The wisdom of others can be an anchor in difficult times. You may be dealing with grief yourself, or looking for grieving quotes for a friend. However you found your way here, here are some of our favourite inspirational quotes about grief and loss.
Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere:
Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.
There are countless quotes about grief and love. When we grieve someone, that grief is a reminder of how much we loved them in life. This quote from Jandy Nelson shows how we can honour that love by reflecting our loved ones in the way we choose to live.
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.
We can sometimes put pressure on ourselves to push through our grief before we’re ready, but needing time to grieve is a very normal, human response to a loss. Give yourself whatever time you need.
Helen Keller, We Bereaved
We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world – the company of those who have known suffering. When it seems that our sorrow is too great to be borne, let us think of the great family of the heavy-hearted into which our grief has given us entrance, and, inevitably, we will feel about us their arms, their sympathy, their understanding.
Grief can feel isolating, but in fact it’s an experience that unites almost everyone. The existence of quotes about grief and loss can help to remind us that we’re not alone. Writers throughout history have come up with countless quotes to help with grief, reaching out across the ages to offer comfort to people they might never meet.
Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Life has to end. Love doesn’t.
Our love for people shapes us and forms a part of our personalities, even if the person we love is no longer here. That love is a real and valuable thing, and it’s something we can always keep with us.
William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o’er-fraught heart, and bids it break.
Sometimes you might want to talk about a person who has died, but you might find yourself hesitating because you don’t want to upset other people. Remember that the other people who loved them might be feeling exactly the same way. If it feels like someone’s been strangely silent about your loss, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t want to talk about it; they might just be worried that you don’t want to talk about it. It’s okay to ask if you can have a conversation.
Thomas Campbell, ‘Hallowed Ground’
To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
There’s something about loving people that keeps them present, in a way. Our loved ones leave a permanent mark on us, and, through the way they’ve shaped us, they leave a mark on the world.
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves
Tears are a river that take you somewhere … Tears lift your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace new, someplace better.
Grief quotes can remind us that grieving is part of healing. It can sometimes feel like you’re trapped in one place in your grief, but the act of grieving is moving you forward, towards better days. Even when it’s hard to see your progress, progress is being made.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook:
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 streets of life.
If you came here in search of quotes for someone grieving, that person is lucky to have your love in their life. Grief isn’t something that can be easily resolved, but you can make sure they know that you’ll be at their side as they work through it. We have advice on how to help someone through a bereavement.
Anne Lamott, Plan B
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.
Recovering after a loss doesn’t mean forgetting. Even if you feel you can’t return to the person you were before, you can rebuild yourself and find new happiness, while keeping the memory of your loved one close to your heart.
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
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.
When we’re dealing with grief, quotes can help us to remember that this feeling doesn’t last forever. Healing looks different for different people, and it can take different amounts of time. But, with time and support, the love of the people we still have in our lives and the memory of the person we’ve lost, we do heal.