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50 Inspirational Quotes About Grief To Help You Through The Loss Of A Loved One

Inspirational Quotes About Grief loss of a loved one

These heartfelt inspirational quotes about grief are meant to bring peace of mind during these troubling times. It's tough to manage your emotions during these fragile moments of life when losing someone you love. It is even more tough to try and see the light of the situation when you feel like the world has stopped and you can't figure out how to keep on living.

Sit in silence for a moment, find one of these grief quotes about losing someone that mean more than just words, and remember the better times, when you made the best memories with the person you loved (before all this). 

Remember that in the process of grieving, there are days that you will feel okay, and there are others where the wave of grief hits you all over again. And that's okay. You can mourn as long as you need, but at the end of the day, you are the one who also needs a break from reality when moving on feels like too much to bear.

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When we go through grief after a loved one dies, it is easy to start thinking, "Maybe I should have called them just to say hi" or even "I should have visited them when I had a day off." Remember, death is the most unexpected visit to everyone around the world. One thing to remember is that it is not your fault if you haven't reached out to this person(s). Life tends to get in the way of a lot, and things can get overwhelming for most of us.

Call your loved ones. Visit them as often as you can! Tomorrow is not promised and you never know what can happen to anyone closest to you. It is important to realize that we make time for the things/people we want. And if these are people you truly care for, it doesn't hurt to have a two-minute conversation. You never know how much you can make someone smile and feel loved with those simple gestures.

It is not selfish to smile during times of loss, too. It's okay to laugh, and it's okay to move on from what has happened. You will always think about this day for as long as you know, but believe me, you can and will move on at your own pace, in your own time

If you're having a hard time processing after someone you love passed away, use these healing inspirational quotes about grief to help you through. 

1. They live in one another still.

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.”— William Penn

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2. Walk on.

"I know it aches, how your heart it breaks. You can only take so much. Walk on."— Bono

3. Have faith.

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing is possible for it to be believed.”— Voltaire

4. Open your heart.

“God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open. ”— Hazrat Inayat Khan

5. You will come to light.

“Watch your way then, as a cautious traveler; and don’t be gazing at that mountain or river in the distance, and saying ‘How shall I ever get over them?’ but keep to the present little inch that is before you, and accomplish that in the little moment that belongs to it. The mountain and the river can only be passed in the same way; and, when you come to them, you will come to the light and strength that belong to them. ”— M.A. Kelty

6. Love never ends.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”— 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

7. It is what you are.

“Please remember, it is what you are that heals, not what you know.”— Carl Jung

8. The soul laughs.

“When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found.”— an old Sufi aphorism

9. My pain and my grief are mine.

“My grief and pain are mine. I have earned them. They are part of me. Only in feeling them do I open myself to the lessons they can teach.”— Anne Wilson Schaff

10. The world breaks everyone.

“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”— Ernest Hemingway

11. We are healed by suffering.

“We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”— Marcel Proust

12. Have hope.

"When facing the unknown, hope is as reasonable as despair."— Unknown

13. The brotherhood of a loss.

“…I put down these memorandums of my affections in honor of tenderness, in honor of all of those who have been conscripted into the brotherhood of loss…”— Edward Hirsch

14. Look beneath your troubles.

"Beneath what I try to see is all I need."— Unknown

15. Clarity is a wonder.

“What is essential does not die but clarifies.”— Thornton Wilder

16. Do not forget any experience.

“We cannot afford to forget any experience, not even the most painful.”— Dag Hammarskjold

17. Move forward.

“There is no way out, only a way forward.”— Michael Hollings

18. Cherish your loved ones.

“Love is the heartbeat of all life.”— Paramahansa Yogananda

19. Remember their stories.

“What is there to do when people die–people so dear and rare–but bring them back by remembering.”— May Sarton

20. Our hearts think of life.

“Our mind thinks of death, our heart thinks of life, and our soul thinks of immortality.”— Sri Chinmoy​

21. The only meaning.

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”— Thornton Wilder

22. Think of today.

“Be reverent before the dawning day. Do not think of what will be in a year, or in ten years. Think of today.”— Romain Rolland

23. The more loss we feel, the more grateful we should be.

“All I know from my own experience is that the more loss we feel the more grateful we should be for whatever it was we had to lose. It means we had something worth grieving for. The ones I’m sorry for are the ones that go through life not even knowing what grief is.”— Frank O’Connor

24. Faith looks up.

"Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, and Faith looks up…"— Unknown

25. Where the infinite meet.

“Spirituality is that place where the utterly intimate and the vastly infinite meet.”— Rick Fields

26. Fear knocked on the door.

"Fear knocked at the door, Faith answered and lo, no one was there."— Unknown

27. Do not fear the inevitable.

“For certain is death for the born and certain is birth for the dead; Therefore over the inevitable thou shouldst not grieve.”— Bhagavad Gita

28. The morning knows what comes tomorrow.

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.”— Robert Frost

29. Memory nourishes the heart.

“Memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates.”— Marcel Proust

30. Faith is the bird.

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”— Rabindranath Tagore

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31. Help one another.

“Perhaps the shortest and most powerful prayer in human language is help.”— Father Thomas Keating

32. Suffering makes an instrument of us.

"Suffering makes an instrument of each of us, so that standing naked, holes and all, the unseen vitalities can be heard through our simplified lives."— Unknown

33. The Dweller is eternal.

“These bodies are perishable, but the Dweller in these bodies is eternal.”— Bhagavad-Gita

34. All fear of death disappears.

“Enlightenment for a wave is the moment the wave realizes it is water. At that moment, all fear of death disappears.”— Thich Nhat Hahn

35. Start talking about the body and soul.

“Take a pitcher full of water and set it down in the water-now it has water inside and water outside. We mustn’t give it a name, lest silly people start talking again about the body and the soul.”— Kabir

36. Listen when He calls.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”— Frederick Buechner

37. Face the sacred moments.

“The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments.”— Abraham Heschel

38. Let it be.

"There will be an answer, let it be."— The Beatles

39. Death is not the extinguishing light.

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”— Rabindranath Tagore

40. Let it hurt.

“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

41. Share with me your smile.

“If I can see the pain in your eyes, then share with me your tears. If I can see the joy in your eyes, then share with me your smile.”— Santosh Kalwar

42. It's the little things.

“A feeling of pleasure or solace can be so hard to find when you are in the depths of your grief. Sometimes it’s the little things that help get you through the day. You may think your comforts sound ridiculous to others, but there is nothing ridiculous about finding one little thing to help you feel good in the midst of pain and sorrow!”— Elizabeth Berrien

43. Give your love away.

“When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion.”— Stephen Levine

44. You are not alone.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”— Fred Rogers

45. Love becomes apart of us.

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

46. Be kind.

“Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”— Henry James

47. You are braver than you believe.

“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

48. Honest listening.

“Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.”— Jean Cameron

49. The most painful goodbye.

“Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.”― Jonathan Harnisch

50. Never stop loving them.

“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”— James O’Barr

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Destiny Duprey is a writer who covers music, self-care, and religion.