Grief Quotes

These are quick, to point, simple quotes about grief that sum it up in the most concise way.

grieving makes you human quote

“Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human” – Sarah Dessen

grief will not last forever quote

“Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever” – Rabbi Harold Kushner​

grief is love not wanting to let go quote

“Grief is love not wanting to let go” – Earl A. Grollman

grief steals from those left behind

“Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind” – Katherine Owen

life is full of grief quote

“Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people” – Orson Scott Card

no one ever told me that grief felt so like fear cs Lewis quote

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear” – C.S. Lewis

grief is the price we pay for love quote

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love” – E.A. Bucchianeri

tears are a sign of pure heart

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart” – Jose N. Harris

when one person is missing the whole world seems empty grief quote

“When one person is missing the whole world seems empty” – Pat Schweibert

be the things you loved most about the people who are gone quote

“Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone” – Unknown

Can't be together keep me in your heart grief quote

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

stars in the sky quote about grief

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

grief itself is a medicine quote

“Grief is itself a medicine” – William Cowper

her absence in the sky quote

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything” – C.S. Lewis

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“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December” – J.M. Barrie

Positive Grief Quotes

Although grieving and loss are terrible to go through these quotes and grief sayings focus on the positives you can take and find after dealing with losing a loved one.

  • “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us” – Helen Keller
  • “And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope” – Unknown
  • “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” – Thomas Campbell
  • “This is not goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place” – Sarah Dessen
  • “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” –
  • “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure” –
  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  • “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains” –
  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom” – Rumi

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Surviving Grief Quotes

For many people grief is overwhelming and just getting through it becomes their only goal. These quotes look at surviving grief and how you cope and keep going on after a tragic loss.

  • It is perfectly okay to admit you’re not okay” – Unknown
  • “You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you” – Brian Tracy
  • “The pain of grief is just as much a part of life as the joy of love; it is, perhaps, the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment” – Colin Murray Parkes
  • “We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known suffering” – Helen Keller
  • “It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward” – Patti Davis
  • “Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself” – Leigh Bardugo
  • “Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life” – Maria V. Snyder
  • “It’s so curious; One can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses” – Colette
  • “…we are all sorry when loss comes for us. The test of our character comes not in how many tears we shed but in how we act after those tears have dried” – Michelle Moran
  • The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross​
  • “Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers” – Unknown
  • “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
  • “Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it” – Arthur Golden

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Famous Quotes about Grief

Many famous people, from writers, philosophers, musicians and more have talked about grief. These are just a few of the most well known.

  • “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies” – William Penn
  • “Death ends a life, not a relationship” – Mitch Albom
  • “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 them” – Leo Tolstoy
  • “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” – Terry Pratchett
  • “Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you” – Ranata Suzuki
  • “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on” – Irving Berlin
  • “Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it” – William Shakespeare
  • “She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with It as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts” – George Eliot
  • “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself” – Nicholas Sparks
  • “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, Romeo and Juliet
  • “No one is immune to grief. There are those amongst us today who have grieved deeply in the past, and there are those who are grieving deeply now and sadly. All of us will grieve at some time in the future” – Lorraine Kember

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Grief and Anger Quotes

Losing someone is unfair. It brings unimaginable pain that will often come out as anger. You ask why has this happened? You are filled with despair and rage. These quotes reflect that anger that comes from such intense grief.

  • “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • “The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love” – Kristina McMorris
  • “I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country to no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories'” – Maya Angelou
  • “You’ll get over it” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?” – Jeanette Winterson
  • “The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see – the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived” – Katie McGarry
  • “Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it’s still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it’s been too long since you missed them last” – Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
  • “But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes… and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for” – Melina Marchetta
  • “Next person that minimizes my grief is getting a swift kick to the shin” – Unknown
  • “Losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill” – Jojo Moyes
  • “It doesn’t get better,” I said. “The pain. The wounds scab over and you don’t always feel like a knife is slashing through you. But when you least expect it, the pain flashes to remind you you’ll never be the same” – Katie McGarry
  • “In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life” – Nicholas Sparks
  • As much as it hurts, suppressing how you feel is like putting a lid on a pressure cooker and turning off the steam valve, eventually it will blow. By expressing your emotions, you start the healing process” – M. Hunter
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    Quotes about Moving on

    We have to try to continue our lives after a loss. We never forget those who have left us but getting passed that grief is key to living again. The quotes here look at how to move on after a loss and such a difficult time.

    • “You will survive and you will find purpose in the chaos. Moving on doesn’t mean letting go” – Mary VanHaute
    • “And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed” – Sarah Waters
    • “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
    • “Look closely and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders. That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day” – Edward Hirsch
    • “When it is darkest, we can see the stars” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • “An eternal memory… until we meet again: Those special memories will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do, you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you’re no longer here will always cause me pain, but you’re forever in my heart until we meet again” – Unknown
    • “Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, “Why do people die?” and “Why is this happening to me?” Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all” – Caitlin Doughty
    • “The only cure for grief is action” – George Henry Lewis
    • “When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left” – Sufi Epigram

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    Bible Verses for Grief

    For many faith is a comfort when coping with loss and grief. It provides them with strength and hope to face the pain. These Bible quotes about grief help to find

    • “Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you” – 1 Peter 5:7
    • “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” – Psalm 46:1
    • “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4
    • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” – Psalm 147:3
    • “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” – Psalm 23:4
    • “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” – Psalm 34:18
    • “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy” – John 16:22
    • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” – Revelation 21:4
    • “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

    Matthew 5:4 grief Bible verse

    We hope these grief quotes have helped you to find some comfort or reach out to those grieving. We need to begin confronting grief, talking more openly and remove the stigma surrounding it. Hopefully that conversation will start soon.

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    loss of brother quotes and sympathy messages

    The loss of a brother is absolutely devastating. Siblings are often very close to their brothers. So understandably if your brother has passed away you won’t ever want to forget his memory. Remembering all the good times you had and what he brought to your life. The same is true if someone else has lost their brother. That gap can never be filled.

    It’s not unusual for brothers to be some of the closest friends and people in our lives. If they’re older than us they usually act protectively and look out for their younger siblings. We look up to them and follow their lead. Whereas having a little brother makes you protective of him. You feel responsible for what happens and need to be there to help when he’s in trouble. That relationship goes deep and the bond is forever.

    So whether it’s your own brother who has sadly passed or it’s someone you know who’s lost their brother, these loss of brother quotes and messages will help to remember his life or find the best words sympathy for the loss of a brother.

    Loss of Brother Quotes

    • “A brother is a friend given by Nature.” – Jean Baptiste Legouve
    • “There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.” – Astrid Alauda
    • “I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.” – Maya Angelou
    • “I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.” – Author Unknown
    • “It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on!” – Unknown
    • “Nothing can stop me from loving my brother” – Brandy Norwood
    • “To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time” – Clara Ortega
    • “There is a destiny which makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own” – Edwin Markham
    • “Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face” – St. Francis of Assisi
    • “The beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold” – Martin Luther King Jr
    • “To have had a brother is to have experienced a very special gift” – Unknown
    • “There is a special place in our heart for the one we call ‘brother'” – Unknown
    • “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated” – Alphonse de Lamartine
    • “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” – Sascha
    • “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them” – James O’Barr
    • “The dead never truly die. They simply change form” – Suzy Kassem
    • “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart” – Helen Keller
    • “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends” – Richard Bach

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    Sympathy Messages for Loss of Brother

    I was so saddened to hear about your brothers passing. You have my most sincere condolences for your loss

    I know how close you were to your brother and so how hard this must be. I hope you’re coping ok and are being supported by friends and family. You’re in my thoughts, all my love

    Your brother was a one in a million and will be missed dearly be all those who were lucky enough to know him. You and your whole family have my condolences

    Try to remember all the good times you had with your brother. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. My sincerest sympathy for your loss

    Losing a sibling is a tragedy and I can only offer my sincerest condolences. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

    I was so sad to learn of your brothers passing. He was an absolutely wonderful guy who everyone liked. He will be missed by so many. My condolences for your loss

    To lose someone like your brother, who was so young, is beyond unfair. I will never forget him. Stay strong

    The world is a less special place without your brother. He lit up our lives with his infectious personality and warm soul. I feel blessed to have known him. Please accept my condolences for such a tragic loss

    I will grieve for your brother and feel his loss deeply, but it won’t stop me from remembering and cherishing the countless memories I have of him. He will forever remain a special part of my life, and I will continue to celebrate his. You have my sincerest sympathies for his passing

    Wishing you strength to get through such an awful time. Your brother was a fantastic guy. You have my sincerest sympathy

    I am so terribly sorry to hear of the of your brother. I extend my condolences to you and your entire family

    I was so saddened to learn of your brothers untimely passing. Please know how sorry I am for such a dreadful loss. I will be thinking of you and your family

    words of sympathy for loss of brother

    You have so many friends and people who care about you – you’re not alone during this tragic time. We will be there for you, whatever you need

    Your brother shall never be forgotten. His spirit will endure and the impact he made on so many people be a lasting memory of the type of person he was. My condolences for your loss

    May you find some peace and strength in the love of God. May he guide you through this awful time

    My heart goes out to you and your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers

    Your brother may pass on but he will live on in our hearts and mind. Stay strong and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need anything

    I’m still in shock over the terrible news. I know my words mean little but I am so sorry for such an awful loss. I will be thinking of you

    We are thinking of you and sending our love. Try to find some comfort and support in those around you, and remember we are here if you need us

    The bond of a brother can’t be described, you have to have known it. So I know how devastating this must be for you. You and your family have my most sincere condolences for your loss

    My heart is aching for you during this time. I know we will all pull round to help you get through. We’re thinking of only you

    Saying sorry never seems like enough during times like this. I just wish there was more I could do or say to help. Know that whatever you need and whenever you need it I can be there for you

    I can’t begin to imagine what it is you’re going through. I just hope knowing someone is here and cares will give you some comfort. My sympathies for your loss

    You aren’t alone. We love you so much and stand by ready to help but any way we can. Please stay as strong as you can and remember all those who can support you during this terrible time

    The loss of your brother has shocked and saddened so many of us. He was a star that shone so bright. We shan’t ever forget him. Our condolences

    I feel honoured to have known your brother and thankful for the time I spent with him. The world is a little less special now he is gone. All my love and sympathy to you

    When a friend or loved one loses someone as special as a brother it’s always thoughtful to reach out and show you’re thinking of them. We hope these quotes and words of sympathy for the loss of a brother will help you offer your support and condolences to someone who has sadly lost their sibling.

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    What to say when someone dies

    It can be extremely difficult to know what to say when someone dies. Understandably we want to say the right thing. That means something comforting, helpful, and that doesn’t cause any more upset or hurt.

    But what exactly are the “right” words, or the best thing to say when someone has died?

    As we don’t like to discuss death it means our reaction to it is often awkward. We find dealing with loss hard, especially when we are trying to comfort someone.

    Add to that the fact there is no formula or exact science to loss. The way each individual grieves is different. And what they want or need most from friends and family will differ too.

    So what write or say when someone dies should take into account the bereaved, the circumstances of their loss, the type of person they are, and so forth.

    There are some tried and tested things you can say that should be of help and comfort though, regardless of the situation.

    Follow the examples and guide here to help you find the ideal way to comfort someone who has experienced a loss.

    For further reading on how to support someone grieving we asked 25 grief and loss professionals for their best advice, which had some fantastic tips and ideas.

    What to Say When Someone Dies

    If you just want some examples of comforting words to say when someone dies then these short messages are

    • I am so sorry to hear of your loss
    • I can be there to talk if you need me. Please don’t hesitate to ask/call
    • I know no words can ease your pain but please know I’m thinking of you. I’m so terribly sorry
    • I wish there was more I could do. All I can say is how sorry I am
    • I was so sorry to hear of ______’s passing. They were a special person and will be sorely missed
    • I can’t imagine how difficult this must be. I just wanted to offer my condolences and let you know I can be there for you if you need me
    • I will miss ______ terribly. They had such an amazing spirit. All my love to you
    • No matter the time or place we will be there for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers, always
    • I was deeply affected when I heard of your loss. Please reach out if you are struggling
    • We were so shocked to hear of ______’s passing. We will do all we can to help you get through this

    For a more in depth guide of what to say, how to say it and why, as well as what to avoid saying, then keep reading.

    Make an Effort

    That means actually doing something. Even if you’re worried it’s the wrong thing, don’t leave those mourning in loneliness during such a hard time.

    It doesn’t have to be anything special – just reach out. A phone call or text message just to see how they are. Maybe an email. Send a card or gift if you think it’s appropriate.

    But try to acknowledge their loss and make it known you’re thinking of them. You’d be surprised how much such a small gesture can help.

    Offer Support (if you can)

    When someone is grieving they often do so in silence or without making a fuss. But one of the things they need more than anything is support. That can be just knowing friends or family are there and thinking of them (as mentioned above). But also having those closest to them doing things to help.

    If you can then offering to run some errands can be a huge help to the bereaved. Maybe do the grocery shopping, pick up their children from school, clean around the house. Small things that they may not feel up to whilst dealing with their grief but are uncomfortable to speak out about.

    When grieving it’s easy to feel like you might become a burden. That’s why those bereaved often stay quiet. So the emphasis is on you to ask if they need or would like any help.

    Remember to only offer assistance if you can truly follow through with it. The last thing they will want is someone flaky not helping when they promised to do so.


    Whilst this guide is about what to say, it’s incredibly important to remember to listen as well.

    Losing someone special from your life will be devastating. All sort of thoughts and emotions will arise because of it, and whilst it can absolutely be beneficial to hear from others experience and know you’re not alone, sometimes it helps to talk about your own situation.

    Getting the way you’re feeling off your chest, talking about your emotions, how you’re coping, your fears etc. All of that is necessary when going through a grieving process. And that means having someone to listen.

    So just being there for and listening to the bereaved, rather than having anything specifically to say, is one of the best things you can do.

    Talk About your Own Experiences

    This was touched upon when talking about how important listening is. That’s remains true, and you should prioritise listening to the bereaved above talking, but it can also benefit those suffering a loss to hear how others got through a similar bereavement.

    You should avoid comparing deaths though. Each loss is different and unique. Keep it fairly general and maybe focus on how you coped and what helped. Don’t push anything onto them but offering some ideas, or just being an example of how it does get better may be of use.

    Remember the Deceased

    Sharing memories of the passed loved one might seem inappropriate but done in the correct way it can be a lovely way to remember them.

    Keep it positive and light – maybe a funny anecdote or moment that you had with them. Anything that shines a light on the type of person they were and the good memories you had of them.

    Keep in Touch

    Don’t offer your condolences, see them once and then forget about them. Healing after a loss can take a long time and having people around you throughout that time is vital for most of us. So seeing friends drop away or forget you’re still grieving can be really hard to deal with.

    That’s why you should maintain your support and check in at regular intervals to make sure they’re doing ok. Anniversaries and big holidays can be especially tough so having support then is essential. Try to make an effort to stay in touch during these difficult moments.

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    What NOT to Say When Someone Dies

    There are some areas and topics you will want avoid talking about after someone has died.

    ‘Don’t Cry’

    Crying is a natural reaction. You should neither encourage or discourage someone from doing it.

    If they feel the need to then comfort them. If they don’t and it doesn’t happen you shouldn’t pressure them to.

    In fact you shouldn’t be telling them how they should or shouldn’t react. Period. Let them grieve and express that grief however they need to. All you should do is be there and support them.

    ‘I Know How you Feel’

    The problem with saying this is anyone other than the person going through their particular loss doesn’t know how they feel. We all have individual and different responses to loss and we grieve differently. It may hit some people more than others. Some may cry, be angry, even feel numb. So saying ‘I know how you feel’ isn’t helpful.

    ‘At Least…’

    Don’t say anything that begins with ‘at least’. This implies there is a positive to be taken from someone’s death, and the bereaved will almost certainly not feel that way.

    Even if it is a relief someone isn’t suffering anymore, saying “at least he/she isn’t suffering anymore” is not going to be what helps the bereaved family feel better.

    ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

    This is a common phrase to use when someone dies but it should really be avoided. When someone has lost a loved one they don’t want to hear that there was a reason for that persons death. Nothing can ever explain or make it acceptable that we lose people so special to us.

    ‘It’s Time to Move On’

    Grief has no end date or time limit. Many people will never stop grieving and the idea they should ‘move on’ is quite insulting. We remember and mourn the loss of our loved ones forever, even if we don’t show it in the surface. So any talk of moving on should be avoided.

    What to Write When Someone Dies

    If you are unable to see the bereaved in person, and for various reasons it isn’t always possible, then a sympathy card and message is an acceptable alternative.

    These are just a few ideas of what to write when someone has died:

    • Sending you my deepest condolences
    • My most sincere condolences after such a tragic loss
    • We are so sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy
    • Wishing you strength and support from the people around you. We are very sorry for your loss
    • You will be in my thoughts as you come to terms with such a terrible loss. All my love

    For more examples see these 75 sympathy message examples or our ultimate guide on what to write in a sympathy card. If you prefer to send a letter then our sample sympathy letters or condolence note examples should help give you an idea of what to write.


    Finding comforting words to say when someone dies is tough for everyone. Try your best to navigate the difficulties of loss and how to best deal with those grieving. It’s best to take the risk you say the wrong thing than nothing at all. As long as you reach out though and show your love and support they will appreciate whatever you say. Just being there for them is the main, and best thing you can do. Start with that and you should be fine.

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    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.

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    Loss of Father
    Loss of Mother
    Loss of Sister

    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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    religious sympathy quotes

    If you are sending a sympathy card or message to someone you know that is religious, or has deeply held religious beliefs, you may want to consider using some religious sympathy quotes. They can express the sorrow you have for them and remind them of how their religion can give them solace in their time of need and sadness. Many people use their faith as a way to cope with a loss, using it to help deal with the pain and suffering losing a loved one or friend brings. So reminding them of the an appropriate verse from the bible or quote from a religious figure can be a comforting reminder of the strength that faith can give them.

    So try using one of the religious sympathy quotes below or scroll further down for some religious sympathy messages. However remember that you should proceed with some caution and be certain the recipient is open to receiving anything religious. You should be absolutely sure they won’t be offended or upset by a religious message or condolence beforehand and if you are in any doubt then stick to a regular sympathy message.

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    Bible Verses

    Religious Sympathy Bible Verses

    “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”~ Isaiah 43:2

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.~ Matthew 5:4

    “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

    “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”~ Matthew 11:28

    “The memory of the righteous is a blessing.” Proverbs 10:7~ Proverbs 10:7

    “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

    “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.” Romans 15:13

    “Casting all your care upon Him; for he cares for you.” ~ I Peter 5:7

    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”~ Psalm 46:1

    “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear”~ Psalm 10:17

    “Let, I pray Thee, Thy merciful kindness be for my comfort.” Psalm 119:76

    “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

    “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”~ Psalm 94:19

    “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”~ Romans 15:13

    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”~ Philemon 4:7

    “The God of love and peace shall be with you”~ 2 Corinthians 13:11

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.” ~ John 14:27

    “Let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.”~ Hebrews 4:16

    “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”~ John 14:18

    “Now the Lord of peace Himself gives you peace always.” II Thessalonians 3:16

    “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

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.” Numbers 6:24-25

    “Pray about everything; tell God your needs… If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. ” Philippians 4:6-7

    Religious Sympathy Messages

    If you prefer you can write a simple message or note that has a religious element to it rather than using a direct quote or verse. These are perfect for expressing your condolences in a card, possibly with flowers. You can edit and change the messages below to fit your situation or use them directly as they are.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll be praying for you

    Sending you and your family love and prayers during this tough time. I am so very sorry for your loss

    My prayers go out to you at this time of loss

    You are in my thoughts and prayers today

    My prayers hope you find the peace in God’s love during this trying time

    He who is everlasting is with us even beyond death.

    I pray that Jesus can help you find comfort and solace in this time of loss and sorrow

    Remember that’s God’s love is always with you, and I’ll be praying for you at this difficult time

    Those who are asleep will awaken on the day the Lord comes for us all

    So sorry for your loss. May Gods love comfort you during this testing time

    The hope of salvation is most important in our lives when death touches us

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences

    I pray that you feel Gods love as you mourn the loss of a loved one

    I hope you can find some comfort in knowing you are in my prayers and that God’s light can guide you during this time of loss

    You went to heaven too soon, leaving behind you only tears and pain. May God rest your soul

    Cast your burdens on the one who can carry the weight of the world. He will not tire.

    We are praying that God will comfort you in this time of sorrow and shower you with blessings

    I will be praying that with God’s help you find the strength to overcome this loss

    Please accept my condolences and may the Lord comfort and bless you and your family in this time of loss

    Sending the deepest condolences to you in this time of grief. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

    May the love and support of friends and family, as well as God, help you through this

    Praying for peace for your heart during this time

    May the condolences and prayers of friends give you strength and help to ease your pain in the time of loss

    When something like this happens, it’s easy to get discouraged. I am praying for the encouragement to overcome this difficulty

    Only God can know what you are feeling in your heart now, and only He can restore your spirit. I am available to pray with you anytime

    We send our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our prayers hope God will give you peace and some understanding during this time

    Through God’s Love and divine understanding, I pray that He grant you the kind of comfort that He alone can give

    In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences. May our Lord comfort you and your loved ones

    I pray you find God’s love a comfort in this terrible time

    My prayers are with you and your family and my hope is God will look after you

    ‘Whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’ This is proven the day our bodies die

    I can’t imagine what you feel, but I can have faith and hope for you and your family during this time

    Please accept my deepest condolences, and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you

    It is during the toughest times that our faith is tested the most. I pray you will find strength in your faith and be reminded of God’s love; easing your pain

    We pray that the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and that he helps you heal with the passage of time

    Perhaps they are not the stars, 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

    In Christ’s loving arms, there is enough strength to carry you, grace to keep you strong, and more than enough love to carry you through this time. I am so sorry for your loss

    God will always be there for you, even in your darkest hour. Take comfort and strength from
    His presence

    Religious Sympathy Eulogies

    These short eulogies praise the deceased and gives sympathy to the family for their loss.

    He left this world after a long, hard suffering, the best husband, father and grandfather. May God keep you beside him, so you may watch over us


    Pious homage, honor and remembrance in memory of the man who was a husband, son in law, brother, brother in law and uncle


    All my life I will remember your kindness and love. May God forgive you of your sins, and may you stay with the angels up there, in a place free from pain and suffering


    In a time of great ordeal, we are with our colleague and her family at the separation from her loved father. May God give him eternal rest and may He put his soul where the righteous rest. Sincere condolences


    A gentle soul ascended to heaven, leaving behind a lot of pain and anger. We say goodbye to our friend
    We forever support the family of (Name), now that she has been separated from the man that was a father, grandfather and father-in-law.
    With boundless heartache, we announce the separation from our beloved father and grandfather. May God bless his soul


    In the hard times caused by the departure to the angels in the sky of his dear brother, we are with our colleague (Name), with thoughts of comfort and compassion. God rest him in peace


    A prayer, my thoughts of love, flowers and many tears is all I can offer now, when your soul is summoned to heaven, leaving a grieving mother desolated forever. I loved you and I will forever keep you in my heart, my dear son


    Tears and flowers will now be brought to your grave and your sad gentle eyes will be just a memory. God’s forgiveness and eternal rest come upon the man who was a husband, son in law, brother and uncle

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    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? Sympathy messages should be 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 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.

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    Loss of Mother
    Loss of Father

    Short Sympathy Messages

    These sympathy 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 sympathy 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.

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    thinking of you quotes and messages

    When we lose someone close or important to us we can often feel alone. That’s why friends and family reaching out to say they’re thinking of you can be such a help. Thoughtful thinking of you quotes or messages are so welcomed during these tough moments.

    To know people are there thinking of you at a difficult time is vital to getting through it. That support and the knowledge you don’t have to face the pain after a loss by yourself makes it easier.

    That loss could be a bereavement, a relationship that’s ended, a friend or close one moving away. Even something like facing an illness. Anything that causes fear, feeling sad and lonely.

    So if you know someone dealing with a loss let them know you’re thinking of them with these quotes and messages.

    They will appreciate you offering some words of comfort and thinking of them during a difficult time, as well as feeling less alone in their grief.

    Thinking of You Quotes

    There have been many famous quotes and sayings about keeping someone in your thoughts. These are just a few of our favourites. They reflect the need for having people there for you at your most testing times.

    • “Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind” – Henry Rollins
    • “Just thought I’d let you know I’ve been thinking of you. So I thought I’d brighten up your day and bring a smile to you, praying God will touch your life in a more meaningful way and that you’ll feel the warmth of God, today and every day” – M.S. Lowndes
    • “May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you” – Irish Blessing
    • “I just hugged you in my thoughts.. hope you felt the squeeze” – Unknown
    • “Maybe I can’t stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain” – Unknown
    • “You’ve got a friend in me” – Toy Story
    • “We are in each other’s life for a reason. Thank you for showing up” – David Avocado Wolfe

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    Thinking of You Messages

    Send these messages to those who need your support the most. Let them know you’re thinking of them and are there if they require you. Give a friend the boost they need with your comforting words.

    • Just checking in on you and letting you know you’re in my thoughts
    • Thinking of you. When skies seem dark and times get tough, and you don’t know what to do, just know you have a friend right here to support and help you through
    • I just wanted you to know you’re in my thoughts. Stay strong
    • I’m thinking of only you at the moment and wishing I could do more to help. If you need me I’m right here for you
    • Sending hugs and best wishes your way. You will be in my thoughts
    • I just wanted to say that I am thinking of you at this difficult time. And if there’s anything you need I can be there for you, so don’t hesitate to let me know. Sending you all the love and hugs in the world
    • I know how difficult things have been for you recently and I’ve been thinking of you a lot. Please know I’m always here for you
    • You will begin my thoughts as you go through such trying times. I know you’ll come through stronger though
    • This is a hug from me to you, to let you know I am thinking of you. And although I have nothing to say, you know I have thought of you today
    • My thoughts are with you, no matter what
    • Sending you all my love and comfort now and always
    • I hope that knowing I’m thinking of you can provide some strength to get through such difficult times
    • I’m wondering how you are today. Hope things are going fine, thought that I would say hello cause you are on my mind
    • I’m holding you close in my thoughts and prayers

    More: The Best Sympathy Gift Ideas for those Grieving

    After a Loss

    These messages are for offering comfort to those who have suffered a loss. After losing someone more than ever you need people around them. Be one of those people and reach out to let whoever it know how much they are in your thoughts and how you can be there for them.

    • I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers
    • I know nothing I can say will take away the pain but I’m thinking of and care about you so much
    • I hope you can find some comfort in the people around you. That includes me. I’m here if you need me and regardless you will be in my thoughts
    • Please don’t hesitate to ask for help or just a friend to listen. I know how hard this must be and I’ll be thinking of you
    • You and your family are in my thoughts as you cope with such a terrible loss
    • I can’t stop thinking about you and the truly difficult time you’re going through. I just wish there was more I could do to help. Please stay strong
    • In times like this you are always on mind. I hope you can find solace and comfort in the loved ones who surround you
    • Try to take it one day at a time and remember that you have so much love for you from friends and family. I’ll be thinking if you
    • My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this devastating moment. You have my deepest sympathy
    • Remember we are here for you. No matter what. You will be in our thoughts. All our love

    stay strong thinking of you message after a loss

    For a Friend

    If you’re friend is in need of someone – to listen, to talk to, just to be there – then you should let them know you can be. By telling them they’re in your thoughts you make it known you understand they’re pain and can offer your support if they want it.

    • When you’re feeling down a friend can pick you up. I’m that friend and I’m thinking of you and how you’re doing. Get in touch if you need me for anything
    • If you need me, I’m here. If you don’t, I’m still here
    • Today you’ve been on my mind so I thought I’d get I touch. I’m praying that all is going well for we haven’t seen you much. I know our lives can get so busy with all that we must do, but I wanted to take this time to say I’m thinking of you too
    • When skies seem dark and times get tough, and you don’t know what to do, just know you have a friend right here to support and help you through
    • Friends look out for one another, friends are there for one another and friends are always thinking of one another
    • I can be there for you, whatever you need. You know I’m only a phone call away and always thinking of you
    • You’ve been through so much I can’t begin to fully understand, but you are forever in my thoughts and I think of how you’re doing constantly. You’re a true friend I’ll always be there for you
    • I love you and am missing you. Not a day goes by when I don’t wonder how you’re doing
    • We are best of friends and because of that you are always there, in my thoughts, never too far from my mind. Big hugs and love you!
    • Sending so many warm wishes and huge hugs to my bestie! You know I’m always thinking about you

    More: Condolence Messages for a Friend

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    For Family

    If a family member is having a hard time then you should make the effort to show you care and are thinking of them.

    • Mom, I’m so sorry things are hard right now. I’m thinking of you though and can be there if/when you need me to
    • We are family and so I’m always here for you. Whatever it is, don’t hesitate to ask. You will be in my thoughts
    • I’m sending my best thoughts and wishes to you and the whole family. We’ll get through this, I know
    • You’ve always been there for me, and now I’ll always be there for you
    • I’m so lucky to have you in the family. Thinking of you during these awful times
    • I haven’t see you in so long! I miss my big sis and think about you all the time!
    • Missing you mom and dad. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you both, you mean sonics to me


    You should always try to reach out to someone when they’ve experienced loss or heartbreak. It’s not just something we feel we should do, but it genuinely makes a difference to the person receiving your support.

    The small effort you make to get in touch with them can be far more beneficial than you realise.

    When times are hard having contact with the important people in your life – friends and family – can make coping that bit easier.

    So hopefully the thinking of you quotes and messages here will have inspired you to tell that person you’re there for them and offer the comfort they need.

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    Unique Sympathy Gifts

    If you’re writing a sympathy card message to send or give to someone then you may be thinking of including a gift to go with it. Offering a touching and thoughtful gift to the bereaved is a generous gesture that can really brighten their day. During a time where they probably feel most alone this can be a real comfort, especially if the gift is one that comes from the heart and reaches out to them.

    But you may be struggling with what gift to get. The usual sympathy gifts can be cliche and seem like no thought was required before giving them. Sometimes it can be nice to give something a little different and unique. There’s nothing wrong with flowers, plants or a memorial plaque. Often these will be the most appropriate. But there are many options out there that can offer something more personal, have a deeper meaning and connection, and really make a difference.

    That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what we believe to be the most different and unique sympathy gifts out there. So if you want an alternative to flowers then look no further. We’re sure you’ll find something that really stands out and hopefully provides real warmth in such a trying period.

    Unique Sympathy Gifts

    Whilst we haven’t ranked these gifts in any sort of an order, we do feel this is probably the best of them all. Or at the least what we believe will be the most beneficial to anyone coping with a loss. The gift of a professional service like a housekeeper or organiser to remove the strain of day to day tasks whilst grieving can be invaluable.
    A housekeeper or cleaning service can provide the time needed to heal without having to deal with everyday chores. Or it can allow for a family to begin sorting their loved ones possessions. Alternatively there are professionals who can be hired specifically to help with the sorting of a loved ones things. They can assist and make the process much easier.

    A good place to start with a grief organiser is searching for anyone local in your area. For a cleaning service there is Handy, who offer top-rated home cleaning services professionals in both the US and UK.

    A charitable donation in the name of the deceased is a great gift. Often people feel awkward about giving to charity as a gift because they worry it will make them look cheap. Or they believe a gift should be given to the person themselves. But when it comes to sympathy gifts the bereaved aren’t expecting, nor will they want, some sort of item to make up for their loss.

    So donating to a charity the deceased was known to be involved with or supported is perfect. Or even one that reflects the interests and hobbies they had would work, e.g. if they were passionate about the environment then maybe give to Greenpeace. Alternatively if they were religious you can always give to their church or place of worship. And if they suffered from a known illness then a charity that researches or raises awareness for it will enable the family to feel like a very small positive has come from their passing.

    A memorial tree (a tree that is planted in honor of the deceased) is a fantastic sympathy gift. A tree or shrub can memorialise a loved one and work as a reminder of them to the family. They grow and bloom as do the memories of the recipients loved one and act as a tranquil place to cherish those special memories. You can even place a remembrance stone, plaque or bench with the tree so their legacy can live on for generations.

    When choosing a tree you may want to pick one that the deceased had a connection to. Perhaps it shares their name, or reflects their personality. You can also donate the tree to an organisation or specific place the deceased loved, perhaps a park. It’s also very popular to scatter the ashes around the planted tree so keep that in mind when choosing one.

    Even if the bereaved isn’t much of a reader a book that can help with the grieving process or offer support can be an extremely useful gift. There are countless books out there that relate to grief and loss. You could look at poetry and quotes, religious themed texts, memoirs of those who have suffered from serious illnesses, or ones that are uplifting and positive.

    A popular choice is A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. It was written after his wife’s death and reflects on life and death amidst his bereavement and loss. Whilst it had some religious tones that hasn’t kept it from being appreciated by many non-believers.

    You could also ignore books focusing on grief and death and pick something that has no relation to it whatsoever. An novel that helps the bereaved escape into another world for a short time and help them to forget their pain.

    Losing a loved one causes an understandably high amount of stress. Not only through the pain of that loss, which can take its toll physically as well as mentally, but having to deal with everything surrounding a death. Funeral preparations, sorting and organising possessions, will arrangements etc. So an excellent gift you can give is one that helps the bereaved to take care of themselves. A spa gift card or massage is ideal for this.

    Spafinder gift cards are perfect as you can easily purchase the gift card and either send or give it to the person. They are then redeemable in many locations across the country (both US and UK). You can get massages, manicures, pedicures, the full spa experience and more. Give the bereaved have a break from the hard times they are going through and the opportunity to relax for a short period.

    Jewellery, unlike flowers or a plant, is something that can last a lifetime. Giving a piece of jewellery that the bereaved can wear to remember their lost loved one is the perfect way to keep those memories alive and close to them. A beautiful and touching item can become a treasured gift that they will cherish as part of the grieving process and for years to come.

    The Comfort Company’s Teardrop Pendant is a sterling silver pendant that features a forget-me-not flower as decoration, custom gift box, and a hot foil stamped enclosure card with sympathy verse.

    Much like jewellery, a wind chime is a long lasting and special way to remember a loved one. Wind chimes can be hung in a variety of places (the garden, porch, or spots that are reminders of the lost friend or family member) and as the breeze blows you are reminded of the deceased through the gentle music they play. Personalised messages or memorials can also be engraved on the chimes to make them even more special.

    A very popular memorial chime is Woodstock’s ‘Amazing Grace’ Chime that is tuned to the inspiring tones heard in the opening measures of Amazing Grace, one of America’s best loved and most widely known hymns. Amazing Grace has played an important role in drug and alcohol recovery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement and 9/11. It’s message of hope and redemption from over 200 years ago resonates with the same power today, and makes for a touching remembrance gift.

    When there’s a bereavement the children often get overlooked. This could be because the parents feel awkward discussing it, think children aren’t affected as much by a death, or just amongst the grief they’re somewhat forgotten. So a gift that is specifically for the children of a family that’s going through a loss, and can help to keep the children distracted and their mind on something else, will be warmly received.

    A book that either the child can read themselves or be read to them is a good choice. Alternatively a creative game or art project that allows the child to express any feelings they currently have but may be struggling to put into words is also a good option. None of these have to be grief related, just something that can help the child grieve there own way and feel included.

    A memory chest or memento box is a somewhere that keepsakes and memories of a loved lost one can be stored. They can also act as a place to keep ashes in a temporary urn. Many who have lost someone want something to help remember them and keep those memories alive. A memory box is the perfect choice in this case.

    The Cottage Garden Bereavement Remembrance Keepsake Box holds those special memories in a beautiful lined box with a heartfelt poem. The artwork can be replaced with a treasured photo of a loved one. Included with the box is a package of 20 decorative Comfort Cards that are titled ‘Remember When’ for you and your loved ones to write precious memories and keep.

    A great way to give a selection of smaller gifts for an entire family, rather than one person, is with a sympathy gift basket. These are either baskets filled with a range of items/food to be sent as a condolence gift or you can choose the products to go in the basket yourself. Flowers are sometimes included, as well as a card or note. You can then have the basket sent directly to the bereaved or delivered to yourself and then give it to them in person.

    Fanciful Gift Baskets have a great selection of different condolence baskets, as well as having the option to create your own custom one and include all the items you want.

    A good choice for a food basket is the Oh! Nuts Nut and Dried Fruit Gift Basket. Filled with very healthy dried fruit and nuts, it’s a perfect choice for a vegan or vegetarian and is gluten free. Alternatively for something a bit more decadent try Nikki’s Sincere Sympathy Condolence Gift Basket that’s filled with treats such as sugar cookies, Camembert cheese, butter toffee peanuts, caramel corn and more.

    A memory quilt is created with old clothing or pieces of material that have a link to the deceased and hold significant value for the family. They are sewn together to create a quilt that tell a story of their loved one; a constant reminder if their life. Memory quilts are lovely to both make and give, and seeing as there will be nothing else out there the same they are a totally unique sympathy gift.

    You can find so many books with different ideas and tutorials for creating beautiful memory quilts. If you’re not a sewer, and many of you won’t be, don’t fear! There are companies who will make a memory quilt to order and even have the option to having your choice of special photos put on individual fabric squares. QuiltKeepsake do some lovely bereavement quilts and are very easy to order from.

    A memory or keepsake jar is a really touching little gift. It can be used in two different ways: to be filled with mementos and memories of the deceased like photos, drawings, notes, letters etc. and stand as a memorial to them that family members and friends can quickly take a look at and be reminded if them. This type of memory jar can be handmade from simple items such as a regular jam jar. Perfect for kids to create themselves as a memorial for a family member. The other jar is one you buy and comes with a selection of uplifting and positive sympathy messages that can be opened each day to help bring comfort to the grieving.

    One of the most popular keepsake jars is the KindNotes Glass Sympathy Keepsake Gift Jar of Messages. It comes with 31 thoughtful messages enclosed in mini decorative envelopes to be opened each day or anytime they need a lift. It’s a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving, one that can be enjoyed day after day.

    A care or gift package is a lovely gesture showing you care and are thinking of the grieving. With sympathy care packages you get items that help to show support, bring comfort, inspire and even motivate your family it friends who have suffering a loss.

    Uplift Gift design sympathy gift packages for friends and family in pain, especially when they are grieving after losing a loved one. These are care packages that help comfort the living, gifts to recognize a death in the family, and a support for those left to carry on. Individually-wrapped, hand-selected, curated items in beautifully-designed packages show you care.

    Food may seem an odd choice but actually bringing or cooking food for a bereaved family is a really useful and practical gift. When going through a painful loss one of the last things anyone will be thinking about is cooking. So having ready to eat food provided or some that is simple to reheat can be extremely helpful. If the bereaved family is having people over to wish them condolences then having food they can serve with it having to think about it is another really positive aspect to it as a gift.

    If you’re not much of a cook yourself then buying food from a restaurant or store is perfectly acceptable. But if you like to cook then homemade is always well appreciated. Even more so if you know the families favourite foods. Pies, casseroles, deli platters and similar are great savoury options. As with the gift baskets above fruit and nuts are great healthier options. If they like tea and coffee then they’re always good choices for drinks.

    Be wary of any allergies or specific dietary requirements though. And giving the good in easily disposable containers makes it simpler for the family to avoid any cleaning and returning of tupperware, for example.

    Throughout time people have painted portraits and pictures of loved ones who have passed away as a way to remember them. A beautiful memorial portrait serves as a reminder of the dead and helps to keep them alive and in our thoughts.

    Having a memorial portrait commissioned is definitely a tricky gift to arrange and certainly won’t be a common idea. But if you have a good photo of the deceased, or can ask the family for one, then you can take that to a professional artist who will recreate it as a portrait. Searching your local area for talented artists is a good way to find someone who can create a striking and beautiful portrait. Alternatively you can use Paint Your Life’s memorial portraits service to find an artist you like.

    Handmade gifts are always well received because they show a degree of effort, time and thought dedicated to them. They can be personalised and designed specifically for the recipient.

    Even if you’re not the crafty type or aren’t good with your hands then you can still make something basic. A handmade card instead of a store bought one is fairly simple to do. There are many tutorials and guides online to help you, with videos websites like YouTube. You could also buy a handmade item from somewhere like Etsy that allows for it to be personalised.

    This may seem like a strange ‘gift’ but in actual fact you could argue it’s the most important. During the aftermath of a loss there are so many emotions and feelings the bereaved will go through. Throw into the mix all the admin and organisational side of dealing with a death you have and it becomes a hectic, incredibly difficult time for all involved to deal with. So if a friend or family member can step in and help out with parts of it that can be a real benefit to the family and help to relieve some of the pressure.

    It doesn’t have to be anything particularly involved or difficult. If it’s a family who have suffered a loss then perhaps you could offer to pick up or take the kids to school. Or look after them whilst the rest of the family deals with some of the admin aspects of the deceased. Doing some of the mundane chores and jobs around the house is always useful, or maybe even helping with the funeral arrangements. Whatever they need just offer your time and help and you can be very confident it will be hugely appreciated.

    Hopefully this will have given you some inspiration for giving someone a unique sympathy gift as a way to show your condolences. Just remember that reaching out to offer your support and being there for those who have suffered a loss is essential. Gifts are nice, but the comfort and support of a friend is far more beneficial.

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    The loss of a dog is such a terrible time. The bond we have with our dogs is unique. To those who don’t understand that relationship it can seem odd. But the connection we develop with pets like our dogs makes them part of and just as important as our families. So when we tragically lose one we like to commemorate and remember them with touching or comforting loss of dog quotes.

    A dog death quote is a short sentence or two that sums up the pain and hurt caused by losing a dog. They can also offer condolences or express sympathy for the passing of someone else’s pet. This allows us to reach out and give support if it’s needed. Often they are just words but can come as part of a quote and dog loss image. These images are a fitting picture, maybe of the beloved pooch, with the accompanying quote.

    Quotes about the loss of a dog can help us to come to terms with losing someone so important. They can work as a reminder of how special they were and what they brought to our lives. Especially when we are missing them as much as we do.

    They can also help if you’re the friend of or know someone who has suffered a passing of their pooch, as they allow you to reach out and say sorry for the loss of your dog.

    Below you will find a selection of dog loss quotes and images. The images are our own creations, and we’re more than happy for them to be shared on places like Facebook, Instagram etc. If you would like to use them on your own website though – please credit us!

    We so hope these loss of a dog quotes and images will help you to remember your beloved dog, say goodbye to them in the best way and serve as a reminder of how amazing our furbabys really are.

    Loss of Dog Quotes and Images

    I'll miss you dog grieving quote

    “I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine”

    never owned a dog quote

    “A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life” – Bob Barker

    rest in peace dog quote

    “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went” – Will Rogers

    dogs loss quote dogs lives are too short

    “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull

    in loving memory dog quote

    “A companion is gone… but the memory lives on”

    bury dog in heart of master quote

    “The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master” – Ben Hur Lampman

    comforting dog loss quote

    “We’ll meet again in heaven. Until then I miss you more than words can say”

    bond with dog quote

    “The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be” – Konrad Lorenz

    be thankful lord of dog quote

    “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease” – Joe Garagiola

    dogs leave pawprints on our lives quote

    “Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts”

    inspirational quote about losing a dog

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

    sweet dog loss and life quote

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

    touching dog loss quote

    “A dog wags his tale with his heart”

    pain of losing a dog quote

    “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it” – Amy Sedaris

    comfort quote for loss of dog

    “You will forever be a part of me and live in in my heart. Heavens gain is our loss”

    goodbye dog loss of a beloved dog quote

    “Someone asked me what the most difficult thing about having a dog was. I replied – the goodbye” – Unknown

    dogs in heaven quote

    “If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them” – Pam Brown

    the joy of a dog quote

    “If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness” – Marjorie Garber

    years of our lives dog passing quote

    “Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives” – John Galsworthy

    never forget you dog died quote

    “I will never forget you”

    loved and lost a dog quote

    “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big” – Erica Jong

    in heaven dog passing away quote

    “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    I miss you dog passed away quote

    “I miss you more each day”

    heartbreaking dog loss quote

    “His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    dog passed too soon quote

    “The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” – Sir Walter Scott

    a good dog never dies quote

    “A good dog never dies. He always stays. He walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way” – Mary Carolyn Davies

    we'll meet again loss of dog quote

    “I won’t forget you. We’ll meet again, in heaven”

    Dog Sympathy Quotes

    You might want to reach out to someone who has lost their dog and say how sorry you are. If so then try one of these sympathy messages. They should help you to find the right words to offer some comfort to those grieving for their passed pet.

    watching over you dog passing quote

    Your pal will always be by your side, watching over you

    best friend dog sympathy quote

    A loyal companion and best friend. May their memories bring you comfort in this time of loss

    guardian angel loss of dog quote

    You’ve lost a dog but gained a guardian angel

    forever in my heart dog quote

    No longer by my side but forever in my heart

    in my heart always dog grief quote

    In my heart, always. No matter how or when we lose our furry friends, their love lasts a lifetime

    • “Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow” – Dan Gemeinhart
    • “A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered” – Lacie Petitt
    • “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” – Sir Walter Scott
    • “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
    • “If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven” – James Thurber
    • “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog” – M K Clinton
    • “Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe.We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made” – Roger A. Caras
    • “Do dogs understand death? Do they have souls? Do they go to heaven? I have always believed so, but this confirmed that all of God’s creatures, humans and animals, have a soul and that we will all be reunited in heaven.
      My pastor once told me, ‘If there are no dogs in heaven I don’t want to go’. I agree” – Glenwood McNabb
    • “One day we will again see our animals in the eternity of Christ” – Pope Paul VI
    • “Grief is so painfully real, regardless of its origin. The love of, and attachment to, an animal friend can equal that of human relationships. Likewise, the loss of an animal can be just as devastating” – Rev. Joel L. Morgan

    Condolences for Loss of a Dog

    These condolence messages are written with a grieving dog owner in mind. They would be perfect in a card or note to the mourning . Perhaps with a gift if you’re sending one. Or even just shared on Facebook. Whatever you prefer or is best for those suffering the loss, do try to offer your love and support to them during such a difficult time.

    • I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. You have my most sincere condolence and I will be thinking of you
    • I know the strong bond that you and ________ had and so how this must be for you. If you need anything then I can be there for you – please don’t hesitate to ask
    • Dogs are taken from us far too soon. We can only hope we made their lives happy for the short time we were blessed with their presence. I know for sure you did. My condolences during an awful time
    • We will all miss _______’s wagging tail and happy face. She/he will live forever on in our hearts though, and the good memories sustain us through the hard times. Wishing you some comfort and peace in the coming days
    • Take as long as you need and remember that friends and family are all here for support if you need us. My deepest condolences
    • I’m so sorry for such a heartbreaking loss. ______ was the perfect dog and could make friends with anyone he/she met. We will him him/her dreadfully. We hope you’re coping – don’t forget we’re just a call away
    • Try to find the strength to see you through this painful time in friends and family. They will be there for you. Sending my most sincere sympathy
    • Remember all the good times you and ______ had together. There were so many and they can’t be forgotten, just like he/she never will be. Offering my best for you to get through this
    • We will be there for you to help you get through this. You have all our support, love and sympathy if you require it. Stay strong
    • Wishing you brighter days ahead and the storm clouds to clear so you can remember the great mementoes you had with _____. My sympathies are with

    Quotes to Help Understand the Grief

    • “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – but the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love” – Hilary Stanton Zunin
    • “No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories” – Chris Sorensen
    • “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
    • “Grief is the price we pay for love” – Queen Elizabeth II
    • “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

    For more ways to find comfort amidst the grief of losing a cuddly friend see our pet loss quotes and poems.

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    examples of what to say instead of sorry for your loss

    When we learn that a friend, relative or even acquaintance has experienced the tragedy of losing someone from their lives very often our first reaction is to say ‘sorry for your loss’.

    Which is perfectly understandable. It’s the natural response to a horrible situation and shows you are offering some comfort or empathy with that person.

    But you may sometimes wonder if there isn’t more you can say. Or not even more, but just say it better. Better words, with more meaning. Words that offer extra understanding and support, that can give some hope or even help them to feel better.

    That might be a lot to ask from a sentence or two but words have a greater power than we give them credit for.

    And if we make an effort to say more than ‘sorry for your loss’ it can demonstrate we’ve taken the time to really think about the person who’s experienced the heartbreak of losing someone. They in turn will appreciate it, probably more so than ‘sorry for your loss’, and perhaps take some greater comfort from the words used.

    So if you’re looking for alternatives to ‘Sorry for your Loss’ read on as we’re here to help you find the perfect way to offer your condolences but with more meaningful words.

    The examples below will give you ideas of what to say at a funeral or how to talk to friends, family and colleagues who are dealing with the grief of loss. Hopefully they will make your words of sympathy sound more heartfelt and enable you to really be there for them in their time of need.

    What Can I Say Instead of Sorry for Your Loss?

    If you want a few quick different ways to say sorry for someone’s loss then the wording examples here should be ideal. They’re not specific to one person (i.e. a friend, family member etc), but they should be well suited for writing in a sympathy card or when offering condolences at a funeral.

    • You are in my thoughts and I am here for you
    • Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one
    • I am so terribly sorry you’re having to go through this
    • You have the support and love from all those close to you at this time
    • I was devastated to hear of your loss. You will be in my prayers
    • May the thoughts and memories of _______ offer your some comfort at this dreadful time
    • Wishing you find some peace and solace to help you cope. I can be there if you need me

    All of these should be suitable for most situations. If you’d prefer to use your own words then try to think about what you would like to hear from someone if you were in that position.

    You will want your words to reflect the severity of what has happened. Offer sympathy and understanding, say how sorry you are and if you can make it clear you are available to help in any way they may need.

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    ‘I’m Sorry for Your Loss’ Alternatives for a Friend

    When a friend loses someone dear to them it can be awkward to find the words to comfort and offer support. Certainly they deserve more than just saying”I’m sorry for your loss”.

    • I know how much you’re hurting. I’ll do whatever I can to help
    • If you need to talk then you can call whenever you want. I’ll always make time for you
    • I hope you can find strength in your loved ones and the comfort they bring
    • _______ was a special person and their loss will be felt terribly
    • Try to take comfort from the good times and memories you have
    • You are not alone in this. I will be there by your side

    Phrases Instead of ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ for Family Members

    Talking to family members who have lost someone is extremely difficult. You may well be in mourning as well and so finding the words to try and comfort them at such a harrowing time for both of you is incredibly hard.

    These phrases will hopefully give you some ideas of alternatives to say instead of “sorry for your loss” to family members.

    • I’m so pleased to have you to go through this with me. I’m not sure I could do it alone
    • We’ll get through this together. The strength of family is so powerful
    • We can lean on each other for help and support
    • I’m so proud of you and how well you’re doing. I’ll be there for you if you need me
    • I just wants to let you I love you and am with you as we grieve
    • No matter what I will be here for you. You can always turn to me
    • We’ll get through this as a family, taking strength from one another

    For Loss of Parents

    Losing a parent is devastating for their children. If you know someone that’s lost their mother or father then let them know you’re thinking of them with these alternative phrases for “sorry for your loss”.

    • I can only express my most sincere sympathies for such a tragic loss
    • Your mother/father was an amazing person and will be sorely missed
    • I was so close to your mom/dad and am heartbroken by their passing
    • I will only have good memories to look back on of your parents. They were both wonderful people who will be missed dearly
    • I only wish I could help ease the pain in some way
    • I wasn’t lucky enough to have met your mother/father but know how loved and respected he/she was

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    For Loss of a Partner/Spouse

    Use some unique and different words to let someone who has lost their partner know you’re sorry for such an awful loss. Or comfort your own partner who has lost a close one.

    • If I can do anything to help you – run errands or do some chores – just ask
    • I would do anything to take the pain away. I hope you are finding the strength to get by
    • I love you and will be here to support you through this tough time
    • I am thinking and praying for you. You are loved by so many, please don’t forget that
    • At times like this try to find some solace in family and friends who will do all they can for you

    Ways to Say ‘I’m Sorry for Your Loss’ to a Coworker

    Quite often we end up becoming very close to our colleagues. So when they lose someone and we are looking to reach out with a sympathy gift or card, maybe attending a funeral, then it’s good to have something other to say than “I’m sorry for your loss”.

    Alternatively if someone you know has lost a boss or colleague they were close to try these sayings.

    • I know how hard this must be and I can cover your shifts if you want to take some time off
    • We in the office are all thinking of you and sending loving thoughts
    • Offering my condolences for the loss of your colleague and friend
    • I know how much you looked up to your boss and that work won’t be the same for you without them
    • I hope you are doing ok and coping after an awful loss
    • We will all miss ______ and they’re warmth. Wishing you much love

    ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Alternatives for an Acquaintance

    Many of the people we encounter who have suffered losing a loved one aren’t going to be close friends or family. But we still want to say something to show we empathise and understand how hard loss their is.

    If you’re attending a funeral you may have to introduce yourself to family members or friends of whoever died. Use these alternative words to be express your condolences for their loss.

    • You’re _______ will be missed so much. They were a truly special person
    • Work just won’t be the same without your ______. They will be missed by so many
    • Your mother/father always spoke so highly of you. They were so proud of everything you did
    • I know I speak for all who knew your brother/sister when I say they were one of the most incredible people you could hope to meet. Their loss will be devastating to so many
    • What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us
    • Your ______ will be forever be remembered by all those who were lucky enough to know them


    Whilst “I’m sorry for your loss” is overused there is a reason for that. It is the simplest and most concise way of expressing our sorrow for the pain someone is going through. So if it’s the most appropriate and fitting thing to say then you shouldn’t feel bad about using it. Your words will fade as time passes but the effort and time you took to attend the funeral or reach out with a card/gift will be remembered and appreciated by the friends and family of those that passed.

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