145 Quotes for Solace in Times of Grief

If you know someone who has recently lost a loved one, share these insightful quotes with them to help them through their grief.

Here's a collection of 145 quotes of solace to help you write your own:-

  1. “Not only is death inevitable; death is necessary for us to inherit the new life we are to enjoy in Christ.” – Max Lucado
  2. “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa
  3. “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela
  4. “Little by little, we let go of loss… but never of love.”
  5. “The song is ended but the melody lingers on.” – Irving Berlin
  6. “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.” – William Shakespeare
  7. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir
  8. “Life has to end. Love doesn’t.” – Mitch Albom,
  9. “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis
  10. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” – Terry Pratchett
  11. “Those we love never truly leaves us. There are things that death cannot touch.” – Jack Thorne
  12. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Khalil Gibran
  13. “When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.” – Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer
  14. “Love is really the only thing we can possess, keep with us, and take with us.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  15. “It’s an honor to be in grief. It’s an honor to feel that much, to have loved that much.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them. But to live with the love they left behind.”
  17. “Perhaps they are not the stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”
  18. “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.” – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
  19. “The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart: The secret anniversaries of the heart.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  20. “She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with It as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.” – George Eliot
  21. “Every one of us is losing something precious to us. Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back again. That’s part of what it means to be alive.” – Haruki Murakami
  22. “The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.” – Cheryl Strayed
  23. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” Hillary Stanton Zunin
  24. “Gone too soon but always in our hearts.”
  25. “Child loss is not an event, it is an indescribable journey of survival.”
  26. “When a loved one leaves us, it feels as if we’re drowning, stuck in a terrible dream.”
  27. “I doesn’t matter who my father was; It matters who I remember he was.” – Anne Sexton
  28. “Losing my mother at such an early age is the scar of my soul. But I feel like it ultimately made me into the person I am today. I understand the journey of life. I had to go through what I did to be here.” – Mariska Hargity
  29. “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
  30. “Accepting death doesn’t mean you won’t be devastated when someone you love dies. It means you will be able to focus on your grief, unburdened by bigger existential questions like, ‘Why do people die?’ and ‘Why is this happening to me?’ Death isn’t happening to you. Death is happening to us all.” – Caitlin Doughty
  31. “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 Davis Kessler
  32. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built of a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touches some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  33. “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 the 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
  34. “My dear brother now that you are gone you’re no longer here to share the bond we had together – a bond of love and care. Yet, somehow something tells me you are watching over me – now that from worldly cares you finally are free. I miss you so very much, and my tears I cannot hide yet, within my heart, I feel you are always by my side. Ever since you went away life has never been the same, yet, it comforts me to know that one day we’ll meet again.”
  35. “When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country to no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting?’ with ‘It is here in my heart and mind and memories.’” – Maya Angelou, When I Think of Death
  36. “In another time, in a happier place, you’ll meet again.”
  37. “Be the things you loved most about the people who are gone.”
  38. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” – Aeschylus
  39. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa
  40. “Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever.
  41. “You gave me a forever within the numbered days…” – John Green, The Fault In Our Stars
  42. “May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.” – Julie Hebert
  43. “The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.” – Gloria Steinem
  44. “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” – George Eliot
  45. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
  46. “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘It will be happier’…” – Alfred Tennyson
  47. “Someday soon, we all will be together if the fates allow until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.”
  48. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” – William Penn
  49. “Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.” – Rodgers And Hammerstein, Carousel
  50. “At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.” – Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer
  51. “Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.” – Ranata Suzuki
  52. “Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  53. “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  54. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho
  55. “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.” – Shel Silverstein, Every Thing On It
  56. “Something terrible can happen to you, and yet, the day after this something terrible, the sun still rises, and life goes on. And therefore, so must you.” – Martin Short
  57. “Look closely and you will see almost everyone carrying bags of cement on their shoulders. That’s why it takes courage to get out of bed in the morning and climb into the day.” – Edward Hirsch
  58. “Make the most of your regrets; Never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it ’til it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” – Henry David Thoreau
  59. “Thinking about this: You have the ability to survive anything. That is why, despite all the storms made of pain and loss, despite all the chaos that you have had to ensure you are still here and you are still going strong.” – Nikita Gill, A Truth About You
  60. “Grief, I’ve learned. is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.” – Jamie Anderson
  61. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
  62. “Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.” – William C. Hannan
  63. “A million words would not bring you back, I know because I tried, neither would a million tears, I know because I cried.”
  64. “With sympathy. Words can’t wipe away your tears. Hugs won’t ease your pain. But hold on to your memories. Forever they’ll remain.”
  65. “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
  66. “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” – Stuart Scott
  67. “One more day, one more time, one more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied, but then again I know what it would do, leave me wishing still, for one more day with you.” – Diamond Rio
  68. “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. I miss you.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
  69. "Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." Haruki Murakami
  70. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  71. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. ” – Leo Buscaglia
  72. “Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs.” – Leo Tolstoy
  73. “You’ll drift apart, it’s true, but you’ll be out in the open, part of everything alive again.” – Philip Pullman
  74. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi
  75. “It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.” – Samuel Johnson
  76. “Our minds are too small to comprehend something as huge as death. Let it go.” – Maxime Lagacé
  77. “Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.” – Bertolt Brecht
  78. “Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.” – Buddha
  79. “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
  80. “Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” – Jean de La Fontaine
  81. “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” – Marcus Aurelius
  82. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.” – Martin Luther King Jr
  83. “Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.” – Steve Jobs
  84. “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
  85. “Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” – Mother Teresa
  86. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  87. “My mama always used to tell me: ‘If you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for’.” – Tupac Shakur
  88. “I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” – Jimi Hendrix
  89. “The hardest thing you overcome are the ones that give the most meaning.” – Maxime Lagacé
  90. “Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.” – William Shakespeare
  91. “Life has more meaning in the face of death. ” – Robert Greene
  92. “The meaning of life is that it stops.” – Franz Kafka
  93. “Every exit is an entry somewhere else..” – Tom Stoppard
  94. “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. ” – Thornton Wilder
  95. “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. ” – Rabindranath Tagore
  96. “If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death. ” – Samuel Butler
  97. “Death and pain are windows to great insight if you have the strength to look through them.” – James Pierce
  98. “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names.” – Unknown
  99. “Die happily and look forward to taking up a new and better form. Like the sun, only when you set in the west can you rise in the east.” – Rumi
  100. “Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  101. “Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved.” – Jean Cameron
  102. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
  103. “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
  104. “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, author of The Bereaved Parent
  105. “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
  106. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson
  107. “What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness.” – Thomas Bailey
  108. “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” – Norman Cousins
  109. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Unknown
  110. “Even the best of friends cannot attend each other’s funeral.” – Kehlog Albran
  111. “You cannot stop loving your friend because he’s dead, especially if he was better than anyone alive, you know?” – Jerome Salinger
  112. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk
  113. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs
  114. “A fact of life we all die. But the positive impact you have on others will be a living legacy.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  115. “No one here gets out alive.” – William Shakespeare
  116. “Death is an ending. Death is a closing. Death is idle words in the ebb and flow of life.” – Elizabeth Edwards
  117. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell
  118. “Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.” – Author unknown
  119. “I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen
  120. “Death is not the end of life; it is the beginning of an eternal journey.” – Debasish Mridha
  121. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Seneca
  122. “As soon as you’ll realize that it was a gift, you’ll be free.” – Maxime Lagacé
  123. “Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive – the risk to be alive and express what we really are.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz
  124. “Life is too short when you think of the length of death.” – Sean Mangan
  125. “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.” – Gayle Forman
  126. “The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.” – Socrates
  127. “She had been given a wonderful gift: life. Sometimes it was cruelly taken away too soon, but it’s what you did with it that counted, not how long it lasted.” – Cecelia Ahern
  128. “The only cure for grief is action.” – George Henry Lewes
  129. “Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both helpless and hopeless without a sense of a ‘map’ for the journey. Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your inner and outer world is a major project.” – Anne Grant
  130. “People in grief need someone to walk with them without judging them.” – Gail Sheeny
  131. “I want words at my funeral. But I guess that means you need life in your life.” – Markus Zusak
  132. “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.” – V.C. Andrews
  133. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Unknown
  134. “We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.”– Anne L. de Stael
  135. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” – Rob Liano
  136. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Death cannot kill what never dies” – William Penn
  137. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.” – Anonymous
  138. “Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.” – Terri Guillemets
  139. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” – William Penn
  140. “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” – Laura Ingles Wilder
  141. “May you find the strength and resolve today, to allow a deeper sense of healing to begin.” – Eleesha
  142. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton Jr.
  143. “The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living.” – Fredrik Backman
  144. “Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.” – Eleanor Brownn
  145. “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.” – Anne Frank

What do you think about these quotes?

The most important lesson to take away is that death and grief are very individual processes. What works for one person may not work for another.

Hopefully, these death quotes will assist you in assisting someone who is bereaved.

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