This little sentence came from watching “Call the Midwife” on the BBC. It’s based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, a midwife who served in the East End of London during the 1950s. One part of the story line follows a pregnant mother suffering from Pre-eclampsia who loses her baby and later her own life. The midwife supports the husband through this difficult period and she receives a gift in a show of his appreciation. It is when she receives the gift that the narrator shares this powerful line.
It’s a reworking of the poem from Alfred Lord Tennyson which I’ve included below. Somehow though the line, “love that will echo through eternity”, puts an added dimension to the thought.
I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.