Grief allows me to see beyond my wall and talie the immense suffering that results from human lostnessl It opens my heart to a genuine solidarity with my fellow humans."
Henri JM Nouwen - The Return of the Prodigal Son
"Some days he felt so happily haunted,
by loving ghosts and gods upholding him.
Some days he felt entirely alone."
Thomas Lynch - The Sin-Eater
"He decided to give up the worst of his lamentations and go on with life for the time being, but with the knowledge that a piece of him was missing and would never be recovered."
Charles Frazier - 13 Moons
"I did know that Susy was part of us; I did not know that she could go away, and take our lives with her, yet leave our dull bodies behind. And I did not know what she was. To me she was but treasure in the bank; the amount known, the need to look at it daily, handle it, weigh it, count it, realize it, not necessary; and now that I would do it, it is too late; they tell me it is not there, has vanished away in the night, the bank is broken, my fortune is gone, I am a pauper. How am I to comprehend this? How am I to have it? Why am I robbed, and who is benefited?"
Mark Twain, in a letter to his friend, Rev Joseph Twichell
"If, as a culture, we don't bear witness to grief, the burden of loss is placed entirely on the bereaved, while the rest of us avert our eyes and wait for those in mourning to stop being sad, to let go, to move on, to cheer up. And if they don't - if they have loved too deeply, if they do wake each morning thinking, I cannot continue to live - well, then we pathologize their pain; we call their suffering a disease.