Short quotes on grief

After Gracie Allen died, George Burns found a note in her dresser drawer. It read, “George, Don’t put a period where God intended a comma. Love, Gracie.”


“They say that time heals, but that is only partly true. For if time truly healed, we would forget, and that we will never do.” Margaret M


“When we lose a friend we die a little.”


“If you accept that we all owe God a death, it makes the living easier.
But it is how we act in the time allotted us that makes the living worthwhile.”

Ross Benson Foreign Correspondent of the Daily Mail


“The tide recedes, but leaves behind bright sea shells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains…For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.”

“To mourn too long for those we love is self-indulgent. But to honour their memory with a promise to live a little better for having known them, gives purpose to their life and some reason for their death. “

Lavinia in Australia for Bob in Solihull, 26th April 2005


“What the heart has once known, it shall never forget.”


“Faith is putting out your hand in the dark and finding it held.”


“When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown faith is knowing one of two things will happen; there will be something solid to stand on OR you will be taught how to fly.”

Barbara J Winter


“You have touched me deeply and so whenever I hear the wind in the trees and feel the sun on my face I shall remember you and be glad.”

Sylvia J Topel, Moscow 1990


“To the World you are just one person, but to one person you are The World.”


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

Say not in grief that I am no more, but in thankfulness that I once was.

I will not forget you…I have held you in the palm of my hand.”

Isaiah 49;15-16


“Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death. Before the sublime mystery of life and spirit, the mystery of infinite space and endless time, we stand in reverent awe…This much we know: we are at least one phase of the immortality of life.”


“The mighty stream of life flows on, and, in this mighty stream, we too flow on…not lost…but each eternally significant. For this I feel: The spirit never betrays the person who trusts it. Physical life may be defeated but life goes on; character survives, goodness lives and love is immortal. “

Col Robert G. Ingersoll


“If, as we’re walking,

A hand should slip free,

I’ll wait for you.

And should I fall behind,

Wait for me.”



“Take Courage! I can’t change what you’re going through, I have no words to make a difference, no answers or solutions to make things easier for you.  But if it helps in any way I want to say I care.


Please know that even when you are lonely, you are not alone. I’ll be there supporting you with my thoughts, cheering you with all my strength, praying for you with all my heart.  For whatever you need, for as long as it takes – lean on my love.”


“Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.”


“She/he took his/her big candle

And went into another room

I cannot find

But I know she/he was here

Because of all the happiness

She/he left behind.”

Translation of ancient Chinese poem.



“Death is not extinguishing the light.  It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”


“Today is the day I worried about yesterday and everything is OK.”


“In death we leave behind all that we have; we take with us all that we are. Death is like an arrow which is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you.”

German theologian Georg Hermes [1775-1831]


“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. For a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky just to have seen it.”


“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”

John Quincey Adams


“We are born into the world, like a blank canvas. Every person that crosses our path, takes up a brush and makes their mark upon our surface. So it is that we develop. But we should realise there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work, for only we can determine if we are to be just another painting, or a masterpiece.”


“Where my caravan has rested

Flowers I leave you on the grass

All the flowers of love and memory

You will find them as you pass.”


“That which you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of other people.”



“The man is success who has lived life well, laughed often, and loved much;

who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;

who filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty,

or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had;

his memory is a benediction.”

From Success by Robert Louis Stevenson


“The clock of life is wound but once,

and no man has the power

to tell just when the hands will stop,

at late or early hour.

Now is the only time you own.

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”


“God grant me that I may live to fish until my dying day

And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray,

When in The Lord’s safe landing net I’m peacefully asleep,

That in His mercy I be judged as big enough to keep.”



The ones that have passed on before us are nowhere and yet they are everywhere




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