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160 Powerful Quotes About Losing a Loved One and Coping

Norbert Juma
Published on July 24, 2020 6:00 AM EST
160 Powerful Quotes About Losing a Loved One and Coping

Quotes about losing a loved one might be exactly what you need in your time of loss and suffering.

Losing a loved one is never easy, but hopefully these meaningful words can help you push past your hurt to celebrate the life that’s recently been lost.

160 Powerful Quotes About Losing a Loved One and Coping

It is one of the worst things a person can experience in life.

Though death happens a lot in life, it’s still hard to deal with.

Getting through the loss of a loved one takes time and everyone’s journey to healing is unique.

Everyone is different and sometimes the journey can seem more than we can bear.

When this happens, we should remember to be grateful for the time we spent with our loved ones and know that they’re in a better place.

Even though losing a loved one is never easy, the right support and guidance can help you get through it.

Life must continue, and you will grow from the loss and learn to live with it.

Here are some uplifting, sympathetic, and inspirational quotes about losing a loved one to help you cope.

Don’t forget to also read our collection of comforting death quotes on the way we grieve. We also have a selection of helpful miscarriage quotes as well as these quotes about grief that will heal your heart while strengthening you. Be sure to check them out as well.

Power Quotes About Losing a Loved One and Coping

1. “All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.”
Michael McDowell

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2. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” ― Jack Thorne

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3. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

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4. “Remember that people are only guests in your story – the same way you are only a guest in theirs – so make the chapters worth reading.” ― Lauren Klarfeld

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5. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ― Thomas Campbell

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6. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Unknown

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7. “We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.”– Anne L. de Stael

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8. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”– Kalil Gibran

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9. “Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”– Sir Walter Scott

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10. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” ― Rob Liano

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Also read these insightful tombstone quotes on the impact we have on the ones who love us.

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11. “We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it.”—Elizabeth Berrien

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12. “When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” ― Madeline Miller

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13. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” –Dr. Seuss

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14. “Lucky is the spouse who dies first, who never has to know what survivors endure.” —Sue Grafton

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15. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.
Death cannot kill what never dies.” – William Penn

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16. “Seeing death as the end of life
is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” – David Searls

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17. “The only way to get over a death is by seeing it as a life completed, instead of a life interrupted.” ― Anonymous

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18. “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”—C. S. Lewis

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19. “The dead never truly die. They simply change form.” ― Suzy Kassem

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20. “Death is tough for the people left behind on earth.” ― Prateeksha Malik

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You might also like these rest in peace quotes to help you grieve.

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21. “I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” ― Mitch Albom (see these “I miss you” quotes)

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22. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”—Emily Dickinson

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23. “Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”—Anonymous

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24. “We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” —Anyon Chekov

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25. Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.—Euripides

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26. “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.” – Anonymous

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27. “Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones” ― Munia Khan

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28. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”– Washington Irving

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29. Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. –  Terri Guillemets

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30. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”– Dante

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Don’t forget to also read these missing someone quotes to make your feelings known.

Quotes about losing a loved one to make us feel better

31. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”—William Penn

32. “Death” is never an end, but a To Be Continued…” ― Renée Chae

33. “Your end, which is endless, is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.” ~Zen Teaching

34. “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”– Laura Ingles Wilder

35. “The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives.”– Norman Cousins

36. “Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.” ― Ally Carter

37. “Though we are terrorized by death, it’s not different from birth, it just happens” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana

38. “All of us have parents. Generations pass. We are not unique. Now it is our family’s turn.” ― Ralph Webster

39. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”– George S. Patton Jr.

40. “If you ever lose someone dear to you, never say the words they’re gone. They’ll come back.” ― Prince

Quotes about losing a loved one to lift your spirits

41. “The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”—Kristina McMorris

42. “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” – Jackson Brown Jr.

43. “The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living.”― Fredrik Backman

44. “And yet I want to be human; I want to be thinking of him because then I feel he is alive somewhere, if only in my head.”― Sally Green

45. “Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” – Anne Roiphe

46. “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore

47. “The sun can break through the darkest cloud; love can brighten the gloomiest day.”— William Arthur Ward

48. “The very worst part of grief is that you can’t control it. The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes. And let it go when we can.”— Grey’s Anatomy

49. “Everyone for whom I would have cried has already died.” ― Kathryn Orzech

50. “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” – Isaac Asimov

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51. “Death wasn’t a movie where the pretty star faded away with a touch of pale makeup and every hair in place.” ― Soheir Khashoggi

52. “And where does that minute go, that minute that separates life from death? I want those sixty seconds back.” ― Carmen Rodrigues

53. “His death brings new experience to my life – that of a wound that will not heal.” ― Ernst Jünger

54. “Time they said… Time will heal all wounds but they lied…” ― Tilicia Haridat

55. “Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.” ― Eleanor Brownn

56. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”—James O’Barr

57. “When people die,’ she said softly, ‘It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to give them up.” ― C.A. Belmond

58. “Death had touched her, hurt her, and left her to deal with its disagreeable aftermath.” ― Zoe Forward

59. “It’s more like she left some of herself behind in the walls and the floors and the books, like there’s something she wants to tell me.” ― Marie Bostwick

60. “The Lord gives a good many things twice over, but he don’t give ye a mother but once.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe

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61. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.”- Anne Frank

62. “I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” – Alyson Noel

63. “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” – Anonymous

64. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling

65. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho

66. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris

67. “If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar

68. “Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it.”― Stephen Levine

69. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” – Hilary Stanton Zunin

70. “When I saw your strand of hair I knew that grief is love turned into an eternal missing.”― Rosamund Lupton

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71. “We need to grieve the ones we have loved and lost in this lifetime — not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.” – J. W.

72. “You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly-that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” – Anne Lamott

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

74. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

75. “Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius

76. “Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.” – Louise Hay and David Kessler

77. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

78. “What they never tell you about grief is that missing someone is the simple part.”― Gail Caldwell

79. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

80. “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.”― V.C. Andrews

Sympathetic quotes about losing a loved one

81. “The Remembrance of the good done those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.” – Demoustier

82. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, Flower or winged air.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

83. “And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.’” – Unknown

84. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

85. “Once upon a memory someone wiped away a tear, held me close and loved me, Thank you, dear.” – Unknown

86. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” – Unknown

87. “As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us, as long as I can, I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.” – Unknown

88. “Memories… let them fill your mind, warm your heart, and lead you through.” – Unknown

89. “Our joys will be greater, our love will be deeper, our life will be fuller because we shared your moment.” – Unknown

90. “The loss is unmeasurable but so is the love left behind.” – Unknown

Quotes about losing a loved one to help make you feel better

91. “You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really FEEL the loss.” – Mandy Hale

92. “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson

93. “The sun, the moon, the wind, the stars, will forever be around, reminding you of the love you shared, and the peace she’s finally found.” – Unknown

94. “He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

95. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

96. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” – Maya Angelou

97. “Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever.” – Unknown

98. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi

99. “Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn.” – Native American Poem

100. “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” – Unknown

Quotes about losing a loved one to make you stronger

101. “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.” – Emily Bronte

102. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” – Dylan Thomas

103. “If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?” – Jodi Picoult

104. “You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.” – Eva Ibbotson

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

106. “Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!” – Latoya Alston

107. “Everyone copes differently, some cry for the loss of a loved one others smile because they know they’ll see them again.” – Unknown

108. “There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.” – Cassandra Clare

109. “When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

110. “The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn’t eased, but there was room there for humor, too.” – Nalo Hopkinson

Quotes about losing a loved one to inspire healing

111. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – Unknown

112. “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts.” – Charles Dickens

113. “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” – Robert Ingersoll

114. “I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.” – Gail Caldwell

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

116. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” –
Arthur Schopenhauer

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

118. “As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.” –
Cassandra Clare

119. “Perhaps they are not 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.” – Eskimo Proverb

120. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.” –
G.K. Chesterton

Thoughtful quotes about losing a loved one

121. “As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us, as We remember them.” – Proverb

122. “You don’t know how easy death is. It’s like a door. A person simply walks through it, and she’s lost to you forever.” – Eloisa James

123. “All things grow with time, except grief.” —Jewish proverb

124. “The song has ended but the melody lingers on.” – Irving Berlin

125. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.”—Leo Buscaglia

126. “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

127. “Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other.”—Jandy Nelson

128. “For some moments in life there are no words.” – David Seltzer

129. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”—A.A. Milne

130. “When you lose what you love remember to stay strong. Look out the window and remember life goes on.” – Drew Chadwick

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131. “The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

132. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh

133. “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams…that is where you and I shall meet.” — Alice Through the Looking Glass

134. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.” — Unknown

135. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller

136. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tell us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” — Leo Buscaglia

137. “An eternal memory…until we meet again: Those special memories will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do, you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you’re no longer here will always cause me pain, but you’re forever in my heart until we meet again.” — Unknown

138. “Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” ― Katharine Weber

139. “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4

140. “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi

Quotes about losing a loved one to encourage you

141. “For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral? But if a spiral, am I going up or down it? How often – will it be for always? – how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.” — C.S. Lewis

142. “The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

143. “It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.” — Colette

144. “And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration.Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us.They existed. They existed.We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” — Maya Angelou

145. “Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.” — Shakespeare

146. “Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-great-grandchildren’s will be. But we learn to live in that love.” — Jonathan Safran Foer

147. “What do you say? There really are no words for that. There really aren’t. Somebody tries to say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.’ People say that to me. There’s no language for it. Sorry doesn’t do it. I think you should just hug people and mop their floor or something.” — Toni Morrison

148. “Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes is is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison

149. “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.” — Samuel Johnson

150. “In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.” – Unknown

More quotes about losing a loved one

151. “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.”– Kahlil Gibran

152. “When someone is grieving, you don’t have to say anything. Just be present. Be nonjudgmental. Let them cry, scream, or sit in silence. You don’t have to fix them.” – Dana Arcuri

153. “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Arthur Golden

154. “Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

155. “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

156. “Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” – Anonymous

157. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” – William Penn

158. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.” – Anonymous

159. “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face—I know it’s an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.” – Patrick Swayze

160. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” – Sophocles

Which are your favorite quotes about losing a loved one?

Losing a loved one is one of the most painful experiences. It is one of the worst things you’ll ever experience in your life. Knowing that your loved ones won’t be there to experience life with you is never easy.

Although the pain soon reduces with time, it never really goes away. It’s difficult, but with support and guidance, you can cope with the loss of a loved one. Hopefully, these quotes about losing a loved one have helped you with the grieving process.

Did you enjoy these sayings and quotes about losing a loved one? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

160 Powerful Quotes About Losing a Loved One and Coping
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    Janice

    February 12, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    I’m looking for a quote that goes something like,”When a loved one dies, we can carry on all the good things about them.” (I’m not eloquent.) Does this sound familiar?

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    Germaine Fountain

    June 22, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    My favorite was by Euripedes
    He understands my heartbreak. “Come back. Even as a shadow. Even as a dream.” Lost the love of my life, my husband, my best friend of 30 yrs to cancer. I want him back!

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    Valerie DeMerchant

    May 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Lost my 29 year old son on Monday day after Mother’s Day due to Od.. no amount of time can prepare you for this loss ‘ ..

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    Faith Wenrich

    February 14, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    I read these quotes as i was trying to write my victim impact statement at sentencing the the murder of two amazing teens as their lives were just beginning. They were cousins shanon and sean. Shanon would have been my daughter in law one day. Ilat 54 i have experienced many loved ones passing but this is so much worse as it was senseless and i had no answers to my sons questions. Thank you for sharing these quotes as i found guidance to help write my impact statement. I pray we get some justice

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      Logan Jafferis

      April 21, 2019 at 8:44 PM

      I have always lost people due to my constan insanity. This past year i lost 6 people to death overdoses. I have lost great friends and the one person that helped me see the light. I will see things in my life i never knew. Today asking for help and really meaning it. These quates have opened my heart which has been so black.

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    Leah

    January 3, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Yes thank you 😊😊😊😊

    • Jeffrey I. Moore

      Jeffrey I. Moore

      January 5, 2019 at 12:12 AM

      Our pleasure!!!

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    LOUIS VAN VUUREN

    December 25, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Realistic advice. Encouraged me a lot. Love never dies. Even God cannot destroy it. Love is forever. Death is part of life.

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      Dianne Rose

      January 28, 2019 at 2:31 PM

      Nor would God want to destroy love. By leaning on Him, He is the one that will help you continue to carry that love of the one you lost. Gods blessings. <

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