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160 Best Condolences Quotes For Comfort And Compassion

160 Best Condolences Quotes For Comfort And Compassion

Finding the right words to offer comfort to someone who lost their loved one can be a daunting task. 

That’s why I’ve gathered a collection of the most thoughtful condolences quotes I could find online to help you express sympathy and show your support to those who need it. 

Whether you’re consoling a friend, comforting a loved one, or seeking solace for yourself, these quotes on death of a loved one will offer strength to go through their sorrow. 

10 Beautiful Condolences Quotes

1. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou

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2. “There are no words. While you have joy knowing where your love is in a better place, there is sadness in the loss and grief. You are in our prayers.” — Catherine Pulsifer

3. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” — Queen Elizabeth II

4. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich

5. “The Remembrance of the good done those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.” — Demoustier

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6. “There is love in holding and there is love in letting go.” — Elizabeth Berg

7. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” — Hebrew Proverb

8. “You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to FEEL the loss.” — Mandy Hale

9. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still.” ― Alex MacLean

10. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” — Terri Guillemets

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Inspirational Sympathy Quotes

1. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” — Vicki Harrison

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2. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The gray rain curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

3. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” — Eskimo Proverb

4. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller

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

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6. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” — John Taylor

7. “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. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” — Maya Angelou

8. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” — From a headstone in Ireland

9. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” — William Penn

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11. “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

12. “I know your world is so dark right now. Sending you light through my love. I’ll always be there for you.” — Unknown

13. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” — Thomas Campbell

14. “I hope that, even though your world is so dark right now, you are soon able to see some light in the memories you had with your loved one.” — Unknown

15. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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16. “What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say goodbye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.” — Unknown

17. “Be kind and gentle with yourself. Take your time. You have my deepest condolences and support.” — Unknown

18. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln

19. “As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well-spent brings happy death.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

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

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Religious Condolences Quotes And Verses

1. “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” — Mother Teresa

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2. “The Lord your God is with you, and he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” — Zephaniah 3:17

3. “We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. We send you thoughts of comfort.” — Unknown

4. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28-30

5. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars; the deeper the grief, the closer is God!” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

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6. “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” — Psalm 126:5-6

7. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4

8. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

9. “May the love of God heal you as the burden in your heart abounds.” — Unknown

10. “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” — Psalm 29:11

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11. “Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” — Thomas Moore

12. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” — Psalm 55:22

13. “May He who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul.” — Unknown

14. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” — Psalm 46:1

15. “Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it but also the father who wipes away the tears.” — Criss Jami

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16. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philemon 4:7

17. “Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. […] The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” — Dean Koontz

18. “Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.” — Rita Schiano

19. “May angels lead you in.” — Jimmy Eat World

20. “Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.” — Victor Hugo

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Words Of Comfort For Loss Of A Parent

1. “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.” — Unknown

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2. “Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit 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 ones are sealed inside to comfort us.” — Brian Jacques

3. “Please know that however you’re feeling right now—sad, numb, guilty, tired, angry—it’s normal. There’s no right way to feel. I love you and am so sad that you’re going through this.” — Unknown

4. “The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God.” — Eileen Elias Freeman

5. “I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.” — Gail Caldwell

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6. “I want to be present for you, but I don’t know how. Please know I’m thinking of you and praying for you, and if there’s anything else I can do, don’t hesitate to let me know.” — Unknown

7. “Grief when it comes, it is nothing like we expect it to be.” — Joan Didion

8. “I’m so sorry that you’ve lost someone who you and your family loved so much.” — Unknown

9. “Thinking of you and hoping there is sunshine in your life soon.” — Unknown

10. “Pain shared, my brother, is pain not doubled, but halved. No man is an island.” — Neil Gaiman

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11. “I’m sure you made your mother so proud; I’m sorry her light is gone from your life. Her legacy lives in you.” — Unknown

12. “When we are learning the world, we know things we cannot say how we know. When we are relearning the world in the aftermath of a loss, we feel things we had almost forgotten, old things, beneath the seat of reason.” — Meghan O’Rourke

13. “He was a rock for all of us, but I know he was even more than that for you.” — Unknown

14. “I know this is a loss that hits you so deeply. You are a wonderful mother, and I know the grief at losing your own mom must be so difficult to navigate.” — Unknown

15. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” — James O’Barr

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16. “I loved your mother’s smile and her welcoming personality. I can’t believe she’s gone; I’m so sorry for your loss.” — Unknown

17. “His influence is obvious in the way you parent and the way you live your life. You are your father’s legacy, and he must have been so proud of you.” — Unknown

18. “Your stories of your mother make it clear that she was a warm and welcoming person. I see that spirit live on in you, and I’m so sorry you have to suffer through this time.” — Unknown

19. “Your father had such an amazing laugh! He was always so happy to put everyone at ease with a joke or a hug. I’m so sad for you and sorry such a wonderful person is gone.” — Unknown

20. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.” — Meister Eckhart

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See also: 120 Heartfelt & Sincere Condolences For Loss Of Mother

Condolences Quotes For Loss Of A Child

1. “Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever.”  — Unknown

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2. “The world has taken your most precious love, and my heart is broken for you. We are praying for you and love you.” — Unknown

3. “The sky is so gray for you right now; I hope the clouds part soon.” — Unknown

4. “You know I’m only a phone call or a text away if you want to talk, scream, or cry.” — Unknown

5. “He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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6. “The phrase “there are no words” seems like the only thing that fits right now. I cannot fathom what you’re going through, but I love you and am thinking of you.” — Unknown

7. “Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.” — Renee O’Neill

8. “I cannot imagine how awful and bleak your world looks right now. I’m praying that hope and comfort flood your life during this dark time.” — Unknown

9. “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” — Unknown

10. “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson

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11. “This is the most awful thing that could have happened, and I cannot believe that it happened to you, such a wonderful person. It’s unfair and horrible, and I’m so sorry.” — Unknown

12. “May you take comfort in knowing there is one more angel above us.” — Unknown

13. “A mother’s grief is as timeless as her love.” — Joanne Cacciatore

14. “I cannot imagine how much you are hurting right now; I know the road ahead of you is long, and I will walk with you along it as much as I can.” — Unknown

15. “Darkness may hide the trees and the flowers from the eyes but it cannot hide love from the soul.” — Rumi

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16. “You’ve lost your other half, and you feel incomplete and lost. I hate that you have to suffer through this; I love you and will be here for you whenever you need me.” — Unknown

17. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind.” — William Wordsworth

18. “This is beyond difficult. My heart goes out to you as I send my heartfelt sympathy to you at this sad time.” — Unknown

19. “Pain could be so blinding that you lose sight of all the love that is within your reach. Times of sorrow are the moments you need to allow yourself to be loved, to be cared for.” — Unknown

20. “It’s not about getting over it it’s about learning to live with it.” — After Chloe

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See also: 25 Heartbreaking Loss Of a Son Quotes For Grieving Parents

Words Of Comfort After A Death Of A Spouse

1. “The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love: it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment.” — Dr. Colin Murray Parkes

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2. “May tender memories soften your grief, may fond recollection bring you relief, and may you find comfort and peace in the thought of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…” — Helen Steiner Rice

3. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” — Dylan Thomas

4. “I know your heart is broken and your life has turned inside out. I love you and am praying for you.” — Unknown

5. “Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.” — Unknown

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6. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.  All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on — in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.” — Mitch Albom

7. “Your spouse meant so much to all of us, but I know that she meant the most to you. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you and your family during this dark time.” — Unknown

8. “You’ve lost your life partner and your love. Nothing can replace him. I certainly can’t, but I can bring you groceries. I will do anything and everything that you need.” — Unknown

9. “May love be what you remember most.” — Darcie Sims

10. “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” — Alfred Lord Tennyson

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11. “Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.” — Unknown

12. “The bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” — Anne Lamott

13. “When you find yourself weeping for what you have lost, remember that you are weeping for someone who blessed you with joy. How lucky we are to have all known such a wonderful person.” — Unknown

14. “They say that a part of you dies when a special loved one passes away… I disagree… I say a part of you lives with your loved one on the other side.” — Daniel Yanez

15. “For time and space can never divide or keep your loved one from your side. When memory paints in colors true, the happy hours that belonged to you.” — Helen Steiner Rice

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16. “When he shall die Take him and cut him out in little stars And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” — William Shakespeare

17. “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

18. “I have so many happy memories of the two of you; if you ever want to reminisce about the happy times, I’ll come over … and I’ll bring wine.” — Unknown

19. “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 W. Raymond

20. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling

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Condolences Quotes For Loss Of A Sibling

1. “The memories we have for those who left are our ultimate consolation.” ― Anoir Ou-Chad

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2. “I love you, and I know your sister loved you, too. I’m so sorry that the world has lost such a bright light.” — Unknown

3. “Losing a sibling is so horrible, and I’m sorry you’re having to go through it.” Unknown

4. “I cannot imagine the depth of this loss for you; your family is broken and will never be the same. Please know that I’m thinking of you and hoping for healing wherever it is possible.” — Unknown

5. “It will be little things that we remember — smiles, laughter — and although it is hard right now, the memories of these things will become tools to push away the pain.” — Unknown

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6. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains.” — Unknown

7. “You shared so many memories with your sister, and I hope those can be bright for you during this time. If you’d ever like to share remembrances together about her, I’d love that.” — Unknown

8. “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.” — Cassandra Clare

9. “I wish I had the right words, but I just don’t. Just know that I care, and I want to help in any way I can.” — Unknown

10. “The season of mourning, Like spring, summer, fall, and winter, will also pass.” — Molly Fumia

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11. “The world has lost a good man, and you have lost a brother. This is a loss for all of us, but the grief and sorrow that you feel are the deepest and most poignant and personal. Please reach out if there’s any way we can help.” — Unknown

12. “When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.” — Sufi

13. “I cannot imagine a world without your brother, and I know you can’t either. The memories of him will always be with us, and I was so thankful to know him.” — Unknown

14. “After a loved one passes, be encouraged by their passing and legacy. Instead of crying, live an inspired, spiritual, and happy life like they did when they were here. Live each day with encouragement knowing that they are proud and smiling down on you from Heaven.” — Matt Fraser

15. “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” — Ben Okri

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16. “Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. May you find comfort in all the special memories shared with the name of your sibling.” — Unknown

17. “A good heart has stopped beating, but a heart that has touched so many lives can’t help but live on in those it loved.” — Unknown

18. “Though your sibling may be gone, the bond you shared lives on in your heart. Their memory will forever be a source of strength and love.” — Unknown

19. “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

20. “When we lose a sibling, we lose a piece of our past, a part of our present, and a hope for our future. Their memory will forever be a guiding light.” — Unknown

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Comforting Quotes For A Friend Who Is Grieving

1. “No rule book. No time frame. No judgment. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul.” — Unknown

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2. “Grief is a journey, and I’m going to be here for you every step of the way.” — Unknown

3. “In times of grief and sorrow, I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods of tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.” — Nicholas Sparks

4. “Maybe I can’t stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain.” — Unknown

5. “Memories are all that you have, which help you survive the storms and struggles of your daily life after you lose someone!” ― Nikita Dudani

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6. “Grief is such a complex part of life, and everything you’re feeling right now is normal, even though it seems strange and is so difficult to navigate.” — Unknown

7. “Whoever you hold in the heart of you, is forever and always a part of you.” — Rossiter Raymond

8. “We don’t have to talk at all if you don’t want to; I’m happy to just drop off groceries on your doorstep if that’s what you need.” — Unknown

9. “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you’ll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler

10. “Death should not quiet your soul; instead, it should enliven it.” ― Angie Corbett-Kuiper

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11. “Though I will never know the pain you’re feeling, please know I’m here for you. At any hour, I’m just a phone call away.” — Unknown

12. “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.” — Sarah Dessen

13. “Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved.” — Unknown

14. “There is nothing I can say to take away your hurt but you have my shoulder to cry on and my loving hugs. Know that I will be here for you when you need me.” — Unknown

15. “The greatest tribute we can give to the deceased is to keep on living. For when we don’t, we too shall die, before our time.” ― Charles F. Glassman

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16. “My deepest sympathy as the days continue to pass, I hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your mind and in your heart.” — Unknown

17. “Comfort for your sorrow … Courage for each new day … Strength to face this journey … His word to light your way … His grace to fill your heart with peace to understand … His love to hold you gently in the hollow of his hand.” — Unknown

18. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” — Pierre Auguste Renoir

19. “It’s okay. It’s okay to miss them. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to breathe deeply. It’s okay to smile when you think of them. It’s okay to function. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be thankful. It’s okay to love again. It’s okay to remember. It’s okay to hope. It’s okay, to be honest. It’s okay to trust again. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay.” — Lexi Behrndt

20. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” — Paulo Coelho

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Quotes To Use In A Condolence Card

1. “No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, whom we loved, Echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.” — Richard Fife

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2. “Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there’s a memory they live in our hearts to stay.” — Unknown

3. “I am sending you this card to let you know that I am thinking of you. I am sorry for your loss.” — Unknown

4. “Every time a tear forms in your beautiful eyes, look up to the heavens and there you will see me, smiling down from God’s glorious skies.” — Injete Chesoni

5. “Unable are the Loved to die/ For Love is Immortality.” — Emily Dickinson

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6. “May the sorrow you feel in your heart lighten by the love that surrounds you.” — Unknown

7. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” — Jose N. Harris

8. “Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn.” — Native American Poem

9. “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.” — Unknown

10. “At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.” — Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer

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Final Words

Remember, even in the darkest hours, the power of compassion can bring light. 

So, don’t hesitate to use these warm and thoughtful condolences quotes to offer solace to those who grieve, because even in sorrow, the bonds of love and understanding endure!

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