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Quotes on Transition, Transformation & Surviving

Grief is an ancient, universal power that links all human beings together.

Molly Fumia

Sometimes, it seems that all you need is the right quote, poem or inspirational message at the right moment to help provide perspective, insight and aid in surviving a loss or crisis. In dealing with the grief response following a loss or crisis, it is often helpful to read the words from others who have been there and survived. Reading words written centuries ago or contemporary works that capture the essence of the emotions that I have felt helps to reinforce the knowledge that I am not alone in my experience of grief or feelings of desolation.

When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne,
let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted 
into which our grief has given us entrance, and inevitably, 
we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy, their understanding.
Helen Keller

Words in their many different forms are an effective way of providing a voice for the feelings of a grieving heart. They help the grieving to realize that others have experienced these intense emotions, lived through them, been changed by them, but have survived. Words, stories, quotations, poems, prayers, blessings and lyrics can provide a source of solace, hope, comfort and reassurance—emotions much needed during the grieving process.

The collected Quotes - from loss through transition to healing have been edited together in a healing sequence to take the reader from loss, through transition, to healing. This sequence more eloquently conveys the underlying purpose of Transitional Medicine.

In addition a special collection of quotations on the topics of Transition, Transformation and Surviving—illustrate the Transitional Medicine process. These topics represent three of emotions potentially helpful in healing from a loss, crisis or significant life-change and emerging transformed with a changed life.

Follow the links below for the specific quotation pages.

Grief is one of the great common experiences of human beings,
and yet sometimes we feel so alone in our sadness.

Martha Whitmore Hickman

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