Losing a loved one, whether through a death in the family, a divorce or the end of a friendship, is difficult. Along with the initial shock, it’s a challenge when you have to move on and learn to navigate the future without them by your side. And because the grieving process is different for everyone, it can often be lonely and isolating. That’s why we rounded powerful quotes on grief to help you put your feelings into words. You can use these messages to remind yourself that you are not alone, or you can share them with someone who is going through a loss as a source of comfort.
Some of the sayings below are short and positive to help you understand that time can heal all wounds, even if it isn’t right now. Others are longer (like those by famous authors) and a little solemn for those days when you just want to read something that relates to your sadness.
The most important thing to remember is that grieving is completely normal, but if you need help going through the grieving process, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness for advice at 800-950-6264.
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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
“Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself looking for your face in the crowd – I know it’s impossible, but I can’t help it.
“Grieving is a curious thing, when it happens unexpectedly. It’s a bandage ripped off, stripping away the top layer of a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours is no exception .
Winnie the Pooh
“How lucky I am to have something that makes goodbyes so hard.”
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
“The reality is that you will cry forever. You will not “get over” the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with. You will heal and rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same again. You shouldn’t be the same either, and you wouldn’t want to be.
“Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures in the air.”
“Grieving does not make you imperfect. It makes you human.
“Never. We never lose our loved ones. They go with us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We’re just in different rooms.
“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”
Jose N. Harris
“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.
“The song is over but the melody persists.”
“And when great souls die, after a while peace blossoms, slowly and always irregularly. The spaces are filled with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored to never be the same again, whisper to us. They existed. We can be. To be and to be better. Because they existed.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.”
“You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to truly feel the loss.”
“Grief can destroy you – or focus you. You may decide that a relationship was for naught if it were to end in death, and you alone. OR you may realize that each moment had more meaning than you dared to acknowledge at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of every day, and have not permitted yourself to consider its sanctity.
Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Reimer
“In the blue of the sky and in the heat of summer, we remember them.”
“God gave us memory so we could have roses in December.”
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel
“Walk, walk with hope in your heart and you will never walk alone.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“You gave me an eternity in the numbered days…”
“There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”
“You’re going to lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you’ll never fully recover from the loss of your loved one. But that’s also the good news. news. They live forever in your broken heart that won’t close. And you get through it. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly – it still hurts when it’s cold, but we learns to dance while limping.
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
“They say time heals all wounds, but that assumes the source of sorrow is over.”
Katie McGarry, pushing the boundaries
“I saw the world in black and white instead of the vibrant colors and shades I knew existed.”
“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.
“Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds its way back to you.
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