"There is no death of anything save in appearance. That which passes over from essence to nature seems to be birth, and what passes over from nature to essence seems to be death. Nothing really is originated, and nothing ever perishes, but only now comes into sight and now vanishes." - Apolonius of Tyana, first century A.D.
"Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love. It follows marriage as normally as marriage follows courtship or as autumn follows summer. It is not a truncation of the process but one of the phases; not the interruption of the dance, but the next figure. We are taken out of ourselves by the loved one when he is here. Then comes the tragic figure of the dance in which we must learn to be still taken out of ourselves through the bodily presence is withdrawn." - C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
"We cannot help the birds of sadness flying over our heads, but we need not let them build nests in our hair." - ancient Chinese saying
"The more I observe and study things, the more convinced I become that sorrow over separation is perhaps the greatest delusion. To realize that it is a delusion is to become free. We love friends for the substance we recognize in them and yet deplore the destruction of the insubstantial that covers the substance for the time being. There is no death, no separation for the substance. Real friendship touches and can keep the substances when the surface goes." - Mahatma Gandhi
Quotes compiled by Helen Nearing in Loving and Leaving the Good Life