When Cora died in the first few days and weeks, I was rarely alone. Family and friends in and out. Many times we’d sit in quiet, but they were there.
Still, part of me felt lonely. Like no one understood. I’d try explaining how I felt over and over but it was like I was speaking a new language. I was. I was speaking a language only the sad members of those horrible club of bereaved mothers can understand.
Over time, I connected with other mothers that lost a baby, and that helped.
I was never one for quotes. My memory for spoken words isn’t great, I have trouble remembering my favorite song lyrics much less quotes I hear. So I wasn’t one of those people spouting off the perfect quote from the perfect movie or book to describe a situation.
After Cora died, my ability to memorize quotes didn’t change, but my appreciation of them did.
When I stumbled upon a quote that meant something to me, in that moment, I felt less alone and more connected to the outside world. People did understand.
I’m sharing some of my favorites in images I made below and encourage you to share your favorite quotes in the comments.