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37 Sympathy Quotes to Help You Express Your Condolences

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Losing a loved one is a hardship that no one can help you with. However, that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t try. If you have someone in your life that’s experienced the loss of a loved one, you should do everything in your power to help them.

Sometimes, offering words of sympathy is the only thing that we can do. If you’re at a loss of words, here are the best sympathy quotes that can inspire you. Use them to offer condolences and comfort to those around you dealing with grief.

Any loss is devastating. However, knowing that there are people around you who will serve as a rock in times of hardship means a lot. With these words, show those you love that they don’t have to carry the burden of grief all alone.

37 Most Comforting Sympathy Quotes

Sympathy Quotes for Those Devastated With Loss

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

#2. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

#3. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet them behind the veil.” — John Taylor

#4. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” — Terri Guillemets

#5. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” — Hebrew Proverb

#6. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” — Irish Proverb

#7. “Love knows no boundaries — even those that divide heaven and earth. So whenever you feel sad, just remember — your hearts are connected together.” — Anonymous

#8. “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” — Helen Keller

#9. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” — Queen Elizabeth II

#10. “Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.” — Victor Hugo

#11. “What is lovely never dies,

But passes into another loveliness,

Star-dust or sea-foam,

Flower or winged air.”

— Thomas Bailey Aldrich

#12. “He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

#14. “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace they finally found.” — Anonymous

#15. “May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.” — Anonymous

Sympathy Quotes That Offer Solace and Consolation

#16. “May the love of God heal you as the burden in your heart abounds.” — Anonymous

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

#18. “Nothing will ever take away our memories. May your memories be ones that give you comfort and reminders of happier times.” — Catherine Pulsifer

#19. “Do not stand at my grave and weep

I am not there. I do not sleep.”

— Mary Elizabeth Frye

#20. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Mitch Albom

#21. “Life is for the living.

Death is for the dead.

Let life be like music.

And death a note unsaid.”

― Langston Hughes

#22. “May this be your final sorrow.” ― Anonymous

#23. “When people pass away, we hurt, and we miss them. It’s consoling to know they’re not feeling anything. They’re void of any consciousness. They’re at peace.” ― Anonymous

#24. “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

#25. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death they continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” ― Leo Buscaglia

Sympathy Quotes That Make Difficult Times Easier

#26. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” — Isaiah 43:2

#27. “Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.” ― Renee O’Neill

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

#29. “With what a deep devotedness of woe

I wept thy absence — o’er and o’er again

Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,

And memory, like a drop that, night and day,

Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!”

— Thomas Moore

#30. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” ― Matthew 5:4

#31. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” ― Leo Buscaglia

#32. “It’s hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.” — Anonymous

#33. “Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.” ― Charles Henry Parkhurst

#34. “Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

#35. “The object is not to forget but to remember to go on.” — Anonymous

#36. “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson

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

To Conclude

Gone but never forgotten, those who died leave holes in our hearts that can never be filled. Hopefully, these sympathy quotes will help you express your grief, condolences, and offer comfort to those who need it.