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That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. Dante Alighieri

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. Meister Eckhart

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie

If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. Oscar Wilde

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

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

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. Author Unknown

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

Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance. Osho

Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children. Michael Gove





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 Raymond

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

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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

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. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Norman Cousins

It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. Henry Rollins

Tears are the silent language of grief. Voltaire

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother. Homer

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. Hilaire Belloc

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Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,

love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

–From a headstone in Ireland

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

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

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May tender memories soften your grief,

May fond recollection bring you relief,

And may you find comfort and peace in the thought

Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought…

For time and space can never divide

Or keep your loved one from your side.

When memory paints in colours true,

the happy hours that belonged to you.”

Helen Steiner Rice

When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know. Anonymous

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower,

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. Marcel Proust

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There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. Gandhi

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

Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. Author Unknown

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

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As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. Author Unknown

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. Robert Browning

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When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.  Author unknown

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!
Thomas Moore

If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.  The Crow

Not without hope we suffer and we mourn. William Wordsworth

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We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth

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

When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. Sufi Epigram

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. Emily Dickinson

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. Meister Eckhart

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Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Thomas Aquinas

Flowers grow out of dark moments. Corita Kent

Grief is the price we pay for love. Queen Elizabeth II

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. Aeschylus

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. Emma Goldman

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Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. John Muir

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

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

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Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so—it was heaven here with you. Isla Paschal Richardson

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. Walt Whitman

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I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. Donald Trump

Grief changes shape, but it never ends. Keanu Reeves

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. Emily Dickinson

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 Ingalls Wilder

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. William Shakespeare

I’ve always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it’s been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you’ve given something planetary status it’s kind of mean to take it away. Jared Leto

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Between every two pine trees there is a door to a new life. John Muir

When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope. Wangari Maathai

Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and trees cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost one is sealed inside to comfort us. Brian Jacques

Trees are always a relief. David Mitchell

I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. Andrea Koehle Jones

Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. Quintus Ennius

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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. Corrie Ten Boom

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. Dante Alighieri

That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth

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When you lose a person you love so much, surviving the loss is difficult. Cristiano Ronaldo

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. Simone de Beauvoir

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You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. Max Ehrmann

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. Emily Dickinson

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times. Alfred Lord Tennyson

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain. Anne Grant

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply. Billy Graham

To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness. Ivan Turgenev

Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor. For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scout’s arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them. Juliette Gordon Low

When our bodies are sick and people extend their sympathy, bring us soup, offer up solutions. When our minds are sick, people tend to shy away from you, be afraid, or call you outright crazy. I’m fascinated by the way society and individuals view mental illness, and most of my shorts comment on that. Anna Akana

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There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The dew of compassion is a tear. Lord Byron

And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since and lost awhile.
John Henry Newman

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here.
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go.
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.
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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

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Any other illness, any other disease that we’re faced with, there’s sympathy and understanding. We get help for those. With mental illness, our go-to is to categorize them as, ‘Oh, they’re crazy,’ to belittle the problem. Chris Wood

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man’s wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education. Angelina Grimke

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. Jesse Jackson

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. Xenophon

After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left. Morrie Schwartz

It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world. Nellie Bly

Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them. Woodrow Wilson