Memorials and Sympathy Poems ~

Many people say: "Sorry for your loss" because it's hard to come up with words of comfort when someone has passed away.
When someone you care about passes from this life, it's such a painful time. And when a friend or relative loses someone they care about you want to do something to make them feel better. It's so hard to know what to say. Memorial poems can offer solace and help ease their grief. But in truth, nothing will ever take away the pain from losing someone you care for. Even time only softens the sadness.

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

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me, Religious Memorial

Memorial Poem-Gone from my Sight

Gone from My Sight, Uplifting Memorial

Memorials and Sympathy Poems ~

Sending a memorial store bought card is rather impersonal. But there is a way to personalize your care and sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one. A calligraphy quote that expresses your sadness is a way to show you care when you find it hard to speak to a person who has lost someone they care about. When someone passes away it's hard to come up with words of comfort when someone has died.

When someone you care about passes from this life, grieving is painful. Of course you want to try to help a friend or relative who is suffering from the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, it's very hard to know what to say.  But in truth, nothing will ever take away the pain from losing someone you care for. Truthfully, even time doesn't end grief, it only softens the sadness. I know from personal experience because although my mom died many years ago I still grieve for her. 

What To Say To A Person Who has Lost Someone they Loved

If you don't know what to say, sometimes just saying nothing is the best thing. Just be with your friend or relative. If you want some ideas about what to say you can find some short meaningful quotes. 

"Grief is love's souvenir"

- Glennon Doyle

Grief  from Death Causes Stress

The grief you feel from losing someone you love causes a lot of stress. Stress can make you physically ill.  There are many free services to help you deal with your grief. Grief counseling is offered by hospice and should be free as well. 

Memorial in calligraphy
Photos of the person who has died with his loved ones gave the survivors stress relief from their grief. His memorable words in calligraphy were added to personalize this memorial.

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.

memorial for her father using a photo of them together. Superimposed on a background photo where they enjoyed spending time together

Poems to ease grief

Grief is love that has nowhere to go...

Memorial poems can offer solace and help ease their grief. Sometimes a lyrics from a song can help ease the pain of loss. Seeing a picture of their loved one in a happier time can help bring a positive focus and can be uplifting instead of contributing to more sadness.

Memorial for a Child who has Passed

 Writing a memorial in calligraphy 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 wall for a child who tragically died in an accident
A happy memorial for a child who died tragically in an accident.
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 letter in calligraphy with their photo. From a bereaved father to his teenage daughter who passed away
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 Rev. Luther F. Beecher.  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, Memorial and Uplifting

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.

I can personalize "Gone From My Sight" with names and dates for you. Just contact me with your details. 

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. 

Beautiful Angel memorial with uplifting poem in calligraphy

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 young 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.

when you lose someone
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. 

Sorry for your loss

The words, "sorry for your loss" are so impersonal. It's almost like saying, "have a nice day". When someone suffering from loss hears that phrase so many times it almost seems phony. You might want to try just bringing your hands to your heart and looking the person in the eye to show you care. 

You can certainly find other beautiful sentiments online and I will write them in custom calligraphy to help ease the pain of loss. Click here to contact me to get started.

Pet memorial letter written in calligraphy with photo of dog