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Sudden Loss of Son

Sudden loss of son quotes are both heartbreaking and healing.

The truth is, many parents experience the unexpected death of a son. If this tragedy has happened to you, please know we are here to help.

Meanwhile, here are some quotes that may help guide you out of the darkness and back to the light.

Quotes About Sorrow After Sudden Loss of Son

Without question, the sudden death of a son is among the most heartbreaking anyone can experience. As a result, when grief consumes you, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Correspondingly, here are some quotes that may resonate with you:

“The sunshine from our house is gone,
And from our hearts their peace and joy;

We feel so terribly alone
Without thee, dearest boy!”

—William W. Story, To a Departed Child

“This is the hardest trial of my life. Why is it? Oh, why is it?”

—Abraham Lincoln on the death of his son, Willie

“The misery of these hours is beyond calculation—the hopes of my life are bound up in him.”

—Mary Shelley, on the death of her son, William

Quotes About Death of Son That Summon Hope

In spite of the terrible grief that results from the loss of a child, many bereaved parents yearn for hope. For this purpose, here are quotes that can light a spark of hope when you most need it:

“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take.”

—J.R.R. Tolkein, Return of the King

“Comfort comes from knowing that people have made the same journey. And solace comes from understanding how others have learned to sing again.”

—Helen Steiner Rice

“She felt a little better about Leonard out here in the country. It was just being close to nature, she supposed. In the country you felt as you never could in town the return of spring after winter. You felt a sort of pulse in the earth which proved that nothing dies, that everything comes back in beauty. Leonard was coming back…in some place beautiful enough to pay him for leaving the world. God knew all about his music, too. He would use that music someplace.”

—Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and Joe

Sudden Loss of Son Quotes About Happy Memories

Often, bereaved parents want to hold on to happy memories of their lost son. This is especially true on special occasions like birthdays and family gatherings, when thoughts about a lost child are close. With this in mind, we have some quotes that provide comfort during these times:

“Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes 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… What is 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. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before. How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!”

—Henry Scott Holland, Death Is Nothing at All

“I’m thinking of that Florida lady again, the one who wanted a book about the lighter side of a child’s death, and I know: all she wanted was permission to remember her child with pleasure instead of grief. To remember that he was dead, but to remember him without pain: he’s dead but of course she still loves him, and that love isn’t morbid or bloodstained or unsightly, it doesn’t need to be shoved away.”

—Elizabeth McCracken, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination

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Quotes About Living with the Sudden Loss of a Son

Certainly, one of the hardest jobs a bereaved parent faces is the prospect of life without their child. As bereaved parents ourselves, we know that, incredible as it sounds, your remaining life offers joy, hope, and promise. With that in mind, here are some quotes about living with the sudden death of your son:

“It has been said ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”

—Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Times to Remember

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the 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 perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.”

—Anne Lamott

Quotes About the Legacy of a Lost Son

Above all, your son was a precious human being who touched your heart. Undoubtedly, his sudden loss leaves a hole in your life. Consequently, we have some quotes about the legacy that the sudden loss of a son can leave:

“We have known what it is to have had a gift, and have not ever questioned from where the gift came, only sometimes wondered. The gift has not been taken away because gifts are legacies, that once given cannot be taken away. They may pass from hand to hand, but once held they are always yours. The gift we were given is with us still.”

—Patricia Grace, Potiki

“‘Did you name your little one?’”
‘Yes. Lyle.’
It felt good saying his name to another person. When people are remembered, they don’t truly pass away. A portion of them remains.”

—Jenny Knipfer, In a Grove of Maples

“She remembered him smiling, and realized that time, that great old healer, had finally accomplished its work, and now, across the years, the face of love no longer stirred up agonies of grief and bitterness. Rather, one was left feeling simply grateful. For how unimaginably empty the past would be without him to remember.”

—Rosamunde Pilcher, The Shell Seekers

If You Experience the Sudden Loss of a Son…

Please know you are not alone.

As a matter of fact, Ian’s Place is here for bereaved parents who seek a safe space to grieve in a Christian environment.

By all means, reach out today for support.

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