Bereavement Quotes

Quotabulary Staff Sep 30, 2018
Bereavement messages are the best way to express your sympathy and the deepest sorrows or support to someone who has lost a dear one.
Death is inevitable. One cannot accept that the people they love the most will be lost to the cold arms of death. Death is a part of the journey called life, and coming to terms with the loss of a dear one is the greatest challenge of life. When we lose someone to death, we tend to mourn their absence.
People support the person in mourning with words of support. It is often said the person is in a better place and life after death is free from all the pain and suffering. The most delicate time is when you are supposed to express your sympathy.
It is very important to choose words that are not only covered with blankets of empathy and understanding, but comforts the mourner with their warmth. You need to help the person remember all the happy memories and thoughts. The following bereavement quotes and sayings will help you say the right sympathy words and help the person overcome the infinite loss.
The following bereavement messages are simple and help get across your sympathies well. Do not go overboard with your messages as you may hurt the bereaved family further. Just use a few meaningful lines and send across your sympathies to the person who lost a dear one.

Bereavement Quotes and Sayings

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

"Heaven is a place nearby, so there's no need to say goodbye."
- Lene Marlin

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
- Thomas Campbell
"Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved."
- Jane Welsh Carlyle

"Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love."
- William Ralph Inge
"Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep -- he hath awakened from the dream of life -- 'Tis we, who lost in stormy visions, keep with phantoms an unprofitable strife."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
"If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love."
- C. S. Lewis
"For precious friends hid in death's dateless night."
- William Shakespeare

"Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove."
- Dean Inge
"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares."
- Henri Nouwen
"Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother."
- Jules Renard
"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. ...Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, Comfort in the midst of pain."
- Anonymous
"We pray God will Comfort you, And send Angels from above, Giving sweet peace within your heart, Surrounding you with Eternal Love. We are sorry for your deep loss, There's so little we can find to say, You are in our thoughts and prayers, As we grieve with you today. With Our Heartfelt Sympathy.
- Leona Miller
"Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, Just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."
- Thomas Campbell

"Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement."
-
Jane Welsh Carlyle

Death and Bereavement Quotes

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, Alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams. And our desires."
- Wallace Stevens

"Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome."
- Isaac Asimov 

"The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it."
- Mary Catherine Bateson
"Death is simply a shedding of the physical body like the butterfly shedding its cocoon. It is a transition to a higher state of consciousness where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, and to be able to grow."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
- Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"

"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 Worthington Raymond
"When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
- Author Unknown

"Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
- Author Unknown

"For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity."
- William Penn

Bereavement Quotes and Poems

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a 1,000 winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun 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 light
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die.
~ by Mary Frye (1932)
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day
cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one,
even as the river and the sea are one. ...
... In the depth of your hopes and desires
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow
your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams,
for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd
when he stands before the king whose hand
is to be laid upon him in honor. ...
... Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling,
that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind
and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing,
but to free the breath from its restless tides,
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? ...
... Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs,
then shall you truly dance.
~ Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet
There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power.
They speak more eloquently
than 10,000 tongues.
They are the messengers
of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
~ Washington Irving
A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last.
~ Charlie Daniels
These were a few bereavement quotes and sayings that will help you in times of sorrow. It is not what you say that matters, it is the support that you show in the difficult times that counts. Death is not dying, death is only the beginning.