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Thursday, August 7, 2008

T-13 #36 - Thoughts on grief ... and letting go

Make Time for Small Reflections
This video was shared recently by Jen Lemen. It's a reminder I needed right now and for which I'm grateful.
Perhaps it's one for you ... or someone you know?

In response ... I offer
13 Thoughts on 'Grief' for Today

1. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." (from a headstone in Ireland)

2. "Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." (from TV show 'The Wonder Years')

3. "In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." Robert Ingersoll

4. "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

5. "You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." Jan Glidewell

6. "We acquire the strength we have overcome." Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. "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

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

9. "Sorrow you can hold, however desolating, if nobody speaks to you. If they speak, you break down." Bede Jarrett

10. "If you're going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill

11. "Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love." Jareb Teague

12. "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." Kenji Miyazawa

13. "Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway." Mary C. Crowley
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Links to other
Thursday Thirteens!

For easy access, I’ve listed more T-13 links along with the Thursday Thirteen Blogroll at My Blog Rolls.

Small Reflections ... Smile Back

... and 2 more Thoughts for Today for good measure:

"She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts." George Eliot

"As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us." Sascha (as posted on motivateus.com)


Anonymous said...

I like 5 and 10 the best.

I hope your heart heals well.

Shelley said...

Grief is an amazing thing. I remember reading in an Anne of Green Gables book (I think it was Anne's House of Dreams) the story of her first born baby's death. It said that from then on, something was missing from her smile, and something was there that had never been there before. I read this after losing my own daughter, and my mother had said something very similar about me. I guess maybe it is a universal truth.

Tink said...

Wow... I don't know what else to write... Just, thank you for this!

The Gal Herself said...

#6, that is a powerful thought. I guess that's kind of the theme, isn't it? That grief changes us. Thanks for sharing. (And thanks for visiting my TT)

Anonymous said...

Grief carves you out deeply. Hopefully you can then hold more love and caring. Also I think of greif as an expression of love.

The video says "no longer available." I can see it but it's dark.

Janet said...

#4 is exactly true for me! I hope this helps you :-)

Joyce said...

I enjoyed all these quotes, Storyteller, but #5 and #13 the most, a warning and something a bit light, to lift the fog of grief.

Mom Knows Everything said...

Wow! That video made me cry.

Michelle said...

All beautiful words. Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear these things today. My aunt just passed away about a week ago and I'm dealing with my own grief. Happy TT!

Lori said...

Im sorry...I started to watch the video and just couldnt. My son is going to Iraq in October and Im emotional enough as it is. I only got thru a few seconds. I appreciate your list and its great info but too hard to read and watch. Thanks for stopping by my TT....its always great to see you. I dont know where you are but its been hotter than heck in Yucaipa. Yes...bring on the Fall!!

Anonymous said...

came by to say hello and thank you for the sweet comment...wasn't sure if the story was gonna float.. if it meant anything so thank you for yr comments... glad i came by... who knew that grief and letting go is right where im at... secretly holding onto and realizing it is time to let go... so i thank you from the bottom of my heart for the post... it is truly beautiful... and ever so helpful in my endeavor to break free... the 13 numbers all spoke to me but no 10 churchill's words are a light unto my dark path today.. gotta come back to view the video later...

Momisodes said...

Thank you. This is exactly what I needed this week. I really enjoyed these quotes. Especially #1.

Mariposa said...


I love most...#1,10,13!!! Thanks for sharing them...they mean a lot to me...especially now.

An thanks for the kind thoughts...I'm a little better, the antibiotics works fast on my throat...but my hip pains...I'm seeing my doctor again tom.

Have a nice weekend!

Hootin' Anni said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, number 3...the night of death, wow. Just wow. It's almost romantic and yet so sad and inspirational at the same time.

Thanks for the visit to my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I'm behind visiting my T-13 visitors and trying to catch up this morning.

Tina Coruth said...


The first one, "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." says it all for me. Beautiful quotes - thank you!


Betty said...

I like your 13 thoughts on grief. What inspired you to post that? I am behind on visiting and am wondering if you have had a loss in your live recently.

I haven't forgotten about the meme you tagged me for. I hope to get around to doing that soon.

Have a nice weekend.

SandyCarlson said...

No 5 surely speaks to me. Thanks for compiling this insightful list.

Karen said...

What strikes me is that there are so many levels of grief, so many levels of moments when we have to let go. We have big moments, but then, it can also be a daily thing--there are so many things/people/events we have to let go of.

I need to go off and think about this some more.

storyteller said...

To all – I apologize for taking so long to respond to your comments. Life was busier than usual this week ... and there were Olympic events to watch, but I read what each of you shared with great interest … amazed at how this topic (on grief and letting go) ‘resonated’ with so many of you … marveling at how events tend to unfold as did the evolution of this post. I wish you all well and thank you for your visit and your thoughts.
Hugs and blessings,

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