Beautiful Sympathy Verses to Add to a Sympathy Card


Sympathy verses are excerpts from songs, poems and books.  Feel free to copy any of these verses to use in a sympathy card or letter.

Often times the most difficult part of sending a sympathy card is knowing what you should write inside of the card. The good news is that your message should be brief. Sympathy verses are perfect. They can express so much in just a line or two. With the right verse, you can just sign your name and you will have a thoughtful and unique card.

Verses for Sympathy Cards

If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
You’d no doubt walk up to heaven
And bring him home again.
Author Unknown

Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within me,
Forever in my heart.
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Author Unknown

Your life was full of loving deeds,
Forever thoughtful of our special needs,
Today and tomorrow, my whole life through,
I will always love and cherish you
Author Unknown

May knowing you’re
In the hearts and thoughts of others
Help you and yours
Through this time of sorrow.
Author Unknown

Sympathy Verses and Quotes from Famous People

You can find more quotes from famous authors on our Sympathy Quotes page.

May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears. And, above all, may silence make you strong.

-Chief Dan George

Every blade in the field-

Every leaf in the forest-

Lays down its life in its season,

As beautifully as it was taken up.

-Henry David Thoreau

What we have once enjoyed we can never lose, all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.

-Helen Keller

When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted into which our grief has given us entrance. And inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy and their understanding.

-Helen Keller

When those we love have left this earth, we still can feel them near. We’ll see a picture, hear a song, and it’s just like they are here. And when we call upon our faith, when we believe and trust, we know the ones we care about are always close to us.

-Constance Parker Graham

Love here on earth, Love beyond the grave. There are no roads, My Love for you cannot pave.

-T. Sachs

Popular Sympathy Verses With Unknown Authors

Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.

-Author Unknown

As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.

-Author Unknown

Sympathy Verses From the Bible

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18
The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28
You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. – Psalm 18:28

You can find more Sympathy Bible Verses here.

Add a Personal Touch

In addition to a verse or quote you can also add a personal note or sentiment. Here’s a quick list of ideas that you can personalize according to your unique situation. Find more ideas for what to write in a sympathy card on our Sympathy Card Sentiment page.

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
  • Never forget how much we love you.
  • Please know that I am thinking of you and your loved ones at this time.
  • I have a heavy heart as I think of your loss.
  • May you and your family take comfort in the love you have for each other in the days ahead.
  • Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss.

I hope these sympathy verses make expressing sympathy a little easier.