“I have held the hands of friends as they died, baptized stillborn infants, helped families decide when to disconnect life-support systems and worked with parents whose children were murdered. Each of those experiences was painful. Nevertheless, at the moment my cat died, her loss was the very worst kind of grief for me in the whole world . . . Never apologize for grieving. Remind yourself as often as needed that the very worst kind of loss is always yours. Learn to acknowledge that your loss is worthy of grief . . .”
~Bob Deits, Life After Loss
“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of confusion or despair, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing… not curing… that is a friend indeed.”
~ Henri Nouwen
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
~ Old Chinese Proverb
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
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