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10 inspirational grief quotes

Grieving woman sitting alone, looking out of a window

Sometimes it’s impossible to put into your own words how it feels to be grieving. There can be times when it is comforting to read the words of other people who have experienced a painful loss – and find reassurance that you’re not alone in what you are feeling.

These 10 inspirational grief quotes describe the pain of losing a loved one and what it takes to keep on going through the darkest of times.

1. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

2. “Without you in my arms, I feel an emptiness in my soul. I find myself searching the crowds for your face – I know it's an impossibility, but I cannot help myself.”

Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

Blurred crowd of people walking through a train station

3. “Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath.”

Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere

4. “If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.”

Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Lonely grieving man stood on the end of a pier looking out at the mountains

5. “When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.”

Pat Schwiebert, Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss

6. “You can’t feel grief unless you’ve had love before it – grief is the final outcome of love, because it’s love lost.”

Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Man walking alone through a rocky landscape

7. “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.”

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

8. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Husband and wife holding hands

9. “We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world – the company of those who have known suffering.”

Helen Keller, We Bereaved

10. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”

James O’Barr

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