A Compilation Of Grief Quotes To Uplift Your Sadness
By Joy Youell
Updated November 07, 2019
Reviewer Deborah Horton
Grief is a period of deep sadness that often follows personal loss. Each person will experience grief differently, but most often it comes with feelings of heartache and despair. When you are grieving, you may feel depressed, angry, exhausted, or sad. Grief is hard. Times of grief are vulnerable and difficult, but you're not alone. There are ways to cope with grief, so you can alleviate your suffering and move forward in healthy ways.
Grief often follows a predictable cycle of feelings. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross originally outlined these five stages of grief:
Being patient with yourself is important. Every person has a different timeline for moving through the stages of grief. There will be times when you want to withdraw and feel sorrowful, and there will be times when you feel angry or restless. Being open to what you feel in the moment is an important part of acknowledging and accepting what has happened. Honoring your feelings and being open to the range of what you are experiencing is the healthiest way forward.
Quotes and inspiration can be a helpful source of comfort during times of grief. Grief quotes may provide meaningful reflection as you work through loss. They help you understand what you are going through and show you that you're not alone.
Grief is a part of the human condition. People throughout history have experienced the same feelings you're experiencing. Knowing this can feel empowering. Hearing the words of renowned people who have gone through grief and personal pain may provide hope. These grief quotes have been collected to ease your mind and lift your spirits. May they help you to engage with what you feel, so you can glimpse future happiness.
Grief Quotes: As Seen Through the Eyes of Others
Grief is a powerful force that can shake even the strongest person. The confusion, chaos, and inner turmoil that result can sweep you away from productivity and plans. Family and friends may find it hard to relate to the feelings you experience in a place of grief. It may be helpful to lean on the writings of others who share the thoughts and feelings you're experiencing during this time.
"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
"I'll be OK… just not today."
"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."
"I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone--you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence."
Alyson Noel, Evermore
"Grief I've learned is just love. It's all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go."
"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim."
"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."
"Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death."
"Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand."
"There are no happy endings.
Endings are the saddest part,
So just give me a happy middle
And a very happy start."
Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic
"Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated."
Alphonse de Lamartine, Méditations Poétiques
"The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
"It's the kind of heartache you can feel in your bones."
"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
"I think I'll miss you forever, like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies."
Grief Quotes from Famous Entities
Prominent authors, heads of state, famous personalities, and regular people are all susceptible to personal grief. The sentiments of love lost, mortality, and brokenness are motifs that grace the pages of storybooks and religious tomes alike. It can be helpful to witness the ways that other people have framed this experience as you work through your own grief. We hope that you use these thoughts to find light in the shadows, to find joy in the sorrow, and to find peace throughout your day.
"Grief is the price we pay for love."
Queen Elizabeth II
"To weep is to make less the depth of grief."
William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act II
"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."
"Tears are the silent language of grief."
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."
Winnie the Pooh
"Believe me, 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, Hyperion
"There is no grief like the grief that does not speak."
"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."
Advice from Grief Quotes
Sometimes our source of light comes from unexpected places in times of loneliness and darkness. If you are in a season of grief, witnessing the experiences of other people's journeys - even in written form - can be helpful. You will chart your own course to recover from grief. As you do, take solace in these inspiring quotes and words from great thinkers who have felt the way you feel now.
"Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form."
"Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."
"No matter how long it's been, there are times when it suddenly becomes harder to breathe."
"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, A Prayer for Owen Meany
"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."
"We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."
"The pain passes, but the beauty remains."
Pierre Auguste Renoir
"It is perfectly okay to admit you're not okay."
"Grief never ends… But it changes.
It's a passage, not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…
It is the price of love."
"That's all it takes. The smallest reminder and in an instant, it feels like your stomach has fallen thirty stories and crashed into the steel roof of a truck. Loss is cruel like that, the days you think you're finally past it are the days it will punish you most."
Beau Taplin, The Punishment
"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 Kubler-Ross and John Kessler
"A feeling of pleasure or solace can be so hard to find when you are in the depths of your grief. Sometimes it's the little things that help get you through the day. You may think your comforts sound ridiculous to others, but there is nothing ridiculous about finding one little thing to help you feel good in the midst of pain and sorrow!"
Elizabeth Berrien, Creative Grieving: A Hip Chick's Path from Loss to Hope
"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, Eat, Pray, Love
Grief Quotes from the Bible
Religion may provide a helpful source of comfort and guidance when you are grieving. Great poetic literature can be found in the Bible and other religious books. Here is a collection of inspiring words about grief and sorrow found in the Christian Bible.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
Jesus in Matthew 5:4
"Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."
"What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later."
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, there will no longer be any mourning, crying, or pain, for the old order of things have passed away."
Grief can undermine your ability to cope with daily activities. The nature of grief varies based on its many sources. From paralyzing flashbacks to sad memories, grief assaults your physiological and psychological wellbeing. When you are experiencing grief of any kind, it can feel impossible to make basic decisions or plans. This level of grief requires professional assistance from a mental health professional who can connect with you and care for you.
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Use Grief Quotes to Overcome Sadness
Grief quotes can be a helpful source of inspiration and hope as you navigate this challenging season of your life. It's important to remember that grief will pass as you successfully work through the thoughts and feelings you're experiencing. Enlisting a qualified counselor during this time may be a vital part of your healing journey. Take the first step today.