Life can throw some mean curveballs.
While we come to understand from an early age that death is just a part of life, it doesn’t make losing a loved one any less painful. Death is hard. It is even harder when it comes unexpectedly.
When we receive the news, we pray that it is just a bad dream we can wake up from. There are often no words to describe the amount of pain we’re in, and there are not enough hugs in the world to comfort us.
It is normal during this time for people to wish for just one more moment with their loved one. One more moment to tell them how much they love and appreciate them before they are gone. But we must come to accept that this is not possible.
We must instead focus on the bright side of things. We must stop and think about how much we gained just by knowing and having loved that person.
It is too easy to let this pain consume us and stop us from moving forward and focusing on our future.
We cannot spend time focusing on the things we can’t control. We cannot control death.
All we can do is make sure that the person’s memories live on through us and that we do what we can to make them proud. Part of this requires us to accept our life for what it is, both the good times and the bad.
The bad times help shape who we are, even if we can’t appreciate it in the moment.
When you find yourself struggling to breathe…when you feel like all hope is lost…when you think that it will never get any better, remember that this, too, shall pass. You won’t always feel this sad.
Below are 25 life quotes to help you cope with losing someone you love without warning.
1. Accept that you cannot control grief.
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” — Vicki Harrison
2. They will always be with you.
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day…unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.” — Unknown
3. Find comfort knowing that in the end you will be reunited.
“And I will see you someday again in the clouds.” — Unknown
4. Don’t fight back the tears.
“Crying is a way your eyes speak when your mouth can’t explain how broken your heart is.” — Unknown
5. You are not alone. Lean on your friends for strength.
“Words seem so feeble in moments like these. Life is so precious, and death such a thief. The depth of your pain I cannot comprehend, but I’ll stand alongside you in the darkness, my friend. Love is a bond that death cannot part. Gone from your arms, but still held in your heart.” — John Mark Green
6. You are stronger than the pain you feel.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” — Unknown
7. Your loved one is all around.
“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” — C.S. Lewis
8. Love never dies.
“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” — William Penn
9. They are at peace now.
“Life hurts a lot more than death.” — Unknown
10. This is not the end.
“Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.” — Unknown
11. God doesn’t make any mistakes.
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” — Unknown
12. Everything happens for a reason.
“Sometimes when things are falling apart they may actually be falling into place.” — Unknown
13. Allow yourself to grieve.
“It is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply.” — Unknown
14. Your loved one would want to see you rise up.
“It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.” — Patti Davis
15. There is light, even in the darkness.
“Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.” — Unknown
16. The pain becomes easier to bear with time.
“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” — Unknown
17. Your life will be changed, but not for the worst.
“Always remember. God will never take anything away from you without the intention of replacing it with something much better.” — Unknown
18. Cherish the time you spent together.
“Be grateful every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so very precious.” — Mandy Hale
19. Don’t bring yourself more heartache thinking about the “why”.
“Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” — Unknown
20. There is no wrong way to respond to unexpectedly losing someone you love.
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” — Viktor E. Frankl
21. This too shall pass.
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” — Stephanie Bennett-Henry
22. Every moment, good or bad, helps shape who we are.
“Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories.” — Unknown
23. Even our worst days can inspire growth.
“Sometimes you have to die a little inside in order to be reborn and rise again as a stronger and wiser version of you.” — Unknown
24. Your memories of them will only grow stronger.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss
25. They might be physically gone, but they will live on through you.
“Never Forgotten. You’ll never be forgotten that simply cannot be. As long as I am living, I’ll carry you with me. Safely tucked within my heart your light will always shine; a glowing ember never stilled, throughout the end of time. No matter what the future brings, or what may lie ahead, I know that you will walk with me along the path I tread. So rest my angel, be at peace and let your soul fly free. One day I’ll join your glorious flight for all eternity.” — Unknown
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Alexis George is a writer who covers love, relationship advice, astrology and personality topics.