Famous sympathy messages for a sympathy card

Updated July 20, 2017

Death is a part of life, but many struggle to find the right words to express sympathy to friends and loved ones when a death occurs. A sympathy card is a useful way to express feelings and condolences to loves ones who experience the loss of someone close. If you're having trouble coming up with the right words to say, don't be afraid to borrow from someone whose words have stood the test of time.

Using Quotes

Knowing just what to say to a grieving friend or family member can be difficult. Using a famous sympathy quote can be an effective way of expressing condolences. Some popular quotes include:

"Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality." - Emily Dickinson

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." - William Penn

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." - Thomas Campbell

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow." - author unknown

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." - from a headstone in Ireland

Spiritual Quotes of Sympathy

Many times a grieving family will find comfort in words reminding them of their faith. Using spiritual quotes and bible verses can be useful in a sympathy card:

"While we are morning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil." - John Taylor

"A human life is a story told by God." - Hans Christian Andersen

"Tears are God's gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow." - Rita Schiano

"He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Biblical Passages of Sympathy

Bible passages are often used in funerals and to express condolences in a sympathy card or letter. Some passages to consider:

Psalm 23 in its entirety.

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." - Psalm 18:2

"My flesh and my heart may fail, by God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever." - Psalm 73:26

"For You light my lamp; the Lord my God illumines my darkness." - Psalm 18:28

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." - Psalm 34:18

Popular Condolence Phrases

Sending a personal sympathy card or letter can be a well-received treasure to someone who has just lost someone they love and care about. Some common phrases people like to use in expressing a message of sympathy include:

Please accept my condolences.

Thinking of you during this difficult time.

With heartfelt sympathy/condolences.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peace and blessings upon you and your family.

May the comfort of God help you in this difficult time.

Praying that God will give you strength and courage in your time of bereavement.

When expressing your sympathy, refer to the deceased by name and be sure to include your last name when signing the card as it may be passed around to other friends and family members. If you knew the deceased well, it is appropriate to say how much that person meant to you or a memory you have.

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Robin Hawkins has been writing professionally since 2000. As a freelance writer, reporter and columnist, her work has been featured in places like "LA Family Magazine," "Texas Suburban Parent," "The Virginia Child Guide" and "Quad Cities Family Focus Magazine." In addition to print publications, Hawkins also writes for several websites.