Sunday, October 14, 2007

Remembrance quotes

Reading grief and recovery quotes can be a comfort to surviving family members. I have included here some of my favorites that can give us all strength, hope and a realization that we are all survivors.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Irish headstone

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Ann Radmacher

And when we have remembered everything,
We grow afraid of what we may forget.
A face, a voice, a smile? A birthday? An anniversary?
No need to fear forgetting, because the heart remembers always.
…Sascha Wagner

“Hope” is the thing with feathers…
That perches in the soul…
And sings the tune without words…
And never stops at all…
Emily Dickenson

One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.
Anais Nin

Flowers are the spirits of the children whose footsteps have passed from the earth, but reappear each year to gladden the pathway of those now living.
Cowlitz Indian Legend

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.
from The Prophet
by Kahill Gibran

To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
William Shakespeare

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying overhead, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.
Chinese Proverb

Wherever you are, I am there also.

What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
Helen Keller

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

We Remember Them…

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them;

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember them;

In the opening of buds and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them;

In the rustling of leaves and the beauty of autumn,
We remember them;

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them;

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them;

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them;

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them;

So long as we live, they too shall live
For they are now a part of us as
We remember them.

from Gates of Prayer,
Judaism Prayerbook


  1. Dear Friend,

    I am preparing a talk for Come to the Well, a grieving retrat for parents in Lake Charles Louisiana. I appreciate having these quotes. I hope your work goes well. I plan to order your book. Lyn Holley Doucet

  2. Thanks so much for the Irish headstone quote...perfect for a remembrance card to my wife for our lost baby Fionn.