What to write in a grief anniversary card

What to write in a grief anniversary card

Losing a loved one is difficult and even as time passes, the anniversary of their death is never an easy time for close friends and family. From words of comfort to caring thinking of you messages and touching death anniversary quotes, we’re here to help you pay tribute to a loved one on their Remembrance Day.

Comforting death anniversary messages

Whether you’re writing a grief anniversary card for yourself or someone else, if you’re looking for words of comfort on the anniversary of the death of a loved one to include in your sympathy card, we’re here to help.

  • No matter how many years pass, grief never leaves us. Take this day to cherish and treasure all the memories and good times you spent together.
  • Nothing can prepare us for losing a loved one and there’s no getting used to this feeling. While you may not be here physically, you’ll always be in my heart.
  • Grief looks different for everyone. However you decide to spend this day, make sure to prioritise yourself and focus on your own wellbeing.
  • Some years are harder than others, but I just want you to know that you’re never alone.
  • It feels like only yesterday that you were here, and I just wanted to say that of all the life lessons you taught me one of the most important has to be how to live life to the fullest.
  • You’re always in my thoughts, especially today. I’ll never get used to life without you, but I know you’re looking down on me.
  • It’s been [number of years] years since I last saw you and we had a proper conversation. All I know is that you’re in a better place and you’ll always be remembered.

Remembrance death anniversary quotes

Sometimes you might not know what to say on the anniversary of a death of a loved one and find it tricky to put down your thoughts in just one message. Don’t worry, sometimes it’s easier (and still just as heartfelt) to find a lovely quote instead.

Here are some touching remembrance quotes for death anniversaries that you might want to include in your card:

  • “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Jack Lemmon
  • “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
  • “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • “Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.” – Ranata Suzuki
  • “Words are like nets – we hope they’ll cover what we mean, but we know they can’t possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Caring thinking of you on the anniversary of a death messages

Showing someone that you’re thinking of them on the anniversary of the death of a loved one is sometimes all we need to do. Sending them one of our thinking of you cards complete with a caring message will help make them feel less alone, especially if you can’t be there in person.

In case, you’re not sure how to phrase your message below are some of our suggestions:

  • I know this day is really hard for you. From hearing about [insert name] from you I can tell he/she was such a special person in your life and even though I didn’t get to meet her/him, you’re both in my thoughts.
  • While I wish I could be with you today, I just wanted you to know that I’m still always here for you no matter what. Sending all my love to you and your family.
  • No amount of time can take the grief away and I’m always here if you need anything at all, even if it’s just the biggest and tightest hug.
  • There are no words that can truly help make you feel better on a day like this, and I can only imagine how you’re feeling. Just know that I’m only a call away and I’m thinking of you and your loved ones.
  • Thinking of you on this day, [insert name] would honestly be so proud of the person you are. Please take care of yourself.
  • My heart goes out to you today, I know how close you and [insert name] were. Losing a loved one is hard, but I genuinely believe that their soul lives on in our memories. If you ever want to share any stories, I’d love to hear them.

While figuring out what to say on someone’s death anniversary can be hard, the most important thing is remembering and celebrating the life of the person you are missing. If you know someone who is currently going through a difficult time our other guides on what to write in a sympathy card and what to write in a thinking of you card might help if you can’t quite find the right words yourself.

For more inspiration, check out the rest of our blog where we have a whole host of what-to-write articles, how-to guides, and other articles for every occasion.