When we or someone we know loses a loved one, it can be difficult to find the right words to express how we feel. Fortunately, there are many famous quotes about grief, death, and loss from others that can not only put our feelings into words, but also give us a new perspective on our loss. We offer a selection of meaningful grief quotes that you may find helpful for dealing with your sorrow, and quotes on grief that you may want to use in a eulogy or condolence message.
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew proverb
“He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.” – Turkish proverb
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” – Leonardo DaVinci
“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” – Dylan Thomas
“Tears water our growth.” – William Shakespeare
“A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach
“Memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates.” – Marcel Proust
“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find that I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.” – Rita Mae Brown
“To hold, you must first open your hand. Let go.” – Lao Tzu
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be made strong, in fact. But the process is like all other human births, painful and long and dangerous.” – Margery Allingham
“On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
“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
“And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” – Khalil Gibran