Sympathy Message Ideas & Quotes

Writing a sympathy message can be difficult because many of us are afraid to say the wrong thing. The truth is that a personal note letting someone know you care will mean a lot, even if you're not quite sure what to say.

Just keep in mind:

  • It is always a good idea to share a memory of the deceased if you knew them personally.
  • Be careful about saying things like "I know how you feel" or "It was for the best."
  • If you offer help, be specific about what you can do, like bringing food or running errands.

    Sympathy Messages

    Copy and paste any of these condolences messages below for your Memorial Tree Gift. 

    *May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

    *We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss.

    *We hope this living tribute will bring comfort to you and your family.

    *We are thinking of you and your family as you celebrate your _______'s remarkable life and the memories you shared.

    *My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    *We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    *We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.

    *We are thinking of your family wanting to help out in any way we can. I’ll call to see when would be a good night to bring over dinner.

    *I am so sorry to hear about your ____. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    *My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

    *Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.

    *Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.

    *Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of your _______. We'll always remember ___ fondly and feel lucky that we had the pleasure of knowing ____. ____ will be very missed.

    *Please remember that you are not alone...we are always here for you.

    *I am thinking about you and sending love.

    *Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    *I want you to know that I am here for you during this difficult time.

    *May your memories give you peace and comfort.

    *I am here for you. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

    *You and your family are surrounded by love during this difficult time.

    Condolence Quotes & Sympathy Quotes

    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 Blessing of Love and Peace

    *What we have once enjoyed we can never lose...All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. ~Helen Keller

    *A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. ~Maya Angelou

    *Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~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

    *Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives 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

    *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 Raymond

    *Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. ~Terri Guillemets

    *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 lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. ~Anonymous

    *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

    *Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

    *When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. ~Sufi Epigram

    *The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Keller

    *Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson

    *Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ~John Muir

    *To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ~Thomas Campbell

    *Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so—it was heaven here with you. ~Isla Paschal Richardson

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

    *He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    *Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. ~ Author Unknown

    *While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor

    *As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. ~Author Unknown

    Sympathy, Bereavement and Condolence Quotes for Memorial Trees

    *Between every two pine trees there is a door to a new life. ~John Muir

    *When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope. ~Wangari Maathai

    *Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and trees cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost one is sealed inside to comfort us. ~Brian Jacques

    *Trees are always a relief. ~David Mitchell

    *I'm planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. ~Andrea Koehle Jones

    *You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. ~Max Ehrmann

    *When Great Trees Fall When great trees fall,
    rocks on distant hills shudder,
    lions hunker down
    in tall grasses,
    and even elephants
    lumber after safety.

    When great trees fall
    in forests,
    small things recoil into silence,
    their senses
    eroded beyond fear.

    When great souls die,
    the air around us becomes
    light, rare, sterile.
    We breathe, briefly.
    Our eyes, briefly,
    see with
    a hurtful clarity.
    Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
    gnaws on kind words
    promised walks
    never taken.

    Great souls die and
    our reality, bound to
    them, takes leave of us.
    Our souls,
    dependent upon their
    now shrink, wizened.
    Our minds, formed
    and informed by their
    fall away.
    We are not so much maddened
    as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
    of dark, cold

    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. They existed.
    We can be. Be and be
    better. For they existed.

    ~Maya Angelou


    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    ~Mary Elizabeth Frye

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