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It’s always difficult to know ‘what to say‘ to family and friends that have lost their loved ones. These common messages could be used on such occasions. Just remember, it’s not always what you say that counts, but that you have just taken the time to connect, bringing comfort to others who know you’re thinking about them.


  • “Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.” -(Leonardo Davinci)
  • “As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” -(A headstone in Ireland)
  • “Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up.” -(Henry David Thoreau)
  • “Extending deepest sympathy, for you in your loss. And hoping, too, that comfort and peace may come to you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” -(William Penn)
  • “Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it's just enough to know that they are standing by. -(Elizabeth Foley)
  • “Have hope in tomorrow, have faith in the everlasting, and take comfort in the love of friends and family.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “He is not alone...and neither are you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” -(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • “Heaven is a place nearby, so there’s no need to say goodbye.” -(Lene Marlin)
  • “Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Hold tight to memories for comfort.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “I cannot imagine what you are going through. Please know I am here for you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “I cannot take away your pain, but I can listen if you want to talk about it.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “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)
  • “I know we never lose the people we love. They live the rest of our lives with us in our heart.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think, but the most important thing is, even if we're apart...I'll always be with you.” -(Winnie the Pooh)
  • “If I can help you at this time of sadness, I’m here.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.” -(Beth Mende Conny)
  • “If you need a friend to hold you, my arms are open.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” -(Robert Ingersoll)
  • “It has been a very tough year for you. I hope you know that life has not ended for you just changed. - (Author Unknown)
  • “It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, and although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “It’s hard to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing you were a special part of a well-lived life.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” -(Elizabeth Kubler-Ross)
  • “Life is a dream walking, death is a going home.” -(Chinese Proverb)
  • “Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” -(Rossiter Worthington Raymond)
  • “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow” -(Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • “Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man can spread out and touch the lives of many others.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Love follows us, no matter how far.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Love here on earth, love beyond the grave, there are no roads, my love for you can't pave.” -(T. Sachs)
  • “Magic happens when two hearts become connected, and memories can never be erased. I’m sorry for your loss.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May angels walk with you today and always.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May happy memories carry you through this time of sorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May hope find its way to your heart.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May knowing you're in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and yours through this time of sorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May the blessings of love be upon you, may its peace abide with you, may its essence illuminate your heart, now and forever more.” -(Sufi Blessing)
  • “May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May the stars carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears.” -(Chief Dan George)
  • “May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “May your memories give you strength.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Memories are the legacy of love.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.” -(Richard Fife)
  • “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” -(Albert Einstein)
  • “Our heart aches for you. I’m sorry for your loss.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Our thoughts and prayers are with you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “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.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loved one.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Remember that we love and care about you.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Someone so special can never be forgotten.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Sorrow is a fleeting emotion, but love is infinite.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” -(Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  • “The greatest compliment to someone who has passed, is to live your life and keep their memory alive.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” -(Thornton Wilder)
  • “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” -(Ben Okri)
  • “They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” - (William Penn)
  • “Thinking of You. Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, and comfort in the midst of pain.” - (Author Unknown)
  • “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.” -(William Wordsworth)
  • “Time and prayer are the keys to healing pain, I offer you both.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” -(Thomas Campbell)
  • “We are deeply saddened by your loss. We will cherish the memories of the times we spent together. We are with you during this time of grief.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “We are thinking of you during this difficult time.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “We hold you safe in our hearts at this time of sadness.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” -(Kenji Miyazawa)
  • “We must respect the dead and continue to live. We all have a journey and leaving a life behind is an honor.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “We reflect on what has been lost and comfort those enduring a profound grief. And somehow we know that a brighter morning will come.” -(President George W. Bush)
  • “What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy- hearted into which our grief has given us entrance and inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy and their understanding.” -(Helen Keller)
  • “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “When the sun begins to shine for you again. Please remember that life is for the living. Get out there and show the world how special you are. You are a true gift in my life.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “When those we love have left this earth, we still can feel them near. We'll see a picture, hear a song, and it’s just like they are here. And when we call upon our faith, when we believe and trust, we know the ones we care about are always close to us.” -(Constance Parker Graham)
  • “When we lose someone we love, it seems that time stands still.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “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.” -(Kahil Gibran)
  • “When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Wishing you and your family strength and peace.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “With deep sympathy at this time of sadness.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Words fall short of expressing my sorrow.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache, but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “You are in our prayers.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “You don't get over it, you just get through it. You don't get by it, because you can't get around it. It doesn't 'get better'; it just gets different. Everyday... Grief puts on a new face.” -(Wendy Feireisen)
  • “You have my deepest sympathies on the death of your loved one.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “You have my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one.” -(Author Unknown)
  • “You’re in my thoughts every step of the way.” -(Author Unknown)

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