250 Grief Quotes That Will Help You Overcome Sorrow

Here are 250 of the best grief quotes I could find. Losing someone brings pain, confusion and sorrow. Thus, I hope these words will help you find some peace in your day. Enjoy.

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Something still exists as long as there’s someone around to remember it. Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)

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Embrace your grief. For there, your soul will grow. Carl Jung

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Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people. Orson Scott Card

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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Lao Tzu

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Relax. One bad chapter does not mean it’s the end of the book. Paulo Coelho


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No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away. Terry Pratchett

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Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski

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People just disappear sometimes. You have to love and appreciate them while they’re near you. Haruki Murakami

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There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don’t seem to help. Fred Rogers

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This is not the life you pictured but here you are. You can still make something beautiful. Grieve. Breathe. Begin again. Thema Bryant-Davis


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No one feels another’s grief, no one understands another’s joy. People imagine that they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by. Franz Schubert

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Death is a reminder to live fully. Ram Dass

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Reality hurts when you fight it. It makes you strong when you accept it. Maxime Lagacé

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It’s an honor to be in grief. It’s an honor to feel that much, to have loved that much. Elizabeth Gilbert

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How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. Winnie the Pooh

See also: death quotes, hurt quotes, being strong quotes

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The Best Grief Quotes

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Thought is time, time is sorrow. Jiddu Krishnmaurti

Grief is tremendous, but love is bigger. You are grieving because you loved truly. Cheryl Strayed

How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them. Marcus Aurelius

The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us. Gloria Steinem

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed, Amazon book)

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All 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. Jamie Anderson

The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God. Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment)

Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them. Paulo Coelho

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens

If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone? Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper, Amazon book)

We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend. Brené Brown

True that we don’t know what we’ve got till we lose it, but also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives. Paulo Coelho (Hippie)

Die each day; die each day to yourself, to your misery, to your sorrow; put aside that burden so that your mind is fresh, young and innocent. Jiddu Krishnamurti

People generally don’t change unless a traumatic event occurs in their life which triggers the brain into new action. Jordan Peterson

Dark is the atmosphere. Hopeful you must be. Maxime Lagacé

Tears are words the heart can’t express. Unknown (See also: sad quotes)

It is not impermanence that makes us suffer. What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent, when they are not. Thich Nhat Hanh

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When someone we love dies, we get so busy mourning what died that we ignore what didn’t. Ram Dass

Joy is rejoicing what is, and sorrow is craving for what isn’t. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form. Rumi

See also: courage quotes

Part 2. Grief Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Grief Quotes (Lao Tzu, Gandhi, Buddha, etc.)

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

The things which hurt, instruct. Benjamin Franklin

It’s hard to explain so much pain. John Lennon

Those who are attached to things will suffer greatly. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching, Amazon book)

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they’ll ‘say something about it’ or not. I hate if they do, and if they don’t. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

People talk as if grief were just a feeling – as if it weren’t the continually renewed shock of setting out again and again on familiar roads and being brought up short by the grim frontier post that now blocks them. C. S. Lewis

The death of a beloved is an amputation. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

Time is the wisest counsellor of all. Pericles

To weep is to make less the depth of grief. William Shakespeare

From craving is born grief, from craving is born fear. For one freed from craving there’s no grief – so how fear? Buddha

He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head. G.K. Chesterton (Tremendous Trifles)

We must learn to suffer whatever we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of discords as well as different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. Michel de Montaigne

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. J.R.R. Tolkien

People keep asking me how I’m doing, and I’m not always sure how to answer that. It depends on the day. It depends on the minute. Right this moment, I’m OK. Yesterday, not so good. Tomorrow, we’ll see. Elizabeth Gilbert

On Kobe Bryant’s death: Tragedies like this have a cruel way of reminding us of what’s important in life: spending time with our loved ones, and being there for them no matter what. Derek Jeter

On Kobe Bryant’s death: I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while… I just wish I could say something to him. Shaquille O’Neal

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet, Amazon book)

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy. Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them. Mahatma Gandhi

Those who do not weep, do not see. Victor Hugo

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Short Grief Quotes

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Life is a blink. Hoda Kotb

Grief is itself a medicine. William Cowper

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. Christian Nevell Bovee

Loss is not as bad as wanting more. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

Make peace with the present moment. Eckhart Tolle

We need never be ashamed of our tears. Charles Dickens

Life is a movie; death is a photograph. Susan Sontag

Grief is just love with no place to go. Kaushani Banerjee

Life is unfair. Death is natural. Accept. Maxime Lagacé

The greater the love the greater the grief. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

Bear without murmuring what cannot be changed. Publius Syrus

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. Sophocles

The more violent the storm, the quicker it passes. Paulo Coelho

The wound is the place where the light enters you. Rumi

A man may win many battles, but death will win the war. James Pierce

After you grieve what could have been, prepare for what can be. Thema Bryant-Davis

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Inspirational Grief Quotes

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Your wounded heart is a very beautiful heart. Fred Rogers

I do not believe that grief is ever so great that it can not be contained within. Judith McNaught

Whenever sorrow comes, be kind to it. For God has placed a pearl in sorrow’s hand. Rumi

Go beyond love and grief, exist for the good of mankind. Miyamoto Musashi

The road continues, there are still pages to read, sunrises to see and mountains to conquer. Don’t give up. Maxime Lagacé

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, gratitude can dissolve all negativity in your life, regardless of what form it has taken. Rhonda Byrne

When you can maintain peace and joy within you despite any situation on the outside, you have become the master of all circumstances and master of your life. Rhonda Byrne

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares. Henri Nouwen

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

On the occasion of every accident (event) that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power you have for turning it to use. Epictetus (Enchiridion, Amazon book)

Be content with the moment and be willing to follow the flow; then there will be no room for grief or joy. Zhuangzi

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. C.S. Lewis

Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

After the grieving, the gift of life shows up reminding us why we’re still here. Thema Bryant-Davis

As your heart heals so does your vision. Regaining clarity is life changing. Thema Bryant-Davis

Beyond death there is resurection. Beyond grief, there is joy. Paulo Coelho

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

See also: positive quotes

See also: When Someone We Love Has Died (5 minutes YouTube video by The School of Life)

Helpful, Comforting And Supporting Grief Quotes

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The antidote to misery is to stay present. Pema Chödrön

In life, obstacles are needed for us to grow. Problems occur not to us but for us. Haemin Sunim

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Marcus Tullius Cicero

People who love you and care for you will be present and ready, when you are. Maxime Lagacé

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain. Anne Grant

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. Vicki Harrison

Being silly is important. It’s the opposite of grief. It’s throwing yourself into a moment without care. You can’t always maintain status as a dignified person – it gives you blinders. When you always expect the world to fulfill your expectations, it wears you down. It closes you off. Stephen Colbert

Grief is a step towards strength because it allows you to be porous and take everything in, and have it transform you. What will sit within you is despairing, but at least it’s feeling. You’re not numb. Grief is sort of the allowance of feeling. Carrie Brownstein

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished. Paulo Coelho

Grief… happens upon you, it’s bigger than you. There is a humility that you have to step into, where you surrender to being moved through the landscape of grief by grief itself. And it has its own timeframe, it has its own itinerary with you, it has its own power over you, and it will come when it comes. And when it comes, it’s a bow-down. It’s a carve-out. And it comes when it wants to, and it carves you out — it comes in the middle of the night, comes in the middle of the day, comes in the middle of a meeting, comes in the middle of a meal. It arrives — it’s this tremendously forceful arrival and it cannot be resisted without you suffering more… The posture that you take is you hit your knees in absolute humility and you let it rock you until it is done with you. And it will be done with you, eventually. And when it is done, it will leave. But to stiffen, to resist, and to fight it is to hurt yourself. Elizabeth Gilbert

Ain’t no shame in holding on to grief, as long as you make room for other things too. Reginald ‘Bubbles’ Cousins

Wisdom lies in cheerful acceptance of whatever life throws at you. Easier said than done, I know. But what is the alternative? If you cannot change something, it is best to accept it cheerfully rather than adding to one’s misfortune by grieving over it. Either change or accept! @TheAncientSage

Give yourself space and permission to feel, to grieve, to speak truth, to be speechless, to let go, to hold tightly, to mobilize, to be still, to be where you are. Your process doesn’t have to match anyone else’s in content or in time. Thema Bryant-Davis (See also: love yourself quotes)

Healing from trauma is not an intellectual exercise. You cannot simply think your way out of it. Your healing requires your full participation: spirit, heart, mind, and body. Thema Bryant-Davis

To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. Eckhart Tolle

The good news: it is possible to use suffering as a call for wider awakening in the world. Eckhart Tolle

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Thomas Aquinas

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius

To heal a wound, you must stop scratching it. Paulo Coelho

Be gentle with yourself: You are doing the best you can. Paulo Coelho

See also: encouraging quotes, letting go quotes

See also: Coping with Grief and Loss (helpguide.org, what is grief, the stages of grief, the symptoms, support. Etc.) or Ways to support someone who is grieving (health.harvard.edu)

Deep Grief Quotes

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Joy lives concealed in grief. Rumi

When grief is deepest, words are fewest. Ann Voskamp

Grief is a gift, something you have to earn. Peter Høeg

It took me years to see the gift. And that was the greatest one. Maxime Lagacé

Grief is the price we pay for being close to one another. If we want to avoid our grief, we simply avoid each other. Thomas Lynch

Amor fati is about loving what happens and making use of it. Unknown (See also: What Is “Amor Fati” (A Love of Fate), 1 minute YouTube video)

Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

All your sorrows have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched. Seneca

When grief comes to visit me, it’s like being visited by a tsunami. I am given just enough warning to say, “Oh my god, this is happening right now,” and then I drop to the floor on my knees and let it rock me. How do you survive the tsunami of grief? By being willing to experience it, without resistance. Elizabeth Gilbert

A man lifting his head from the very funeral pyre must need some novel vocabulary not drawn from ordinary everyday condolence to comfort his own dear ones. But every great and overpowering grief must take away the capacity to choose words, since it often stifles the voice itself. Seneca

Which one of you ever dared to think about exile, about poverty, about grief? Seneca

Accepting a situation is not a voluntary response. You either understand that something cannot be changed, or you do not. James Pierce

Our sorrows provide us with the lesson we most need to learn. Lama Surya Das

Don’t confuse your grief with guilt. Veronica Roth

Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain. William Faulkner

The shadow is the greatest teacher for how to come to the light. Ram Dass

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Wise Grief Quotes And Proverbs (Words of Wisdom)

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Life and death are a package deal. You cannot pull them apart. Frank Ostaseski

Our soul is governed by four invisible forces: love, death, power and time. Paulo Coelho

The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world. Buddha

Avoid lies so you can see reality. Fools seek distractions. The wise sit, wait and try to understand. Maxime Lagacé

Grief is natural; the absence of all feeling is undesirable, but moderation in grief should be observed, as in the face of all good or evil. Plutarch

The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. Ram Dass

Inside us there lie a mountain of fear and a deep river of grief. But there is also the compassionate eye witnessing your inner landscape. Haemin Sunim

It is better to conquer our grief than to deceive it. For if it has withdrawn, being merely beguiled by pleasures and preoccupations, it starts up again and from its very respite gains force to savage us. But the grief that has been conquered by reason is calmed for ever. I am not therefore going to prescribe for you those remedies which I know many people have used, that you divert or cheer yourself by a long or pleasant journey abroad, or spend a lot of time carefully going through your accounts and administering your estate, or constantly be involved in some new activity. All those things help only for a short time; they do not cure grief but hinder it. But I would rather end it than distract it. Seneca (See also: Seneca on Grief and the Key to Resilience in the Face of Loss, brainpickings.org)

Death will take everything away. Think about that. Everything you’ve accumulated, fought for, worried over, everything will go. Why not let it all go now when you’re still living. Renounce it mentally. Then you can live freely and fearlessly because you’ve nothing to lose. @TheAncientSage

A fountain gets muddy with but little stirring up, and does not get clear by our meddling with it but by our leaving it alone. The best remedy for disturbances is to let them run their course, for so they quiet down. Baltasar Gracián

Everyone we cherish will, someday, get sick and die. If we do not practice the meditation on emptiness, when those things happen, we will be overwhelmed. Concentration on emptiness is a way of staying in touch with life as it is, but it has to be practiced, not just talked about. Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddha’s doctrine: man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent. Alan Watts

First, see clearly. Next, act correctly. Finally, endure and accept the world as it is. Ryan Holiday (See also: stoic quotes)

The fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them. Cleanthes

Abandon yesterday, tomorrow and today. Cross over to the farthest shore beyond life and death. Buddhist proverb

Only intense self-awareness can eradicate the cause of sorrow. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Life is not opposed to death nor is death a darkening of life. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides. Taoist proverb

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See also: 12 Grief Lessons (psychologytoday.com)

Part 3. Grief Quotes About…

Grief Quotes About Sorrow, Losing Someone, Family, Mourning

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I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

Sorrow makes men sincere. Henry Ward Beecher

Loss will give you humility. Humility will give you wisdom. Maxime Lagacé

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates. Samuel Johnson

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Kahlil Gibran

I wake up in that state of grief when you can tell you’ve been mourning even in your sleep. Carolyn Parkhurst

By honoring what has passed away, we are free to love the life that is here. Tara Brach

For that which is otherwise quite indigestible, all affliction, vexation, loss, grief, time alone digests. Arthur Schopenhauer

Your father is in every cell of our body. You can be in touch with him at every moment. Thich Nhat Hanh

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy. Chanakya

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived. George S. Patton Jr

Give yourself space to grieve. Honor your loved ones. Speak their names. Carry their wisdom. Thema Bryant-Davis

Not that grief vanishes…but that it begins in time to coexist with pleasure; sorrow sits right beside the rediscovery of what is to be cherished in experience. Just when you think you’re done. Mark Doty

Sometimes, this world is tough because we shame and diminish ordinary… We chase extraordinary moments instead of being grateful for ordinary moments until hard shit happens. Then, in the face of the really hard stuff — illness, death, loss — the only thing we’re begging for is a normal moment. Brené Brown

No truth can cure the sorrow we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness can cure that sorrow. All we can do is see it through to the end and learn something from it, but what we learn will be no help in facing the next sorrow that comes to us without warning. Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)

On funerals, loss, grief, friendship, and support: It’s not about knowing what to say. It’s about being there when nobody knows what to say. The only thing people need to hear is, “You are not alone.” And that doesn’t require words. It just requires your presence. James Clear

When the past dies, there is mourning, but when the future dies our imaginations are compelled to carry it on. Gloria Steinem

There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child. Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound. Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

My feet will want to walk to where you are sleeping but I shall go on living. Pablo Neruda

Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. Arthur Schopenhauer

There is such a thing as moderation even in grieving. Seneca

Patience is a remedy for every sorrow. Publius Syrus

See also: loneliness quotes

Grief Quotes About Love

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Love is an engraved invitation to grief. Sunshine O’Donnell

I simply want to tell you that somehow I can’t imagine life without you. Vladimir Nabokov

The depth of our grief is simply the price we pay for the extent of our love. Alain de Botton

When you love you’re indeed alive. When you cry you’re indeed human. Maxime Lagacé

Grief moves us like love. Grief is love, I suppose. Love as a backwards glance. Helen Humphreys

No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom and loyalty. Paulo Coelho

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. Leo Tolstoy

Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted… Grief does not obey your plans, or your wishes. Grief will do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to. In that regard, grief has a lot in common with love. Elizabeth Gilbert

The only way that I can “handle” grief, then, is the same way that I “handle” Love — by not “handling” it. By bowing down before its power, in complete humility. Elizabeth Gilbert

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love. George Eliot

Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Kahlil Gibran

Some people care too much, I think it’s called love. Winnie the Pooh

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Grief Quotes About Sadness, Depression, Anger

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Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. Eileen Mayhew

Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots. Elizabeth Gilbert

Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don’t know how to laugh either. Golda Meir

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. Susan Sontag

When all you see is darkness day after day is exactly when you must jump in the void and trust life again. Maxime Lagacé

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. Washington Irving

It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and anger flow in tears when they need to. Fred Rogers

Grief is depression in proportion to circumstances; depression is grief out of proportion to circumstance. It is tumbleweed distress that thrives on thin air, growing despite its detachment from the nourishing earth. It can be described only in metaphor and allegory. Andrew Solomon

Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place. Sarah Dessen

Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before – more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. Charles Dickens

Just as all vices become deep-rooted unless they are crushed when they spring up, so, too, such a state of sadness and wretchedness, with its self-afflicted torture, feeds at last upon its very bitterness, and the grief of an unhappy mind becomes a morbid pleasure. Seneca

The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company. Seneca (Not sure if I agree on this one…)

How many have laid waste to your life when you weren’t aware of what you were losing, how much was wasted in pointless grief, foolish joy, greedy desire, and social amusements — how little of your own was left to you. Seneca

If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can’t someone be healed by happiness? Jodi Picoult

And grief still feels like fear. Perhaps, more strictly, like suspense. Or like waiting; just hanging about waiting for something to happen. It gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn’t seem worth starting anything. I can’t settle down. I yawn, fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness. C.S. Lewis (A Grief Observed)

I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us. Hermann Hesse (Peter Camenzind)

The purpose of suffering is to connect you to your Self. It indicates that you got carried away by all the transient things around you. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us. Ram Dass

See also: depression quotes

See also: The normal process of grieving (health.harvard.edu)

Grief Quotes About Death, Pain

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What if we could view death as just another stage of life? Ram Dass

Don’t compare your pain with anybody else’s. Your path in unique to you. Ram Dass

A leaf falls. A tree dies. A season ends. Still, life continues. Maxime Lagacé

The student prepares for life. The master prepares for death. Kapil Gupta

Your entire life is a bombardment of messages. Do this, do that. Become this, become that. Be more of this, be less of that. Practice this, practice that… Amidst all of your doings, Amidst all of your becomings, death will snatch you in mid-stride. Kapil Gupta

He who is of a rare sort, whose eyes drift toward the heavens, who harbors a nature considered unsuitable for this world, will see the emptiness of society, and the shallowness of the ways of men. So that he may make wise use of this one life, and die not an ignorant death. Kapil Gupta

A man’s days are numbered. Though this man may be in perfect health, he is terminal. There is perhaps no greater realization than this. Kapil Gupta

Zen has no secrets other than seriously thinking about birth-and-death. Takeda Shingen

Ancient as well as modern civilisations have tried to go beyond death, to somehow conquer it, to imagine there is immortality, a life after death – anything but face it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

To acknowledge death is not to fear it. The latter is much worse, because in fearing death we tend to avoid things that involve a risk of dying, which are often the things most worth living for. Ryan Holiday

This is our big mistake: to think we look forward to death. Most of death is already gone. Whatever time has passed is owned by death. Seneca

Death weighs heavy on one who, too well known to all, died unknown to himself. Seneca

Death is nothing to us. When we exist, death is not; and when death exists, we are not. Epicurus

Omnia mors æquat. “Death levels all things. Claudianus

The only real ending is death. Everything else is a transition. Robert Greene

You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. Marcus Aurelius

See also: fear quotes, change quotes

Grief Quotes About Life

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Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle

After you grieve what could have been, you can build a beautiful life with what remains as you prepare for what is to come. Thema Bryant-Davis

As you outgrow survival mode, you begin to dream again. You begin to risk believing more is possible for your life. Thema Bryant-Davis

On the other side of our anxiety is the realization that life can go on even when it is drastically different than the life we planned. Thema Bryant-Davis

Those who live deeply keep in mind they will die someday. They cry, they get up, they keep going. Maxime Lagacé

Stiffness is thus a companion of death; flexibility a companion of life. Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching)

One of the hardest things you will ever have to do my dear is grieve the loss of a person who is still alive. Jeannette Walls

Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. Benjamin Disraeli

One must face the natural calamities with a calm head (and not in panic or desperation). @LifeMathMoney

You can’t exist in this world without leaving a piece of yourself behind. Jodi Picoult (Vanishing Acts)

The things to which you are attached will take control of your life. James Pierce

Life has more meaning in the face of death. Robert Greene

See also: quotes to live by

Grief Quotes About Memories, Regrets

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Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up. Ralph Waldo Emerson

For grief is felt not so much for the want of what we have never known, as for the loss of that to which we have been long accustomed. Pericles

The double grief of a lost bliss is to recall its happy hour in pain. Dante Alighieri

Don’t let your wound pick your next chapter. Heal first then decide. Thema Bryant-Davis

Memories hurt if they are not accepted as memories. Thereafter, they become dreams. Maxime Lagacé

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh. Henry David Thoreau

I will practice coming back to the present moment…not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past or letting anxieties, fears, or cravings pull me out. Thich Nhat Hanh

But then again, maybe bad things happen because it’s the only way we can keep remembering what good is supposed to look like. Jodi Picoult (Nineteen Minutes)

See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it. Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper)

The past has no power to stop you from being present now. Only your grievance about the past can do that. Lao Tzu

I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes. Vladimir Nabokov

Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal. C.S. Lewis

See also: time quotes

Grief Quotes About Healing, Hope, Peace

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The cure for pain is in the pain. Rumi

He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. Alexandre Dumas

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. Naomi Shihab Nye

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

You can start healing if you face reality and avoid lies. You can find peace if you love yourself and keep going. Maxime Lagacé

Time…does not ‘console,’ as people say superficially; at best it puts things in their place and creates order. Rainer Maria Rilke

As we tell ourselves the truth, clarity comes, grief comes, healing comes, wisdom comes. Self-deception delays the process. Thema Bryant-Davis

Healing doesn’t eliminate all the hard moments. It changes how you handle them. Thema Bryant-Davis

May this be the season we choose healing over distraction. Thema Bryant-Davis

The most confused you will ever get is when you try to convince your heart and spirit of something your mind knows is a lie. Shannon L. Alder

It is virtually impossible to be happy when terrible things happen. There may be great sadness and grief, but it is possible to remain peaceful and accept reality as it is. Happiness is not inner peace. @zen_fi

That was the way with grief: it left you alone for months together until you thought that you were cured, and then without warning it blotted out the sunlight. Josephine Tey

Gratitude eliminates fear, worry, grief, and depression, and brings happiness, clarity, patience, kindness, compassion, understanding, and peace of mind. Rhonda Byrne

Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labeling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. Eckhart Tolle

Whether this moment is happy or not depends on you. It’s you that makes the moment happy. It’s not the moment that makes you happy. Thich Nhat Hanh

The trick to healing from suffering is deciding that the pain was worth it. @Aella_Girl

I wonder if, as you get older, you stop missing people so fiercely. Maybe growing up is just focusing on what you’ve got, instead of what you don’t. Jodi Picoult (Leaving Time)

Despair can never be dissolved through escape, but by observing it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Only by dying each day can there be eternal renewal. Jiddu Krishnamurti

See also: hope quotes, inner peace quotes

Part 4. Conclusion

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Part 1. Grief is a full-body experience. It takes over your entire body — it’s not a disease of the mind. It’s something that impacts you at the physical level. Elizabeth Gilbert

Part 2. I feel that it has a tremendous relationship to love: First of all, as they say, it’s the price you pay for love. But, secondly, in the moments of my life when I have fallen in love, I have just as little power over it as I do in grief. Elizabeth Gilbert

Part 3. There are certain things that happen to you as a human being that you cannot control or command, that will come to you at really inconvenient times, and where you have to bow in the human humility to the fact that there’s something running through you that’s bigger than you. Elizabeth Gilbert

Call to action: Read Grief (Complete Grief Guide from psychologytoday.com), The 5 Stages of Grief and Loss (psychcentral.com), Coping with Grief (Grief, loss, children, pets, support group and resources from psychcentral.com)