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My dad died today. It was completely unexpected. I'd like quotes to help my family get through this time, and maybe some for his memorial.

Topics like unexpected death, losing a father, fathers and daughters in general, etc.

I'm sorry if this has been done before. I'm not functioning well, and have limited time to get everything together.
 
Posts: 3 | Registered: 06-28-07Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I hope this helps you.

A Poeatreeman

The Darkest Hour
Can be our Greatest Hope
When a Prayer is Answered.

And God has Spoken,

I Hear you Child
I am your Father
Who will not Pass Away.

For when you Need me
I will not be Far Away.

Edgar Allan Prieto
6/13/2006

Copyright ©2006 Edgar Allan Prieto
 
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My deepest sympathies. I found this one shortly after someone dear to me passed away.

Maya Angelou - When Great Trees Fall
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.



And one of my favorites:
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man!' (5.5.68)


Some unrequested advice from someone who's been there: No words will make this easier for you or your family. I hope you can take some comfort from those that surround you, and know that at some point the pain will subside enough for you to breathe again. My thoughts are with you.

-----

Well, you got secrets and scars you hide
Well, you got closets with bones inside
Well, that's ok baby, So do I
I won't criticize
Baby, I'll just share the ride
 
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Here is one I wrote for my nurse. hope it helps

A FLAME OF HOPE

LOVE is Never out nor in

It is there WITHIN

It does not PASS AWAY

Yet it Lies DORMANT

Until you GIVE

A FLICKER is only a DWINDLE

When it Rests Upon the LIGHT

When the MORNING Comes

LOVE Rises with the LIGHT

Wishing LOVE will see Today

And with your HEART

Bring HOPE to your Loss

WISHING you will not Turn Away

SHADOWS FALL!

Yet GOD;

Is There to HEAL it all.

In Loving Memory of Her Father

A Poeatreeman
The Darkest Hour
Can be our Greatest Hope
When a Prayer is Answered
And God has Spoken
I Hear you Child
I am your Father
Who will not Pass Away
For when you Need me
I will not be Far Away

Edgar Allan Prieto
6/13/2006

Copyright ©2006 Edgar Allan Prieto
 
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KellyP87, I'm so sorrow to hear of your father's death. I remember only too well how I felt when mine died.
Please accept my condolences. I have provided a few quotes, as you requested.

If you also click here I think this will help you. It's a favourite of mine, look and listen to the words.

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
- Mario Cuomo

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

Grief has been compared to a hydra; for every one that dies, two are born.

- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Every tear is a verse, and every heart is a poem.
- Marc Andre

There is a tear for all who die,
A mourner o'er the humblest grave.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
Elegiac Stanzas--On the Death of Sir Peter Parker, Bart

Tears such as angels weep?
- John Milton

Of the dead be nothing said but what is good.
[Lat., De mortuis nil nisi bonum.]
- Unknown,
translation possibly attributable to James Whitcomb Riley

Death comes to us, under many conditions, with all the welcome serenity of sleep.
- Hosea Ballou

~~~~ I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
- Diane Ackerman, quoted in "Newsweek"
 
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“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well."-unknown

“If his voice hasn’t been the melody of my life, it’s been the bass line, so subtle you don’t notice it until it’s missing.” –Jodi Picoult Vanishing Acts

"Death ends a life, not a relationship." –Tuesdays with Morrie

“Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts.” - Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -Anne Sexton

"Remember that I love you, know I'll always care,
whatever path your life may take, feel that I am there.

As I rocked you, my little girl, and soothed your tears away,
the little fingers on your hand, touched my heart that day.

A day has come when dark skies, make you feel all hope has gone,
but in time, the sun will shine, to cast your shadow long.

Look to see that shadow - look, learn and find,
behold, your silhouette is first - with mine, a step behind."

"He was there when I didn't understand, he was there when I was wrong, he was there when I cried, he was there when I lied. For some reason my dad was always there, when I needed him the most. His love was never ending. And now that he's gone there is an emptiness in my world, but not in my heart." -Michael Jordan
 
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A site that you might find helpful is “Journey of Hearts - An On-line healing place for anyone grieving a loss” which is a “resource to use, available at any time 24/7, even in the middle of the night. It is always available as a "virtual shoulder to cry on" or a "virtual hand holding." It has many resources (including quotes).
http://www.journeyofhearts.org/

Some other quotes;

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
~Leo Buscaglia

The love that once was born can not die
For it has become part of us, of our life,
Woven into the very texture of our being.
Each of us would wish to leave some part of ourselves,
So here and now we bear witness to the one we knew in life,
Who now in death bequeaths a subtle part, precious and beloved,
Which will be with us in truth and beauty,
In dignity and courage and love
To the end of our days.
~Algernon Black


The quotation in the post above (Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room……) may be from Henry Scott Holland. See here;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Scott_Holland

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I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.
~John Bartlett

 
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we used this one in one of the obituaries for my father

"If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only god knows why. My heart still aches in sadness and secret tears still flow. What it mean to lose you, no one will ever know."

"we often think of bygone days
when we were all together,
the family chain is broken now
but memories live forever.
to us he has not gone away
nor has he travelled far,
just entered god's eternal home
and left the gate ajar"

"a light from our family is gone,
a voice we loved is still,
a place is vacant in our lives,
which never can be filled;
your memory is our keepsake,
from which we will never part,
god has you in his keeping,
we have you in our hearts."

"silently the angels took daddy
into the mansion above.
there shall he rest from earth's til
safe in the arms of god's love."

"the blow was great
the shock severe
we little thought the end was near.
and only those who have lost can tell
the pain of heartache without farewell."
 
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Thank you everyone for the quotes and links. I used several for the posterboards w/pictures we made for the funeral.

Also, thank you so much for the advice and condolences.

Does anyone have any quotes about losing a father so young? I'm only twenty, and feel so cheated....
 
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KellyP87,
I have a personal note for you;
In healthy relationships people don't feel the need to hang onto the grief as a sign that they did love the person they have lost.
The love you shared will give you confidence and understanding, so that you can let go of the grief.
I wish you all the best in your life.
Good luck!

********
Do not for ever with thy vailed lids
Seek for thy noble father in the dust.
Thou know'st 'tis common.
All that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.
~William Shakespeare.
Hamlet (Act I, Scene 2)


When my father died, I moved into the space he left inside me and found out it was where I belonged.
~Farland Fish

"It's tough to do, but you've got to work at living, you know? Most people work at dying, but anybody can die; the easiest thing on this earth is to die. But to live takes guts; it takes energy, vitality, it takes thought. . . . We have so many negative influences out there that are pulling us down. . . . You've got to be strong to overcome these adversities . . . that's why I never stop."
~Jack LaLanne (American fitness, exercise and nutritional expert)

I have two judges and two only; the ten year old inside who told me never to stop dreaming and the dying man who told me never to stop living.
~Raphie Frank ( Business Artivist)


Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations
~George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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Brevity is the soul of wit.
~William Shakespeare
 
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im sorry that your dad died. mine died too. don't worry it will get better.
 
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"Only lovers
see the fall
a signal end to endings
a gruffish gesture alerting
those who will not be alarmed
that we begin to stop
in order simply
to begin
again."

-Maya Angelou
 
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