Grief Sayings


  • “I watch and listen, helpless to help. There is no point in saying “This, too, shall pass,” For a time we do not even want it to pass. We hold on to grief, fearing that its lifting will be the final betrayal.” – Ahdaf Soueif, The Map of Love
  • “Someone dies, there oughta be something. It oughta shake the world! You’re not supposed to walk away!” – Lisa Henry, Sweetwater
  • “It’s easy to be forgetful when you’re grieving, even forget those things that you believe most people wouldn’t.”– Liz Fichera, You Are Here 
  • “To better handle grief, become the passenger, not the driver.” – Todd Stocker, REFINED: Turning Pain into Purpose 
  • “Grief is one illness that defies all remedies; it must ever run its course.” – Brandy Purdy, The Boleyn Bride 
  • “Somehow the thought she might be next wasn’t nearly as terrifying as the realization he was gone.” – Marcha A. Fox, A Psilent Place Below: Star Trails Tetralogy. Tlly scared to go on living without this person” can help ease your fear and pain.
  • “Someone experiencing the stages of grief is rarely aware of how his behavior might appear to others. Grief often produces a “zoom lens effect,” in which the focus is entirely on oneself, to the exclusion of external considerations.” – Sol Luckman, Snooze: A Story of Awakening
  • “And grief still feels like fear. Perhaps, more strictly, like suspense. Or like waiting; just hanging about waiting for something to happen. It gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn’t seem worth starting anything. I can’t settle down. I yawn, fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness.” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
  • “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
  • “There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain you have heard her call out your name. That there will be no fine imposed if you feel the need to clean out her desk; take down her artwork from the refrigerator; turn over a school portrait as you pass – if only because it cuts you fresh again to see it. That it’s okay to measure the time she has been gone, the way we once measured her birthdays.” – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

  • “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

  • Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death. ~ Anonymous
  • “No matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.”- Faraaz Kazi
  • “…acceptance is yet another of life’s “here’s a side of hurt” lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there.- Why you ask? Because I answer. Inadequate yet true.” – Libba Bray
  • “Grief is a curious thing when it happens unexpectedly. It is a Band-aid being ripped away, taking the top layer off a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours no exception.” – Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
  • Death ends a life, not a relationship. ~Jack Lemmon
  • If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. – Moliere
  • “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
  • There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  • “For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” – Winston Churchill
  • “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, your attention, your love, your concern.” -Joel Osteen

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