60 Uplifting Words Of Comfort To Offer Someone Who Is Grieving

Some good words can go a long way.

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Throughout the past few years, our country has experienced plenty of grieving. There have been so many terror attacks, mass shootings, random acts of violence throughout the entire world, and a pandemic that has affected us all deeply.

Due to all of this, many people are grieving the loss of a loved one or simply the seeming loss of humanity.

These same people, including you if you are one of them, may feel inspired by some sympathy quotes and words of comfort.


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Sometimes knowing what to say or do for a person who lost a loved one is very difficult and words of sympathy don't come naturally to a lot of people. You may be worried about saying the wrong thing or saying something that doesn't help. It can be hard to help someone who is grieving, even when you are trying to find comforting words too.


If you have trouble finding the words or don't know what to do, sometimes words of comfort and bible quotes can help us help others in times of need.

As long as you understand that sometimes all you can do is offer a shoulder to cry on and maybe some sympathy notes, you will be able to help anyone in a time of sorrow.

There isn’t always a specific thing to say or the right sympathy gifts to bring to someone who is missing a family member, pet, or friend, but comfort quotes can offer us ideas when we encounter those moments.

Here are some uplifting quotes to offer as words of comfort for someone who is grieving, whether in a sympathy card or in person.


Words Of Comfort For Someone Who Is Grieving

1. "It's the process of grieving that's important and necessary, not the understanding of it."

Understand the process.

2. "No rule book. No time frame. No judgment. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul."

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Do what is best for you throughout the grief process.


3. "You don't get over it, you get through it... It doesn't get better, it gets different...Every day, just like me, Grief puts on a new face." — Wendy Feireisen

Grief changes us.

4. "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

Just keep swimming.

5. "It's not about getting over it it's about learning to live with it." — After Chloe

We learn to live with the grief.

6. "Grief changes us the pain sculpts us into someone who understands more deeply hurts more often appreciates more quickly cries more easily hopes more desperately loves more openly."

Grief impacts who we become.


7. "Healing takes time and you are doing the best you can and that is perfect."

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Take your time.

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

We absorb that loss.

9. “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.” — V.C. Andrews

You will get through it.


Words Of Comfort After The Loss Of A Loved One

10. "Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again."

They will meet again.

11. "Angels are always near to those who are grieving. To whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hands of God."

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​They are safe.


12. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” — Mitch Albom

They're always with you in spirit, and you have your memories to get you through.

13. “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.” — Leo Buscaglia

Your life is forever changed.

14. “I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” — Mitch Albom

Think of all of the good times.

15. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” — Rob Liano

Well worth it.


16. “Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!” ― Latoya Alston

You will meet again.

17. “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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Your memories can help fill the emptiness that you're feeling.


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

Life is short, enjoy it while you can.

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

You can relive them as often as you need.

20. “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

They'd want you to keep enjoying life.

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

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Your time together was precious.

Words Of Comfort After The Loss Of A Pet

22. "A loyal companion and best friend. May their memories bring you comfort in this time of loss."

Photos and memories can provide you with some comfort during this difficult time.

23. "No matter how or when we lose our furry friends, their love lasts a lifetime."

Their unconditional love will never be forgotten.

24. "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." — Roger Caras

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Our pets are everything.

25. "If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them." — Pam Brown

So true.

26. "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch." — Leo Dworken

Every strand of fur will evoke powerful memories from now on.

27. “I guess you don’t really own a dog, you rent them, and you have to be thankful that you had a long lease.” — Joe Garagiola

So lucky to have them in your life for the time that you did.

28. “Sometimes losing a pet is more painful than losing a human because in the case of the pet, you were not pretending to love it.” — Amy Sedaris

The love remains pure even after death.


29. “If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.” — Marjorie Garber

So worth it.

30. "A pet’s love is never replaced but always remembered.”

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Forever and always.

31. “You’ve lost a dog but gained a guardian angel.”

Your best friend is looking out for you.


Uplifting Bible Verses To Offer As Words Of Comfort

32. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." — Psalm 34:18

He is watching over you.

33. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." — Matthew 5:4

You are not alone.

34. "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." — 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Your loved one is in a good place.

35. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." — John 14:27

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You are in good hands.

36. "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." — Isaiah 41:10

You are never alone in your grief.

37. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you." — John 16:22

The loss is painful, but you will get through it.

38. "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." — Philippians 4:13

You can do this.

Sympathy Messages To Bring Comfort

39. "I made it home I just wanted to let you know that I made it home. Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh, so new. I wish that you could close your eyes so you could see it too. Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand. God is taking care of me...I'm in the shelter of his hands. Here there is no sadness, and no sorrow, and no pain. Here there is no crying, and I'll never hurt again. Here it is peaceful when all the angels sing. I really have to go for now... I've just got to try my wings. PS... I'll be the first face you see when you get here!"

Remembering your loved one is in a happy place.


40. "Just checking on you and praying God takes extra special care of you today."

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Sometimes checking in is all someone needs.

41. "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."

Having a shoulder to cry on is important when you are grieving.


42. "Maybe I can't stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain."

Be by their side while they grieve, even if it means sitting in silence.

43. "A grief blessing may the sun bring you new energy every day, bringing light into the darkness of your soul may the moon softly restore you by night bathing you in the glow of restful sleep and peaceful dreams may the rain wash away your worries and cleanse the hurt that sits in your heart may the breeze blow new strength into your being, and may you believe in the courage of yourself may you walk gently through the world, keeping your loved one with you always knowing that you are never parted in the beating of your heart." — Native Apache Blessing

A blessing to share for that person grieving.

44. ​"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

Do not feel bad about what you are feeling or doing in your grief.

45. "A dragonfly to remind me even though we are apart your spirit is always with me forever in my heart."

The spirit of their loved one is always there.


46. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and held so dear."

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Always nearby us.


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47. "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains."

Their light remains here on Earth.

48. "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."

Sharing our sympathy for what they are going through.

49. "Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers."

Let them know you are thinking of them.


50. "Thinking of you at this time of sorrow, with a wish for strength as you face tomorrow."

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They are on our mind.

51. "Whatsoever soothes your spirit comforts your soul and brings you peace ... that is what is wished for you at this difficult time."

Wishing whatever brings them peace will come around.


52. "May your heart find peace and tranquility through the healing power of love, hope, and light, today and always."

Hoping they find peace.

53. "May the hope of heaven give you peace, and the tender touch of the father bring you comfort with sympathy and prayers."

The hope of Heaven.

54. "I'm so sorry for your loss!"

A simple sorry.

55. "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."

God's comfort.

56. "There are no tears in heaven, nor grief of any kind. I leave this final teardrop to those I've left behind through absent from the body I'm present with the lord the joy of my salvation is now my full reward."

You can assure them that their loved one is happy.


Words Of Comfort To Help Grieving Friends and Family

57. "Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give."

Sometimes words aren't necessary.

58. "We rise by lifting others." —​ Robert Ingersoll

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We can lift one another up in times of sorrow.

59. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

Your intentions won't go unnoticed.


60. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ― Steve Maraboli

That's really all it takes.

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Natalia Jaramillo is a writer who covers pop culture and relationship topics for YourTango.