Losing a loved one quotes on healing

Published: 9/3/2022

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

After someone has passed away, those left behind are struck with the task of carrying on without them, which at times can seem almost impossible.

As we are all unique, so too is our grief and our ability to move forward with a broken heart much the same. One day might be encouraging, the next a standstill, and that is ok. Healing takes time and will be different for everyone - you just need to remember you're allowed to take as long as you need to walk that path.

To help you on the journey, we hope this collection of losing a loved one quotes on healing offers you some solace and strength to heal.

Losing a loved one quotes on healing

  1. "Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones are sealed inside to comfort us." - Brian Jacques
  2. "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
  3. "And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed." - Maya Angelou
  4. "You can't truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really feel the loss." - Mandy Hale
  5. "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" - Edgar Allan Poe
  6. "Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone" - Unknown
  7. The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you'll 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
  8. "When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind." - Unknown
  9. "Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery." - F. Alexander Magoun
  10. "I am because you were." - Unknown
  11. "It's okay. It's okay to miss them. It's okay to cry. It's okay to laugh. It's okay to breathe deeply. It's okay to smile when you think of them. It's okay to function. It's okay to be angry. It's okay to be thankful. It's okay to love again. It's okay to remember. It's okay to hope. It's okay, to be honest. It's okay to trust again. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay." - Lexi Behrndt
  12. "I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures." - Gail Caldwell
  13. "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
  14. Tenderly, may time heal your sorrow. Gently, may your friends ease your pain. Softly, may peace replace heartaches. And my warmest memories remain." - Unknown
  15. "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." - Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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5 Buddhist quotes on healing

  1. "Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world."
  2. "The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
  3. "You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself." 
  4. "May all beings everywhere, Seen and unseen, Dwelling far off or nearby, Being or waiting to become, May all be filled with lasting joy."
  5. RELATED:  Read Biography of the Dalai Lama
  6. "Life is like the harp string if it is strung too tight it won't play if it is too loose it hangs, the tension that produces the beautiful sound lies in the middle."  
  7. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."  

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 beyondblue.org.au for more information.

Lifeline Australia provides Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support. Call 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au for more information.

To explore ways to pay tribute to a loved one, click here.

By Kirsten Jakubenko

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