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An open heart: 10 meaningful quotes about grief

The time it takes

“We’ve enshrined the purity, sanctity, value, and importance of bringing children into the world, yet we don’t discuss death. There used to be an enshrined period where mourning was a necessary part of going through the process of grieving; death wasn’t considered morbid or antisocial” – Cate Blanchett


Healing

“As a doctor, grieving is a natural part of medicine” – Siddhartha Mukherjee


Those moments

“It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses” – Colette


Forever

“Farewell is said by the living, in life, every day. It is said with love and friendship, with the affirmation that the memories are lasting if the flesh is not” – R.A. Salvatore


Love

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart” – José N. Harris


Reflection

“We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad” – John Green


Sorrow

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them” – Leo Tolstoy


At anchor

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place” – Sarah Dessen


Hold on

“It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold life and let it pull you forward” – Patti Davis


Guiding light

"Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope” – Elizabeth Gilbert