Quotes On Grief 
Grief Quotes | Grief Sayings

Quotes On Grief; Grief Quotes; Grief Sayings from Kübler-Ross and other inspirational people. We hope you find solace and wisdom, strength and love in these words. 


Often you want just the right words to say to someone in a time of loss...

Or you need inspiration and insight about your own grief...

These quotes on grief are chosen from the words of those who have experience and wisdom to share. Use these grief quotes on sympathy cards or as a note to yourself.

Quotes On Grief

"People in mourning have to come to grips with death before they can live again. Mourning can go on for years and years. It doesn’t end after a year:That’s a false fantasy. It usually ends when people realise they can live again, that they can concentrate their energies on their lives as a whole, not on their hurt, and guilt, and pain."
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"The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well."
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"Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death."
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"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose."
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"The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death."
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"When we have done all the work we were sent to Earth to do, we are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly. And when the time is right, we can let go of it and we will be free of pain, free of fears and worries-free as a very beautiful butterfly, returning home to God."
~ Quotes on Grief by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross ~

"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 ~

"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 ~

"LIFE is a mosaic of pleasure and pain - grief is an interval between two moments of joy. Peace is the interlude between two wars. You have no rose without a thorn; the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. There is no bee without the sting; cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless."
~ Sathya Baba ~

"He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it."
~ Turkish Proverb ~

"If you're going through hell, keep going.
~ Winston Churchill~

"Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss. The only job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he chooses." 
~ Caleb Carr ~

"January gray is here, like a sexton by her grave; February bears the bier, march with grief doth howl and rave, and April weeps - but, O ye hours! Follow with May's fairest flowers." 
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley ~

"We acquire the strength we have overcome." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"Those things that hurt, instruct."
~ Benjamin Franklin ~

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

"She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts." 
~ George Eliot ~

"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 ~

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

"Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart." 
~ John Adams ~

"Grief can't be shared. Everyone carries it alone, his own burden, his own way."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

"Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery."
~ F. Alexander Magoun ~

"Grief and sadness knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys."
~ Alphonse de Lamartine ~

Quotes on grief from the master of quotations...

"Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. ~William Shakespeare"Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength."
~ Ovid ~

"To bury grief, plant a seed."
~ German proverb ~

"Grief is itself a medicine."
 ~ William Cowper, Charity ~

"There are places in the heart that do not yet exist; suffering has to enter in for them to come to be." 
~ Leon Bloy ~

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

Quotes on Grief to remember...

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
~ C.S. Lewis ~

"In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on." 
~ Robert Frost ~

"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.
~ Rita Mae Brown ~

And to sum up our quotes on grief, a word of inspiration from a wise friend...

"If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together...
there is something you must remember.
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is,
even if we're apart...
I'll always be with you."
~ Winnie the Pooh ~ 



In his book, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, Fourth Edition, J. William Worden, PhD, describes what he calls "The Four Tasks of Mourning." These tasks can be the means by which a healthy person works through the pain of grieving for a loved one, and moves into the next phase of life.



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