Words of condolence

Words of condolence

Death often leaves us stunned and without the words to express our feelings. To help out at such times, we have compiled a selection of suitable condolence phrases.

Personalities

We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Hope is the rainbow over the waterfall of our life.
Friedrich Nietzsche

 

For nobody knows death; not even if it does not happen to be for humans the greatest of all gifts. But people fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest evil.
Socrates

 

Awareness of our mortality is a precious gift, not the mortality in itself, as we share this with the newt, but our awareness of it. That is what makes our existence human.
Max Frisch

 

I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but a shadow.
Arthur Schopenhauer

 

That which one holds deep in one’s heart, cannot be lost through death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.
Jean Paul

 

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.
William Shakespeare

 

Death is not eternal separation but a reunion on a brighter day.
Michael Faulhaber

 

Love is stronger than death and than the fear of death. Only by it, only by love, does life support itself and move.
Ivan Turgenev

 

Death does not sever the bond of love.
Thomas Mann

 

Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
Jean de La Fontaine

 

He who crosses a river must leave one side behind.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

Only very few people are truly alive, and those who are never die. It doesn’t matter if they’re not there anymore. Nobody you truly love ever dies.
Ernest Hemingway

 

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Religious

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice.
John 16:22

 

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
John 11:25

 

Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Isaiah 60:20

 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Thessalonians 4:14

 

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Isaiah 60:1

 

To me he spake: Hold fast to Me,
I am thy Rock and Castle;
Thy ransom I Myself will be,
For thee I strive and wrestle;
For I am with thee, I am thine,
And evermore thou shalt be Mine.
The foe shall not divide us.
Martin Luther

 

I am not dying, I am entering into life.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux

 

There is no parting for those who are joined in God.
Pius XII

 

He who dies shall awake to everlasting life.
Francis of Assisi

 

For he alone loses none dear to him whom all are dear in Him who cannot be lost.
St. Augustine

 

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Secular

All worldly things are fleeting but we can rest in the knowledge that memory is immortal.

 

Life is transformed, not taken.

 

You travel far in your life but only in the darkness of death do you see the light, the eternal.

 

Death is the gateway to life.

 

Death closes the circle of life. Memories and gratitude reopen it.

 

There is no end; there are only beginnings.

 

It is beautiful to be born under a lucky star. It is a blessing to be a lucky star for others. 

 

I am beside you; it is just that your eyes cannot see me.

 

When the form disappears, the essence becomes visible.

 

I have gone from you, but love can follow me.

 

Love is stronger than death.

 

Hope is the daughter of love and the sister of memory.

 

If I should leave you one day, return to life and continue laughing for me.

 

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