167 Grief Quotes to Help You Cope with Grief

Here are the grief quotes to share with someone who is grieving. Grief is causes, signs, and symptoms. Grief is a natural response to loss, such as the death of a loved one.

It’s a process that typically includes emotional, physical, cognitive, and social reactions. Grief can also be the reaction to any type of loss. Grief is such a personal experience that it’s hard to know how to help someone who is grieving. But there are several ways you can offer support.

It’s hard to know what to say to someone who is grieving. It’s hard to know how to talk about the death of someone you love. You want the person to know that you’re here for them, but you don’t know what to say. You want to make them feel less alone, but you don’t know-how.

Here are some grief quotes to help you know what to say when you don’t know what to say.

Grief Quotes

Grief Quotes

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

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The only cure for grief is action. – George Henry Lewes

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Grieving doesn’t make you imperfect. It makes you human. – Sarah Dessen

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

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Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you. – John Green

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell

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I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country to no return. – Unknown

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

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The darker the night, the brighter the stars, the deeper the grief, the closer is God! – Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Grief changes shape, but it never ends. – Keanu Reeves

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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

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Grief Quotes

What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us. – Helen Keller

Best Quotes About Grief

Grief is love not wanting to let go. – Earl A. Grollman

Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind. – Katherine Owen

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. – Aeschylus

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them. – Sylvan Kamens

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. – J.M. Barrie

So it’s true when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love. – E.A. Bucchianeri

Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. – Unknown

Read More: Heart Touching Quotes

Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart. – Jose N. Harris

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

In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams… that is where you and I shall meet. – The Mad Hatter

I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories. – Maya Angelou

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

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

Quotes About Grief And Loss

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. – Havelock Ellis

When grief is deepest, words are fewest. – Ann Voskamp

Every night when I go to bed, I hope that I may never wake again, and every morning renews my grief. – Franz Schubert

Your grief path is yours alone, and no one else can walk it, and no one else can understand it. – Terri Irwin

Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken? – Terry Pratchett

When one person is missing the whole world seems empty. – Pat Schweibert

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

Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons. – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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

The thing about grief is that it’s a roller coaster – it’s up, it’s down. The emotions sometimes take over. – Brent Sexton

You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it. – J.K. Rowling

They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. – Cassandra Clare

There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start. – Shel Silverstein

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. – Anne Roiphe

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

Greif And Memories Quotes

Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone. – Rodgers

Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated. – Alphonse de Lamartine

Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you. – Veronica Roth

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. – Xenophon

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

When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them. – Sylvan Kamens

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. – Henry Wadsworth

You gave me a forever within the numbered days… – John Green

I learned that, with grief, you have to take it one day at a time and learn how to find happiness amid heartbreak. – Adrienne C. Moore

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

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. – Maya Angelou

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

Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope. – Elizabeth Gilbert

Grief Quotes On Death

Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone. – Unknown

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. – Henri Mattise

Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire

And I can’t be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight. – J.D. Salinger

I would always look for clues to her in books and poems, I realized. I would always search for the echoes of the lost person, the scraps of words and breath, the silken ties that say, ‘Look: She existed. – Meghan O’Rourke

It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life, and let it pull you forward. – Patti Davis

If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. – A.A. Milne

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

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

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

Grief is a most peculiar thing; we’re so helpless in the face of it. It’s like a window that will simply open of its own accord. The room grows cold, and we can do nothing but shiver. But it opens a little less each time, and a little less, and one day we wonder what has become of it. – Arthur Golden

Deep Grief Quotes About Life

Everybody has their burdens, their grief that they carry with them. – Elizabeth Edwards

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kelland

Grief is itself a medicine. – William Cowper

There is a point at which even grief feels absurd. And at this point, laughter gushes up to retrieve sanity. –  Alice Walker

Grief walks upon the heels of pleasure; married in haste, we repent at leisure. – William Congreve

There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. – C.S. Lewis

Grief has limits, whereas apprehension has none. For we grieve only for what we know has happened, but we fear all that possibly may happen. – Pliny the Elder

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

We may thank God that we can feel pain and know sadness, for these are the human sentiments that constitute our glory as well as our grief. – Eugene Kennedy

Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away. – V.C. Andrews

The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart: The secret anniversaries of the heart. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness. – Morena Baccarin

Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me. Most days, I don’t notice it, but, out of the blue, it’ll flare to life. – Maria V. Snyder

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

Famous Grief Quotes

Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity. – Terri Guillemets

Grief is an amputation, but hope is incurable hemophilia: You bleed and bleed and bleed. – David Mitchell

When it is darkest, we can see the stars. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here. – Mitch Albom

Our joys will be greater, our love will be deeper, our life will be fuller because we shared your moment. – Unknown

It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember. – Unknown

Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. – Euripides

I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil. – J.R.R. Tolkien

In days that follow, I discover that anger is easier to handle than grief. – Emily Giffin

It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone. – John Steinbeck

Grief is just love with no place to go. – Jamie Anderson

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

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tell us to tell each other right now that we love each other. – Leo Buscaglia

I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains. – Anne Frank

When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. – Unknown

Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air. – Pablo Neruda

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

You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really feel the loss. – Mandy Hale

My mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point, there is an empowerment that comes with grief—at some point you find it. It’s very hard but you will find it, and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. – Lea Michele

Positive Grief Quotes

Grief is love turned into an eternal missing. – Rosamund Lupton

Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief. – William Faulkner

Grief and love are conjoined—you don’t get one without the other. – Jandy Nelson

All things grow with time, except grief. – Jewish Proverb

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day… unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear. – Unknown

The song is ended but the melody lingers on. – Irving Berlin

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. – Mahatma Gandhi

Everyone can master a grief but he that has it. – William Shakespeare

Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry. – Charles Bukowski

The more sympathy you give, the less you need. – Malcom Forbes

When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. – Sufi

You believe you could not live with the pain. Such pain is not lived with. It is only endured. I am sorry. – Erin Morgenstern

No matter how prepared you think you are for death of loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply. – Billy Graham

If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief. – Sophocles

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

Grief can derange even the strongest and most disciplined of minds. – George R.R. Martin

Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive. – Haruki Murakam

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 not die of grief, though it feels as if you can. A heart does not actually break, though sometimes your chest aches as if it is breaking. Grief dims with time. It is the way of things. There comes a day when you smile again, and you feel like a traitor. How dare I feel happy. How dare I be glad in a world where my father is no more. And then you cry fresh tears, because you do not miss him as much as you once did, and giving up your grief is another kind of death. – Laurell K. Hamilton


In conclusion, grieving is a necessary process that all humans have to go through at some point in their lives. Therefore, it should be taken seriously and not dismissed as being for the weak.

Everyone has lost someone they loved, whether it’s a parent, a spouse, or a child. The pain of loss never goes away fully because we are all different people with different experiences that occur throughout our lifetime.

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