120 Death Anniversary Quotes And Other Words Of Comfort

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When a loved one dies, the grieving process doesn’t end the day of the funeral, or when you go back to work: it’s something that takes time. And as time passes, it’s natural for us to pay attention to significant dates, like the person’s birthday, favorite holiday, and the anniversary of their death. Grief doesn’t quite go away and many different cultures mark a person’s death anniversary with customs like lighting candles in their memory or holding a memorial in their honor.

If you know someone who is about to go through the death anniversary of a loved one, you may be at a loss about what to say to comfort them, or write in a card. Whether they’ve lost their mother, father, husband, or other family members, some kind thoughts can go a long way. We’ve gathered death anniversary quotes, messages, and words of comfort from all over the internet to give you the support you need on a day of remembrance.

  1. While your loved one may no longer walk on this green Earth, the days that they spent here were incredible. The life they lived and the people they touched will stay in our memories forever.
  2. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” — Helen Keller
  3. I know that this is an extremely difficult time for you. I want you to know that you are in my thoughts, and in my well-wishes. I cannot imagine what you must be feeling right now, but know that I am here for you no matter what. Please accept my utter heartfelt condolences on this anniversary.
  4. Since the day your loved one passed, many years have gone by, but just know that they have always been with you and will forever be at your side.
  5. “The dead never truly die. They simply change form.” — Suzy Kassem
  6. I am thinking of you and praying for you today as you remember the death of your [husband]. [He] truly was a great [man]. We think about [him] often. I wish you much comfort today and always.
  7. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller
  8. I want you to know that I am truly sorry for your loss. On this anniversary, it is important that you realize that I am only a phone call away. In this difficult time of loss, know that we are all by your side. I am certain that your loved one is looking down on you from above.
  9. “A grave is braced not just by a tombstone but by angels as well.” — Adabella Radici
  10. “In the gardens of memory, the palaces of dreams, this is where we will meet.” — Alice Through the Looking Glass
  11. Every person has to die one day and it’s the bitter truth of life. But I can’t comfort myself. My eyes filled with tears when I think that you have gone forever.
  12. I am extremely saddened by your loss. I know that this anniversary is an immensely distressing period for you. Please take comfort in the fact that I am here to provide you with any assistance you want or need. I hope that my friendship and condolences bring light to your life during this time.
  13. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” — James O’Barr
  14. The saddest moment is when the person who gave you the best memories, becomes a memory.
  15. I know that this day is always difficult for you and I spent some time thinking about you this morning. I hope that time will heal your wounds. Know that I am there for you.
  16. “When he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun.” — William Shakespeare
  17. The pain of losing you is immeasurable. I know the biggest star in the sky that is shining the most is you. I hope you are living well in the world of the creator.
  18. We dreamt of living a long life together but the dreams had been shattered. Last year you left me here and went to heaven alone. I still think you are here by my side because I can feel you.

I know today will be hard for you, but remember that you have so many people who love you and will be thinking of you. Let me know if there is anything you need. I hope you will get through this and believe you will.

  1. “A well-spent day brings happy sleep.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  2. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou
  3. I am remembering you today on this difficult day. Know that we are here for you if you would like to talk, or just want some company.
  4. “Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.” — Haruki Murakami
  5. “It was very hard for all of us. It’s still very hard. The anniversary of his death just passed, and every single one of his friends, still, after all these years… it’s unbelievable.” — Eydie Gorme
  6. Even as you remember this painful day, I hope you think of all the beautiful times you were able to have with your mother. She was so loving and kind, and I just know she would want you to smile today. I do, too. Please let me know if you want to talk or go for a walk.
  7. “Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sigh” — Rossiter Worthington Raymond
  8. “Say not in grief that they are gone, but give thanks that they were yours.” — Hebrew Proverb
  9. My heart truly goes out to you in this time of painful sorrow. Someone so uniquely special and dear to you could never be forgotten. On this anniversary, I hope that you take comfort from my love, support, and prayers. I know that you will make it through this intense and painful time.
  10. One year ago, on this saddest day, you have gone to the place from where no one ever back. I can’t explain what is going through me. You are missed every day and every moment. I hope you are doing well with other angels.
  11. “You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.” — Indira Gandhi
  12. “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” — Terry Pratchett
  13. I thought of you this morning. It must be so hard for you on the anniversary of your [wife’s] passing. I hope for nothing but comfort for you today, and that you will find relief in knowing [she] lived a wonderful life. I am always available for a phone call if you want to talk.
  14. “He spoke well, who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  15. “Life is a hurricane, and we board up to save what we can and bow low to the earth to crouch in that small space above the dirt where the wind will not reach. We honor anniversaries of deaths by cleaning graves and sitting next to them before fires, sharing food with those who will not eat again. We raise children and tell them other things about who they can be and what they are worth: to us, everything. We love each other fiercely, while we live and after we die. We survive; we are savages.” — Jesmyn Ward
  16. It takes a courageous heart to face the anniversary of the loss of a loved one with grace. I know you will have the strength to persevere and will be there with you if you need me.
  17. “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” — Kahlil Gibran
  18. My heart still can’t accept that you are not with us anymore. You were my strength. This year, there’s not a single day that I didn’t miss you. It’s not easy for me to move on from this pain.
  19. “That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it’s reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.” — Sarah Dessen
  20. If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
  21. I cannot imagine how much pain you will be wrestling with today. Know that I will be thinking of you and your entire family today and that you will find peace and strength on this difficult day.
  22. “For those of us who have lost loved ones in their prime— as I did when my father and other relatives succumbed— even one of those years would have been a precious gift.” — Michael Milken
  23. “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character, would you slow down? Or speed up?” — Chuck Palahniuk
  24. “You may not be with us in close proximity but in our hearts you are, like you had always been and forever and ever will be.” — Jean-Paul Malfatti
  25. “Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” — Sir Walter Scott
  26. When the pain of the loss of your [father] feels fresh today, know that I am here and you can talk to me. Or not. Anything you need, anything, please let me know. I am nearby if you need me.
  27. Your father was a truly amazing man. I was just thinking today of all the times he made me laugh. I hope you are filled with peace, comfort, and pleasant thoughts on this difficult day.
  28. “If there is ever a day where we aren’t together, keep me inside your heart, and I’ll be there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh
  29. “Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.” — Epicurus
  30. As the feelings of grief come again today, please let me know how if there is anything I can do.
  31. Your strength and endurance are an encouragement to all.
  32. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” — Jack Thorne
  33. Today is the anniversary of the loss of your [mother]. [She] was a saint and I miss [her] so much. I hope that happy memories of [her] will flood your mind and heart today.
  34. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss
  35. On the anniversary of the loss of your [father], I wanted you to know that you and your family are continually in my thoughts. I hope for courage and strength for you all.
  36. “To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die.” — Hazel Gaynor
  37. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can help you on the anniversary of the loss of your [mother]. [She] was an amazing [woman] and I am sure you miss [her] dearly. May you be comforted today.
  38. I was reminded today of your mother and what an inspiration she was. She never ceased to amaze me. Take comfort in her life well lived and be encouraged by her example.
  39. I couldn’t help but smile when I thought about your father this morning. Though the pain of losing him makes us all ache, it was a real honor to know him.
  40. “Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” — Anne Roiphe
  41. If on this anniversary of the death of your mother you feel down, please feel free to give me a call. I love hearing stories about her and know they will lift us up.
  42. “Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” — Thomas Moore
  43. On this day of mourning, you and your loved one are in our thoughts. Stay strong during this difficult time and know we are always here for you.
  44. Although your loved one was taken from this Earth too soon, remember that he/she is watching over us and will always be with you.
  45. As you mourn the death of your [father] again, I hope it comforts you to think about the life that [he] lived and the memories [he] made, surrounded by those who loved [him]. While [he] might not be with us anymore, [his] memories live on forever. [He] will always be with us.
  46. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” — Thomas Campbell
  47. Today is the anniversary of one who will remain in our hearts eternally. Rest assured that although they have passed from this life to the next, they will always be remembered.
  48. “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” — Albert Einstein
  49. May your loved one’s strength be with you today and always.
  50. Our deepest condolences on this painful day. Please know that your loved one meant the world to us and we are praying for you in the pain you must be feeling. We are here for you.
  51. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
  52. While the passing of your loved one is a blow that cannot be softened, just know that they were too well loved to ever be forgotten.
  53. May you use the anniversary of [name of person]’s passing to remember all the joy they brought into the word.
  54. As another year comes and goes without your loved one, know that we will always stand by you and always be near.
  55. “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” — Mitch Albom
  56. “Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” — George Eliot
  57. With a heavy heart and mind, we hope to comfort you in your sadness, and remind you that despite today’s suffering, there’s always a brighter tomorrow.
  58. Man is mortal but the love for them is immortal. Though you are not present here with all of us but your memory is stored on our mind. Rest peacefully in heaven!
  59. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” — John Taylor
  60. I know that God is watching over you today as you think of your [wife]. [She] was such a blessing. Know that we greatly miss [her], too. May the God of comfort wrap you in His arms today.
  61. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” — William Penn
  62. Though this is the day that your loved one slipped out of our sight, just know that they will forever stay in our hearts and minds.
  63. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” — Jack Lemmon
  64. “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” — Andrew Sachs
  65. While sorrow is long-lasting and death is forever, your love conquers all darkness. Stay strong on this anniversary of your loved one’s passing and remember that while you may no longer be together in this life, you will be reunited in the next.
  66. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi
  67. “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” — Richard Bach
  68. There is no distinct end point to grief and mourning.
  69. In remembering our loved one on this day, we all feel a terrible loss. Just know that we are here and stand by you on every step of the journey of healing.
  70. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” — Gerard Way
  71. On this anniversary of your [husband’s] passing, I remember [him] and feel the grief of losing [him] all over again. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it must be for you. But I also recall the many times [he] made me laugh. I am thinking of you on this very challenging day.
  72. “What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  73. Although today’s grief may make you feel in pain and alone, know that you remain in our hearts and thoughts.
  74. It has been a year since your loss, but I’m still thinking of you.
  75. “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson
  76. You have our deepest sympathies on the anniversary of your loved one’s passing, and just know that in our minds and hearts they will be remembered forever.
  77. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” — Emily Dickinson
  78. It is only human to grieve, and at this terrible hour, we all join you to mourn and remember that life they had and the lives they touched.
  79. “Fear not death; for the sooner we die, the longer shall we be immortal.” — Benjamin Franklin
  80. On this painful anniversary of your loved one going from this life to the next, may your good memories nourish their peaceful repose.
  81. “Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” — Langston Hughes
  82. “To me, fair friend, you never can be old, For as you were when first your eye I eyed, Such seems your beauty still.” — William Shakespeare
  83. “Precious moments are those that you cherish for the rest of your life because the people in them exist no more.” — Hermann J. Steinherr
  84. It has been a year, but I don’t love you or think about you any less.
  85. “No hour is ever eternity, but it has its right to weep.” ― Zora Neale Hurston
  86. “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
  87. “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 the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” — Washington Irving
  88. “Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.” ― Arthur Golden
  89. We can measure time, but we cannot measure loss. It has been a year, but there is no way to set a milestone or a limit on the grief. Take your time.
  90. Grief is a journey that never completely ends. The scenery changes, and the terrain becomes easier, but there is no point of arrival. That’s okay.
  91. This day is important, and how you feel on it is important too.
  92. It’s been one trip around the sun without the light of your love. I hold your memory as a glimmer in my heart.
  93. There’s nothing quite as sad as the moment when the person with whom you experienced your best memories becomes a memory too. Keeping that memory alive can bring you comfort.
  94. There is no getting used to losing someone you love. Once you think you’ve accommodated the grief, it surprises you in new ways. But you surprise yourself too in your ability to withstand it.
  95. “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.” — Unknown
  96. “Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering. But those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. The challenge is to live our life so that we will be prepared for death when it comes.” — Unknown
  97. “It’s not always the tears that measure the pain. Sometimes it’s the smile we fake.” — Unknown
  98. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.” — Unknown
  99. “I couldn’t even realize how 1 year has passed since I lost you. It seems like it was just a few days ago. Your death has reminded us that in this world nothing is permanent, we all have to go when God wishes. Just stay peacefully in heaven and don’t worry about us!”— Unknown
  100. Everyone says that time heals everything but even after 1 year still I can’t stop my tears. My heart is filled with sadness. I don’t know how I will move on from this phase. Miss you a lot!
  101. May knowing you’re

in the hearts and thoughts of others help you and yours through this time of sorrow.

  1. The sorrow of the faithful

is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love. May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.

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