Memorial Poem- When Tomorrow Comes Without Me written in calligraphy on golden sky background
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Memorials Expressing Sympathy

Memorial Poem- When Tomorrow Comes Without Me written in calligraphy on golden sky background

Memorials and Sympathy Poems

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus, Covid-19 is making us focus on memorials for those who have died. Hundreds of thousands of people are dying suddenly. This pandemic is even killing younger people now. It's a very stressful and sad time in our lives. You see memorials all over the news for people who have died from this terrible virus.

Coronavirus-Memorial in calligraphy

It's hard to know what to say to someone who has lost a loved one. It's said that "holding space" which essentially means just sitting with another person silently is often enough to offer your true sympathy. When you know the person who has passed, writing a sympathy card or a memorial poem can help people go through their grief.

Grief is love that has nowhere to go...

A Calligraphy memorial is always sad work, especially when it's a memorial for a young person or a child. When you have your own child you don't even want to imagine the pain these poor parents are going through. I've had to write through tears when writing this sad song for a newborn who left his family way too early. Writing and designing calligraphy is generally for commemorating special happy occasions.

memorial poem for baby who passed away written in calligraphy with baby's photo
father's memorial for young daughter who passed away with her photo

But calligraphy services also includes writing memorials allows someone to look at their photo and feel that love again. Although I think it takes time for the sad feelings to soften. Those feelings don't ever go away - especially when you are writing a memorial to someone you dearly loved.

Do Not Stand By My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep, Indian memorial poem in calligraphy

Memorial For A Beloved Mother

It took a long time for me to be able to look at photos of my mom, Adele without bursting into tears. Even now, many years later, I'm tearing up as I'm writing this. But I love looking at photographs of my mom with the family, and with me. Everyone said we looked a lot alike. My mom was an incredible woman: kind, funny, intelligent, accomplished and so loving.

memorial- Love poem for Mother with personalization and photo

Memorial For Favorite Relatives

memorial of mother's sayings in calligraphy
Memorial - complete quote when tomorrow comes without me personalized with calligraphy and photo
memorial for beloved related in calligraphy with her photo

Memorials from Co-workers and Businesses 

This is a memorial that was written by a company where this lovely woman volunteered her time. This calligraphy memorial was also sent to her husband as a gift.

REmembrance memorial for co-worker in calligraphy with her photo

Gone From My Site

The "Parable of Immortality" is also known as "Gone From My Sight". It was written by Henry van Dyke, Jr.  It is a very moving poem that I gave to my dear friend when her 20 year old son passed away  from cancer. She brought it to her grief group and the other parents there felt great comfort from reading it.

gone from my sight memorial in calligraphy

 Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

It's really lovely to read something that shows the person who passed has touched many lives. Writing good memories of the person brings them back - maybe you can hear their voice, their laugh, or their special touch when you read about them.

Memorial Poems and Stories

I went through a terrible time in my life when my children were teenagers. They had friends who had passed away from cancer or from a terrible accident. I was so depressed that it was very hard to get through the day. Two of these young people were the first born of very good friends of mine.

It is so hard to find the words to say when someone loses a child. But I wrote out this beautiful story for her. She said just reading it made her feel a lot better. Click on it so you can read it.

How To Help Someone Who Is Grieving

My daughter was a hospice social worker. She told me that Hospice offers grief groups at no charge. These social workers are the best at helping you through a hard time when you lose someone you care about. There are Hospice services all over the country. Don't let the grief get the best of you- do avail yourself of the free services of hospice.

A Sympathy Book To Help Dealing With Loss

My dear friend and fellow calligrapher, Joanne Fink wrote a beautiful book in calligraphy after the sudden and totally unexpected loss of her husband. I have been giving her beautiful book, "When You Lose Someone You Love" to my closest friends after their loss. She sent me this book when my younger brother died. It really helped me feel not so alone and "lost". It taught me that my feelings were normal and not that different from everyone else who loses someone they loved.

This is what my friend wrote to me after I gave her this sympathy book:

Lianda, Joanne's book tells about the complexity of grief and how totally disorienting it is.  So many of the pages describe just what I've experienced.  The combination of heartfelt emotions with gorgeous art is healing.

It is comforting to me to know that Joanne has turned her sorrow into help for other people.  I want to be like her, and how I hope that my grandchildren can use their grief as productively as Joanne's son and daughter have.   

I know that I will re read this beautiful book again and again, and I will loan it to Mark, my grandchildren, and my daughter Karen too.  Thank you so much for bringing it to me, Lianda, and for the meaningful bookmark as well.  You really have helped me.


Most people will lose someone they love, or even a beloved pet, at some point in their life. Offering your silence, a moving poem or a sympathy statement from your heart can be the thing that helps people begin the long journey of healing. 

Pet memorial in calligraphy with dog's photo superimposed under the rainbow bridge
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Memorial, Pets

Pet Memorial

Pet memorial letter written in calligraphy with photo of dog

Memorial for a Lost Pet

Writing a memorial can really help you when your pet dies. If you have lost a pet, whether it's your dog or cat or any animal is heartbreaking. So many call a pet a "fur baby". Your pet has unconditional love for you, and you feel that way in return. Many people write a memorial for a relative who has died, and I think it's totally appropriate to write a memorial for your pet who loved you like a child or best friend.

There's a poem describing where your your fur-baby pet has gone when they cross the "rainbow bridge".

The Rainbow Bridge

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Author unknown

Losing A Pet Causes Depression

People are depressed for such a long time after losing someone they love, and it's the same with losing your fur-baby. Dogs are irreplaceable. It take time to grieve for your pet, and don't let anyone tell you, "just get over it!" There are sites that can help you grieve for your pet online. 

In fact, having a pet is so important to humans that it can actually extend your life! That's right, research has shown that people who have pets have a tie that is stress relieving and helps them to live longer and happier!

Loyalty to your dog in calligraphy

Letter to Your Pet

This "mom" wanted a memorial showing her beloved dog. She said this made her feel better. She was able to see his picture every day and bring back the unconditional feeling of love. In fact, when she feels bad she remembers the good times with her fur baby. I can make a custom memorial for your pet using a photo or many pictures of happy times you had with you dog. 

A Gift for your Friend

Doing a pet memorial for a friend who has lost their beloved fur-baby can help them through the hard times of missing their pet. It would be a keepsake that they will really treasure. 

My heart goes out to each person who has lost their best friend companion.

Poem in calligraphy for dog lover vet
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Memorial Quote

Having a memorial or bereavement quote written in calligraphy is a nice way to remember someone by having a quote they made up. For many families, they especially appreciate when their loved one is remembered by something profound or FUNNY that they said!

When I got this request for calligraphy services, I asked if it was about a particular sport?

The customer explained, “no, – this was Louis’ method of getting food at a buffet”!! I had a really good laugh!

Her husband asked for it to be in “Old English” – but it’s really Old German- Blackletter, and on “parchment”. Want to learn about what parchment really is?

It made me think about the things my father and mother used to say.. My mom, who passed in 2009, used to tell us not to cry when remembering her: remember and laugh. And thankfully, I have LOTS of funny memories of my mom! I hope you have lots of good memories- and some that YOU might want to commemorate to memorialize someone you loved!

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