Let these poems and thoughts about overcoming loss minister to your heart and spirit.
You have had many and great sadnesses.
But, please, consider whether these great sadnesses
have not gone right to the center of yourself?
Whether much in you has not altered,
whether you have not somewhere,
at some point of your being,
undergone a change while you were sad?
For our sadnesses are the moments when something new
has entered into us, something unknown;
our feelings grow mute in the perplexity,
everything in us withdraws, a stillness comes,
and the new, which no one knows,
stands in the midst of it
and is silent.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Death is not putting out the light.
It is only extinguishing a lamp
because the day has come.
I do not seek to understand so that I can believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe,
I shall not understand.
What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved
we can never lose, for all that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust consumes
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is,
there will be your heart also.
Jesus of Nazareth