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    10 Sympathy Quotes for Someone Who’s Grieving

    Posted by Mark Busch June 16, 2016

    SympathyDuring a time of sadness, it’s often difficult to find the right words to say to someone. Sending your condolences or sympathy can make a difference in a person’s grieving process, but how can you make it meaningful.

    Common phrases used are, “I’m sorry for your loss” and “You have my condolences.” While it’s kind to let people know you’re thinking of them, offering someone a quote full of meaning can go a long way.

    Here are 10 comforting quotes to offer someone who’s grieving if you’re preparing to attend a funeral, or send a sympathy card.

    1. “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”—Emily Dickinson

    Send a message to someone grieving reassuring him or her that the love they have for the recently passed will last forever.

    2. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller

    This quote will reinforce that the person who has passed won’t be forgotten.

    3. “After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and life you have left.” Morrie Schwartz

    This quote may bring comfort for someone going through an exceptionally hard time or excruciating loss.

    4. “A human life is a story told by God.” — Hans Christian Andersen 

    This quote will help someone who is religious know that their loved one’s spirit will continue to live on.

    5. “Those we love and lose are always connected by the heartstrings into infinity.” Terri Guillemets, Trees for a Change 

    Send a quote to remind your friend or family member that even though someone has passed away, they’re still in their heart. This is a comforting way to remind someone that their memory will live on.

    6. “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” — Richard Bach

    Give your friend a different perspective. They may be able to have a more positive outlook after reading this quote and gain hope of seeing their loved one again someday.

    7. “While we’re mourning the loss of your friend, others are rejoicing to meet him/her behind the veil.” John Taylor, Odyssey Online

    For a religious friend who has lost someone, this is a comforting line to share. It will help them begin to appreciate that their loved one is in a better place.

    8. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” Kenji Miyazawa, Positively Positive

    This quote can help someone who is struggling emotionally. It will encourage them to continue trying to stay positive although they’re going through a tough time. Hearing this type of encouragement is important during the grieving process.

    9. “If we wait until our lives are free of sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever and miss the entire point.” — Dirk Benedict

    This quote may help motivate your friend or family member to use the loss of someone special as encouragement to live life to the fullest.

    10. “Say not in grief that they are gone, but give thanks that they were yours.” Hebrew Proverb, Memorial Prayer Cards

    Encourage someone who is grieving to have a thankful heart although they’re experiencing sadness.

    Regardless of what you decide to say to someone who is grieving, be sure it holds meaning. These ten quotes are great ways to go the extra mile and show someone you care.

    You can also send flowers to the family of those who are having a service at Busch Funeral Homes and Crematory Services. Simply, visit our flower store and select an arrangement.

     Image Credit: Bowy Gavid Bowie Chan via Flickr

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