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Grief Quotes


Time has a way of soothing broken hearts and healing the emotional wounds we experience when someone we love dies. However, depending on where you're at in your grief journey, it may not feel that way. The following quotes about grief are meant to provide you with a measure of comfort as you make your way through the grieving process.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." – Featured on a headstone in Ireland

"We can endure much more than we think we can; all human experience testifies to that. All we need to do is learn not to be afraid of pain. Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don't deny it, don't be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever. One day, the pain will be gone and you will still be there." – Harold Kushner from his book, When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough

"The pain passes, but the beauty remains." – Pierre Auguste Renoir

"While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil." – John Taylor

"Time is a physician that heals every grief." – Diphilus

"You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of a love. Grieving is not weakness, nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature's way of healing a broken heart." – Doug Manning

"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." – Samuel Johnson

"Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow." – Dan Rather

"Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a "map" for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project." – Anne Grant

"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

"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway." – Mary C. Crowley

"Grief is the price we pay for love." – Queen Elizabeth II

"What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." – Helen Keller

"Grieving is a journey that teaches us how to love in a new way now that our loved one is no longer with us. Consciously remembering those who have died is the key that opens the heart, that allows us to love them in new ways." - Tom Attig from his book, The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love

"Do not protect yourself from grief by a fence, but rather by your friends." – Czech Proverb

"No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories." Chris Sorensen

"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." – Victoria Alexander

"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

"You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." – Jan Glidewell

"Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow." – John Wayne

"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." – Erich Fromm

"There is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." – Winnie the Pooh

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