A wide array of cremation services is offered in Dayton, OH, including helping you find hopeful words of consolation to a bereaved family. Here are some other things, when you want to be supportive, comforting, and encouraging to a family who has lost a loved one that you can fall back on others who’ve found the right words and we can embrace them and use them to strike the right note with the grieving family.
If the grieving family and their deceased loved one are spiritual, the Bible has many comforting words about grief and hope. One of these is in Revelation 21:4, which says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Another comforting scripture is in Psalm 34:18, which says, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
There are also some very comforting and supportive quotes, from people and from literature, that can provide encouragement and show care for the bereaved family.
One such quote, from Anne Roiphe, is, “Grief is in two parts. The first is a loss. The second is the remaking of life.” The famous astronomer and author, Isaac Asimov, summed things up succinctly: “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”
Anne Lamott’s nails death and loss with amazing accuracy: “You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals properly – that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”
In Letters from the Earth, author Mark Twain poignantly said, “Life was not a valuable gift, but death was. Life was a fever-dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain; a dream that was a nightmare-confusion of spasmodic and fleeting delights, ecstasies, exultations, happiness, interspersed with long-drawn miseries, griefs, perils, horrors, disappointments, defeats, humiliations, and despairs — the heaviest curse devisable by divine ingenuity; but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind; death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness; death was man’s best friend; when a man could endure life no longer, death came and set him free.”
Novelist Ray Bradbury wrote in Fahrenheit 451, “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.”