Here are 64 (Shhh! There are really 63) quotes about grief, coping and life after loss. Although we love a good grief quote, Litsa and I were slow to join in on the quote-pic phenomenon. The Internet just seemed plastered with inspirational platitudes pasted on pictures of sunsets and rainbows. It all seemed so trite and reductive we decided not to add to the noise. Then we got over ourselves. A good quote serves many purposes. A quote helps us put our own thoughts and feelings into perspective, it allows us to use the words of others to communicate or to convey a message, and it helps us to feel a sense of commonality when we find our feelings, experiences, and observations match those of another. We hope something here resonates with you and feel free to steal and share any of these images with your grieving family and friends.
“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with; Nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”
~ Rob Sheffield, Love is a Mix Tape
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
~ Thomas Campbell
“When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.
I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.
I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country to no return.
Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake.
I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories.'”
~ Maya Angelou, When I Think of Death
“At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.”
~ Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer
“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”
~ Terry Pratchett
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
~ Havelock Ellis
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”
~ J.M. Barrie
“It’s so curious; One can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.”
“There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.”
~ Shel Silverstein, Every Thing On It
“Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons.”
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
“Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”
~ Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel
“On this bald hill the new year hones its edge.
Faceless and pale as china
The round sky goes on minding its business.
Your absence is inconspicuous,
Nobody can tell what I lack.”
~ Sylvia Plath, Parliament Hill Fields
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built of a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touches some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”
~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.”
~ Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
“Make the most of your regrets; Never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it ’til it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“I’ll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through.”
~ Billie Holiday, I’ll Be Seeing You
“One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you.”
~ Diamond Rio
“You gave me a forever within the numbered days…”
~ John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
“I would always look for clues to her in books and poems, I realized. I would always search for the echoes of the lost person, the scraps of words and breath, the silken ties that say, ‘Look: She existed.'”
~ Meghan O’Rourke, Story’s End
My longest relationship.
My only experience of maternal love.
My constant companon.
My best friend.
~ Sarah Silverman on her dog, Duck
“Where you used to be,
there is a hole in the world,
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime,
and falling in at night.
I miss you like hell.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Look closely and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders.
That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day.”
~ Edward Hirsch
“Losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul. But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today. I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here.”
~ Mariska Hargity
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
~ Clarence Budington Kelland
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
~ C.S. Lewis
“Ain’t no shame in holding on to grief… as long as you make room for other things too.”
~ “Bubbles,” The Wire
“She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with It as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”
~ George Eliot
“The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart: The secret anniversaries of the heart.”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“When a child dies, you bury the child in your heart.”
~ Korean Proverb
“If I die before you
which is all but certain
then in the moment
before you will see me
become someone dead
in a transformation
as quick as a shooting star’s
I will cross over into you
and ask you to carry
not only your own memories
but mine too until you
too lie down and erase us
both together into oblivion.”
~ Galway Kinnell
“It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on.”
~ Joni Mitchell
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘It will be happier’…”
~ Alfred Tennyson
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
~ Stuart Scott
“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”
~ Khalil Gibran
~ Everyone Ever
“It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.”
~ Patti Davis
“The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.”
~ Cheryl Strayed
“What separates us from animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”
~ David Levithan
“Someday soon, we all will be together
If the fates allow
We’ll have to muddle through somehow.”
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it Is not the same river and he is not the same man.”
“Next person that minimizes my grief is getting a swift kick to the shin.”
“Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it.”
~ William Shakespeare
“So when you need her touch
And loving gaze
Gone but not forgotten
Is the perfect phrase
Smiling from a star
That she makes glow
Trust she’s always there
Watching as you grow
Find her in the place
Where the lost things go.”
~ The Place Where Lost Things Go, Mary Poppin Returns
“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”
~ Kristina McMorris, Bridge of Scarlett Leaves
“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”
~ C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
“I will not say: Do not week; For not all tears are evil.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
“Give the sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth
“The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.”
~ Irving Berlin
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine,
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
~ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
~ Edgar Allan Poe
“Sometimes, only one personn is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.”
~ Alphonse de Lamartine, Méditations Poétiques
“Love is really the only thing we can possess, keep with us, and take with us.”
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
~ Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”
~ William Penn
“Life has to end.
~ Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
“And once the storm is over you won’t remember you how made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”
~ Helen Keller
30 Grief Quotes To Help You Let Go and Move Forward
The loss of someone we love can be an excruciating experience, even when we expect it to happen, and even if this is a universal part of our human existence.
I’ve heard so many people saying “well, she was 80, what did you expect?” But it doesn’t really matter how old they are, does it? We want our dear ones to live forever. And the pain of their passing away is even greater when they go too soon, because then we have to live with both grief and shock.
Grief allows us to gradually accept the loss of someone. In time, we’ll realize that they are no longer physically present, but they will always be alive in our hearts. Letting all the good memories stay with you forever is all that matters and all that will ultimately bring you peace.
So cry if you must, but learn to carry on by remembering them with a smile on your face. That’s what they would’ve wanted and that’s how you’ll want to be remembered as well. Honor them by thinking of all the happy moments you’ve shared together.
Here are 30 grief quotes that will help you let go and move forward:
I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.ANNE FRANK (more Anne Frank quotes)
What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.HELEN KELLER (more Helen Keller quotes)
Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.RUMI (more Rumi quotes)
The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you’ll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.ALBERT CAMUS
It is as if the intensity of grief fused the distance between you and the dead. Or perhaps, in reality, part of one dies. Like Orpheus, one tries to follow the dead on the beginning of their journey. But one cannot, like Orpheus, go all the way, and after a long journey, one comes back. If one is lucky, one is reborn.ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH
All you need is one safe anchor to keep you grounded when the rest of your life spins out of control.KATIE KACVINSKY
God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.J.M. BARRIE
If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.WINNIE THE POOH (more Winnie the Pooh quotes)
Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tell us to tell each other right now that we love each other.LEO BUSCAGLIA
It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.PATTI DAVIS
This is not goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy.NICHOLAS SPARKS
Although it’s natural to forget your power after you lose a loved one, the truth is that after a breakup, divorce, or death, there remains an ability within you to create a new reality.LOUISE HAY AND DAVID KESSLER
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.LEO TOLSTOY (more Leo Tolstoy quotes)
Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.PAULO COELHO (more Paulo Coleho quotes)
I know in my head that she has gone. The only difference is that I am getting used to the pain. It’s like discovering a great hole in the ground. To begin with, you forget it’s there and keep falling in. After a while, it’s still there, but you learn to walk round it.RACHEL JOYCE
Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.KATHARINE WEBER
While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.SAMUEL JOHNSON
Grief can destroy you or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone.DEAN KOONTZ
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.KENJI MIYAZAWA
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.MARCEL PROUST
The darker the night, the brighter the stars,/ The deeper the grief, the closer is God!FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.MARCUS AURELIUS
To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.J.K. ROWLING (more J. K. Rowling quotes)
Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried.MEGAN DEVINE
Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.JOSÉ N. HARRIS
Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.HARUKI MURAKAMI
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.PIERRE AUGUSTE RENOIR
My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, there is an empowerment that comes with grief—at some point you find it. It’s very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that’s what I’m just trying to do my best for him, because I know that that’s what he would have.LEA MICHELE
And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)
Many people are inspired by the wisdom in the words of others – here are quotes by well-known identities, and the not-so-famous, whose thoughts can guide the way we view our own circumstances.
- "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
- "If tears could build a stairway,and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again."
- "Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
- "Grief is itself a medicine."
- "Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."
from The Wonder Years
- "The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief - But the pain of grief isonly a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love."
Hillary Stanton Zunin
- "You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair."
Old Chinese proverb
- "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
From a headstone in Ireland
- "No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear."
- "Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve."
- "Nothing that grieves us can be called little; by the external laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size."
Mark Twain, 'Which Was The Dream?'
- "There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out."
Lou Reed, 'Magic And Loss'
- "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love."
- "There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief."
- "Tears are the silent language of grief."
- "Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
- "There is no grief like the grief that does not speak."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- "Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone; his own burden in his own way."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- "Grief is the price we pay for love."
Queen Elizabeth II
- "Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief."
- "Grief changes shape, but it never ends."
- "If you've got to my age, you've probably had your heart broken many times. So it's not that difficult to unpack a bit of grief from some little corner of your heart and cry over it."
- "You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be."
- "Grief is like a moving river, it's always changing. I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It's just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone."
- "Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys."
Alphonse de Lamartine
- "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
- "Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men."
- "Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile."
- "You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present."
- "As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us."
- "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
- "There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rule book that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass - if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it's okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays."
- "Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow - it is not a permanent rest stop."
- "Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery."
F. Alexander Magoun
- "When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time - the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes - when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever - there comes another day, and another specifically missing part."
- "Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break."
- "No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why."
- "I'm gone now, but I'm still very near, death can never separate us. Each time you feel a gentle breeze, it's my hand caressing your face. Each time the wind blows, it carries my voice whispering your name. When the wind blows your hair ever so slightly, think of it as me pushing a few stray hairs back in place. When you feel a few raindrops fall on your face, it's me placing soft kisses. At night look up in the sky and see the stars shining so brightly. I'm one of those stars and I'm winking at you and smiling with delight. For never forget, you're the apple of my eye."
Mary M Green
- "There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard."
- "You will lose someone you can't live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up. And you come through. It's like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly - that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."
- "Tears water our growth."
- "Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?"
- "What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul."
- "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."
- "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
- "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
- "Dying is nothing to fear. It can be the most wonderful experience of your life. It all depends on how you've lived."
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- "The most beautiful people we have known 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. Beautiful people do not just happen."
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
- "Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow."
- "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again."
- "We've shared our lives these many years. You've held my hand; you've held my heart. So many blessings, so few tears - yet for a moment, we must part."
- "A beautiful colourful rainbow could not exist if it were not for the rain of a grey day - it was born from the very droplets of it."
- "In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods of tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life."
Nicholas Sparks 'The Notebook'
- "Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face - I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself."
Nicholas Sparks 'Message In A Bottle'
- "It's so curious: one can resist tears and 'behave' very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer... and everything collapses."
- "Time heals old pain, while it creates new ones."
- "These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger he will plunge through."
David Nicholls 'One Day'
- "A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses."
- "Love is like standing in wet cement, the longer you stay the harder to leave and you can never leave without leaving your marks behind."
- "I don't know why they call it heartbreak. It feels like every part of my body is broken too."
- "The grave itself is but a covered bridge, Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 'The Golden Legend'
- "In my dream, I was drowning my sorrows But my sorrows they'd learned to swim"
U2 'Until The End Of The World
- "Every heart has its secret sorrows which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- "Forgiveness is healing ... especially forgiving yourself."
Alyson Noel 'Evermore'
- "Of all Sad Words of Tongue or Pen, the Saddest are these, "It Might Have Been."
George Ade 'More Fables'
- "A ton of regret never makes an ounce of difference."
Grenville Kleiser 'Dictionary Of Proverbs'
- "That song is sweetest, bravest, best, Which plucks the thistle-barb of care From a despondent brother's breast, And plants a sprig of heart's-ease there."
Andrew Downing 'The Sweetest Song'
- "I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss."
Rita Mae Brown
- "Grief is what I feel when someone passes away, Grief is what I feel when I am concerned, Grief is what I feel when I have done wrong, Grief is what I feel when some accident happens, Grief is something that all people have gone through."
- "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die, so let us all be thankful."
- "Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world."
- "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
- "May all beings everywhere, Seen and unseen, Dwelling far off or nearby, Being or waiting to become, May all be filled with lasting joy."
- "Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved."
- "People touch our lives if only for a moment, And yet we're not the same from that moment on, The time is not important, The moment is forever."
- "Our grief is as individual as our lives."
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- "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 'The Darkest Evening Of The Year'
- "People touch our lives if only for a moment, And yet we're not the same from that moment on, The time is not important, The moment is forever."
- "We get no choice. If we love, we grieve."
- "Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was."
- "Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."
- "We need never be afraid of our tears."
- "Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
- "The melody that the loved one played upon the piano of your life will never be played quite that way again, but we must not close the keyboard and allow the instrument to gather dust. We must seek out other artists of the spirit, new friends who gradually will help us to find the road to life again, who will walk the road with us."
Joshua Loth Liebman
- "Those things that hurt instruct."
- "The fact that something has happened to a million other people diminishes neither grief nor joy."
- "I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; Yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; Yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge."
- "Some people come in your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons."
- "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
- "We do not have to rely on memories to recapture the spirit of those we have loved and lost – they live within our souls in some perfect sanctuary which even death cannot destroy."
The death of a loved one and the grief that follows is one of the hardest experiences we as human beings can go through.
How you deal with grief may be different than another person who is also grieving and sometimes, grief quotes can help us with loss.
It can be hard to know exactly what to say to someone who lost a loved one to counteract their grief. Grief is incredibly hard to experience, which is why it's important to remind those who are grieving that things will be okay and provide them with hope in spite of the pain.
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My hope is that you'll find solace and some form of peace through these uplifting quotes about grief, the healing process, and the reality that this pain you are feeling also means that you were lucky enough to have that love in your life.
65 Quotes About Grief To Help You Or Someone You Love Cope With Loss.
Healing Grief Quotes
1. "The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to." — Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
2. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” — Leo Tolstoy
3. “Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less; and one day we wonder what has become of it.” — Arthur Golden
4. “Losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill.” — Jojo Moyes
5. “When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.” — Pat Schweibert
6. “Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life.” — Maria V. Snyder
7. "If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
8. “Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.” — Ranata Suzuki
9. “Stop punishing yourself for being someone with a heart. You cannot protect yourself from suffering. To live is to grieve. You are not protecting yourself by shutting yourself off from the world. You are limiting yourself.” — Leigh Bardugo
10. “It's like I have this large black hole in my brain and it's sucking the life out of me. The answers are in there so I sit for hours and stare. No matter how hard and long I look, I only see darkness.” — Katie McGarry
11. “Tears are a river that takes you somewhere…Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.” — Clarissa Pinkola Estes
12. “...we are all sorry when loss comes for us. The test of our character comes not in how many tears we shed but in how we act after those tears have dried.” — Michelle Moran
13. “Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind.” — Katherine Owen
14. "My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love."
15. "Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers..."
16. “I still search for you in crowds, in empty fields and soaring clouds. In city lights and passing cars, on winding roads and wishing stars.” — Lang Leav
17. "You will survive and you will find purpose in the chaos. Moving on doesn't mean letting go." — Mary VanHaute
18. "Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don't deny it, don't be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever." — Rabbi Harold Kushner
19. "The pain of grief is just as much a part of life as the joy of love; it is, perhaps, the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment." — Colin Murray Parkes
20. "You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."
21. "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us." — Romans 8:18
22. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” — Psalm 147:3
Uplifting Grief Quotes
23. “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face — I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.” — Nicholas Sparks
24. “When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes — when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever — there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.” — John Irving
25. “Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” — Sarah Dessen
26. “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
27. “Grieving doesn't make you imperfect. It makes you human.” — Sarah Dessen
28.“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known suffering.” — Helen Keller
29."God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December." — J.M. Barrie
30. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” — C.S. Lewis
31. "There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains."
32. "And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope."
33. "Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other." — Leo Buscaglia
34. “Accepting death doesn't mean you won't be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, "Why do people die?" and "Why is this happening to me?" Death isn't happening to you. Death is happening to us all.” — Caitlin Doughty
35. "When it is darkest, we can see the stars." — Ralph Waldo Emerson
36. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God!” — Fyodor Dostoevsky
37. “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure."
38. "This is not goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy." — Nicholas Sparks
39. "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
40. "The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." — Psalm 34:18
41. "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." — Revelation 21:4
42. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." — Romans 15:13
43. “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:13
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Comforting Grief Quotes
44. "In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams... that is where you and I shall meet." — The Mad Hatter, Lewis Carroll's Alice Through the Looking Glass
45. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” — Jose N. Harris
46. "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us." — Helen Keller
47. "An eternal memory... until we meet again: Those special memories will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do, you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you're no longer here will always cause me pain, but you're forever in my heart until we meet again."
48. "Perhaps they are not the stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."
49. "It is perfectly okay to admit you're not okay."
50. "Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone."
51. “Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.” — Orson Scott Card
52. “In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life.” — Nicholas Sparks
53. "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." — Thomas Campbell
54. "Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day... unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear."
55. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." — Matthew 5:4
56. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." — Philippians 4:6-8
57. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." — Psalm 23:4
58. “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” — John 16:22
59. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” — Psalm 34:18
60.“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” — John 14:1
61. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10
62. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” — Psalm 46:1
63. "Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you." — 1 Peter 5:7
64. "The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." — Deuteronomy 31:8
65. "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." — Isaiah 40:29
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