Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that
which has been your delight.
It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the
hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign
behind a window,
or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has
or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses.
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates.
You must wait till it be digested,
and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love,
the things you are, the things you never want to lose.
~From the television show The Wonder Years
If you're going through hell, keep going.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
~Lou Reed, "Magic and Loss"
Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest
that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.
In the night of death, hope sees a star,
and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.
Every evening I turn my worries over to God.
He's going to be up all night anyway.
~Mary C. Crowley
She was no longer wrestling with the grief,
but could sit down with it as a lasting companion
and make it a sharer in her thoughts.
While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.