I say “some more” because we also have quotes about grief and loss here and a few more here. Why you might ask, would we create a third article about grief quotes? I promise you; we have a good reason that combines our love for quotes with our passion for exploring grief through photography.
In January, we hosted a Photo-a-Day Grief Photo Challenge. For this challenge, we provided a prompt a day for 25 days, and we challenged people to take a photo inspired by this prompt.
Anyway, to provide participants with some extra inspiration each day, we posted the prompt with a quote, usually from authors and other quotable notables, but sometimes from What’s Your Grief articles. At the end of the month, we had collected quite a few quotes related to life after loss that we wanted to share with you. Because who doesn’t love a good quote?
In all seriousness, I think quotes about grief are especially helpful. Grief often has people at a loss for words, and when we can’t explain, express, or communicate how we feel about something, it makes us feel alone.
But then we stumble on a relatable grief quote and BAM, we realize we’re not the only one. Grief is universal, and it’s timeless. It touches everyone, from Shakespeare to the writers behind ‘This is Us’. Would we prefer loss not be so ubiquitous? Of course, but it is, and knowing others can relate can help us to feel a little less strange and slightly more seen.
“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 like hell.”Edna St. Vincent Millay
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”C.S. Lewis
“Do you know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”Terry Pratchett
“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chobsky
“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”Vicki Harrison
“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“It has been said, ‘Time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.”William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
“We put on masks we believe will be more acceptable to the world than the truth of who we are. In doing so, we sacrifice the gift of self-acceptance.”Jane Monica-Jones, The Billionaire Buddah
“Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.”Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.”Euripides
“We all have a grief secret.”What’s Your Grief
“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.”Brené Brown
“After my dad died, I found comfort in almost anything with his handwriting on it. One might think this had to do with what he wrote, and of course, sometimes it did. But more often, it was just that he wrote it.”9 Creative Ways to Preserve Handwriting, What’s Your Grief
“An object’s history is unknown to most who see it. To them, the item is just a book or just a plate, just a necklace or just a piece of furniture. But to the owner of the treasure, and to those who know its context and story, these items are the threads that bind the past to the present.”More Than Just a Teapot, What’s Your Grief
“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.”Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
“We knew my mother would die, but we desperately hoped she wouldn’t. We lived every moment in these alternate realities.”Facing Loss: When Hope and Grief Co-Exist, What’s Your Grief
“Because what’s worse than knowing you want something, besides knowing you can never have it?”James Patterson, The Angel Experiment
“It’s so curious: One can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.”Colette
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”Henry David Thoreau
“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.”Henri Nouwen
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”Martin Luther King Jr.
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