Sympathy Quotations
Sympathy Sayings

Sympathy quotations teach us something that someone has learned about grief or sympathy. You will find that you resonate with some sympathy sayings, while others don’t fit your perspective. You may have received sympathy card quotes that made you cringe. You don’t have to agree with every one of the sympathy card messages you read. You’re experience is your own.

Guidelines for Sympathy Card Messages
If you are looking for quotes to use as sympathy card messages, please select wisely. Wisdom learned after a long season of grief, may feel harsh to someone in the shock of fresh grief. Remember the goal is not to fix, but to support and show care.

My Sympathy Cards
See sympathy cards I made using photos I took during my own grief journey. Sympathy card quotes from these cards may be used in your own sympathy cards with author credit given.

Sympathy Sayings

“Every one can master a grief but he that has it.”
         -- William Shakespeare

“If we carry our storms
like actors pretending to be brave,
each swallowed tear will fill our hearts
like a bag of stones.”
          --Alison Asher

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

“Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well.”
         --Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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

“Perhaps, they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”
         -- Eskimo legend

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
         -- From a Headstone in Ireland

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

“You don't get over it, you just get through it. Your 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

“My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul”
         -- William Shakespeare

“Grief makes one hour ten.”
         -- William Shakespeare

“Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on the earth.”
         --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Reflection on Sympathy Quotations:

  • Which of these sayings do you feel yourself drawn to?
  • Which sympathy sayings don’t feel helpful to you on your journey?
  • You might find it helpful to journal about some of your reflections.

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