Losing a loved one is a difficult time for everyone who knew the person who passed away. Using words of inspiration in a condolence letter or sympathy message can help to reduce the grief an individual is feeling over the loss of a loved one.
Death is inevitable and people cannot prepare themselves for it, nor avoid it. At some point in someone’s life, he or she will experience grief over the death of someone that is close to his or her heart. When that time comes, sadness, grief, and depression takes over, and with that, people themselves cannot explain what they truly feel. They are at loss for words, and most of the time, they can relate themselves with the quotes of other people. These kinds of situations are the times when words of inspiration are very helpful.
The following are twenty of the most popular words of inspiration, separated into quotes related to death and grief.
Words of Inspiration For Death
“The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives” Norman Cousins
“Life is a dream walking, death is a going home.” Chinese Proverb
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” Kalil Gibran
“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand” unknown
“When we are forgotten, we cease to exist.” from the movie Merlin
“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” Sir Walter Scott
“There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world” Unkown
“How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint you footsteps have left upon our hearts.” Dorothy Ferguson
“A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.” Mohammed
Words of Inspiration For Grief
“Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve” Earl Grollman
“Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.” Oscar Wilde
“Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” Shakespeare
“The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming ” Helen Keller
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller
“Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak. Whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.” William Shakespeare
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” George S. Patton, Jr.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” Pierre Auguste Renoir
“Tears are a river that take you somewhere…Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Giving words of inspiration to people who are grieving is not an easy task. It can be difficult to put into words all of the thoughts and emotions you are feeling at this difficult time. The quotes above will help you express your feelings and can be included in a sympathy message, condolence letter, eulogy or on a memorial.
The words of inspiration that the grieving family receives can have a high impact on them and can help them lessen the pain that they’re feeling over the death of their loved one. Choose your words carefully and be sensitive enough to know what to say and what the other party would like to hear. The family will appreciated your condolences and that your thoughts are with them during their time of grief.
Updated: February 9, 2013