Bereavement Quotes

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love – the only survival, the only meaning. -Thornton Wilder

I shall not live ‘till I see God; and when I have seen Him, I shall never die. -John Donne

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come. -Rabindranath Tagore

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. -Attributed to an Aged Astronomer

We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so at the moment after death. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies, nor can spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same divine principle. -William Penn

It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind. -Jonathan Swift

Many a life has been injured by the constant expectation of death. It is life we have to do with, not death. The best preparation for the night is to work diligently while the day lasts. The best preparation for death is life. -George MacDonald

We do not believe in immortality because we have proved it, but we forever try to prove it because we believe it. -James Martineau

God shall be my hope, My stay, my guide and lantern to my feet. -William Shakespeare

When it is dark enough, men see the stars -Ralph Waldo Emerson

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. - John Taylor.

Heaven is a place nearby, so there's no need to say goodbye. - Lene Marlin

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. - Thomas Campbell

Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved. - Jane Welsh Carlyle

Bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love. - William Ralph Inge

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. - Jane Welsh Carlyle

Peace, peace! he is not dead, he doth not sleep -- he hath awakened from the dream of life -- 'Tis we, who lost in stormy visions, keep with phantoms an unprofitable strife. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love. - C. S. Lewis

For precious friends hid in death's dateless night. - William Shakespeare

We feel at first as if some opportunities of kindness and sympathy were lost, but learn afterward that any pure grief is ample recompense for all. That is, if we are faithful; -- for a spent grief is but sympathy with the soul that disposes events, and is as natural as the resin of Arabian trees. -- Only nature has a right to grieve perpetually, for she only is innocent. Soon the ice will melt, and the blackbirds sing along the river which he frequented, as pleasantly as ever. The same everlasting serenity will appear in this face of God, and we will not be sorrowful, if he is not. - Henry David Thoreau

Bereavement is the sharpest challenge to our trust in God; if faith can overcome this, there is no mountain which it cannot remove. - Dean Inge

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, 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 who cares. - Henri Nouwen

Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. - Jules Renard

Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. ...Wishing you hope in the midst of sorrow, Comfort in the midst of pain. – Anonymous

We pray God will Comfort you, And send Angels from above, Giving sweet peace within your heart, Surrounding you with Eternal Love. We are sorry for your deep loss, There's so little we can find to say, You are in our thoughts and prayers, As we grieve with you today. With Our Heartfelt Sympathy. - Leona Miller

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, Just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. - Thomas Campbell