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Poems and Quotes

Below are some favorite poems and quotes & inspirations of mine. They are in no particular order, as I add them when I can- I have left them so you can right click and copy and paste them to a word document to save for yourself.

When I was struggling, I would type up the quotes on nice paper, cut them out and tape them all over my house. To the doorways, the walls, by the light switches…even after they had been there a while, and I knew what they said, just seeing them helped me get back into a better frame of mind when the pain was so deep. Sticky notes are such a cool invention…I didn’t realize that it truly was helping others in my life, until I quit doing it…my husband commented on how he missed all the little notes I used to stick in his lunch box. He never knew if it was going to be a joke, or something inspirational, he just knew I loved him enough to do that one tiny thing extra. So in my helping myself to see past the pain, I was helping my family also, even if my teenage son groaned every time I stuck something new to his doorway~

grief support logo Pain is often beyond words, but never beyond love.

Sometimes you have to just stop talking & start hugging!

Sandy Brosam 1989~

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For some moments in life there are no words.

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We adapt, we accept, but we never get over it!

I am often asked, when will the pain go away, my honest answer is never.

It changes intensity, like the waves in the ocean, as we all struggle to get to Grief Beach!

Some days there are just no words to respond to life, I found so many quotes and poems on the web, here are some of my favorites. I did a mixture of inspirational and frustrated, as in all things there is a balance, some days are just ugly. Some days we have faith and move forward. A few of these talk about moving on, I prefer to say moving forward, as I have never “moved on” from my grief, I move forward on a daily basis, but they are still good images to share when talking is not an option.

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When I first meet people, and they ask what do you do, and do you have children, it gets complicated. For many years I would only talk of the living children. As I grew strong enough I was able to own who I was, and would say I have given birth to 4 children, two with feet on the earth, 2 with wings. Now that is either a conversation stopper, or starter.


Some days are so hard not to explode and tell someone the real ugly truth who asks “how does it feel to lose a child?”

In the beginning of my 30 plus year journey, I would be in shock that someone would actually ask me that out of curiosity… Seriously? Now I just say, “I hope you never have to find out!” The comment that still makes me bite hard on my tongue is one that truly falls out of people’s mouths because they have nothing else to say… “I don’t know how you can go on, I just love my children so much, if I lost one of my children, I could not survive… So many things I could say to that, all of them would not be nice… as it implies that I am what?

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To shift back to living my life after merely existing in the pain of grief for many years, actually happened in a moment when I was finally ready to let go of the pain. I simply chose to jump back into life and live again, my trigger was ants on the sidewalk and my 3 year old son… Although I thought it would take something huge, to bring about change, it in fact came about with cookie crumbs and love.

Quotes and poems below to give you a voice on days the words won’t come. Not my words, shared from the web.


okay peom

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on your own

No matter how much we want help, we have to walk the journey on our own. Each one of us has to rise above the pain within ourselves, although others can support us, we have to make the choice to shift our own energy.

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not fair poem

never go back

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Do’s and Don’ts…For Friends of Bereaved

Parents This video was made by the JOSH Foundation, and was too awesome not to share!

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Tears If tears could build a stairwell and memories were a lane, I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken no time to say good-bye . You were gone before I knew it, and only God knows why. My heart still aches in sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it means to lose you, no one will ever know. Anonymous~

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The Beach In The Sky

I closed my eyes.
Felt the warmth of the sun on my face.
All the grief and pain
Was simply too hard to erase.

I could smell the ocean in the air.
I opened my eyes only to see you far off in the distance.
I knew it was you there.

I called out your name
As I ran to you.
My prayers had been answered.
It was all too good to be true.

Beautiful as always
You smiled and held me so near.
This moment was happening
It was all perfectly clear.

You laughed and said
“I’m happy you’re here. Welcome to my beach in the sky,
But you can’t stay forever.”
As a big sister always knows why.

“You see there is a little place at my beach in the sky.
It’s called Heaven and that’s where I live.
I am happy and content
And have no one else to forgive.”

“I dance in the sun and play in the waves.
I collect seashells as I watch the sunrise and set
All of my days”.

“I know no more hate, sorrow or grief.
I only know love and peace.
And I stand firmly with my God on that belief.”

“You have not yet learned what it takes.
You can’t be with me on my beach in the sky.
Just because you think you have faith
You still have not learned why.”

“Go back to your world and do what you can.
Be kind and gentle to each and every man.
Have a compassionate heart.
Remember my words as we now must part.”

“Little things matter.
Be the best you can be.
Take great care with others
As you would a seashell at sea.
Be helpful, be strong
And never ask why.
That’s all it takes
To reach my beach in the sky.”

I opened my eyes
And felt the mean Spring Winter cold.
It was all an illusion
Everything I had just been told.

The snow flurries fell.
I was not on a beach
But was back in my hell.
It could have all been a dream
Until I looked down
And discovered a seashell.

~Jackie Bush Holcomb

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Grief is like a ball of string, you start at one end and wind. Then the ball slips through your fingers and rolls across the floor. Some of your work is undone but not all. You pick it up and start over again, but you never have to begin again at the end of the string. The ball never completely unwinds. You’ve made some progress. -Author Unknown
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“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be… It’s the way it is… The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.”
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In Memory
Those we Love remain with us,
for Love itself lives on.
Cherished memories never fade,
because a loved one is gone.
Those we Love can never be,
more than a thought apart.
For as long as there is a memory,
they’ll live on in our heart.
~Author Unknown
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Grief forces you to see: Who matters, Who never did. Who won’t anymore… And who always will.
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Kind words can be short & easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa
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“Healing of every sort-physical, psychological, energetic, and spiritual-can take place over time or happen in the twinkling of an eye. That our loved ones in heaven know of our suffering and care deeply about us and the onward flow of our lives speaks once again of the love, presence, and connection extending beyond the veil of death.”
~Lee Lawson
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I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart !!! Forever and Always ~Author Unknown (posted on Facebook many times)
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Two Wolves 
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’ The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’ 
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Native American Indian quote: 
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. 
Live your life so that when you die…the world cries and you rejoice. ~White Elk~
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
~R. W. Emmerson
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Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep 
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the star shine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
By Mary Elizabeth Frye
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I’ll Lend You A Child
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of mine, he said.”
For you to love – while he lives,
and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years,
or twenty-two or three, but will you,
till I call him back, take care or him for me?
He’ll bring his smiles to gladden you,
and should this stay be brief.
You’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked this world over
in search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
nor count the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come
to call to take him back again?”
I fancied that I heard then say,
“Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness;
we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known
forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him
much sooner than we’ve planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.”
~Edgar Guest
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What you think of how your day will be when your first wake up is how your day will be. Choose to have a good day.
When your problems seem insurmountable, take a deep breathe, relax, and find one positive thing in your life. 
Focusing on the positive brings positive into your life. 
When given a diagnosis of cancer, instead of asking “Why me?” ask “What can I learn from this experience?” or “What can others learn from my going through this?” 
Today is a wonderful day. Repeat this statement when you wake up and every time you feel low. 
It will boost your mood and your day! 
Everyday that you wake up is a good day. Live it to the fullest. 
There is nothing as empowering as setting a daily goal and then attaining it. If it happens to get you closer to your big goal, that’s even better. Who knows better than you how you feel? 
How you will feel each day is also up to you. 
Choosing to have a good day will make the day better. 
Will you choose to have a wonderful day?
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Circumstances don’t make you, they reveal you~
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Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die tomorrow~
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I Can’t Tell You Daddy How Many Tears I’ve Cried Since The Day I Was Told My Precious Dad Had Died 
It Seems Impossible Although I Know It’s True Because Everything I See Reminds Me Of You 
I Still Hear Your Laughter See The Smile On Your Face 
I Would Have Lost My Sanity If Not For God’s Saving Grace 
I Have To Close This Letter Now But This Is Not Good-bye For You Will Forever Walk Softly In My Heart
 And In My Mind …Author Unknown~
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”~
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I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright
no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting. I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.
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Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. 
Don’t be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can carry easily. 
Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been, but also where you are going. 
Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. 
The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly, and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. 
Don’t be afraid to encounter risk. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave~
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Cancer is so limited ♥
It cannot cripple Love
It cannot shatter Hope
It cannot corrode Faith
It cannot kill Friendship
It cannot suppress Memories
It cannot silence Courage
It cannot invade the Soul
It cannot conquer the spirit
Author Unknown~
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I carried you within my womb, Then held you in my arms. And now, until it no longer beats I’ll carry you in my heart! Loving you yesterday, today and forever son! Keep my seat warm!! Teresa J~
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Even if we think we know what someone is going through, we don’t. Even if the circumstances are similar, we still don’t know exactly how someone really feels.
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Weeping is not a sign of weakness, 
rather a way to wash away your sadness~
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“Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes”~
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Do what you love, live as if this is all there is~
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“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories…” Ronald Reagan~
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There Is A Special Angel

There is a special Angel in Heaven that is part of me. It is not where I wanted him but where God wanted him to be. He was here but just a moment like a night time shooting star. And though he is in Heaven he isn’t very far. He touched the heart of many like only an Angel can do. So I send this special message to the Heaven up above. Please take care of my Angel and send him all my love. Teresa Q~

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Live every day as if it is your LAST chance 
to make someone happy!
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One Little Candle I lit a candle tonight, in honor of you Remembering your life, and all the times we’d been through. Such a small little light the candle made until I realized how much in darkness it lit the way. All the tears I’ve cried in all my grief and pain what a garden they grew; watered with human rain. I sometimes can’t see beyond the moment, in hopeless despair. But then your memory sustains me, in heartaches repair. I can’t wait for the tomorrow, when my sorrows ease. Until then, I’ll light this candle, and let my memories run free. Sheila~
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The best part of life is when your family become your friends and your friends become your family. 
Robin Roberts~
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Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely. 
How do we comprehend peace within pain how can we love without limits?
What ever you think you can or can’t do, your right! 
The purpose of life is a life of purpose. 
We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitudes towards them. 
Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which one to surf. 
You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. 
Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself… I, not the events have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. 
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. 
I have only one day, today, and I am going to be happy in it!
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The mention of my child’s name May bring tears to my eyes, But it never fails to bring Music to my ears. If you are really my friend, Let me hear the beautiful music of his name. 
It soothes my broken heart and sings to my soul.
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Wise men talk because they have something to say, 
fools because they have to say something. Plato~
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I heard a mother make a statement on Oprah today that touched my heart. She said that children need to think you care… before they care what you think. Amen to that!
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I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even in 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~
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Do all the good you can, 
By all the means you can, 
In all the ways you can, 
In all the places you can, 
In all the times you can, 
To all the people you can, 
As long as ever you can. 
John Wesley~
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You were my light, my heart, my gift of love and joy, from the very highest source. So everyday, I vow to make a difference, share a smile, live, laugh and love. Now I live for us both, so all I do, I do to honor you.
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It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth, and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
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Everything I ever did was for my children, what am I suppose to do now? (Keep on living for them)
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One day at a time is enough…
Don’t look back and grieve the past. It’s gone…
Don’t be troubled about the future it has not come yet…
Live in the present and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.
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Our children are not gone, just gone on ahead.
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Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be different. Op~
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The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~
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Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. Lin Yn-tang 1895-1976, Chinese Writer and Philologist~
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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller~
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Sometimes the Lord calms the storm; 
Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.
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Thought for today…
“The difference between holding on to hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is the difference between laying your head at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals.” Loren Fischer, Poet~
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Thought for today…
“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” from the blog “Positively Present”
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Thought for the day…”Enjoy the little things. One day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
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Never look down on anybody, 
unless you’re helping them up. 
Franklin Jones~
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Go ahead and mention my loved one, 
The one that died, you know. 
Don’t worry about hurting me further. 
The depth of my pain doesn’t show.
Don’t worry about making me cry I’m already crying inside. 
Help me to heal by releasing The tears that I try to hide.
I’m hurt when you just keep silent, 
Pretending they didn’t exist, 
I’d rather you mention my loved one 
Knowing that they have been missed. 
You asked me how I was doing I say “pretty good” or “fine” 
But healing is something ongoing I feel it will take a lifetime.
Elizabeth Den~
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The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe.
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Laughter is the medicine of life.
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If money can fix it, it isn’t a real problem.
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I think I can relate to the Maxine-ism… when life hands you lemons…. throw them back and demand chocolate. We can’t always make good out of bad… but we can become better rather than bitter.
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Some people, no matter how old they get, 
never lose their beauty…
they merely move it from their face into their hearts. 
Martin Buxbaum~
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The moment that you left me, my heart was split in two; one side was filled with memories; the other side died with you. I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep; and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my check. Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday; but missing you is a heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain; you see life has gone on without you, but will never be the same.
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The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. 
General Norman Schwarzkopf~
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A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, 
and one of the best things you can be. 
Douglas Pagels~
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You can shed tears that he is gone. Or you can smile because he has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back. Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him. Or you can be full of love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday. Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember home and only that he’s gone. Or you can cherish his memory and  live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, Or you can do what he’d want. Smile, and open your eyes, love and go on. Gone but not forgotten.
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My Darling Daughter

My baby girl is gone now. Her face again I’ll never see. 

Why was she taken away When I needed her with me?

I loved to hold her in my arms and smell the sweetness of her breath. 

What I feared the most came true when I had to face her death.

My arms are empty now and so is a piece of my heart. I wish she was still here with me but I guess it was time for us to part.

I’ll never see her play with dolls ride a bike or even smile. She’ll never be a girl scout or a bride Walking down the aisle.

Everyone says it’s time to let go of the dreams and of you too. That’s easier said than done When part of me died with you.

I’m sorry that I didn’t see the signs of your death. I’d sell my soul if I could feel the warmth of your sweet breath.

I can never let go of you or the beauty in your face. A tiny piece of heaven on earth for which there was no place.

In Memory of my Daughter Caron Clarissa Bryant May 28, 1988 – June 15, 1988 Lisa Bryant~

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Nothing we do changes the past. 
Everything we do changes the future.
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We should look to the future. 
And always remember, we cannot control people, 
but we can control how we treat people.
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Thought for the day:
“When we are on longer able to change a situation….
we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Victor E. Frankl, M.D.~
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One can pay back the loan of gold, 
but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. 
Malayan Proverb~
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Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…. 
it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. 
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If Tomorrow Never Comes
If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more. If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day. If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you would KNOW I do. If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything right. There will always be another day to say our “I love you’s”, And certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do’s?” But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget, Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.. So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day, That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish. 
So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear.
Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “please forgive me,” “thank you” or “it’s okay”. 
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today
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May the smiles of the martyrs greet your own, as darkness turns into day! Every fear will be undone and pain will be no more, as songs of the Angels bring you home before the face of God!
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I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs~
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I try to take one day at a time, 
but sometimes several days attack me at once. 
Jennifer Yane~
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The woman who was my midwife and helped Brandon into this world, gently and quietly at home, was also the one who was at our home the day of Brandon’s passing; helping him to move gently and quietly from this world. She spoke this poem, and the one that follows, which are taken from the works of Kahlil Gibran, shortened to reflect the passing of a child.
“Speak to us of Children”
And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.” And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
“The Secret of Death”
We all wonder about the secret of death,
But how shall we find it unless we seek it in the heart of life.

The owl whose night bound eyes are blind unto the day,cannot unveil the mystery of light.

If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one,
even as the river and the sea are one.

For what is it to die – but to stand naked in the wind,
and melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing,
but to free the breath from it’s restless tides.

That it may rise and expand
and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs,
then you shall truly dance…
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As long as we live, they too, will live as they are a part of us.
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Some say holding on is what makes you strong, 
But sometimes it takes much more strength 
To just let go and move on.
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There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all life is too short to be anything but happy. WE were made to praise and be joyful!!!
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The what if, if only, is a mind game that will drive you insane. Don’t play it.
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WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES,
it takes away today’s PEACE.
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Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you, smashes down upon you with unimaginable force, sweeps you up into its darkness, where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces, only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped… 
Grief will make a new person out of you, if it doesn’t kill you in the making. 
(Diana~ Facebook ~ she is on the same grief beach as I am…)
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Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. 
It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections…
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‘If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your soul and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path’~
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If you don’t know where you are going, 
you’ll end up some place else. By Yogi Berra
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Make the choice to live your life, not merely exist in it. 
Look for the ants on the sidewalk! Sandy~
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To My Mother, I see you each time you shed a tear, I catch it and kiss you, I hope that you know that I’m near. This place is so beautiful, There’s so much to see! I know that someday you’ll be here with me. The angels were singing when I arrived! Jesus was there with His arms open wide! The snow and the rain are just my confetti. I know you’ll be coming and I want to be ready. When you feel the wind, it’s me walking by. I can run and skip now, I can even fly! When the blossoms and leaves fall into your hair, It’s me planting kisses, yes, I put them there! The birds are singing to keep you company, They’re especially for you with love from me. I know that you miss me and feel so alone, Until the great day when you finally come home Please remember as the seasons change from one to another, I’ll always love you. You’re my friend and my mother. (from someone on Facebook?)
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And The Angels Spread Their Wings

My heart is filled with love and joy.
The kind a brand new baby brings.
Suddenly, it’s all taken away,
And the Angels spread their wings.
There’s a new face in Heaven.
Upon her head is a golden ring.
All of Heaven is rejoicing,
And the Angels spread their wings.
Right in the middle of Heaven,
Gentle Jesus softly sings
To all the children of Heaven
And the Angels spread their wings.
He places her in a cradle,
Suspended by silver strings.
Created especially for her
And the Angels spread their wings.
An Angel watches over her,
As gently the cradle swings.
Then she smiles a peaceful smile,
And the Angels spread their wings.
I ask you to take my child’s hand,
And show her the beauty in all things.
Please tell her that I love her,
And the Angels spread their wings. 
~Lisa Bryant
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“Life is about trusting our feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the past.”
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Positive affirmations or self talk: 
I focus on the good in my life and I find happiness again. I let go of the past…I release all resentment, and anger. All my relationships are fulfilling and harmonious right here, right now. I speak only words of kindness and love.
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When your grief seems insurmountable, take a deep breath, relax, and find one positive thing in your life.

Focusing on the positive brings more positive into your life.

© 2011

89 Responses to Poems and Quotes

  1. ritamarie recie

    i have lost my father and very close friends, relatives and more
    this is very inspirational to me
    thank you

  2. Remy

    I lost my 21 year old son, John Claude, to cancer three years ago and his Dad 8 days after his burial to a vehicular accident. losing two loved ones within a 17 days gap. I felt so broken and lost and feel empty until now. I can hardly move on that even looking at their pictures moved me to endless tears. Creating poems to tell them how i miss and love them both helped me much in expressing my grief. Or i would have gone crazy. Then i came across your website, it helped me much much more. Thank you so much for these poems/ quotes, Sandy. Guess it’s helping many.

    • admin

      I am glad it helped you, this is truly a labor of love, I keep it going to help all who need some solace.

  3. Diana Kashlan

    …a big THANK YOU from me as well…these poems truly feel like medicine. I lost the love of my life…my dear husband …2 months ago at Christmas. He was only 32 years old and one of the best person that came into my life …people keep on telling me that time will heal this wound but I know it will take my whole life to cope with it…and yet reading all this, sharing these thoughts of grief gives me hope! ♡ love to you all & everybody on this planet

  4. Ashleigh

    A Message from Heaven

    The last time that you saw me,
    We didn’t know my fate.
    Then my eyes perceived to be,
    An Angel at the Gate.

    He took me by the hand,
    And behind him I could see,
    What we know as Heaven,
    He said it was for me.

    My time was on earth was beautiful;
    I spent it all with you.
    I’ll cherish all our memories,
    Which we shared; but now are through.

    Don’t let your heart start breaking,
    God has me in his Grace,
    I know your heart is aching,
    But I’m in a better place.

    And if you do so find your tears,
    Rolling down your cheek at all,
    Remember life and all these years,
    God truly blessed us all!

    My work on earth was wonderful,
    My purpose is now clear,
    I really feel I love you all,
    So remember this, my dear:

    Don’t cry for me tomorrow,
    I’m right here by your side,
    So bury all your sorrows,
    And live your life with pride!

    Our Lord and Savior loves me,
    Just as much as he loves you,
    So be all that you can be.
    Because He loves you too.

    – Ashleigh Mancer © 2016

  5. Masoedah

    As I lay on my bed staring out the window
    Slowly out of know where lil drop trickles down…
    As my heart starts beating faster…
    So the flow heavier…
    It’s not trickles anymore…

    It’s droplets of hurt…yearning,wishing…hoping
    That someday every one of those tears that has cried a thousand sadness possessed a very special prayer

    That would someday be answered in a thousand different ways…

    Leaving behind a memory of an almost non existent time

    Caught in every new moment of happiness…relief and good tidings

    As it trickles down slowly
    A mother’s tears of hope…
    To someday be once more blessed with her title as

  6. Joyce Ginnis

    Lost my only child 2 months ago today. The pain feels unbearable, he was 27 and still lived with me, he was my whole life. Im going through the motions of living, thats all I can do right now.

    • Lori

      I know your pain. I’m so sorry. My Cameron was 26…6-14-15. My best friend… Still lived with us, his momma and dad. We loved that our boy was still with us. I’m sorry for your loss.

  7. Linda Oswald

    “A woman grieving & holding her dead child, with tears in her eyes & torment in her heart,pleaded with Buddah to raise her child to life again. Buddah said to her to find just one household who werent grieving for a lost one. She sent from house to house but could find not one…”
    I think this quote ( which I have written from memory…) shows how we are all touched with grieving for lost family members
    I took comfort in this as we had lost our 1st grandchild- a little girl, we lost her at 17mths & was the saddest day of my life & has been the most challenging thing I think we will ever go through going through the grieving & missing her & feeling cheated on not being able to see her grow. I grieve for our daughter too who’s marriage has broken up so she lost her home & her job in their business, but she is being “strong” cause she has too…. A friend gave us a poem that was along the lines of – it is better to have known that not have known her at all…..
    I do emphasise with everyone here, we all have losses to grieve for
    And learning how to process our lives without them… Is hard…..

  8. jessica

    I loved reading all those lovely poems. My dad passed away just one month ago. 5 month very strong doing what he always loved to do… He was a carpenter and he was always working and building and fixing something. He was also the hero of the neighborhood…(We have a lot of elderly neighbors). He finally fessed up to having cancer and our family was in shock and disbelief. It was a traumatizing experience. But I am grateful that me and my sisters were were his caregivers. Me the most because I live with my parents. So I’ve looking for some encouraging words. I was wondering if you have ever heard of a poem called “The Song Of The River” It’s beautiful Thank you again for all the poems. I was able to save a lot of them 🙂

  9. Anita

    I have just lost my granddaughter to suicide, found her Thursday, it is her 17th birthday tomorrow, i am still trying to find a nice poem to put in the newspaper.

  10. Patricia

    Thank you for this site…
    It was 7 years ago today that I lost my son’s father… and in Jan. It will be 10 years that I lost my own daughter…
    The pain and grief is so strong…I feel so weak…
    Some days I just want to stay in bed… The tears flow so easy… my heart still aches everyday…

    • admin

      I send you love and light on your journey. Learn to replace the pain with happy memories, each time the pain comes, tell yourself to stop bringing that memory and replace it with a happy memory. Bit by bit, it works. Sandy

  11. Lily

    My beloved sister has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast, lung and spine cancer. I am beyond heartbroken and crestfallen. Thank you for this site of poems and more…it helps.

    • Faye

      My good friend was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 10 months ago. She also had a large lump in her stomach and on her lung. I’m happy to say that after many prayers of her friends, family and our church she is cancer free. She had chemo until her cancer shrank and the huge stomach lump was operated on and removed successfully. The one on her lung just shrank until it disappeared. The doctors say she is cancer free but will need follow up checks because so many times cancer returns. So don’t give up on your sister. Doctors can do a lot but our Lord is the great physician!

  12. bee

    The tide recends, but leaves behind Bright seashells in the sand. The genle warmth of your smile still lingers on the land. The music stops but yet it echos on in sweet refrain. To every joy something beautiful remains. love you mum xxx ♥

  13. Kelly Teigen

    I am living on grief beach! I don’t know how to breath anymore…….the mountain we must climb seems insurmountable—- these insight make me feel not “alone”…..Thank you!

    • admin

      You are welcome, and definitely not alone in your journey, we all must walk the sand alone, but along the shore is the love of the universe to guide us. ~

  14. Bolaji Olasoji

    Thank you for this beautiful website full of words that express how I’m feeling after the sudden sad departure of my husband at just 47years old.

  15. muriel.thomson

    I was looking for a poem my husband will be 4 years dead on Monday and I was looking for a nice poem toput on facebook and it is also my birthday on Monday and he never forgot my birthday when he was alive

    • admin

      I am sorry to be so late, I keep forgetting to go in and approve comments, yes of course you can add the site.

  16. Munkee

    There is a good poem called “When It Is My Time To Go” I think it will help people to have it in their thoughts.

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