“Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” ― Dean Koontz
They were so white against the blue, With such a glory streaming through Their silver fleeces,--we were sure They must at least be angels’ wings; And the mere fancy of such things Kept childish speech and conduct pure. -Mary Bradley, "Angel's Wings"