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Losing a Loved One Quotes on Grief

Wed 9th Mar 2022

Losing a loved one often means losing a part of yourself. This intense feeling may leave you feeling alone and as if you're the only person in the world going through what it is you're going through. If there is a silver lining, it is this: people from all walks of life have been through tough times too. Thankfully they have shared their comforting words of experience to help others during their own time of grief.

May this collection of losing a loved one quotes on grief offer you some comfort and help guide you to find the right words to put into perspective what grief means to you.

Losing a Loved One Quotes on Grief

  1. "Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim." - Vicki Harrison
  2. "Grieving doesn't make you imperfect. It makes you human." - Sarah Dessen
  3. "Grief can destroy you - or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realise that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognise at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it." - Dean Koontz
  4. "Grief is the price we pay for love." - Queen Elizabeth II 
  5. "There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief" - Aeschylus
  6. "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
  7. "There is no grief like the grief that does not speak." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  8. "Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve." - Earl Grollman
  9. "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
  10. "Grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other" - Jandy Nelson
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  12. "All things grow with time, except grief." - Jewish Proverb
  13. "No rule book. No time frame. No judgement. Grief is as individual as a fingerprint. Do what is right for your soul." - Michelle Steinke
  14. "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
  15. "I should know enough about loss to realise that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence." - Alyson Noel, Evermore
  16. "Everyone can master a grief but he that has it." - William Shakespeare
  17. "And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." - Haruki Murakami
  18. "Give the sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break." - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
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  20. "The pain of grief is just as much a part of life as the joy of love; it is, perhaps, the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment" - Colin Murray Parkes
  21. "Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow." - Unknown

If you are feeling overwhelmed, there is support available.

Beyond Blue provides Australians with information and support to improve their mental health. Call 1300 22 46 36 or visit for more information.

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