Bereavement Quotes

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Rumi
“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
Rumi

Gabriel García Márquez
“Perhaps this is what the stories meant when they called somebody heartsick. Your heart and your stomach and your whole insides felt empty and hollow and aching.”
Gabriel García Márquez

Dean Koontz
“Grief can destroy you --or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it's over and you're alone, you begin to see that it wasn't just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can't get off your knees for a long time, you're driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

Edgar Allan Poe
“Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Suzanne Collins
“She's not here," I tell him. Buttercup hisses again. "She's not here. You can hiss all you like. You won't find Prim." At her name, he perks up. Raises his flattened ears. Begins to meow hopefully. "Get out!" He dodges the pillow I throw at him. "Go away! There's nothing left for you here!" I start to shake, furious with him. "She's not coming back! She's never ever coming back here again!" I grab another pillow and get to my feet to improve my aim. Out of nowhere, the tears begin to pour down my cheeks. "She's dead, you stupid cat. She's dead.”
Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

William Shakespeare
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Pablo Neruda
“my feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping
but
I shall go on living.”
Pablo Neruda

Sarah Dessen
“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

Alyson Noel
“You never know what you have till you've lost it.”
Alyson Noel, Evermore

Mahatma Gandhi
“You don't know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Jandy Nelson
“grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors how to reflect us
the walls how to contain us

grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping

grief is a house where no one can protect you
where the younger sister
will grow older than the older one
where the doors
no longer let you in
or out”
Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere

Lemony Snicket
“If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Jodi Picoult
“How could you go about choosing something that would hold the half of your heart you had to bury?”
Jodi Picoult, Mercy

Maria V. Snyder
“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.”
Maria V. Snyder, Storm Glass

Carrie Jones
“Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn't magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning.”
Carrie Jones, Captivate

C.S. Lewis
“The death of a beloved is an amputation.”
C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Abraham Lincoln
“In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all and it often comes with bitter agony. Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot now believe that you will ever feel better. But this is not true. You are sure to be happy again. Knowing this, truly believing it will make you less miserable now. I have had enough experience to make this statement.”
Abraham Lincoln

Neil Gaiman
“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, Fables & Reflections

William Cullen Bryant
“And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief;”
William Cullen Bryant

James Patterson
“The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you're faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking.”
James Patterson, Angel

Helen Keller
“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world--the company of those who have known suffering.”
Helen Keller, We Bereaved

R.A. Salvatore
“Farewell is said by the living, in life, every day. It is said with love and friendship, with the affirmation that the memories are lasting if the flesh is not.”
R.A. Salvatore, The Legacy

Joyce Carol Oates
“There is an hour, a minute - you will remember it forever - when you know instinctively on the basis of the most inconsequential evidence, that something is wrong. You don't know - can't know - that it is the first of a series of "wrongful" events that will culminate in the utter devastation of your life as you have known it.”
Joyce Carol Oates, A Widow's Story

Caitlin Kittredge
“Sometimes, there was no getting over it. Sometimes, you lived with the empty place inside of you until you imploded on it, loss as singularity, or until the empty place expanded and hollowed out the rest of you so thoroughly you became the walking dead, a ghost in your own life.”
Caitlin Kittredge, Bone Gods

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“For I do not want any one to read my book carelessly. I have suffered too much grief in setting down these memories. Six years have already passed since my friend went away from me, with his sheep. If I try to describe him here, it is to make sure that I shall not forget him. To forget a friend is sad. Not every one has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Lurlene McDaniel
“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, Hit and Run

Annie Proulx
“It takes a year, nephew... a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing someone.”
Annie Proulx, The Shipping News

David McCullough
“When a friend of Abigail and John Adams was killed at Bunker Hill, Abigail's response was to write a letter to her husband and include these words, "My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
David McCullough, John Adams

Kay Redfield Jamison
“I realized that it was not that I didn’t want to go on without him. I did. It was just that I didn’t know why I wanted to go on”
Kay Redfield Jamison, Nothing Was the Same

William Shakespeare
“Cordelia! stay a little. Ha! What is't thou say'st? Her voice was ever soft.”
William Shakespeare, King Lear

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