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Poems About Death and Inspirational Death Quotes for Grieving and Healing

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Finding Comfort in Poems about Death and Inspirational Death Quotes

Death is as natural as life and all of us must deal with the death of a loved one at some point in our lives. Much as we know that death is inevitable we are never quite prepared to deal with it. When we are overcome with grief we can find comfort in the words of others, in consoling poems about death, inspirational death quotes and books to help us through the grieving process. We can also remember our loved ones with comforting memorial poems and sympathy quotes.

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A Consoling Famous Death Poem

Death is Nothing At All

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.

I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other,

That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.

Speak to me in the easy way

which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed

at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word

that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect.

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Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same that it ever was.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind

because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.

For an interval.

Somewhere. Very near.

Just around the corner.

All is well.

Funeral Death Poem by Henry Scott Holland ~ 1847-1918

Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral ~ London. UK

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Inspirational Death Quotes

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

2. Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. - Mother Teresa

3. Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. - Richard Bach

4. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. - William Penn

5. Goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.

They simply mean I'll miss you

Until we meet again!

(- Author Unknown)

6. If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane,

I'd walk right up to Heaven

And bring you home again.

(~Author Unknown)

7. 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 W. Raymond

8. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. - From a headstone in Ireland

9. God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. - Author Unknown

10. Death ends a life, not a relationship. - Jack Lemmon

11. 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. - Author Unknown

12. Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow. - Lily Pincus

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

14. There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. - Author Unknown

15. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. - Author Unknown

16. 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

17. Love here on earth

Love beyond the grave

There are no roads

My love for you can't pave.

(- T. Sachs)

18. May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

(- Irish Blessing)

19. Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. - Kahlil Gibran

20. 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

21. The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe. - John Harricharan

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

23. When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. - Sufi aphorism

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

25. You and I will meet again,

When we're least expecting it,

One day in some far off place,

I will recognize your face,

I won't say goodbye my friend,

For you and I will meet again.

(- Tom Petty)

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Grief Quotes

1. After desolation, grief brings back our humanity. - Mason Cooley

2. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. - Author Unknown

3. Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. - Swedish Proverb

4. Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. - William Shakespeare

5. Grief is itself a medicine. - William Cowper

6. Grief is the price we pay for love. - Elizabeth II

7. He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. - Turkish Proverb

8. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum

9. I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss. - Rita Mae Brown

10. If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. - Moliere

11. Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends. - Anonymous

12. Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how. - James Russell Lowell

13. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. - C.S. Lewis

14. One joy shatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese Proverb

15. Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. - African proverb

16. Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. - Ovid

17. Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will.

- Author Unknown

18. Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. - Christian Nevell Bovee

19. Tears are the silent language of grief. - Voltaire

20. The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe. - John Harricharan

21. The cure for grief is motion. - Elbert Hubbard

22. 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

23. 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

24. Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. - Blaise Pascal

25. Time is a physician that heals every grief. - Diphilus

26. To bury grief plant a seed. - German Proverb

27. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. - Kenji Miyazawa

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