Words of encouragement for bereaved family (65+

Words of encouragement for bereaved family

  • May memories of “name of deceased” and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.
  • Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort as you remember “name of deceased”.
  • Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved.
  • Forever Remembered, Forever Missed
  • We share in this time of grief, but also share in the love and memories of “name of deceased”.
  • “Name of deceased” will always be within your heart and the many others that loved him/her and as close as a beautiful memory.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.
  • Keeping you close in heart and prayer for the loss of your beloved “name of deceased”.
  • Our deepest sympathy.
  • May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort.
  • Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with “name of deceased”.
  • Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time.
  • May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.
  • With love and remembrance.
  • May He who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul.
  • Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of “name of deceased”. My heart is with you.
  • Someone as special as “name of deceased” will never be forgotten. He/she will remain in our hearts forever.
  • I pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared.
  • With loving memories of “name of deceased”.
  • Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
  • I am at a loss for words during this sorrowful time. Please know that I am thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort.
  • We will always cherish the beautiful memories of “name of deceased”.
  • My heart is with you in your time of sorrow.
  • “Name of deceased” will be greatly missed but his/her warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever.
  • With our love and deepest sympathy as we remember “name of deceased”.
  • For further information, see Examples of Sympathy Notes
  • “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
  • In Memory of a life so beautifully lived…a heart so deeply loved–Author Unknown
  • The morning glory blooms but for an hour and yet it differs not at heart from the giant pine
  • that lives for a thousand years–Teitoku Matsunaga, Japanese Poet
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”–Thomas Campbell
  • “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world”– Author unknown
  • Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever–Author Unknown
  • “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
  • May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow”– Author unknown
  • Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal– Thomas Moore
  • Like a bird singing in the rain,let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.–Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories”–Author Unknown
  • “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”–William Penn
  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”–Abraham Lincoln
  • “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,love leaves a memory no one can steal.”–From a headstone in Ireland
  • “Some people come into our lives,leave footprints on our hearts,and we are never the same.”– 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.”–Kahlil Gibran
  • “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky,but rather openings where our loved ones shine downto let us know they are happy.”–Author unknown
  • “When you lose someone you love,you gain an angel you know”– 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
  • “While we are mourning the loss of our friend,others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”–John Taylor
  • “May tender memories soften your grief,May fond recollection bring you relief,And may you find comfort and peace in the thoughtOf the joy that knowing your loved one brought…For time and space can never divideOr keep your loved one from your side.When memory paints in colors true,the happy hours that belonged to you.”–Helen Steiner Rice
  • “There are no goodbyes for us.Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.”– Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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
  • “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “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
  • “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1Cor 2:9
  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
  • “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
  • “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
  • “The memory of the righteous is a blessing.” Proverbs 10:7
  • “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” Isaiah 43:2
  • “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” —Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller
  • “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” — J.M. Barrie
  • “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”— Winnie the Pooh
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” — Thomas Campbell
  • “I will not say: Do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “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
  • “People speak to me about my son — ‘I’m so sorry for you’ — but no one says, ‘I loved him so much.’ I was busy in grief, which I don’t expect to stop. Suddenly realizing that the last thing my son would want was for me to be very self-involved and narcissistic and self-stroking. It stopped me from writing. Which doesn’t mean you stop feeling the absence. It was being willing to think about it in a way that was not self-serving.” — Toni Morrison
  • “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”  — E.A. Bucchianeri
  • “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.” — William Shakespeare
  • “And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me. You will always be my friend. You will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure … And your friends will be properly astonished to see you laughing as you look up at the sky! Then you will say to them, ‘Yes, the stars always make me laugh!’ And they will think you are crazy. It will be a very shabby trick that I shall have played on you…” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” — Elizabeth Gilbert 
  • “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” — C.S. Lewis
  • “Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.” — Orson Scott Card
  • “Now there is one thing I can tell you: You will enjoy certain pleasures you would not fathom now. When you still had your mother you often thought of the days when you would have her no longer. Now you will often think of days past when you had her. When you are used to this horrible thing that they will forever be cast into the past, then you will gently feel her revive, returning to take her place, her entire place, beside you. At the present time, this is not yet possible. Let yourself be inert, wait till the incomprehensible power … that has broken you restores you a little, I say a little, for henceforth you will always keep something broken about you. Tell yourself this, too, for it is a kind of pleasure to know that you will never love less, that you will never be consoled, that you will constantly remember more and more.” — Marcel Proust
  • “Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, ‘Why do people die?’ and ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.” — Caitlin Doughty
  • “Life is tragic simply because the Earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.” — James Baldwin
  • “There are no happy endings, endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” — Shel Silverstein
  • “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” — Alphonse de Lamartine
  • “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.” — Samuel Johnson
  • “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou
  • “To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.” — Erich Fromm
  • “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” — Henri Mattise
  • “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” — William Shakespeare
  • “Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” — Katharine Weber
  • “Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.” ― Haruki Murakami
  • “There is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity.” — Alice Walker
  • “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.” — V.C. Andrews
  • “We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known suffering.” — Helen Keller
  • I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.ANNE FRANK (more Anne Frank quotes)
  • What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)
  • Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.RUMI (more Rumi quotes)
  • The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you’ll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS
  • Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.ALBERT CAMUS
  • It is as if the intensity of grief fused the distance between you and the dead. Or perhaps, in reality, part of one dies. Like Orpheus, one tries to follow the dead on the beginning of their journey. But one cannot, like Orpheus, go all the way, and after a long journey, one comes back. If one is lucky, one is reborn.ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
  • All you need is one safe anchor to keep you grounded when the rest of your life spins out of control.KATIE KACVINSKY
  • God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.J.M. BARRIE
  • If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.WINNIE THE POOH (more Winnie the Pooh quotes)
  • Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tell us to tell each other right now that we love each other.LEO BUSCAGLIA
  • It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.

PATTI DAVIS

  • This is not goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy.NICHOLAS SPARKS
  • Although it’s natural to forget your power after you lose a loved one, the truth is that after a breakup, divorce, or death, there remains an ability within you to create a new reality.LOUISE HAY AND DAVID KESSLER
  • 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 (more Leo Tolstoy quotes)
  • Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.PAULO COELHO (more Paulo Coleho quotes)
  • I know in my head that she has gone. The only difference is that I am getting used to the pain. It’s like discovering a great hole in the ground. To begin with, you forget it’s there and keep falling in. After a while, it’s still there, but you learn to walk round it.RACHEL JOYCE
  • Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.KATHARINE WEBER
  • While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.SAMUEL JOHNSON
  • Grief can destroy you or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone.DEAN KOONTZ
  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.KENJI MIYAZAWA
  • Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.MARCEL PROUST
  • The darker the night, the brighter the stars,/ The deeper the grief, the closer is God!FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
  • Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.MARCUS AURELIUS
  • To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.J.K. ROWLING (more J. K. Rowling quotes)
  • Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.MEGAN DEVINE
  • Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.JOSÉ N. HARRIS
  • Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.HARUKI MURAKAMI
  • The pain passes, but the beauty remains.PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR
  • My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, there is an empowerment that comes with grief—at some point you find it. It’s very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that’s what I’m just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that’s what he would have.LEA MICHELE
  • And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

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