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Sentiments for Sympathy Cards

Updated on August 19, 2014

Expressing Sympathy ...

We may often be at a loss for the right words, but never more so than when expressing sympathy. If you are like me, you want to write something meaningful in a card or on a note with flowers, but sometimes draw a blank. For those times, you can draw from the sentiments below.

With God's Grace ...

Praying for friends to comfort you,

faith to uphold you,

and loving memories

to help you smile again.

Words cannot heal the pain of losing someone so dear.

May God give you the strength to overcome the pain.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."

1 Peter 5:7

"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

Sympathy Quotes ...

"A human life is a story told by God." ~Hans Christian Andersen

"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

"Unable are the loved to die.

For love is immortality." ~Emily Dickinson

"He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels."

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"In the night of death, hope sees a star,

and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." ~Robert Ingersoll

"To live in hearts we leave behind

Is not to die." ~Thomas Campbell

Verses to Use in Handmade Cards ...

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,

love leaves a memory no one can steal.

If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane,

I'd walk right up to Heaven

And bring you home again.

Although it's difficult today

to see beyond the sorrow,

May looking back in memory

help comfort you tomorrow.

Sympathy Card Etiquette ...

Send a note even if you are unsure of what to say; it's always better to say something than nothing.

If you knew the individual who died, but not their family, the card should be sent to their nearest relative.

It's probably wise to Include your last name when signing the card even if you know someone well.

Be sure to include your return address on the outside of the envelope to make it easier for the recipient to send a thank you.

When You Need More than a Card ...

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Simple Sentiments ...

When just a few words are needed (such as a note with flowers)

Sent with love and remembrance,

Peace, Prayers and Blessings,

With caring thoughts,

With heartfelt condolences,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Remember that we love and care about you.

Please Say Hello ...

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    • LaurenIM profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice. As we get older, more and more people are passing. My uncle of recent. During such times, it's harder to express what you're feeling in words so I can see how this lens can be very helpful. I wish I found it sooner.

    • KayeSI profile image


      6 years ago

      What a wonderful resource. These will be a great help to others trying

      To encourage loved ones in their time of grief and loss. I'm pinning this at Pinterest too. Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Hi, I can see your clear intention for this article. Itâs great content with valuable information that is interesting, clear and logical. Your lens is very useful for researches when looking for sympathy words. Thanks for sharing.

    • encouragingwords profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for sharing Angie. Bless you for taking the time to reach out; if we all spread a little kindness I believe it can make a big difference.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much! These verses are both beautiful and comforting. I spent an hour yesterday searching for just the right store bought card. I ended up walking away from the shelves almost in tears with no card in hand. The mother of a young boy, my daughter attends school with, passed away suddenly from clot in brain. She left a husband and two older boys also. It's hard when you wish to do something kind but can't find words that are both sympathetic yet encouraging. Bless you for your help. Angie in Ohio

    • encouragingwords profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Charmcrazey: I appreciate knowing it is of help; I wrote it when experiencing a loss for words in a similar situation.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I've bookmarked this for future use. Sadly I had to sign 2 cards for family members of co-workers last week and sure could have used some of these. I don't know how you came up with the idea for this lens but it's really good.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you. A gentleman I worked for years ago passed away this morning. He was a great teacher and a good friend, you gave me the right verse for the card to accompany flowers for his daughter.

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      8 years ago

      Very valuable and informative lens. I lensrolled it to my Photo Memorials Loss of Father lens.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      8 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      What a useful and kind lens to make. I will definitely be using some of your suggestions. Thanks for writing this!

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      8 years ago

      Lovely sympathy sentiments. Many people have difficulty finding words during these times. Thanks for writing this. 5*


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