Nothing will ever take away our memories. May your memories be ones
that give you comfort and reminders of happier times.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
Mary Elizabeth Frye, Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep
There are no words. While you have joy knowing where your love
is in a better place, there is sadness in the loss and grief. You are in our prayers.
Perhaps the mourners learn to look to the blue sky by day, and to the stars by night, and to think that the dead are there, and not in graves.
May God be with you and give you comfort. May He wrap His arms
around you and give you peace and hope. May He fill you with strength, and
may you feel His love.
Our words are useless unless they come from the bottom of the heart.
When there are no words to say, but know that I'm always here for you.
Danielle Duckery, Words For The Occasion
Quote of the Day
Extend sympathy, empathy and compassion to others.
Vishnu, Seven Sacred Promises
Too long sorrow makes a stone of the heart.
One day He'll give us the answers to questions that now plague our mind,
When our journey on earth has been ended, and our hardships are all left behind.
Greta Zwaan, By and By
While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.
Time does not heal all wounds; it makes coping with the loss
easier but the heart never fully recovers.
Robbie Miller Kaplan, How to Say It When You Don't Know What to Say
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Written on a Headstone in Ireland
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change,
and whom no one can help, become uninteresting.
Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the
most often attract it the least.
F. H. Bradley
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May the blessings of love be upon you,
May its peace abide with you,
May its essence illuminate your heart,
Now and forever more
Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength,
and always remember how much you are cared about.
However you choose to show sympathy - that you know someone is
experiencing a loss and that you care - is almost always better
than saying and doing nothing. Your response, whether verbal, written,
or visual, provides an indication that you care about other people.
Carol Fredericks Ebeling, What to Say
The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the
living who belong to them.
Encouraging Bible Verses
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times
and He helps you heal with the passage of time.
There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain.
One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life.
The less said about life's sores the better.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult 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 that are happy.
Sympathy extended to another is the expression of the
human heart demontrating that love is true and wholesome.
Byron R. Pulsifer
A good condolence note: acknowledges the person's loss; expresses
your sympathy; in certain cases, it comforts.
Florence Isaacs, My Deepest Sympathies...: Meaningful Sentiments for Condolence Notes and Conversations
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Research tells us that individuals heal and bounce back faster
if they can voice their feelings and feel the support of caring souls.
Robbie Miller Kaplan, How to Say It When You Don't Know What to Say
May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special
will never be forgotten.
Words of Encouragement
He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When a child or young person dies, friends and family members usually
focus their sympathy and support on the parents of the child who died.
Next to be comforted are the siblings of the child who died. Grieving
grandparents, on the other hand, are often neglected or forgotten.
Alan D. Wolfelt, Healing a Grandparent's Grieving Heart
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death
They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.
Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Not only today, but always remember that we love and care about you.
Write a sympathy note full of memories. Perhaps you have a special memory
from a visit or a past holiday you can mention.
You can also relay any funny anecdotes you remember
from school or teen years, or holidays or work. Sharing memories
for the family is a lovely thing to do. Sometimes the family
learn new things about their loved one that they never knew.
Elizabeth Postle, Sample Sympathy Messages and Quotes: Condolence Sentiments
Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel we for and
your family. We are here to help, support, and do whatever you need done.
I had always considered myself a great friend - encouraging, there to help
when needed, sensitive, able to see when people
were suffering and how I might comfort them.
But when my husband died so suddenly, I soon came to realize that,
when it came
to helping someone who was grieving … I KNEW VERY, VERY LITTLE!
Anne-Marie Lockmyer, When Their World Stops: The Essential Guide to TRULY Helping Anyone in Grief
May your memories give you strength. Our prayers are with you.
Grief is very personal to each of us and so there can be no
one method to help all; but if one message or one phrase can
bring a gentle peace of mind and heart to those feeling grief's sorrow,
then that is a good thing to hope for.
E.E.D Horton We Speak Comfort In Grief
You must look forward because if you don't, you'll be stuck. You'll
become a victim who longs for sympathy and you wouldn't want to go there.
Noel Rosos, From Garbage to Gold
Ignorance should not be tolerated. It isn't worthy of our understanding
Ethan Hunter, Maya Angelou: 24 Powerful Lessons And Insights From Maya Angelou
The loss of a loved one is never easy, it never really goes away
but the gaps in one's life start to fill again
with other experiences so that the gap grows
smaller and less emotional.
Byron Pulsifer, Hopes and Dreams
Quotes about Life
When you find yourself alone and hurting, nearly total strangers will offer their advice and help and encouragement.
Women are the caregivers and they really do care. Amazing contacts are made - in the grocery check-out line, at the bank teller,
with the neighbor down the street. They listen with sympathy and compassion and they all have bits of advice for you. Heed them.
Jill Charlotte Stanford, Going it alone: Advice, comments, and sympathy for women over 50 who find themselves alone
I journeyed through some of the toughest moments of my life and
how with God's help I saw good in the midst of the bad and how
he helped me grow during those sad seasons of my life.
Denise Mansfield, Warm Hugs for Dark Nights
One half of the pleasure experienced at a theatre arises from
the spectator's sympathy with the rest of the audience, and, especially
from his belief in their sympathy with him.
Edgar Allan Poe
The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family
relation should be one uniting working people of all nations
and tongues and kindred's.
You can help your loved one through their grief journey by
being there for them. By showing them how much you care and
are thinking of them.
Michelle Pommells, The Etiquette of Sympathy: How to Encourage Hurting Loved Ones and Friends
Condolence messages mean a great deal to people, so much so that
the bereaved tend to keep them. Months or even years later,
the person may pull them out,
reread them, and remember who took the time and made the effort to write.
Florence Isaacs, My Deepest Sympathies...: Meaningful Sentiments for Condolence Notes and Conversations, Plus a Guide to Eulogies