The words that follow were written by people who have walked with their own grief. They are intended to bring you comfort, peace, courage, perspective and inspiration.
Consider sitting quietly for a moment and selecting a quote that resonates with you in that moment. Hold it loosely in your consciousness for the day. Let it soothe your heart and enlighten your spirit.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”1 Corinthians 13:7-8
“I know it aches, how your heart it breaks. You can only take so much. Walk on.”Bono
“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.”Voltaire
“God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open. ”Hazrat Inayat Khan
“Watch your way then, as a cautious traveler; and don’t be gazing at that mountain or river in the distance, and saying ‘How shall I ever get over them?’ but keep to the present little inch that is before you, and accomplish that in the little moment that belongs to it. The mountain and the river can only be passed in the same way; and, when you come to them, you will come to the light and strength that belong to them. ”M.A. Kelty
“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we always enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow in it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you for an interval somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.”– Canon Henry Scott-Holland
“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star-shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.”Mary Frye
“I was not aware of the moment when I first crossed the threshold of this life. What was the power that made me open out into this vast mystery like a bud in the forest at midnight.
When in the morning I looked upon the light I felt in a moment that I was no stranger in this world, that the inscrutable without name and form had taken me into its arms in the form of my own mother. Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known. And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well. The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.”Rabindranath Tagore