Words of condolence – comforting words of farewell


Whether for an obituary or a card of condolence, a beautiful quotation or an apt saying often expresses so much. Perhaps you will find what you are looking for here and will be able to use it to express your sympathy or your grief. You will find more on this topic on our information page.

I am not dead, though changed my dwelling be;
I still accompany thy dreams whilst watching over thee.
I am going to those who once loved me
Where I shall wait for those who love me still.
The only important things in life are the traces of love 
that we leave behind when we go. 
(Albert Schweitzer)
It's so much darker when a light goes out
than it would have been if it had never shone.
(John Steinbeck)
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead 
and the bridge is love, 
the only survival, the only meaning.
(Thornton Wilder)
People must learn to bear what they cannot prevent.
A man is truly dead when no-one thinks about him anymore.
(Bertold Brecht)
A man's soul is like water:
it comes from heaven and that is where it returns.
Those whose life has the most value fear death the least.
(Immanuel Kant)
When you look for me, look for me in your heart.
If I have found a place there, I shall live in you forever.
(Rainer Maria Rilke)
We all live twice: the first time in reality, the second time as a memory.
(Honoré de Balzac)
Everything has its time: a time for peace, a time for pain and grief,
but also a time for grateful memories.
I would have loved to have stayed at home with my loved ones.
But God determined my time and called me to eternity.
Suddenly you are no longer here and no-one can understand why.
You remain close to us in our hearts and with every step that we take.
Now rest in peace and tread softly, knowing that we are always thinking of you and that we love you.
We do not wish merely to grieve because we have lost him,
but to be grateful that we once had him.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love.
(Corinthians I)
Put your life in the hands of the Lord; have faith in him and he will do it.
Life ends but love does not.
Faith gives us the strength to bear with fortitude what we cannot change.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.
For Thou art with me.
The Lord gives us a burden, but He also helps us to carry it.
It is hard to lose someone you love.
But it is good to know how many loved him.
You have departed our lives, but you live on in our hearts.
You, who have loved me so dearly, do not look upon the life that I have departed,
but on the one that I am beginning. 
(Aurelius Augustinus)
Secure in the protection of mighty powers, we await what may come with confidence. 
God is with us in the evening and the morning and most certainly at the start of each new day.
I am returning to whence I came: to the hand of God.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
I believe that when death closes our eyes, we shall stand in a light
that makes of our sunlight but a shadow.
Death is but a horizon. It is simply the edge of our perception.
Whilst we mourn the loss of a loved one, others rejoice to see him coming closer into view.
Death is the border of our life, but not of love.
God, you are the beginning and the end; all is placed into your hands.
Traces of your life can be found everywhere: thoughts, pictures, moments and feelings.
They will always remind us of you.

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