These Quotes About Grief and Healing Might Help Your Pain

Christina Applegate in Netflix's 'Dead to Me' wearing all black with big black sunglasses looking somber at her husband's funeral
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Time heals all wounds but these quotes might help.

28 Quotes About Grief and Healing That Will Get You Through Any Scenario

Grief is a powerful thing.

It consumes us, it affects us constantly, and can stay with us forever. But heartbreak doesn't have to overpower you. These quotes about grief and healing will hopefully show you that you're not in it alone and that you'll feel better, one day. Whether you're a widow or you've lost someone too soon, it's okay to feel sad. Turn to these quotes when you're grappling with death, mourning a loved one, or simply want to see that there really is, a light at the end of the tunnel.

Quotes About Grief and Healing

  • "There are no happy ending. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." - Shel Silverstein

  • "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and he let me watch him do it." - Clarence Budington Kelland

  • "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

  • "Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow." - Unknown

  • "Well, every one can master a grief but he that has it." - Willam Shakespeare

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

  • "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies." - William Penn

  • "When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes — when there’s a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she’s gone, forever — there comes another day, and another specifically missing part." - John Irving

  • "One the days where no one but you mentions their name, I am so, so sorry. Say their name bravely. Know that they are real, they were still here, and they are still yours." - Unknown

  • "Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face - I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself." - Nicholas Sparks

  • "I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are evil." - J.R.R. Tolkien

Inspirational Quotes About Grief and Loss

  • "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

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

  • "You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?" - Jeanette Winterson

  • "Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go." - Katharine Weber

  • "Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom." - Rumi

  • "Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you." - John Green

  • "Life has to end. Love doesn't." - Mitch Albom

Quotes About Grief and Strength

  • "When my heart is overwhelmed lead me to the rock that is higher than I." - Psalm 61:2

  • "I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I wasn't ready to let you leave me. I never would be. And every day, I am bleeding, but it was you that I learned when life strikes me down, I can bleed love and grace."

  • "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt." - John Green

  • "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey." - Kenji Miyazawa

  • "Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break." - Shakespeare

  • "I think you have to deal with grief in the sense that you have to recognize that you have it, and say that it’s okay to have all the sadness." - Ann Richards

  • "But in all of the sadness, when you’re feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking, you’ve got to remember that grief isn’t the absence of love. Grief is the proof that love is still there." - Tessa Shaffer

  • "Grief is a nasty game of feeling the weakest you have ever felt and morphing it into the strongest person you will have to become." - Windgate Lane

  • "You can do the hard things. You can make it through the hardest of days. You've made it this far. You can certainly make it through today. I promise." - Lexi Behrndt

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