My dog died today. What is your favorite quote about death?My dog died today. What is your favorite quote about death? Robbie #questionnaire
“He died that day because his body had served it’s purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn,and then was free to leave.” Enzo the dog from The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
He was a Therapy Dog at the local Children’s Hospital for 9 years. He had much to give.
Love the new look of one ear up and one down. A real fashionista in his twilight years.
Awww ? I’m so sorry for your loss.
It is so cold….so silent
That’s a heartbreaking loss. I feel your pain. ?
“The art of racing in the rain”
Where the red fern grows
Very sorry for your loss. I lost my own beloved dog only about 10 days ago, I feel your pain.
Winnie the Pooh always has the best quotes. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” “Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again” And this last one we put on my grandfather’s funeral pamphlet: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Here lies Dobby, a free elf.
Not a book quote, but my 14 year old best boy died 13 days ago and Blackbird came on the radio. “You were only waiting for this moment to be free”. So sorry for your loss ❤️
This quote has helped me every day with my sister’s death. Sorry for the loss of your puppy
“But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us”
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France
“I’m a dog on a short chain,now the chain is gone” from a poem by Jim harrison
Tale of Two Cities: As Sydney Carton (on the way to the guillotine) sacrifices himself for his love of Lucie Manette, he says, “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done. It is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
So sorry for your loss.
Nothing gold can stay.
So very sorry for your loss.
I lost my Mags a few months ago. My 16 year companion. She will forever be part of me. <3 So sorry for your loss.
“Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives.” – John Galsworthy
I’m so sorry for your loss!❤️
“If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”
“Even in the grave, all is not lost.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
No quotes or profound thoughts, just want to say I’m sorry. My mother-in-law used to say getting a pet is assuring a heartache, but always worth it because of the joy they give us. ?
I am so very sorry for your loss. I lost my furbaby back in April, so I know what you’re going through. Remember the good times, and know that they lived a life filled with love. ❤️
That the hardest part of having a dog is saying goodbye…
sending you peace and light ?
So sorry your little friend left you. “No one is dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.”
‘Life is a journey and death is a destination’ (we don’t think about death in this country and it is a part of our life and our destination so this first line of a poem meant a lot to me)
I’m so sorry.
I have no favorite quotes about death. But this is my favorite quote about our animal companions whose presence is so remarkable that it defies that insufficient word, “Pet.”
“In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” — Henry Beston
I’m picking up my dog’s ashes today and I dont feel mentally ready…
So I’m really sorry about your loss.
“Even death has a heart.”
Not a quote, but I read the poem “The Rainbow Bridge”.
I’m so sorry! I went through that 2 months ago and books sure did help
Also, I am truly sorry for your loss ???
I’ll see you in another life brotha . taken from LOST
It’s an unbelievable hurt, unbelievable! Cherish the memories and unconditional love. Those eyes so sweet,kind and the funny things only the two of you could cherish. Always in your heart, forever.
See, I told you I was sick . . .
in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye. (Life of Pi)
sorry abt ur loss <3
I am so sorry for your loss. “How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”
—Carson McCullers, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Someone once asked “Do dogs go to heaven?”. The answer was
“Yes, because it wouldn’t be heaven without dogs in it.”
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me,
The Carriage held but just Ourselves,
– Emily Dickinson
I am so sorry for your loss. I know how deep the grief is when losing a beloved pet. I found this book really helped me
Thank you. Will definitely get it.
I’m so sorry for your loss.
I cannot relate to pet loss, but my favorite quote regarding death is, “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Dont cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss.
Death is a heartache that no one can heal, love is a memory that no one can steal!
Sitting in a room next door watching you through the wall your dog is still loving you.
‘Those who love us, never truly leave us’ Sirius Black.
Sorry for your loss ?
I’ve always found comfort in The Heart Sutra. So sorry for your loss.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. Dr. Seuss
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” Will Rogers So sorry for your loss.
They live in your heart forever.
Sorry for ur loss
“ I hate that you died! I hate that you’ve left me without you in the world! I miss you! Fuck! I miss you!
Thank you for being with me. Thank you for letting me love you. Thank you for making me feel so loved.” – me
I’m very sorry for your loss. ❤️
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever
Not a quote, but more like my mantra: we will be reunited soon
Life is but a brief interlude between two great mysteries…Carl Jung
“I heard someone define heaven once as a place where, when you get there, all the dogs you ever loved run to greet you.”
That’s my idea of heaven too. I look at it this way — love never dies so how can a creature we’ve poured so much love into not go to heaven? It wouldn’t be heaven without them
So sorry about your dog. Mine are family.
Sorry for your loss. “Our bodies are prisons for our souls but fear not,all flesh decays,death turns all to ash and thus death frees every soul.”
Grief is the price of love ?
Sorry for your loss!!!! Best friends are hard to lose
“Death is peaceful, easy… life is harder. ” Isabella Swan
So sorry to hear. It is painful.
Yes it is.
@Robbie I know the feeling of losing a dog.
When going through my grandmother’s things after she died we encountered this quote she had written on a small piece of paper: “part of me died with her, but part of her lives with me.” I don’t know what it’s from or when she wrote it, but it’s so very true.
“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
I’ve seen this. Thanks for reminding me.
Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies… the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.
Grief is the price we pay for love.
The House Dog’s Grave (Haig, an English bulldog)
I’ve changed my ways a little; I cannot now
Run with you in the evenings along the shore,
Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment,
You see me there.
So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door
Where I used to scratch to go out or in,
And you’d soon open; leave on the kitchen floor
The marks of my drinking-pan.
I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do
On the warm stone,
Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night through
I lie alone.
But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet
Outside your window where firelight so often plays,
And where you sit to read–and I fear often grieving for me–
Every night your lamplight lies on my place.
You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard
To think of you ever dying
A little dog would get tired, living so long.
I hope that when you are lying
Under the ground like me your lives will appear
As good and joyful as mine.
No, dear, that’s too much hope: you are not so well cared for
As I have been.
And never have known the passionate undivided
Fidelities that I knew.
Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . .
But to me you were true.
You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend.
I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures
To the end and far past the end. If this is my end,
I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.
Robinson Jeffers, 1941
So very sorry.
Very sorry, I went through that last month. It broke my heart. My favourite quote is not from a book. My husband passed away from cancer eight years ago. He was only 46. Anyway he said “do not sit around and cry over me, that is not what I would want”
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big.” – Erica Jong
I’m very very sorry for your loss. Comfort, prayers.
So sorry for your loss; it’s the hardest thing in the world. My tribute when my 22 year old blue heeler passed away last year is engraved on his box of ashes; ‘Copenhagen’ by Lucinda Williams: Thundering news hits me like a snowball
Struck in my face and shattering
Covering me in a fine powder and mist
And mixing in with my tears
And I’m fifty seven but I could be seven years old,
Cos I will never be able
To comprehend the expansiveness
Of what I’ve just learned
But you, have disappeared
You have been released
You are flecks of light
You are missed
Somewhere, spinning round the sun
Circling the moon
Traveling through time
You are missed
This. This is so incredibly and achingly beautiful
@Wanda You said what I feel.
@Jennifer @Wanda thank you!
Debra Thank you for sharing it. I’ve been trying to find appropriate words to share with someone who just lost a parent. I don’t know her well, but I know she is a good person and this poem/these lyrics are more than right.
“Tell me what its like to die”. He dismounted from his horse looking at me strangely the whole time . “You experience something similar to it every day,. It is as familiar as bread and butter.” he said softly. “Yes,I said” it is like evry night when I go to sleep.” “No”, he said. ” It is like every morning when you wake up”. From Keturah and Lord Death.
Sending love… hugs… prayers from Texas. ❤??
“There was an old country doctor who would take his dog along with him when visiting patients. The dog would remain outside while the doctor went in for the house call.
On one occasion, the physician went to the home of a man with a terminal disease who didn’t seem to have much time to live. The man confessed to the doctor his fears about death and said, “What’s it like when you die?”
The doctor thought for a moment, then got up and opened the front door. His loyal canine friend, who had been waiting patiently on the porch, gleefully bounded in to join his master.
The doctor turned to the dying man and said, “Do you see this dog? He didn’t have any idea what was on this side of that door. All he knew was that his master was there, and he wanted to be with him.”
“That’s how I feel about death,” the physician continued. “I don’t really know all the whats and hows about dying. I’m not totally sure what’s on the other side of that door. But I know who is there, and that’s enough for me. I’m looking forward to being with my Master.”
People are dying that never died before.
I am very sorry, we lost our 2nd dog in December. It sucks.
“I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive in order to keep them with us. I also know that if we are to live ourselves there comes a point at which we must relinquish the dead, let them go, keep them dead. ”
― Joan Didion
My friend share this today which is the 3 month anniversary of his wife’s death.
Come To Me
God saw you getting tired
A cure was not to be.
So he put his arm around you
And whispered, “Come to Me”
With tearful eyes
We watched you and saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly
We couldn’t make you stay.
Many times we thought of you
Many times we’ve cried,
If love alone could save you
You never would have died.
A golden heart stopped beating
Your tender hands at rest
God took you home to prove to us,
He only takes the best
I’m so sorry about your dog. My father died last January. This was the best quote I thought of to describe how i felt. It’s not actually about death at all. “There will be times when all the things she said will fill your head. You won’t forget her.”
What my daughter quoted after my father in law died :” it is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foots fall down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” Lemony Snicket
“Always blessings, never losses” I heard it on John Edwards, it was made into a song by a viewer.
written in a Stephen King book… simply said of that overwhelming monkey… Grief is Brutal.
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
-Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”
(Also J.K. Rowling; Harry Potter series)
So very sorry….?
I’m sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry about your pup. Revelation 21:4. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
after my mothers death I knew what is death
“End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”
—J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
It’s not forever.
Thank you all for your words of comfort and support. I never knew how many friends I’ve made here.
There’s a passage in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. I’ll see if I have time to type it in later. If I can get my book back from my husband. Sorry about your dog ☹️
I read that recently. I’ll try to look it up.
i’m very sorry. We have lost dogs and fully understand the sorrow. “It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.”
― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
I’m so sorry for your loss
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
“Someday you’re gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You’ll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.
What a wonderful thought.
I’m sorry for your loss
They bring us such joy, but it’s so difficult when they must go before us. So sorry!
I read this 4pm and thought ‘Oh crap-Bella’ s appt. is in 30 minutes. And I wrote ‘people are dying that never died before’. That’s what they are too us-people with fur that we love. Hugs to all who love them.
“Death is but the next great adventure.”
Sorry for your loss.
“I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.” Edna St. Vincent Millay.
I will say the same about me.
And from the same poem, “More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.”
So sorry for your loss
We’re all made of star stuff – Carl Sagan. I don’t know why this comforts me, but it does. Sorry for your loss.
Since I was a girl my father told me that when people died they became stars. I still believe this.
I don’t know but so sorry.
“Do not be dismayed at goodbyes. A parting is necessary in order to meet again; and meeting again – after moments or lifetimes – is certain for those who are friends.” (~Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah)
So sorry for the loss of your friend
Hank makes my heart even fuller today.
Some things cannot be fixed, they can only be carried
actually dogs make me scared so i don’t know what is like to lose a dog but i do know how to feel when u loose somone all i want to say try to be strong and you will be (i don’t have a quote)
We lost ours a month ago. So sorry
“Oh, what a wonderful world”
“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.” – John Irving, A Prayer for Own Meany
@Lacey, this is so profound. Means so much more than when I read it before.
Please consider sponsoring a pet at your local shelter until it is adopted in memory of your loved one.
Lost a life
Save a life
I’m so sorry for your loss.
Death is not extinguishing the light , it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. ~ Rabindranth Tagore. I am so sorry for your loss.
I’m sorry for the death of your dog.
Death is road to awe. Sorry for your loss.
So very sorry.
Sorry for your loss (and sorry if this is a repeat)
So sorry?Lord Byron epitaph for a dog
“the fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretense of knowing the unknown… And no one knows whether death which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. … Socrates, the apology.
Every time it changes according who the person is and animal dying it’s so very tender it’s caotic and is q very sensitive subject I have when dogs die !
So sorry for your loss. My heart grieves for you.
The end is only the beginning – from ‘What Dreams May Come’
I’m so very sorry for your loss. ❤️
I lost my Hershey a year ago. I still have a huge hole in my heart. The most amazing thing when I was with her as she was put down (only animal I’ve ever sat with), a rainbow shown down on her blanket next to her head. I hadn’t heard of the rainbow bridge until I was preparing to say good-bye. It couldn’t have been more obvious and more of a blessing. I found Hershey’s collar and leash stashed in a cupboard two days ago when deep cleaning my kitchen. Those are the hardest moments that imitate a thorn pressing into my heart all over again. But I also appreciate those despairing memories or else I’d forget so much about her.
May his soul rest in peace.
First of all, I’m so
sorry. We lost our believe beloved corgi 9 years ago, and I know how hard it is.
For the quote:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
by Mary Elizabeth Frye
May you find peace!!
I love this verse. I heard it first in Four Weddings and a Funeral… it stuck with me ever since!
@Carôle, I had forgetten hearing it in that movie, one of my favorites. Oddly, I just recorded that to watch again soon!
I too love this verse. I found it in my mums purse (in her handwriting) just after she died of cancer at 57. It bought me peace. That was over 26 years ago. I’m so sorry for your loss. ?
I’m sorry; that’s hard
I am so sorry for your loss. It really is like losing a little piece of your soul when an animal passes away.
“To a well ordered mind, death is but the next great adventure” Albus Dumbledore
I like this and I think it fits a dog perfectly. Because unlike us who worry away precious hours of our lives stressing over crap that really doesn’t matter in the end a dog just gets it… Be happy, love everyone, live in the moment. How much more perfectly ordered can you get.
Your quote (I mean Professor Dumbledore is THE MAN) touched my heart deeply. I am a life long lover of animals. We have 3 dogs, including my little soulmate, who are senior citizens. I’m going keeping a copy of this for their time to go on to heaven. I hope you don’t mind. Blessings and peace.
So so sorry. Prayers and hugs to you. ♥️
Sorry for your loss!
Until we meet again ❤️
I’m so sorry for your loss Robbie. It’s awful when we lose a furry member of the family.
My favourite quote about death is one that is not attributed to anyone so I have no idea who said it…it goes like this –
“We choose not our beginning, we choose not our end, but in the moments between, we choose who we are and how we will be remembered.”
Brought me a bit of comfort when I lost my best friend.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
(From an Irish headstone)
In my country we say
من آمن بي وإن مات ف سيحيا
Which means : who believed in me, even if he died, is still alive.
So sorry for your loss . I too lost my dog years ago.
So sorry for your loss…they are family to those of us who love them. My favorite quote about death is “Stop all the Clocks” by W.H. Auden.
Yes, and someone on here suggested a book (!) to help.
Oh that is so good. I can’t tell you what will work for you. For me, I fostered right away and then adopted. But., that doesn’t work for everyone. We are all different in how we handle this.
My husband says no more pets (very emphatically). I want to foster a Sheltie from a rescue, but that will be awhile.
@Robbie there is plenty of volunteer work to do at shelters I know, and just going and reading to the dogs is so helpful.
There is a hole in the air where you were…
This is beautiful, Darcy Marquis…..?
The Holy One, Blessed be He, comforted mourners, as it is written, ‘And it was, after the death of Abraham, and G-d blessed his son Isaac ‘ so too you shall comfort mourners.’ (Sotah 14a)
So sorry for your loss!
The one my nephew sends me whenever we lose someone we love – Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?
Terry Pratchett, Going Postal
Know that even when your heart is broken, your dog’s love will never leak out. And be gentle with yourself while you heal.
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss
I’ve always loved this: “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so — ’twas Heaven here with you.” — Isla Paschal Richardson
I love this
sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss.
When my dog died, someone recommended a book called “The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog” by Eugene O’Neill. Gorgeous, wonderful book, but you’ll cry buckets. I still do, two years after losing my beloved Kipper. Wishing you good memories of your friend.
So sorry for your loss, @Robbie. May his soul rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are there with you and your family. Take care.
I’m so very sorry about your loss. I don’t have a quote but there was a beautiful card I found one time that talked about elephants and the process of mourning one of their own. It was so beautiful I bought about 10 copies and gave it out whenever someone passed away.
What’s the most difficult thing about owning a dog? The “goodbye”. So very sorry for your loss??
Sorry for your loss.
Death is only the end if you assume the story is about you. (Which is from the Welcome to Night Vale Twitter)
Funny enough, I find the two lines below from an Ed Sheeran song very comforting: A heart that’s broke is a heart that’s been loved.
A life with love is a life that’s been lived.
So sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss.