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Words of Inspiration: Children

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a child

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Updated June 02, 2014

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a child. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

John DeFrain, American author and university professor
The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool; the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people.

C.S. Lewis, Irish poet and author
If a mother is mourning not for what she has lost but for what her dead child has lost, it is a comfort to believe that the child has not lost the end for which it was created.

William Shakespeare, British playwright
Grief fills the room up of my absent child,
Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me,
Puts on his pretty look, repeats his words,
Remembers me of his gracious parts,
Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.

Author unknown
No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

Richard Hooker, British theologian
Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth.

The Bible, Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author
Sorrow makes us all children again -- destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.

Samuel Rutherford, Scottish theologian and author
Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.

Author unknown
An angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby's birth.
And whispered as she closed the book, "Too beautiful for earth."

R.J. Gonzales, American author
A flower bloomed already wilting. Beginning its life with an early ending.

Author unknown
There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.

Benjamin Franklin, American inventor, scientist and statesman
A man is not completely born until he be dead: Why then should we grieve that a new child is born among the immortals?

Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman and author
When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder.

Native American saying
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die… the world cries and you rejoice.

Author unknown
Sweet little flower of heavenly birth, you were too fair to bloom on earth.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, American president
There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.

Author unknown
One day, a son asked his father, "Why is it always the best people who die?"
The father answered, "Son, if you are in a meadow, which flowers do you pick? The worst ones or the best?"

Susan Sarandon, American actress
Children reinvent your world for you.

Samuel Rutherford, Scottish theologian and author
Ye have lost a child -- nay, she is not lost to you, who is found to Christ; she is not sent away, but only sent before; like unto a star, which going out of our sight, doth not die and vanish, but shineth in another hemisphere.

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