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"Grief, like all major life experiences, changes a person irrevocably. People don’t remain unchanged after getting an education, getting married, having a baby, getting divorced or changing careers. Grief, too, adds to the compost mixture of life, creating rich and fertile soil. It teaches about living and dying, about pain and love and about impermanence. While some people are changed by grief in a way that makes them bitter and shut down, it is also possible to use grief as a springboard for compassion, wisdom and open-heartedness." 

 Ashley Davis Bush, Psychotherapist & Author (via whiteelephantintheroom)

"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 foot falls 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 SnicketHorseradish (via words-and-coffee)

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." 

Vicki Harrison (via letterstopets)

"It’s amazing the things you realize
when you lose someone:
you get mad at yourself for not
saying the things you could’ve a million times,
you take for granted the days
spent doing nothing when
you could have been with them.
Anyone can be taken,
at any time in our lives,
but we always wait until they’re gone to say
the things we never had the courage to before." 

Jul 21st at 8PM / via: quoted-books / op: quoted-books / 527 notes

Melody Carlson, Finding Out Who You Really Are (via quoted-books)

"Grief is just the period of time it takes for your brain to accept that someone is gone. Because everything in your body, your mind, your whole being just goes back to the moment they were still alive. It takes a long time for your body to forget that." 

Bates Motel (via youareworthsaving)

"Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it’s still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it’s been too long since you missed them last." 

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, The 13th Sign (via quotes-shape-us)

"I see what grief does, how it strips you bare, shows you all the things you don’t want to know. That loss doesn’t end, that there isn’t a moment where you are done, when you can neatly put it away and move on." 

Jul 21st at 8PM / via: quoted-books / op: quoted-books / 745 notes

Elizabeth Scott, Heartbeat (via quoted-books)

"Don’t make it sound like that. Like some ordinary sort of grief. It’s not like that. They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. Over. This is a fresh wound every day." 

Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince (via quotes-shape-us)

"It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for. It doesn’t interest me how old you are, I want to know if you are willing to risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine. It doesn’t interest me where you live or how rich you are, I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and be sweet to the ones you love. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and truly like the company you keep in the empty moments of your life." 

Jon Blais (via liquidlightandrunningtrees)

"Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning." 

Carrie Jones, Captivate (via quotes-shape-us)

"We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad." 

John Green (via amandaonwriting)

"The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. You know what I mean? I’ve always liked that phrase “He was visited by grief,” because that’s really what it is. Grief is its own thing. It’s not like it’s in me and I’m going to deal with it. It’s a thing, and you have to be okay with its presence. If you try to ignore it, it will be like a wolf at your door." 

Jul 21st at 8PM / via: mysweetetc / op: mysweetetc / 2,316 notes

Stephen Colbert, who lost his father at a young age, in a wide-ranging interview with Playboy.  That’s not a joke. (via mysweetetc)

"Don’t listen to those people who suggest you should be “over it” by now. The people who squawk the loudest about such things have almost never had to get over anything. Or at least not anything that was genuinely, mind-fuckingly, soul-crushingly life altering. Some of those people believe they’re being helpful by minimizing your pain. Others are scared of the intensity of your hurt and so they use their words to push your grief away. Many of those people love you and are worthy of your love, but they are not the people who will be helpful to you when it comes to healing the pain." 

Cheryl Strayed (via internal-acceptance-movement)

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Social Media Platforms for the Signs 


(We all use Tumblr, so let’s not even go there)

The social media platform interaction your sign is most likely to enjoy.

(We all use Tumblr, so let’s not even go there)

Aries- Twitter

Taurus- Pinterest

Gemini- Vine

Cancer- Facebook

Leo- KiK

Virgo- Quizilla

Libra- Instagram

Scorpio- Snapchat

Sagittarius- Swarm (Foursquare)

Capricorn- Youtube

Aquarius- Reddit

Pisces- Flickr