93 Grief Quotes to Share With Someone Who Is Grieving

Grief Quotes: 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. They can also be a way to reach out to someone you know who is grieving.

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It can be hard to know exactly what to say to someone who lost a loved one to counteract their grief. Reaching out to let that person know you are thinking about them in times of grief can really make an impact and mean a lot.

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.

93 Grief Quotes To Help Cope With Loss

  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. “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

  3. “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

  4. “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

  5. “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

  6. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” — Jose N. Harris

  7. “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller

  8. “Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” — Sarah Dessen

  9. “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

  10. “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.”

  11. “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

  12. “Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human.” — Sarah Dessen

  13. “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.”

  14. “We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world — the company of those who have known to suffer.” — Helen Keller

  15. “Losing him was like having a hole shot straight through me, a painful, constant reminder, an absence I could never fill.” — Jojo Moyes

  16. “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” — J.M. Barrie

  17. “When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.” — Pat Schweibert

  18. “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

  19. “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

  20. “Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds its way back to you.” — Ranata Suzuki

  21. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” — C.S. Lewis

  22. It is perfectly okay to admit you’re not okay.

  23. “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

  24. “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

  25. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”

  26. “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

  27. “…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

  28. “Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone.”

  29. “Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind.” — Katherine Owen

  30. “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.”

More Grief Quotes To Help Cope With Loss

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.

  1. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Author unknown

  2. “If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.”Author unknown

  3. “Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”Author unknown

  4. “Grief is itself a medicine.”William Cowper

  5. “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

  6. “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.”Hillary Stanton Zunin

  7. “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

  8. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”From a headstone in Ireland

  9. “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.”C.S Lewis

  10. “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

  11. “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?’

  12. “There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.”Lou Reed, ‘Magic And Loss’

  13. “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.”Washington Irving

  14. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”Aeschylus

  15. “Tears are the silent language of grief.”Voltaire

  16. “Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”Marcel Proust

  17. “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.”Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  18. “Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone; his own burden in his own way.”Anne Morrow Lindbergh

  19. “Grief is the price we pay for love.”Queen Elizabeth II

  20. “Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”William Faulkner

  21. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends.”
    Keanu Reeves

  22. “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.”Emma Thompson

  23. “You don’t go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.”Nigella Lawson

  24. “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.”Michelle Williams

  25. “Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can, and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.”Alphonse de Lamartine

  26. “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”Marcus Tullius Cicero

  27. “Let no one weeps for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”Quintus Ennius

  28. “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

  29. “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.”Jan Gildwell

  30. “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.”Sascha

  31. “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.”Kahlil Gibran

  32. “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.”Jodi Picoult

  33. “Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow – it is not a permanent rest stop.”Dodinsky

  34. “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

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Quotations on Grief and Loss

You may find these quotations helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you have trouble finding the right words. They can also provide solace and clarity when you are journaling, meditating, or contemplating the grief you are feeling.

  1. “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Kahlil Gibran

  2. “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

  3. “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. John Irving

  4. “We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world—the company of those who have known to suffer.” Helen Keller

  5. 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 Kübler-Ross

  6. “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

  7. “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. Abraham Lincoln

  8. “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.”

  9. “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

Quotes About Grief and Coping After Loss

  1. “The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with; Nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. 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

  2. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”~ Thomas Campbell

  3. “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 senses of humor.

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  5. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.

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  7. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country to no return.

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  9. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake.

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  11. 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

  12. “At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.”~ Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer

  13. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”~ Terry Pratchett

  14. “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”~ Havelock Ellis

  15. “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”~ J.M. Barrie

  16. “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.~ Colette

  17. “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

  18. “Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons.”  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

  19. “Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.” Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel

  20. “On this bald hill, the new year hones its edge.

Conclusion

While words can never fully express how much someone means to you, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope, and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Please, find these collections of insightful quotes about grief and loss to help you and others through difficult times.
 
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.
I hope something here resonates with you and feel free to steal and share any of these images with your grieving family and friends. 

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