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– Sympathy Quotes and Sayings are the best huggers when alone. And in the words of Bram Stolker – “Though sympathy cannot alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable”. Malcolm Forbes – “The more sympathy you give, the less you need.”

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What makes Good Sympathy Quotes?

Making a good sympathy quote all by yourself can be difficult, especially when emotions are raw. So –

What is a good sympathy quote?

Sympathy Quotes and Thoughts need to contain the words that express your feelings. They should touch deep within. And finding such deep words to express your condolences is not easy.

Secondly, it is not always about words. The music of the syllabus along with the phrasing is equally important.

But when everything is in harmony a single sympathy quote expressed by you can completely elevate the mood!

These can be very powerful. And on the other hand, showing true sympathy reflects the nature of that individual depicted in one of the sympathy quotes by Ivan Turgenev –
“To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.”

Power of An Effective Sympathy Quote

Sympathy Quotes when properly expressed can give a sense of acceptance and belongingness. They take away the fear of loneliness and its darkness. And this is one of the primary uses of sympathy thoughts.

But there is a lot you can do if your words are powerful and your mind can generate meaningful sympathy quotes and thoughts.

Your sayings can be used in a flower message card, a sympathy card, or a condolence letter to the family of the deceased.

And sometimes people will even pay you to make a tailored sympathy quote that has deeper connections with the one they are going to send the quote.

Below we have selected some of the best Sympathy Quotes | Sympathy Sayings & | Sympathy Thoughts that you can use. They contain deep meaningful words which you wish to express.

We hope you find them inspirational for yourself and to share with others.

Death | Condolence Sympathy Quotes

Death | Condolence Sympathy Quotes

In this section, we have included almost all the great sympathy quotes you can use at the time of the passing away of your loved ones and near ones. The quotes come from great personalities and famous writers like Queen Elizabeth and Emily Dickinson.

This quote section is divided into parts – (as are all sections) – titled “Famous Death | Condolence Sympathy Quotes” and “Other Death | Condolence Sympathy Quotes”. The famous ones come from renowned celebrities but that does not make the second section any less effective.

Choose the one which appeals to you the most –

Famous Sympathy Quotes

  • “For death is no more than a turning of us from time to eternity .”
  • – William Penn
  • “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
    – Emily Dickinson
  • “There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”
    – Chief Seattle
  • “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”
    – William Penn
  • “A thousand moments that I had just taken for granted, mostly because I had assumed that there would be a thousand more.”
    – Morgan Matson
  • Those we love can never be more than a thought away; for as long as there’s a memory, they live on in our hearts.
    – Unknown
  • “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “To live in Hearts we leave behind, is not to die.”
    – Thomas Campbell
  • “Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.”
    – Kahlil Gibran
  • “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
    – From a headstone in Ireland

Short Sympathy Quotes

  • “Death is the most blessed dream.”
    – Georg Büchner
  • “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”
    Author Unknown
  • “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes but it cannot hide love from the soul.”
    – Rumi
  • “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.”
    – Helen Keller
  • “When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left”
    – Sufi Epigram
  • “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “Grant but memory to us and we lose nothing by death.”
    – Whittier
    But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.”
    – Dorothy Ferguson
  • “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death”.
    – Leonardo Da Vinci
  • “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”
    – Thomas Moore
  • “Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.”
    – Joni Mitchell
  • “Grief and love are conjoined—you don’t get one without the other.”
    – Jandy Nelson
  • “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
    – Richard Bach
  • “If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.” 
    – Sophocles

Loss Sympathy Quotes

This new section titled “Loss Sympathy Quotes” differs from the above section “Death | Condolence Sympathy Quotes”. The quotes taken here can be used for all kinds of losses and are not specifically for death.

You can use these sympathy quotes for a loss in business, or a loss of pet, or a loss of a relationship – and many more.

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Famous Loss Sympathy Quotes

  • “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
    – Vicki Harrison
  • “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
    – Haruki Murakami
  • “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
  • “However long the night, the dawn will break.”
    – African Proverb
  • “A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.”
    – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”
    – Helen Keller
  • “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow.”
    – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “There is no pain so great as the Memory of joy in present grief.”
    – Aeschylus
  • “The object is not to forget, but to remember to go on.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “The darker the night, the brighter the stars; the deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
    – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Other Loss Sympathy Quotes

  • “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”
    – Corrie Ten Boom
  • “May love be what you remember most.”
    – Darcie Sims
  • “Flowers grow out of dark moments.”
    – Corita Kent
  • “The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment.”
    – Dr. Colin Murray Parkes
  • “All things grow with time, except grief.”
    – Jewish Proverb
  • “The dew of compassion is a tear.”
    – Lord Byron
  • “Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.”
    – Orison Swett Marden
  • “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.”
    – Corrie Ten Boom
  • “Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”
    – Victor Hugo

Religious Sympathy Quotes

There are numerous sympathy quotes in many holy books and they are quite soothing and blaming. But in this post, we have limited to the quotes and saying in Bible | Torah, and Christian | Jewish texts.

There are a lot of Arabic | and Hebrew sympathy quotes too – but as our readers are commonly English, we have not included them.

Religious Sympathy Quotes

Famous Religious Sympathy Quotes

  • “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
    – John 14:27
  • “And everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” – John 11:26
  • “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”
    – John 16:22
  • “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    – Psalm 73:26
  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
    – Matthew 5:4
  • “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
    – Psalm 34:18
  • “For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”
    – Isaiah 49:13
  • “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    – Psalms 73:26
  • “And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
    – Luke 23:43
  • “The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble.”
    – Psalm 9:9
  • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
    – Psalm 147:3

Other Religious Sympathy Quotes

  • “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.”
    – Psalms 57:1|2
  • “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”
    – Romans 8:18
  • “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord, himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
    – Thessalonians 4:13|18
  • “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
    – Philippians 4:13
  • “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
    – Romans 8:1
  • “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep”
    – Thessalonians 4:13
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
    – Corinthians 1:3

Short Sympathy Thoughts

Sympathy quotes and sympathy thoughts seem the same. However, that is not how they are.

Sympathy quotes are thoughts that are inspiring and are used widely. They are famous and come from famous personalities. Sympathy thoughts on the other hand miss this fame angle.

A good line that has a really deep meaning can be considered a good thought coming from ordinaries like you and me. But these lines cannot be considered Sympathy Quotes.

If the element you want to address is missing in the sympathy quotes above you can choose one from the thoughts compiled below –

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Famous Short Sympathy Thoughts

  • “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 Blessings
  • “If something comes to life in others because of you, then you have made an approach to immortality.”
    – Norman Cousins
  • “Although no words can really help
    To ease the loss you bear
    Just know that you are very close
    In every thought and prayer.”
    – Anon Sympathy Thoughts
  • “And with the morn those angel faces smile
    Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.”
    – John Henry Newman
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
    Author Unknown
  • “If the future seems overwhelming, remember that it comes one moment at a time.”
    – Beth Mende Conny
  • “Maybe [deaths] are not exits after all. Maybe they are holes through which something pours in, a love so far beyond our ken that we can only stand there, mute, riven, blessed.”
    – Brian Doyle
  • “You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to FEEL the loss.”
    – Mandy Hale
  • “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”
    – Dorothy Ferguson
  • “Some people come into our lives,
    leave footprints on our hearts,
    and we are never the same.”
    – Author Unknown

Other Short Sympathy Thoughts

  • “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”
    – Terri Guillemets
  • “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed.
    – Author Unknown
  • “No, the camera can’t steal the soul. But it can occasionally hold it hostage.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our loved ones are sealed inside to comfort us.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “The Remembrance of the good done those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.”
    – Demoustier
  • “The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”
    – C.S. Lewis
  • “When I am lonely, I think of you and all that you brought to my life. Your memory rests gently on my soul.”
    – Cindy Adkins
  • “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”
    – Alfred Lord Tennyson

Long Sympathy Thoughts

Long thoughts are again not sympathy quotes – but if you are using these – then you don’t need to use messages and quotes differently.

These thoughts have all the necessary elements of sympathy quotes, messages, and sayings and can go as it is in your card or your letter.

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Famous Long Sympathy Thoughts

  • “It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embryo state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he is dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?”
    – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. […] The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.”
    – Dean Koontz
  • “Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to have a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of others…for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”
    – Albert Einstein
  • “To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because ‘it’ is the person you loved. The pain stops, and there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? […] This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no one else can fit it.”
    – Jeanette Winterson
  • “Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.”
    – Oscar Wilde
  • And one of our favorite sympathy thoughts…
    “I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”Gone where?”Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!” And that is dying.”
    – Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) American author, educator, and clergy

Other Long Sympathy Thoughts

  • “I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
    – Agatha Christie
  • “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 goodbye, 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
  • “Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”
    – Mitch Albom
  • “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
  • “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The gray rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”
    – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “As we go through the journey of life, we must remember that the impressions we leave behind will define who and what we are. They are just as individual as the paths we have chosen to walk. So leave good impressions wherever you go.”
    – Dave Hedges
  • “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
  • “May tender memories soften your grief, May fond recollection brings you relief, And may you find comfort and peace in the thought of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…Time and space can never divide, or keep your loved one from your side. When memory paints in colors true, the happy hours that belonged to you.”
    – Helen Steiner Rice
  • “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives the height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”
    – Osho

Sympathy Sayings

There is not much difference between sayings and sympathy quotes. So you can really choose any one from these two sections.

However, if you really want to go deep and understand the real difference then check out our section titled “Sympathy Quotes Sayings and Messages – What is the difference?” below.

Famous Sympathy Sayings

  • If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again.”
    Author Unknown
  • “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in the time of sorrow.”
    – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
    – Robert Ingersoll
  • “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
  • “Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.”
    – Dirk Benedict
  • “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
  • “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “Say not in grief ‘he is no more but in thankfulness that he was.”
    – Hebrew Proverb
  • “Do not think of me as gone.  I am with you still in each new dawn.”
    – American Poem
  • “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.”
    – Meister Eckhart
  • “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea foam, Flower or winged air.”
    – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”
    – Maya Angelou
  • “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi
  • “In memory of a life so beautifully lived, a heart so deeply loved.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.”
    – Author Unknown
  • “Cardinals appear when angels are near.”
    – Author Unknown

Other Sympathy Sayings

  • “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”
    – J.K. Rowling
  • “Across the years I will walk with you, in deep green forests, on shores of sand and when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you will have my hand!”
    – Robert Sexton
  • “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 Proverb
  • “Sometimes I don’t want to talk about it. Not to anyone. No one. No one at all. I just want to think about it on my own, because it is mine, and no one else’s.”
    – Michael Rosen
  • “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
  • “Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.”
    – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • “Our loved ones walk beside us in our hearts and memories.”
    – Author Unknown

Sympathy Messages

Sympathy messages are plain lines expressing your emotions. They do not have any philosophical touch commonly observed in Sympathy Quotes.

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What do you say in a sympathy loss?

Below we have compiled some of the shortest and most common sympathy messages you can use at times of loss.

But please note that a message is mostly delivered in a non-artistical day-to-day talking language. Sympathy quotes differ here from sympathy messages. Quotes rhyme and have an artistical as well as philosophical touch to them. Whereas a message is just like talking and showing sympathy to him/her.

And it is not always wise to write “my deepest sympathy”. You can add some more meaningful and touching words which can add emotions and balm the sufferer. So –

What can I say instead of deepest sympathy?

  • “Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bear. May it be comforting to you to know that others care.”
  • “Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one.”
  • “My heart is heavy, and my eyes are moistened for the loss.” 
  • “Please know that I am with you, I’m just a message away.”
  • “May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.”
  • “Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.”
  • “We are always with you to share your sadness and grief.”
  • “This message will not make your pain go away, but I want you to know I’m here with a shoulder always.”
  • “In no time you are going to recover from the shock of this loss.” 
  • “Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.”
  • “May you be comforted with my message.”
  • “Wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember (name).”
  • “Sending you love and sympathy in these difficult times.”
  • “We are very sorry for your loss.”
  • “Thinking of you at this tender time and hoping you will do ok.”
  • “Our deepest sympathies and prayers at these distressing times.”
  • “Words fail to describe how sorry I am for your loss.”

Please note that just messages will look pale. At least include sympathy quotes at the beginning of your message. It will show you care.

Designed Sympathy Quotes | Sympathy Card Pictures

If you do not want to design DIY sympathy quotes card, then you can choose any one of the templates below.

However, we would recommend writing on these designs. And not to get these printed.

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Sympathy Quotes Sayings and Messages – What is the difference?

Confused as to what is are sympathy quotes and what are sayings? And where to use them precisely to make your message effective?

Quotes and sayings are seen as one. But they are not. Although both quotes and sayings have some psychological and philosophical elements, there is a small distinction between what is a quote and what is a saying.

A quote is words generally spoken by famous personalities and well-known authors and speakers. It has an author attached to it. Read this quote as an example by the famous Leonardo Da Vinci –
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death”.

A saying is picked by the masses. Quotes or lines which are repeatedly used by a lot of people and are on the tongues are known as sayings. They do not need to be necessarily associated with an author. Check this – “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.”

Why diy-stress-relief is publishing Sympathy Quotes?

At times of loss, people stress out a lot. Especially in the beginning. And words can comfort a lot. We recommend that you should message at the beginning of a loss period and not after some time.

And words are not going to cost you anything. All you have to do is search artistically. Find some good sympathy quotes and messages and send them to the ones in need. This simple DIY – can be very effective.

And rather than typing just a message – a message followed by a saying or a famous quote by a well-known personality is very well received. It shows that the world believes this way – and gives hope and the needed sympathy.

In fact, you can make your own DIY sympathy card. Read the next section on tips to design a good card and precisely know where you should place sympathy quotes, sayings, and messages.

And the most important reason we are publishing sympathy quotes is very well expressed in this quote by Malcolm Forbes – “The more sympathy you give, the less you need.”

Tips to Design a Great Sympathy Card

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Sympathy Quotes, Messages and Sayings are short-lived. Of course, they have a great impact as a DIY stress reliever but the true meaning of offering sympathy is to help the sufferer and pull him or her out of the grief permanently.

Check this quote for instance –
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they are gone, the light remains.”
This quote has no words of sympathy, yet the reader feels a balm, knowing that the gone ones are actually never gone. Their light is shining and will shine forever. So instead of grief, they try to remember his good deeds deriving positive inspiration for the same.

But filling your card with sympathy quotes is not enough –

So what should your card have other than just sympathy quotes and thoughts?

Well, there is a lot more your card can have – Below are some helpful tips to make your sympathy card an actually stress relief solution.

Choose a Perfect Card

  • Select a heavy gsm expensive paper card. It shows how much your sympathy weighs and how much the person means to you.
  • The size of your card matters too. If you want it to be treasured by the left ones – go with a small card having a really meaningful quote and a personal handwritten thought.
  • Sympathy cards often have pastel colors. Go with white or sunlight shades. And design them with flowers, rays, angles, clouds, and mood-enhancing objects and characters.
  • You can also sprinkle the card with light fragrance and attars. White musk can do wonders.
  • If possible emboss the sympathy quotes in golden or silver.

Sketch Mood Lifting Practical Content

  • Try to find a perfect mix of sympathy quotes, sympathy thoughts, and sympathy sayings.
  • The cover page should have a quote, then the first page should have a saying and then the main content should have a detailed sympathy thought.
  • It is also helpful to write a personal note sharing a memory of the deceased/loss together with sympathy thoughts. Receiving cards with personal memories helps those who are grieving in their healing journey.
  • Include information on practical matters such as making difficult lifestyle adjustments (in finances, retirement, housing, etc.)
    A single tip can really help in times of need (Sometimes sympathy quotes might already have these tips).
  • Involve support comments and guidance sayings from other family members. These comments should be specifically dealing with different grieving patterns and ways to minimize stress in your life.
  • Build in an emotional upheaval of grief, which helps them better understand the shock, disbelief, confusion, fear, anger, guilt, sorrow, loneliness, mystical experiences, and spiritual reactions that are commonly experienced in a loss.
  • Try to handwrite everything – the quote, the saying, the thought, and also the comments. This gives a personal touch and a feeling of closeness. You can use computer typings for other cards but not for sympathy cards.
  • Add your own reactions and how the loss affects you. And how you are finding sympathy.
  • Include how to identify and establish a support system and how to cope with the upsets, setbacks, and aftershocks that accompany normal grief.
  • Finally, reflect upon how the life ahead can again become beautiful and happy and how they will progress move from surviving toward transcending your grief.
  • Add one or more sympathy quotes as a closing where you sign off.

Along with a great sympathy message or a card, you can also gift the below self-healing from the grief course.

The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey

It will help you understand the nature of grief and its potential impact on all aspects of your life: physical, financial, emotional, social, and spiritual. Check out the online grief-healing course.

What Not to Quote in a Sympathy Card

Sympathy quotes and sayings come in great varieties. You will find quotes that will soothe you, while others criticize the emotion of sympathy itself.

Look at this hilarious and obnoxious quote for instance by Marcus Tullius Cicero
“It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.”

While preparing your card – you need to avoid these kinds of sympathy quotes. Because they actually do not offer any sympathy. On the other hand, they might look rude and come as a taunt.

Quick Tip – If you are doing a google search for the quotes then websites do not filter the ones which offer sympathy and the ones which are blaming sympathy. They merely just list all the quotes which include words like sorrow, grief, tears, sympathy, loss, death, etc.

And this is where diy-stress-relief comes in handy. We have selected all the sympathy quotes, sayings, and thoughts based on their relevance and the ones which reflect love and affection.


These Best 500 + Sympathy Quotes | Sympathy Sayings | Sympathy Thoughts | Sympathy Messages are a great collection that you can use to message your loved ones.

We have carefully selected them from a varied number of books and famous sites. However, the database for sympathy quotes is huge. And 500 sympathy quotes are like a drop from the ocean.

If you come across some more happening and really soothing sympathy quotes do mail us or mention them in the comment below.

And more than this – we hope that you never need these quotes and you and your family always remain happy and safe.

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