When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.
There is nothing quite as troubling and painful as the death of someone we know or love. Death seems to put a stop to the life of the living as much as to the life of the dead. In pain and sorrow, we hope that our goodbye is not eternal. We find solace in our memories and relief in our tears.
Check out these sympathy quotes to find the words to express your sympathy to someone who has suffered a loss or how to cope with the pain of your own loss.
Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
When a loved person dies, the loss can overwhelm us with sorrow and grief. The impossibility to bring them back only for a second, just to tell them how much we love them, crushes us. We have only memories to comfort us. In the happy memories of the past, we find solace for the loss.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. – Confucius
Sorrow is a natural feeling that helps us cope with the crushing realities of our life, and it is especially necessary when we confront the death of a person we love. We should let our sorrow run through us and clean our pain away, but we should never let it take over life completely.
Grief is the price we pay for love. – Queen Elizabeth II
We wouldn’t grief so much if it weren’t for the immense love that we carry in our hearts. When someone we love disappears, our hearts seem to become hollow. We cannot fight the natural ways of life, but we can still learn to accept that wherever there is a great love, there is the risk of great grief.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. – Unknown
Death and love are the two main conditions of life that torment us. While death is the negation of life, love is the triumph of life. When death tries to break us, we can find our strength in the sweet memories of love.
They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. – William Penn
Love leaves traces that death can never touch. Life is prone to become the victim of death but love is not transient. It actually holds the ability to surpass any physical limitations. When death seems to be the end, love reminds us that there are things that never die.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell
Death is inevitable for all of us, but we have the chance to escape its grip by living a life of joy and kindness so we can live in the hearts of the people who knew us. By being alive in the memories of others we manage to cheat death.
Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. – Robert Louis Stevenson
When our heart bleeds with sorrow, and the loss of a loved person makes the world feel empty for us, we have only the happy moments of the past to console us. Grateful memories are the only chance we have of preserving a life that has ended.
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. – William Wordsworth
Nothing can bring back to us the person we lost because death is the final separation, but our grief should not be stronger than our love for life or our gratitude for the lovely moments we spent together.
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. Every day, grief puts on a new face. – Wendy Feireisen
Death is an implacable reality that is why grief for a lost one expresses the most profound wound of our hearts. It is not something we can fight. When the grief is too powerful, the only thing we can do is learn to live with it and become accustomed to it.
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that are happy. – Unknown
We don’t know very much about death or what happens after. We do know, however, that our hearts are always hopeful and that in the mystery that surrounds us, there are traces which show us that those we love might be around us, guiding us and loving us from the other side.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. – Unknown
When death takes someone we love away, we succumb to our pain as we feel the emptiness and solitude hovering over us. In these times, the only support we have is our memory, in which those we love can live as they were at their best, laughing and smiling.
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. – Leo Buscaglia
Our feelings connect us to each other in inexplicable, yet profound ways. The people we feel strongly about become a part of us, fastened to our heart. Our memories, thoughts, and emotions are eternally marked by them. This is something that death cannot take from us.
The guardian angels of life fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. – Jean Paul Richter
It is not preposterous to believe that those who die might be watching us from a better place, where they were called for a greater mission. As there are many things about life and death that we cannot explain, we can hope that the dead will become the angels who guide us in life.
How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. – Unknown
No matter how much we live or how unfairly we die, we leave powerful traces in the world. When someone dies, there are always people who suffer and who will miss their smile, laughter, and voice. It is a law of life that we suffer for others, and others suffer for us.
For some moments in life, there are no words. – David Seltzer
Death is one of the occurrences when words seem superfluous and unnecessary. Words cannot capture the pain or the sorrow, and they cannot express a consolation that can heal a wounded heart. If we want to stand by someone grieving, we can offer them our warm embrace and our calming silence.
Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was. – Hebrew Proverb
When we lose someone, the pain overwhelms us to such extent that we tend to feel angry at life itself and its cruel conditions. We forget that nothing is sure or stable in life. The fact that we had the chance to enjoy the presence of someone else is still an amazing gift.
The agony is great and yet I will stand it. I will hurt. And I will be grateful for that hurt for it bears witness to the depth of our meaning. And for that I will be eternally grateful. – Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Pain and agony are paralyzing but our best chance to overcome them is to accept them. When we oppose our pain, the pain grows stronger. We must embrace it or at least tolerate it because it is the other side of the happiness we once felt.
What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air. – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
We think of death as an end, but we forget that we have no certainty about it. We have no reason to believe that death is actually the end of everything. It might as well be the beginning of a different type of existence. As we grieve for our lost ones, we should not lose our hope completely.
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. – Unknown
There are few words we could say to comfort someone who goes through a recent loss. When the wound is still fresh, the pain is almost unbearable and it feels that it would never become less. Fortunately, time heals our wounds.
When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. – Unknown
Losing someone we love is one of the most excruciating fears of our lives but it is something that we cannot entirely avoid. At some point, death surprises us in this horrendous way. To comfort our hearts, we should keep the person we lost in our hearts as an angel who helps us from the other side.
There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi
Maybe death is not a final separation but rather a transition. Maybe death is not an eternal goodbye. For hearts that love, it can never actually be a goodbye. Love creates a bridge over life and death and connects us through memories with those we lost.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4
We can never find an explanation for our loss or our mourning, but life has its way to bring comfort. When we understand pain as the risk we face to be able to love, we can accept that even pain is a blessing. It shows us that we hold the power to love.
A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. – Maya Angelou
During their lifetimes, people leave an incredible number of traces in the world, even if on a small scale. A great soul who has lived a joyous, meaningful, and compassionate life will always be remembered.
Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. – Terri Guillemets
Life is not a fair game and all the meaningful pursuits of life hold tremendous risks. Where there is love, there is the possibility of loss. However, our hearts our powerful because they can unite people through life and death.
You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really FEEL the loss. – Mandy Hale
If we seek to heal our wounded hearts we should be aware that negating and suppressing a powerful feeling such as sorrow can never work out. The pain of a loss must be lived through as it comes. We must let ourselves feel the pain until it recedes by itself.
Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. – Oscar Wilde
In the intricate fabrics of life, sorrow has its own purpose. It reminds us that nothing is eternal and that life is sacred. When we face death we realize the divine nature of life and that we should treat it with more care and respect, being thankful for every second we have.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach
Death feels so ultimate that is scares us. We don’t understand what it actually means, which makes it painful and frightening. As we notice in nature, death is a transformation rather than an extinction. In his insight we can find hope and comfort.
While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. – John Taylor
It is very disheartening to lose a friend but we must keep in our hearts the belief that someday we might reunite in a better and safer place. As we don’t know anything, any scenario holds the same validity. The belief in something beyond death can help us face death with a serene heart.
Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. – Thomas Moore
Pain and sorrow are so common in life that there isn’t a single person who does not experience them at some point. We all suffer tremendous losses, be it a parent, a friend or even a pet. We can ask ourselves what is the point of suffering but the best we can do is hope that someday all our wounds will be healed.
Life is eternal, love is immortal, and death is only a horizon;
And a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. – Rossiter Worthington Raymond
Death puts an end to a chapter, yet we don’t know if it is actually the final chapter. All we know is that love is greater and more powerful than death. We know that no matter how sly death is, life always resurfaces with new powers.
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
When words fail to express our sorrow, only tears can tell what we cannot say. Tears are sacred because they wash away our pain and relieve us from the heaviness of our sorrow. As we cry, we become aware of our pain but also of our love.