The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994
Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow. ~Rita Schiano, Sweet Bitter Love, 1997, published by The Reed Edwards Company
As I kiss your pictured face, so dear,
As I look into your eyes, so clear,
I feel your presence and know you’re here
With your loving arms around me!
I gaze at you in the golden frame;
And it seems I hear you speak my name,
Saying, “Mother, dear, I’m just the same;
Don’t weep, for we’re still together!”…
Dear one, as I kiss the glass, so cold,
That covers your pictured face, I’ll hold
Knowledge, more precious than all the gold,
That you’ll be near me forever!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Picture” (1940s)
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. ~Author Unknown
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. ~Terri Guillemets
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland
There’s one gift, dear Father, which I have received
That has kept black despair from my heart when I’ve grieved,
‘Tis knowledge that loved ones, when they’ve been called home,
Do not go far away, I’m never alone.
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, “My Song of Thanksgiving”
He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. ~Robert Ingersoll
With what a deep devotedness of woe
I wept thy absence — o’er and o’er again
Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain,
And memory, like a drop that, night and day,
Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away!
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa
To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”
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. ~Khalil Gibran
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
~John Henry Newman
He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A human life is a story told by God. ~Hans Christian Andersen
Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. ~William Penn
In tears alone must my full heart have vent,
And in no language but in sighs lament?
~Ophelia, “To the Memory of a deceased Friend,” The Gentleman’s Magazine, June 1751
Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. ~Khalil Gibran
Love here on earth
Love beyond the grave
There are no roads
My love for you can’t pave.
It is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for living; a man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals? ~Benjamin Franklin, 22 February 1756
Overheard at a gravesite: “And they all said ’I’m sorry for your loss,’ as if you were someone who could ever be taken from me.” ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven
And bring you home again.
Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Author Unknown
Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond
While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. ~John Taylor
He kept at true good humour’s mark
The social flow of pleasure’s tide:
He never made a brow look dark,
Nor caused a tear, but when he died.
~Thomas Love Peacock
If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. ~The Crow, written by James O’Barr, David J. Schow, and John Shirley, 1994