A good letter of condolence is like a handclasp, warm and friendly.” –Lillian Eichler Watson

Sorrow quotes

Writing a letter of sympathy can be hard; delivering a eulogy can be daunting. In times of sorrow, sometimes the only thing you can say, stems from the words of another. With that in mind, here are a few quotes to help you remember, pay tribute, convey your condolences, and otherwise find the perfect words... 
“For some moments in life there are no words.” – David Seltzer, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 “What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Grief is itself a medicine.” – William Cowper

“Memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates.” – Marcel Proust

“When someone you loves becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Author Unknown

“Everyone can master grief but he that has it.” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

“No one every told me that grief felt so like fear.” – C.S. Lewis

“For death is no more than a turning us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” –Author Unknown

“Tears are God’s gift to us.  Our holy water.  They heal us as they flow.” – Rita Schiano

“If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane,

I’d walk right up to Heaven

And bring you home again.” – Author Unknown

“Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.” –Author Unknown

“A human life is a story told by God.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“Hold on to what is good even if it a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.” – Pueblo Blessing

“Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.” – Emily Dickinson

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

“The dark today leads into light tomorrow;

There is no endless joy,

…and yet no endless sorrow.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Earth hath no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” –Thomas Moore