Widow Wisdom: What quotes helped and inspired you in the days following your loss?

We asked our widow sisters to share their wisdom by answering this question; What quotes helped and inspired you in the days following your loss?

Here are some of their answers:

  • This isn’t an actual quote but it is something my husband would say to me when we went to bed. “Thank you for loving me.” -Barb
  • MOVE ON- said NO ONE EVER… Seriously, I lived by the mantra that “showing up is half the battle” and with this I followed my calendar/schedule. This went on for about two years- and people got half of me… I do not think there is a truer statement when you have lost your other half. Just show up and so I did. – Megan
  • Someday, in happier time.. We will meet again. -Wister on Instagram
  • My husband told me all the time “Worrying is self inflicted and only causes you harm. “ when I stressed about something. He would also tell me…”train your mind to be stronger than your emotions”. I would tell myself his words everyday all day long. – Tracy
  • “Fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with the righteousness of my right hand.” God has certainly strengthened me, helped me and upheld me over these past almost ten years. I didn’t know what my future held, but He has been faithful. Never let me down. – Louisa
  • A friend told me that my grief is a very heavy backpack that I will never be able to take off. I may not be able to walk under the weight of it, especially those early days. But in time I will learn to walk, sometimes run and even dance with my backpack. This visual was a game changer for me. Prior to that I was waiting for my grief to go away, it helped me understand that it never will… – Michelle

  • The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Carolyn
  • If He Brings You To It He Will See You Through It. I had this quote on my emails. I had hit a real low and a friend asked me what my quote said. I repeated it and he asked me Are you just saying the words or do you really believe them? It was a wake up call. My cousin also had lost her husband and told me about a Dr Seuss quote Dont Cry Because It’s Over Smile Because It Happened. -Claudia
  • Put one foot in front of the other. Repeat. – Karen
  • “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny”. I have had my share of hardships and I am certainly ordinary. I now have my armor on ready for my extraordinary destiny. – Brunetta
  • My friend told me grief will come in waves. Some like a tidal wave that seems to swallow me. Other waves are like the ebb of the ocean. Coming and going softly through my heart. She encouraged me to let each wave come and let each wave go. I’ve been doing that and it helps me know that the wave will pass. I know there will be more, but I know I won’t drown when they do come. – Mary
  • He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy. Psalm 68:5 – Pam
  • Friends are God’s way of taking care of us❤ We will have our old friends but welcome new ones also to help you thru this journey. – Deb
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind…is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  • “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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