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Missing My Family Quotes and Five Ways to Find Comfort

Andrew Ronald
Simirity Founder | Father of Two

Not having loved ones around is an increasingly common sacrifice, and done with good reason, but it’s hard.

Sharing your news in messages or on a video call isn’t the same. Asking for help, advice, or words of encouragement is more difficult remotely. And you can be left feeling that despite being connected with various apps, you’re not a part of their lives in the same way.

But there are solutions and empowering ways of thinking that can help. You can have it all – living away from family and leading your own life while maintaining strong connections with those you love.

Parents kissing their adult daughter goodbye.

For this article, we collected heartfelt ‘missing my family’ quotes that shared helpful insights. They’re relevant to anyone separated from their family, whether you’re far apart or just miles away.

We hope you can find solace in these quotes and adopt a positive mindset despite missing your family. 

Rather than just staring at a long list of quotes, we’ve tried to find the main insights from poignant quotes to help us learn from them. Below are five insights to remember when you’re missing your family. 

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Insight 1 – Missing Home and Missing Loved Ones Is Normal

You’re perfectly normal to feel this way when you are away from your family and those you care about. It’s even healthy. Your emotions are just letting you know that:

  1. You're one of the lucky ones who come from a good family.
  2. Changes are underfoot, which we instinctively feel nervous about until we have settled into our new environment.  

“Missing someone is part of loving them. Not until you are apart do you realize how much they mean to you.”

Nikhil Saluja
  • “There’s no shame in feeling homesick. It means you come from a happy home.”

    — Mrs. Hughes (Downton Abbey)

Insight 2 – Strong Relationships Overcome All Obstacles 

Strong relationships can survive and even thrive no matter how far away you are.

Family bonds are unbreakable. Know how much your parents, siblings and extended family care for you, and rest assured this won’t lessen just because you’re away.

"In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged."

Hans Nouwens
  • “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”

    — Robin Hobb
  • “It's always nice to have someone in your life who can make you smile even when they're not around.”

    — Unknown

Insight 3 – Be Grateful for How Lucky You Are

Remind yourself to be grateful for all your family times and the connections you carry forward with you. You are going to miss them, but instead of feeling sad, cherish the good times you have had. 

More good times will come.

"Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that."

Ally Condie
  • “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

    — A.A. Milne

Insight 4 – Positive Thoughts That Remind Us of the Benefits of Time Apart

It’s funny, but we learn to treasure some things, like our family or our hometown, only when we are far away. 

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say. The takeaway here is that living apart gives you a new perspective on your family that you wouldn’t have got by staying at home. The little things you might have overlooked or taken for granted now stand out as something special.

“Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.”

Jodi Picoult
  • “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, and it feels even better to come back.”

    — Wendy Wunder

Insight 5 – With Goodbyes Come Future Reunions

It may hurt to say goodbye, but without doing so, there is no family reunion.

As someone who has family reunions twice every year, where I finally get to catch up with my parents, sister, and two nieces, I can vouch for how special these times are. These are special dates to add to your calendar and look forward to. These are days when you properly focus on each other. 

I’m convinced that many families who live near one another aren’t any closer than families who live apart but make the most of their reunions.

It’s all too easy to pass time with people without really connecting. Reunions are not like that – every day is special, and conversations naturally flow to make them count.

"Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I'll miss you until we meet again."

Unknown
  • “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

    — Terry Pratchett 

How Simirity Helps Families Stay Connected

Simirity is a family business; we know how it feels to love and miss family. The sea separates me from my parents and my sister’s family, but we found a way to stay connected despite the distance.

A winter dog walk with our family.

We used the usual messaging, video call and photo-sharing apps for years to stay in touch. We were ‘connected’, but I still didn’t know what was happening in their lives beyond the generic updates. It was infuriating – it felt like we were drifting apart despite our best efforts.

Ultimately, there is no substitute for spending time physically together with family, but given that this can only sometimes happen, what is the next best thing?

What are the things that make you feel meaningfully connected with people?

  1. When others communicate openly, honestly and authentically with you.
  2. When people are vulnerable with what they share, showing their trust in you.
  3. When others empathise with you.
  4. When others support you through challenging times.
  5. When others invest their time and energy on you and expect nothing in return.
  6. When others genuinely celebrate your successes.
  7. When others commiserate with you if things go wrong.
  8. When others show their appreciation of you.

What’s shocking is that every one of the above can be done online. It’s just ‘talking’ – not about the trivial things in our lives like the weather or today’s traffic, but about things that matter.

As great as social media, messaging, photo sharing and video call apps are, they aren’t optimised to help families address the eight points above. If you miss your family and want to connect:

  • Receiving a status update is not enough.
  • Getting a message is not enough.
  • Having photos shared with you is not enough.
  • Even a video call can quickly turn to chit-chat about the weather…

We wanted something better, because what’s more important than family?!?

With each passing day, we felt we were missing opportunities to connect meaningfully. And we can’t roll back the clock and try again. Special moments like connecting with a sibling facing parenting challenges or a parent who’s excited after hearing from an old friend are lost forever. 

Living apart shouldn’t mean we miss out.

So we built the Simirity App to help address the eight points above and do a whole lot more besides.

Simirity App is a private storytelling app that unites your extended family in stories, even if you live apart.

Over time, your entire family can build an archive of digital stories, filled with memorable photos, videos and audio, that share your experiences with young generations.

Introduction to the Simirity App

If you would like to learn more about the Simirity app, visit our home page.

Summary of Missing My Family Quotes 

You may ache to give them a hug, but living away from loved ones is a skill that can be learned.

As these missing my family quotes have shown, we can adopt a positive outlook and see the good things that living apart can bring. Even if you live thousands of miles apart today, it may not always be like this. 

Find out how you can stay connected despite the distance, and make the most of this time apart. 

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