15 Meaningful Quotes about Grief

15 Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

I hope these meaningful quotes about grief help you cope with any losses you’ve experienced.

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

Grief is just love with no place to go - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to. ―Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler

The reality is that you will grieve forever - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer. Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it’s still with a stabbing pain to the heart. And you have guilt. Guilt because it’s been too long since you missed them last. ―Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

Maybe time didn’t heal wounds exactly, but it gave you a kind of armor, or a new perspective. A way to remember with a smile instead of a sob. ―Kristin Hannah

A way to remember with a smile instead of a sob - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

When the music ends for someone you love you don’t stop dancing. You dance for them as well. ―Ruth Hogan

When the music ends for someone you love you don't stop dancing - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

But sometimes, unexpectedly, grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping; and when the waves washed back, I found myself looking out over a brackish wreck which was illumined in a light so lucid, so heartsick and empty, that I could hardly remember that the world had ever been anything but dead. ―Donna Tartt

Grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

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

Everyone grieves in different ways - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. ―Jonathan Safran Foer

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

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

Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad. ―John Green

There is real value in standing there, being still, being sad - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. ―Pema Chödrön

The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

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

The friend who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. ―Anne Lamott

They live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken. ―Tiffanie DeBartolo

There are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride. ―Nick Trout

Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life - Meaningful Quotes about Grief - Strong with Purpose

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