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Grief Quotes

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  • We are grieving – we are not contagious. We are not sad all the time. We laugh, we smile, we cry, we weep for being happy. We live, we talk, we feel, we come from every background. – Jennifer Davis
  • A company of angels follows us wherever we go. They share everything with us – our happiest hours and deepest sorrow.
  • Love is how you stay alive even after you are gone. – Morrie Schwartz
  • Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. – Carl Sandburg
  • Shared joy is joy doubled. Shared sorrow is sorrow halved, when shared with a friend.
  • Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems
    depopulated.
  • Missing someone gets easier everyday because even though you are one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.
  • If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.
  • Flowers may fade, but fragrant memory lingers.
  • Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. – Antoine Rivarol
  • Grief looks back, Worry looks around, and Faith looks ahead.
  • Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life and love others – dogs already know how to do that so they don’t have to stay as long.
  • Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. – Robertson Davies.
  • I’ve cried a million tears before, and tried to stop each one. But the tears keep burning in my eyes, and I fear they’ve just begun.
  • When you are sorrowful, look again in our heart and you shall see in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Kahlil Gibran
  • A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Maya Angelou
  • Anyone can tell you it won’t hurt tomorrow but I’m here to listen while it hurts today.
  • They that love beyond the world, cannot be separated. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can Spirits ever be divided that love and live in the same Divine Principle; the Root and Record of their Friendship. Death is but crossing the world, as Friends to the seas; they live in one another still. – William Penn Fruits of Solitude
  • There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love. – Washington Irving
  • I always knew I would look back on my tears and laugh, but I never thought I would look back at my laughter and cry.
  • In the end, love and grief are intertwined; we can’t have one without the other
  • Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes; a farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for friends.
  • The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
  • No person has the right to condemn you on how you repair your heart or how long you choose to grieve, because no one knows how muck you’re hurting. Recovering takes time, and everyone heals at his or her own pace.
  • Time is too slow for those that wait, Too swift for those that fear, Too long for those that grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love, time is Eternity. – Henry Van Dyke
  • Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I’m heavy, like there’s too much gravity on my heart. – Sarah Ockler
  • When we realize that we are all alone is when we need others the most. – Ronald Anthony
  • Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day. – Markus Zusak
  • Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed. – Mitch Albom
  • How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing? – John Lennon
  • You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a love. Grieving is not weakness nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart. – Doug Manning
  • Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. – Kevin Arnold
  • 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.
  • The grief process might be – messy – scary – long – uncomfortable – all of the above, but it’s important that you let yourself experience it anyway. In the end, it will help you so much more than ignoring it.

  • Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something – Proverb.
  • 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. – Anne Lamott
  • I think that’s what’s wrong with the world; no one says what they really feel, they always hold it inside. They’re sad, but they don’t cry. They’re happy, but they don’t dance or sing. They’re angry, but they don’t scream. Because if they do, they feel ashamed and that’s the worst feeling in the world. So everyone walks with their heads down and no one sees how beautiful the sky is.
  • The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you’re faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking. – James Patterson
  • I wish that you were here, or I were there, or we were together anywhere.
  • Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn’t yours. But grief comes from losing something you’ve already had. – Jodi Picoult
  • All things grow with time .. except grief. – Yiddish Proverb
  • Time does not heal, It makes a half-stitched scar that can be broken, and again you feel grief as total as in its first hour. – Elizabeth Jennings
  • Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back. Mitch Albom
  • If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone? – Jodi Picoult
  • You’ll get over it…” It’s the cliches that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life forever. You don’t get over it because “it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never lessens. How could it? This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to? – Jeanette Winterson
  • The night is the hardest time to be alive and 4am knows all my secrets. – Poppy Z. Brite
  • Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. – Cormac McCarthy
  • “For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral? But if a spiral, am I going up or down it? How often .. will it be for always? .. how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.” – C.S. Lewis
  • Everyone keeps telling me that time heals all wounds, but no one can tell me what I’m supposed to do right now. Right now I can’t sleep. It’s right now that I can’t eat. Right now I still hear his voice and sense his presence even though I know he’s not here. Right now all I seem to do is cry. I know all about time and wounds healing, but even if I had all the time in the world, I still don’t know what to do with all this hurt right now. – Nina Guilbeau
  • Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul. – Ezra Taft Benson
  • And I got out of there without punching anyone, kicking anyone, or breaking down in tears. Some days the small victories are all you achieve. – Molly Ringle
  • She had a strange feeling in the pit of her stomach, like when you’re swimming and you want to put your feet down on something solid, but the water’s deeper than you think and there’s nothing there. – Julia Gregson
  • I am strong, but I am tired. Tired of always having to be the strong one, of always having to do the right thing. – Brenda Joyce
  • Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there. – Sarah Dessen
  • You feel fine, and then, when your body can’t keep fighting, you don’t. – Nicholas Sparks
  • In remembering we try to put together what has fallen apart. We think back to what we could have, might have, should have done and weep. Our nights fill with if only as guilt and anger poke and creep about the room fusing with a sadness beyond words.
  • What deep wounds ever closed without a scar? – George Byron
  • The pain of the emptiness is unrelenting and it echos through the chambers of my heart. – Shane Fendley
  • I half closed my eyes and imagined this was the spot where everything I’d ever lost since my childhood had washed up, and I was now standing here in front of it, and if I waited long enough, a tiny figure would appear on the horizon across the field and gradually get larger until I’d see it was him, and he’d wave, and maybe even call. – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken. – Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • 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
  • Every loss is unique. The truth is, the worst loss is the one that is happening to you, the one that has picked you up and thrown you down and left you struggling to put your life back together. – Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
  • I have learned that you can keep going, long after you think you can’t.
  • When you lose someone, you get used to living day to day without them. But you’ll never get used to the “10 second heartbreak.” That’s the time it takes to wake to full consciousness each day and remember – Nina Guilbeau
  • Life is painful and messed up. It gets complicated at the worst of times, and sometimes you have no idea where to go or what to do. Lots of times people just let themselves get lost, dropping into a wide open, huge abyss. But that’s why we have to keep trying. We have to push through all that hurts us, work past all our memories that are haunting us. Sometimes the things that hurt us are the things that make us strongest. A life without experience, in my opinion, is no life at all. And that’s why I tell everyone that, even when it hurts, never stop yourself from living. – Alysha Speer
  • I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in. – Nicole Krauss
  • They say when you lose someone you love, it will get easier with time…. I find it getting harder and harder every day. This pain I feel seems to never subside… carrying you with me… every step of the way.
  • The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? – Kahlil Gibran
  • You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present. – Jan Glidwell
  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. – Kenji Miyazawa
  • The pain passes, but the beauty remains. – Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Grief is itself a medicine. – William Cowper
  • Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell. – Emily Dickinson
  • To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness. – Erich Fromm
  • 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
  • He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. – Turkish Proverb
  • The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. – Hilary Stanton Zunin
  • There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Everyone can master a grief but he that has it. – William Shakespeare
  • Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief. – Anon
  • 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 is a process, not a state. – Anne Grant
  • I don’t mind dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen
  • 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
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. – Jesus Christ on the Mount, Matthew 5:4
  • Do not protect yourself from grief by a fence, but rather by your friends. – Czech Proverb
  • Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have… The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits. – Shneidman
  • Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow. – John Wayne




  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. – Chinese Proverb
  • 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 suicide does not play the game, does not observe the rules. He leaves the party too soon, and leaves the other guests painfully uncomfortable. – Joyce Carol Oates
  • And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up! – Charles Dickens
  • Look well into thyself. There is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou will always look there. – Marcus Aurelius
  • Mourning is love with no place to go.
  • 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
  • We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else. – Sigmund Freud
  • Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o’er-wrought heart and bids it break. – William Shakespeare (MacBeth)
  • The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of confusion or despair, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing… not curing… that is a friend indeed. – Henri Nouwen
  • 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… and unspeakable love. – Washington Irving
  • Grief shared is grief diminished. – Rabbi Grollman
  • Why is it when we talk to God we are said to be praying, and when God talks to us, we’re said to be schizophrenic? – Lily Tomlin
  • At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; A wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity. – Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. – Ursula K. LeGuin
  • If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill
  • Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. – From a headstone in Ireland
  • Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, ‘I did not come to comfort you; God only can do that; but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction. – Tyron Edwards
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process. – C.S. Lewis
  • Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It’s like an amputation. I feel a limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function. And yet, once it is done… life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid and fuller than before. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all… Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You cannot now realize that you will ever feel better… And yet it is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have had experience enough to know what I say; and you need only to believe it, to feel better at once. – Abraham Lincoln
  • 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
  • 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. – Elizabeth Kiibler-Ross
  • To weep is to make less the depth of grief. – William Shakespeare
  • 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
  • It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. – John Steinbeck
  • Grief, I now understand, is a sort of madness, in the same way that falling in love is madness. – Clover Stroud
  • When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you’re going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life. It’s a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world, by keeping it alive in yourself. – Patrick Swayze
  • I sometimes hold it half a sin To put in words the grief I feel, For words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion. – Dylan Thomas
  • 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
  • Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there. – Andrew Jackson
  • A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. – Andre Maurois
  • Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a map for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project. – Anne Grant
  • Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. – Veronica Roth
  • You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a love. Grieving is not weakness, nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart. – Doug Manning
  • 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. – Earl Grollman
  • Grieving is a journey that teaches us how to love in a new way now that our loved one is no longer with us. Consciously remembering those who have died is the key that opens the heart, that allows us to love them in new ways. – Tom Attig
  • 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. – Victoria Alexander
  • The risk of love is loss and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love. – Hilary Stanton Zunin
  • Mourning is not forgetting… It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust. The end is gain, of course. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be made strong, in fact. But the process is like all other human births, painful and long and dangerous. – Margery Allingham
  • Dear Friend, Please be patient with me; I need to grieve in my own way and in my own time. Please don’t take away my grief or try to fix my pain. The best thing you can do is listen to me and let me cry on your shoulder. Don’t be afraid to cry with me. Your tears will tell me how much you care. Please forgive me if I seem insensitive to your problems. I feel depleted and drained, like an empty vessel, with nothing left to give. Please let me express my feelings and talk about my memories. Feel free to share your own stories of my loved one with me. I need to hear them. Please understand why I must turn a deaf ear to criticism or tired cliche. – Margaret Brownley
  • 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. – Julie Burchill
  • Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved. – Iris Murdoch
  • Everyone copes differently, some cry for the loss of a loved one, others smile because they know they’ll see them again.
  • Let me come in when you are weeping, friend, and let me take your hand. I, who have known a sorrow such as yours, can understand. – Grace Noll Crowell
  • A thousand words can’t bring you back, I know because I tried. and neither can a million tears, I know because I cried. – Author unknown
  • Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire
  • If every tear we shed for you became a star above, you’d stroll in Angel’s gardens lit by everlasting love.
  • Grief makes one hour ten. – William Shakespeare
  • While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. – John Taylor
  • There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Every day my love for you grows higher, deeper, wider, stronger… It grows and grows until it touches the tip of where you are and comes back to me in the loving memory of you, and my heart melts with that love and grows even more. – Maureen Hunter
  • There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. – Aeschylus
  • When we realize how a frail and passing thing life is, our values come into sharp focus. In the awareness of the inevitability of death it is easy to distinguish between what is truly important and what is of little value in a moment.
  • How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. – A.A. Milne
  • The loss of a loved one is one of the most tragic and devastating things a person could endure.
  • 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.
  • It has been said time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind protecting it’s sanity covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it’s never gone. – Rose Kennedy
  • Think of your child then, not as dead, but as living – not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth – Richard Hooker
  • Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
  • Do not judge the bereaved mother. She comes in many forms. She is breathing, but she is dying. She may look young, but inside she has become ancient. She smiles, but her heart sobs. She walks, she talks, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she is, but she is not, all at once. She is here, but part of her is elsewhere for eternity.
  • Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus – a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you. – Mother Teresa
  • When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal.
  • We can’t forget our pain in a day, but we can heal our emotional wound by seeing it as an experience we can learn from.
  • Life without hope is hopeless, you need to put the old past behind you and move up to gain your balance and confidence in you. Grief can destroy but patience can rebuild. Live well.
  • I cry so often that I feel like I am going to choke to death. Even when I have no tears left, somehow there’s always more.
  • When you are in your mother’s stomach, you don’t know how great and beautiful life is, therefore, if life is this great – how great is Heaven?
  • Live, love, and laugh often, for you never know which moment is going to be your last.
  • Remember, as much as your sorrow is today, so shall your joy be someday. God will not put you through so much pain if he does not have so much happiness already planned for you…the universe has always maintained a constant stream of balance.
  • Death is a reminder that there are few things in this life that we have control over, Death, being one of them. We always have complete control over the ‘choices’ we make for ourselves. We can choose to focus on the ‘gifts’ that were brought into our life by the person who is passing, and choose to use these ‘gifts’ in living our life to the fullest.

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