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Famous Quotes to Bring Comfort

Sometimes, finding the words yourself is too much of a challenge, especially in the face of raw grief of someone that you love. It can be helpful to draw on great wisdom and beautiful words that are well-known. They're well-known for a reason after all, right?


Religious Words of Comfort:

  • “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”

    ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • "Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."

    ~ Thomas Moore

  • "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."

    ~ John 11:25,26

  • "The memory of the righteous is a blessing."

    ~ Proverbs 10:7

  • "When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know."

    ~ Author unknown

Secular Words of Comfort:

  • "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

    ~ Author unknown

  • "Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."

    ~ Thomas Moore

  • “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

    ~ JRR Tolkien

  • "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

Quotes About Struggling with Grief:

  • “You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”

    ~ Anne Lamott

  • “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

    ~ José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

  • “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

    ~ Leo Tolstoy

  • “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”

    ~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Memorial Windchime

“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.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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More Quotes, phrases & Sayings to Bring Comfort


  • May knowing you're
    in the hearts and thoughts of others
    help you and yours
    through this time of sorrow.

  • Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,
    just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

  • The sorrow of the faithful
    is not that of permanent loss,
    but the tender sense of sadness
    that comes in saying good-bye for now
    to someone we love.
    May today's sorrow give way
    to the peace and
    comfort of God's love.

  • What we have once enjoyed
    we can never lose...
    All that we love deeply
    becomes a part of us.

    ~ Helen Keller

Your life was a blessing your memory a treasure, You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

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  • Extending deepest sympathy
    For you in your loss.
    And hoping, too,
    That comfort and peace
    May come to you.

  • Praying for friends to comfort you,
    faith to uphold you,
    and loving memories
    to help you smile again.

  • At this time of sorrow,
    may these truths sustain you...
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.
    may these truths sustain you...
    Your loved one will always
    be as close as a memory,
    and the God of all comfort
    will always be as
    close as a prayer.

  • The tide recedes but leaves behind
    bright seashells on the sand.
    The sun goes down, but gentle
    warmth still lingers on the land.
    The music stops, and yet it echoes
    on in sweet refrains.....
    For every joy that passes,
    something beautiful remains.

Memorial Windchime

“Sadly missed along life's way,
quietly remembered every day...
No longer in our life to share,
but in our hearts, you're always there.”

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  • Words, however kind,
    can't mend your heartache:
    but those who care and
    share your loss wish you
    comfort and peace of mind.

  • May you find strength
    in the love of family
    and in the warm embrace
    of friends.

  • 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.

  • There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.

    ~ Washington Irving

Memorial Bracelet

“There are no goodbyes for us.
Wherever you are, you
will always be in my heart."~ Gandhi

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  • Whoever you hold in the heart of you
    Is forever and always a part of you.

  • To live in hearts we leave behind
    Is not to die.

    ~ Thomas Campbell, 'Hallowed Ground'

  • 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.

  • Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Memorial Stone

“Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear."

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  • 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

  • While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.

    ~John Taylor

  • Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

    ~ Author Unknown

  • Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh
    And talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved
    You so—‘twas heaven here with you.

    ~ Isla Paschal Richardson

  • For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.

    ~ William Penn

  • The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.
    ~ Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

  • Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives.

    ~ Author Unknown

  • Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
    May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

    ~ Author Unknown

  • May you see God's light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Never turn your heart to stone,
    May you always remember
    when the shadows fall—
    You do not walk alone.

     

    ~ Irish Blessing

     

  • He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.

    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • "There's a very special garden
    Where the trees of memory grow
    Nurtured by the kindness
    And concern that good friends show.
    The roots are cherished memories Of good times in the past.
    The branches tender promises that souls endure and last.
    It's a place of peace and beauty
    Where bright new hopes can start
    It's memory's lovely garden That soothes the hurting heart"

    ~Unknown

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