Though many of us are enjoying the three day weekend that comes along with Memorial Day, there are also many of us who are having a difficult time making it through the holiday because of somebody we have lost. These Memorial Day quotes for loved ones who have lost somebody aren't going to magically take away the pain or heal the wound, but they will hopefully offer some encouragement.
There are two things that I believe can help the grieving process immensely. The first is realizing that you are not alone in your pain. Community can be an amazing support system when dealing with the death of a loved one, and realizing that others have also gone through the process can make things feel a little bit more manageable.
Secondly, don't skip the mourning process. Avoiding your pain or shoving your feelings to the side is rarely the right solution. Though it may hurt immensely in the moment, grieving is a healthy and necessary process for helping get past somebody's death.
That being said, if you feel like you need a little more support or a little help grieving, then these quotes will hopefully serve you well. You can't bring people back from the dead, but you can always remember their life and presence long after they've passed.
1. "If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them." — James O'Barr
2. "Anyone with a heart, with a family, has experienced loss. No one escapes unscathed. Every story of separation is different, but I think we all understand that basic, wrenching emotion that comes from saying goodbye, not knowing if we’ll see that person again — or perhaps knowing that we won’t." — Luanne Rice
3. "We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it." — Elizabeth Berrien
4. "We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known suffering." — Helen Keller
5. "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." — Kenji Miyazawa
6. "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
7. "Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve." — Earl Grollman
8. "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
9. "If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it." — Lemony Snicket
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