"The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.
Growth can come in unexpected ways from the nooks and crannies of our life's experiences. In death and in grief, we do not need as much protection from painful experiences as we need the boldness to face them. We do not need as much tranquilization from pain as we need the strength to conquer it. If we choose to love, we must also have the courage to grieve."
Roy and Jane Nichols
Funerals: A Time for Grief and Growth
Death - The Final Stage of Growth