Words of encouragement for bereaved parents

Words of encouragement for bereaved parents

  • ”I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.”- Anne Frank
  • ”We need to grieve the ones we have loved and lost in this lifetime — not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.” – J. W.
  • ”To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  • ”Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison
  • ”What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
  • ”When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” – Anonymous
  • ”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
  • ”Grief is so human, and it hits everyone at one point or another, at least, in their lives. If you love, you will grieve, and that’s just given.” – Kay Redfield Jamison
  • ”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.”- Samuel Johnson
  • ”And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” – Maya Angelou
  • ”Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius
  •  ”If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar
  • ”Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II
  • ”The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” – Hilary Stanton Zunin
  • ”We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa
  • ”The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • ”I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” – Alyson Noel
  • ”You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly-that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” – Anne Lamott
  • ”Grief I’ve learned is just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” – Anonymous
  • ”To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling
  • ”It’s OK to feel sad sometimes. Little by little, you’ll feel better again.” – Anonymous
  • ”Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.” – Megan Devine
  • ”I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • ”Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.” – Rumi
  • ”Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris
  • ”Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” – Leo Tolstoy
  • ”My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.” – Jandy Nelson
  • ”Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” – Sarah Dessen
  • ”Although it’s natural to forget your power after you lose a loved one, the truth is that after a breakup, divorce, or death, there remains an ability within you to create a new reality.” – Louise Hay and David Kessler
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  • ”Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  • ”The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
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  • ”You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.” – Neil Gaiman
  • ”No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.” – Faraaz Kazi
  • ”Grief reunites you with what you’ve lost. It’s a merging; you go with the loved thing or person that’s going away. You follow it a far as you can go. But finally,the grief goes away and you phase back into the world. Without him.” – Philip K. Dick
  • ”I miss her all the time. I know in my head that she has gone. The only difference is that I am getting used to the pain. It’s like discovering a great hole in the ground. To begin with, you forget it’s there and keep falling in. After a while, it’s still there, but you learn to walk round it.” – Rachel Joyce
  • ”Acceptance is not about liking a situation. It is about acknowledging all that has been lost and learning to live with that loss.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
  • ”See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it. And the very act of living is a tide: at first it seems to make no difference at all, and then one day you look down and see how much pain has eroded.” – Jodi Picoult
  • ”All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents are dead, even now, it still surprises me, to exist in the world while that which made me has ceased to exist.” – Nicole Krauss
  • ”How long will you grieve? How long will they be dead?” – David Kessler
  • ”The only way to end grief was to go through it.” – Holly Black
  • ”Grief is never something you get over. You don’t wake up one morning and say, ‘I’ve conquered that; now I’m moving on.’ It’s something that walks beside you every day. And if you can learn how to manage it and honour the person that you miss, you can take something that is incredibly sad and have some form of positivity.” – Terri Irwin
  • ”Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” – Anne Roiphe
  • ”I learned that, with grief, you have to take it one day at a time and learn how to find the happiness amid the heartbreak.” – Adrienne C. Moore
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  • ”It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.” – Patti Davis
  • ”Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.” – Xenophon
  • ”During my days of deepest grief, in all of my shock, sorrow and struggle, I sat at the feet of God. I literally spent hours each day reading God’s word, meditating on scripture and praying. I intentionally spent a significant amount of time being still before God.” – Rick Warren
  • ”Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.” – Marcel Proust
  • ”Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.” – Patti Smith
  • ”Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.” – Albert Camus
  • ”Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.” – Louise Hay and David Kessler
  • “When you lose your parents, the sadness doesn’t go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways sometimes instead of head-on. Like now.”― Jude Watson
  • “Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it.”― Stephen Levine
  • “Grief lasts longer than sympathy, which is one of the tragedies of the grieving.”― Elizabeth McCracken
  • “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.”― V.C. Andrews
  • “What they never tell you about grief is that missing someone is the simple part.”― Gail Caldwell
  • “Ten years, she’s dead, and I still find myself some mornings reaching for the phone to call her. She could no more be gone than gravity or the moon.”― Mary Karr
  • “Grief, she reminded herself, is almost always for the mourner’s loss.”― Orson Scott Card
  • “Grief wraps around people, takes them to a place they would not go otherwise.”― Patti Callahan Henry
  • “I am in the unthinkable situation that people cannot bear to contemplate.” ― Sonali Deraniyagala
  • “Tears have always been easier to shed than explain.”― Marty Rubin
  • “For as long as the world spins and the earth is green with new wood, she will lie in this box and not in my arms.”― Lurlene McDaniel
  • “Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!”― Latoya Alston
  • “Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.”― Sophocles
  • “The closest bonds we will ever know are bonds of grief. The deepest community one of sorrow.”― Cormac McCarthy
  • “When I saw your strand of hair I knew that grief is love turned into an eternal missing.”― Rosamund Lupton
  • “People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.” – Gail Sheehy
  • “Never let the salt of your tears be tasteless in grief.”― Munia Khan
  • “Everybody has their burdens, their grief that they carry with them.” – Elizabeth Edwards
  • “Never compare your grief.
  • You – and only you walk your path.”― Nathalie Himmelrich
  • “Grief releases love and it also instills a profound sense of connection.” – Jacqueline Novogratz
  • “There’s always a last time. If you could remember every last time, you’d never stop grieving.”― Jonathan Tropper
  • “Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it.” – Terri Irwin
  • “We may find great relief and inexplicable solace in purposefully looking beyond grief in order to determine the provision made within it.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough
  • “Acknowledgment of grief – well, it makes feeling the grief easier, not harder.” – Elizabeth McCracken
  • “The bird is gone, and in what meadow does it now sing?”― Philip K. Dick
  • “I don’t move away from grief, rather through it.” – Taya Kyle
  • “Grief loves the hollow; all it wants is to hear its own echo.”― Hisham Matar
  • “Grief is bizarre territory because there’s no predicting how long it’ll take to get over certain things. You just don’t know how long it’s going to resound in your life.” – Sam Shepard
  • “People come and go from our lives all the time. It’s not our fault that people leave. The Universe is just making room for new people with new lessons.”― Sue Fitzmaurice
  • “When grief is deepest, words are fewest.” – Ann Voskamp
  • “My mind couldn’t fit itself around the shape of his absence.”― Lia Mills
  • “You don’t go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.” – Nigella Lawson
  • “All you need is one safe anchor to keep you grounded when the rest of your life spins out of control.”― Katie Kacvinsky
  • “The only cure for grief is action.” – George Henry Lewes
  • “Even when it seems that there is no one else, always remember there’s one person who never ceased to love you – yourself.”― Sanhita Baruah
  • Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.”― Katharine Weber
  • “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh
  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”– Rumi
  • “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.” — William Shakespeare
  • “Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.”― Haruki Murakami
  • “Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.” — Orson Scott Card
  • “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.”― Nicholas Sparks
  • “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” — Alphonse de Lamartine
  • “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”― John Green
  • “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” — Maya Angelou
  • “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.” – Cassandra Clare
  • “Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.” – Veronica Roth
  • “Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.” – Unknown
  • “Grief is depression in proportion to circumstance; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance.” – Andrew Solomon
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  • “Love is an engraved invitation to grief.” – Sunshine O’Donnell
  • “Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes from losing something you’ve already had.” – Jodi Picoult
  • “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.” – Sarah Dessen
  • “Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable haemophilia: you bleed and bleed and bleed.” – David Mitchell
  • “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “It’s not life situations but our thoughts are the pilots of grief.” – Durgesh Satpathy

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