Eulogy, Sympathy & Epitaph Ideas

We are always open to new ideas regarding eulogies, sympathy cards and epitaphs. If you have any suggestions, please send us an email to affinity@affinityfunerals.com.au

Sympathy Messages


The best way to write a sympathy card is to be genuine & say what you feel.

You should send your condolences as soon as you hear the news of the death.

‘Your mother must have been an amazing woman because her energy and love for people shine through in you’

‘Please accept my sympathy for the terrible loss of your father.’

‘Our Deepest Sympathy’

‘With Deepest Sympathy’

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with you’

‘He/She lives with us in memory and will for evermore’

‘Beloved wife and mother’

‘Beloved husband and father’

‘His/Her love will light your way’

‘His/Her memory will forever be with us’

‘She/He will never be forgotten’

‘His/Her memory will always be in our hearts’

‘Always in our hearts’

‘May He/She be blessed with eternal life and love’

‘His/Her greatest joy was making others happy’

‘In sympathy of your loss, in joy of Heaven’s gain’

‘Sending you our love and deepest sympathy’

‘They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it for death cannot kill what never dies’

‘May God bless you in your time of grief’

‘I’m so sorry for your loss, please know that you are in my thoughts’

‘Even on your darkest days there’s an angel beside you to guide you along the way’


Please visit the Obituaries Help website for more suggestions  


Crosses and Symbols


Crosses
Calvary – a Latin cross on three steps
represents faith, hope & love

Celtic – includes a circle around the cross & is
representative of eternity

Eastern – (Orthodox or Russian) the upper horizontal bar represents the site of inscription over the head of the crucified Christ while the lower slanting bar represents his foot rest.

Ionic – resembling the Celtic cross, it symbolizes salvation, love & glory.

Gothic – flowered cross with fully opened ends symbolizes the adult Christian.

Greek – arms of equal length make this the traditional symbol of the Christian faith.

Christian Symbols
Butterfly – represents the Resurrection; new life

Candle – symbolizes divinity and goodness; illumination of faith

Chalice – symbolizes the Eucharist and the Last Supper.

Chi Rho with interlocking rings – sacred symbol of marriage

Dove – represents peace, forgiveness and purity.

Fish – symbolic of faith in the Lord.

Flame – symbolizes the Holy Spirit

Fleur-de-lis – representative of the Trinity
as well as the Virgin Mary.

Interlocking rings – represents marriage

Lamp – represents wisdom & knowledge;
the guiding light



Writing a Eulogy


Keep your eulogy brief enough to say what you need to say; remember most cemeteries/crematoriums have time restrictions.
Most funeral services have a 30 minute duration so check with the funeral director before the service begins.

Always use the deceased’s name.

Speak about the unique qualities of that person; you may include family history and important career or personal highlights.

It is alright to use humour but keep it appropriate – people enjoy hearing about the anecdotes that are part of our lives.

Be sincere.

Speak as naturally as possible, just as if talking to one person.

Consult with family and the celebrant or minister to determine their desires.

If you become upset when giving a eulogy, take a moment to compose yourself and take a few deep breaths before continuing; others will understand.

Finally, a eulogy should be a celebration of a person’s life.


Epitaph Quotations


A friend to many & sadly missed

Gone from our home but not from our hearts

Love is eternal

We will love you always

With all my love

Loving memories last forever

May God be with you & comfort you

May the peace of the Lord be with you

Constant of faith, generous of heart

Blessed sleep to which we all return

In God’s care

Our love goes with you & our souls wait to join you

God’s garden has need of little flowers

Remembering a tiny angel

So small, so sweet, so soon

Lord, we give you our littlest angel

Blossomed on earth to bloom in Heaven

Our littlest angel returned to Heaven

Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory

God’s greatest gift returned to Him — my mother/father

May God grant you eternal rest my dear mother

Her/His memory is enshrined in our hearts

Her/His friendship was an inspiration, her/his love a blessing

Always loving, always loved

To know her/him was to love her/him

No woman/man is indispensable, but some are irreplaceable

Her/His friendship was an inspiration, her/his love a blessing

A loving father/mother, tender & kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind

Her/His greatest joy was making others happy

God took her/him home, it was his will, but in our hearts he/she liveth still

A woman/man greatly loved