Grief Quote Round-up: grief quotes we love

the thing about quotes on the internetIf you have spent any time on our facebook page you have probably noticed that we don’t share grief quotes nearly as often as some other grief sites out there.  It isn’t that we don’t like grief quotes.  It is just that the interweb is already filled with zillions of images with quotes imposed on them, covering every topic under the sun.   To be honest, they have started to feel a little . . . overdone?  Dare I say, cliche?  But on Sunday, when I was feeling a little bummed out about the holiday, I got sucked into the black-hole of pinterest.  As I scrolled through grief quote images until my finger cramped I found myself feeling strangely comforted.  Something about reading other’s words about grief is reassuring, hence the tremendous appeal of grief memoirs I suppose.  I love a good grief memoir, but some days a memoir is just too much.   The grief quote comes in handy during those moments that you can’t concentrate to read more than a couple sentences or a carry-out menu.  A bite-sized option.

So, today we are going to stop judging and jump on the grief-quote-bandwagon.  Here is a round-up of some grief quotes we love, to keep you company when cracking a book just seems like far too much work.  Most of these were found on social media.  We have linked back to the original source, if it was linked.  If you were the creator of one of these fabulous images and we didn’t know it, leave a comment and we will update.  Happy-quote-reading.

life goes on

Mitch Albom, For One More Day

grief felt so like fear

Holding on to Grief

grief can be a burden

grief is like an ocean

the deeper that sorrow

her absense is like the sky

goodbye with the eyes rumi

grief like the flu o'rourke

 

give grief words

i thought grief was a state

sylvia plath grief quote

people keep telling me grief

grief quote tolkien

buddha grief quote

 

What grief quotes do you love?  Let us know, leave a comment!

March 28, 2017

21 responses on "Grief Quote Round-up: grief quotes we love"

  1. I walked a mile with Pleasure,
    She chatted all the way,
    But left me none the wiser,
    For all she had to say.

    “I walked a mile with Sorrow,
    and never a word said she,
    but Oh! the things I learned from her,
    when Sorrow walked with me.”
    –author unknown

    Truer words have never been spoken. I lost my beautiful son, Jeffrey, in 2014 when he was 27. I miss him every single day.

  2. “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams… that is where you and I shall meet.” –Alice Through the Looking Glass

  3. Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I’m heavy, like there’s too much gravity on my heart.
    — Sarah Ockler
    absencelikethesky.tumblr.com

  4. I don’t know why exactly, but this quote from a letter that Jane Austen wrote to her sister resonates with me. It probably was just something shared as news, but its wit and irony speak to me: “I will not say that the Mulberry trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.” The quote speaks to my sense of my loved ones still being here, just not quite in the same way that they were, if that makes sense.

  5. @Karen Quandt. The short statement you posted on grief (Grief is infinite because love is infinite. Grief is unfinished love.) has stayed with me all day. Is this your original quote. I am considering using it but what to give proper credit for its origin. Thanks so much for sharing it. This is the first time I have posted on this site and hope my question reaches you.

  6. Grief is infinite because love is infinite. Grief is unfinished love.

  7. I have so many favorites to choose from so in honor of Maya Angelou….” I am besieged with painful awe at the vacuum left by the dead. Where did she go? Where is she now?” Also from her book “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now”….” When I sense myself filling with rage at the absence of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns should be focused on what I can learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?” The day my little sister died(12/30/13) part of me died with her and now part of her will live on in me. With tremendous loss come tremendous lessons! Time!!!!

  8. Profile photo of Eleanor Haley

    Rebecca,

    I get it! This is a great quote for grievers and supporters alike. Thanks for sharing.

    Eleanor

  9. Thank you for letting me share…

    “I have lived with you and loved you, and now you are gone. Gone where I cannot follow, until I have finished all of my days” (for our anniversary)

    “Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks” (A year later, this hasn’t changed)

    Grief assaults you on every part of your being. Is it any wonder your brain is in a fog, you don’t care two hoots about anything and all you want to do is curl up and retreat to some place where you can pretend it never happened…

    “It’s funny, how one can look back on a sorrow one thought one might well die of at the time, and know that one had not yet reckoned the tenth part of true grief.” (This is what I am entering now, a year later)

  10. My husband died on a friday, and every week I post a memorial on his fb page…

    This quote, from Steven King, my husbands favorite author, is the only memorial, in a year, that NO ONE liked, but I did and still do…

    “Then, instead of telling her that where there was life there was hope, or to let a smile be her umbrella, or that it was always darkest just before the dawn, or anything else that had just lately fallen out of the dog’s ass, she simply held her.
    Because sometimes only holding was best.
    That was one of the things she had taught that man whose last name she had taken for her own–that sometimes it was best to be quiet; sometimes it was best to just shut your everlasting mouth and hang on, hang on, hang on.”
    ? Stephen King, Lisey’s Story

  11. Janice BoltseridgeApril 25, 2014 at 5:58 amReply

    “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

    Helen Keller

  12. “But grief is a walk alone. Others can be there, and listen. But you will walk alone down your own path, at your own pace, with your sheared-off pain, your raw wounds, you denial, anger, and bitter loss. You’ll come to your own peace, hopefully, but it will be on your own, in your own time.”

    ? Cathy Lamb, The First day of the Rest of My Life

  13. Profile photo of Litsa Williams

    Wow, I don’t think of Dean Koontz as a typical source of grief quotes. Who knew!

  14. Profile photo of Litsa Williams

    I love that Gilda Radner quote — I have it on a magnet on my fridge! Sadly the other link didn’t work for me.

  15. Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate (we know) that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death. We misconstrue the nature of even those few days or weeks. We might expect if the death is sudden to feel shock. We do not expect the shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. ? Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

  16. I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size.”
    ~ Emily Dickinson

  17. Good Morning All:

    These are 2 wonderful quotes!
    Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

    Lisa

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/300122762640439450/(Winnie the Pooh)

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/300122762640407869/ (Gilda Radner)

  18. You girls rock! You picked some good ones. I always love a good Rumi quote, so here’s my addition:
    “The wound is where the light enters you” ~Rumi 🙂

  19. Thank you for the quotes….I have been collecting them too because sometimes other people do an amazing job of expressing what you feel. This is one of my favorites (from an unlikely source). Sorry it is so long but I think it’s worth it.
    ————-
    Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see that it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.”
    ? Dean Koontz, Odd Hours

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