Our grief quotes may provide some level of comfort to those who are trying to cope with a loss.
Having a shoulder to cry on and someone to listen to is so important for folks who are going through difficult times. Please review our collection to see if there are any quotations that resonate with you for friends and family members.
Best Grief Quotes and Sorrow Sayings
If you or a friend is going through a time of grief or loss, please take some consolation in reviewing these quotations.
1.) The Value of Tears
Tears are the silent language of grief.
2.) Heartbreak For Those We’ve Lost
What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
3.) Grief is Revealing
Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
4.) Pain and Distress Passes
The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
Pierre Auguste Renoir
5.) Sorrow’s Painful Lessons
Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.
6.) Comforting Others Is Difficult
Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
7.) Sadness Brings You Closer To God
The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
8.) Suffer Great Sorrow
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.
9.) Darkness and Anguish
It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.
John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent
10.) Live With the Love Left Behind
When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.
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11.) Life is a Series of Losses
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, The Music Lesson
12.) Diverting Grief
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.
13.) Sacredness in Tears
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. And they speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
14.) Experiencing Sadness is a Life Requirement
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.
15.) Endings Result in Mourning
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
16.) Grief Develops the Mind
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
17.) Feeling Sad
It’s OK to feel sad sometimes. Little by little, you’ll feel better again.
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18.) Regret and Remorse
Grief is the price we pay for love.
Queen Elizabeth II
19.) Pain and Anguish
There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.
20.) When Loved Ones Go
To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.
21.) Tears Shed for Others
Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.
José N. Harris
22.) Bidding the Dead Farewell
You attend the funeral, you bid the dead farewell. You grieve. Then you continue with your life. And at times the fact of her absence will hit you like a blow to the chest, and you will weep. But this will happen less and less as time goes on. She is dead. You are alive. So live.
23.) Creating Happiness in the Universe of Grief
Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.
24.) Sorrow Over Time
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
What’s the difference between grieving and mourning?
Grieving is the internal feeling when you have experienced a loss of some kind. Mourning is the outward expression of that same feeling. So, you may have heard the expression “bottling up your grief,” which makes sense because grief is an internal feeling. The act of mourning may be demonstrated in crying tears, looking shaken, or demonstrating signs of distress.
Our friends and family members need to be comforted during both of these times.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is an author and founder of Greeting Card Poet.
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