Quotes About Grief- 49 Quotes To Ease Loss

January 14, 2020

Quotes about grief are not designed to heal. They merely ease the journey.

Losing a loved one is never easy and although reading words of wisdom from others may not help heal the pain, they can sometimes be soothing to have your feelings described by someone else. Knowing that there are others out there who have experienced the same emotions as you helps to ease the sense of loneliness.

This list of quotes about grief features famous lines from a range of people who have suffered losses themselves. From doctors to authors, actors and more. Inspirational quotes about grief can provide comfort, especially when someone is feeling extremely isolated and alone.

Victoria Alexander

“There are three needs of the griever: To find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud and to know that the words have been heard.”


“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”

Fern Bork

“People touch our lives if only for a moment, And yet we’re not the same from that moment on, The time is not important, The moment is forever.”

Rita Mae Brown

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me, but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”

Buddhist Quotes

“Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

Julie Burchill

“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.”

Lewis Carroll

In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams…that is where you and I shall meet.”

Marcus Tillius Cicero

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”

William Cowper

“Grief is itself a medicine.”

Charles Dickens

“We need never be afraid of our tears.”


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“When it is darkest, we can see the stars.”

Alphonse de Lamartine

“Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.”

William Faulkner

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

Benjamin Franklin

“Those things that hurt instruct.”

Washington Irving

“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.”

Dean Koontz

 “Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it.

Anne Lamott

“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.”

Nigella Lawson

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

Eskimo Legend

“Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”


“No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

Thomas Lynch

“We get no choice. If we love, we grieve.”


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

David Nicholls

“These days grief seems like walking on a frozen river; most of the time he feels safe enough, but there is always that danger he will plunge through.”

Marcel Proust

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

Queen Elizabeth II

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”

Keanu Reeves

“Grief changes shape, but it never ends.”

Dr. Elisabeth Kubler- Ross

“Our grief is as individual as our lives.”

Virginia Santir

“Life is not the way it is supposed to be. It is the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”


“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

William Shakespeare

“Tears water our growth.”

Nicholas Sparks

“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 street of life.”

“This is not goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy.”


Quotes about grief are rife throughout our history. Here are a few that are poignant enough to become timeless with age without knowing who spoke them.

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

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

“Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?”

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

“We’ve shared our lives these many years. You’ve held my hand; you’ve held my heart. So many blessings, so few tears – yet for a moment, we must part.”

“A beautiful colourful rainbow could not exist if it were not for the rain of a grey day – it was born from the very droplets of it.”

“The fact that something has happened to a million other people diminishes neither grief nor joy.”

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

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

“You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”

“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.”


“Tears are the silent language of grief.”

Nan Witcomb

“We do not have to rely on memories to recapture the spirit of those we have loved and lost – they live within our souls in some perfect sanctuary which even death cannot destroy,”

Hilary Stanton Zunin

“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.”

Experiencing the death of a loved one is one of the hardest experiences anyone will have to go through in life. We hope reading some of these quotes about grief can help provide you with a bit of comfort.

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