What Are Some Irish Sympathy Sayings?


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Irish sympathy sayings include, "Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand" and "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal." The Irish often hold a wake after a funeral that celebrates the deceased's life.

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Henry Scott Holland recited an Irish sympathy prayer on May 15, 1910, at Westminister in London while King Edward VII was lying in state. His prayer says in part, "Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Everything remains as it was...One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again."

John O’Donohue also wrote an Irish sympathy prayer in his book "Anam Cara: Spiritual Wisdom for the Celtic World." The first part of his prayer says, "I pray that you will have the blessing of being consoled…May you know in your soul that there is no need to be afraid. When your time comes, may you be given every blessing and shelter that you need. May there be a beautiful welcome for you in the home that you are going to. You are not going somewhere strange. You are going back to the home that you never left."

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