Until you have buried someone you love.


1. “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 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

2. “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.

C.S. Lewis

3. “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

Henry Wordsworth

4. “Grieving is a necessary passage and a difficult transition to finally letting go of sorrow – it is not a permanent rest stop.


5. “Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.

Jean De La Bruyere

6. “Nothing becomes so offensive so quickly as grief. When fresh it finds someone to console it, but when it becomes chronic, it is ridiculed, and rightly.


7. “And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief.

William Cullen Bryant

8. “Grief is a light that is capable of counsel.


9. “Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.

Terri Guillemets

10. “The reality is that we don’t forget, move on, and have closure, but rather we honor, we remember and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.

Harriet Schiff

11. “If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.


12. “You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of love. Grieving is not a weakness nor an absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.

Doug Manning

13. “For some moments in life, there are no words.

David Seltzer

14. “He wept, and it felt as if the tears were cleansing him as if his body needed to empty itself.

Lois Lowry

15. “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it is digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

Samuel Johnson

16. “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it breaks.

William Shakespeare

17. “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

18. “He sought to transform the grief that looks down into the grave by showing it the grief that looks up to the stars.

Victor Hugo

19. “Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. “I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size.

Emily Dickinson

21. “No one can keep his grief in their prime; they use themselves up.

E.M. Cioran

22. “Grief is a species of idleness.

Samuel Johnson

23. “Grief is itself a medicine.

William Cowper

24. “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

25. “Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us.

Orison Swett Marden

26. “All things grow with time, except grief.

Jewish Proverb

27. “The display of grief makes more demands than grief itself. How few men are sad in their own company.


28. “Grief fills the room up of my absent child, lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words.

William Shakespeare

29. “Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.

James Martineau


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