Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
~From a headstone in Ireland~
In the night of death, hope sees a star,
And listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
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.
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~
To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, “Hallowed Ground”~
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
Others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.
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~
Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horison;
And a horison is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond~
Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body,
Answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.
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 tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.
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~
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!
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
~John Henry Newman~
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~
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~
Unable are the loved to die.
For love is immortality.
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.
When he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heav’n so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet~
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.
A grave is braced not just by a tombstone but by angels as well.
For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.