Grieving Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old grieving quotes, grieving sayings, and grieving proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.     

Washington Irving

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom.     


Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.     

Anne Roiphe

Grief is the price we pay for love.     

Queen Elizabeth II

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

Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.     


In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life     

Nicholas Sparks

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

They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.     

Cassandra Clare

Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.     

Veronica Roth

Grieving is a journey that teaches us how to love in a new way now that our loved one is no longer with us. Consciously remembering those who have died is the key that opens the hearts, that allows us to love them in new ways.     

Tom Attig

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

Henry Wordsworth

Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.     

Earl Grollman

All things grow with time -- except grief.     

Yiddish Proverb

Grief is light that is capable of counsel.     


Mourning is not forgetting... It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust. The end is gain, of course. Blessed are they that mourn, for theyshall be made strong, in fact. But the process is like all other human births, painful and long and dangerous.     

Margery Allingham

Grief is hard on friendships, but it doesn't have to be. Sometimes, all it takes is a little honesty between friends. If we gently and lovingly explain what we need from the relationship during our time of grief, and what we are willing to do in return, we can turn even a lukewarm friendship into something special.     

Margaret Brownley

One often calms one's grief by recounting it.     

Pierre Corneille

Tears are the silent language of grief.     


Grief makes one hour ten.     

William Shakespeare

Grief is the price we pay for love.     

Queen Elizabeth II

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.     


We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad.     

John Green

But grieving people are selfish. They won't let you comfort them and they say you don't understand and they make you feel useless when all your life you've been functional to them.     

Melina Marchetta

That was the hard thing about grief, and the grieving. They spoke another language, and the words we knew always fell short of what we wanted them to say.     

Sarah Dessen

Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone.     

Ursula K. Le Guin

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

It is true that the grief journey is very lonely, but it is also up to you to decide just how lonely you will make it.     

Elizabeth Berrien

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.     

Erich Fromm

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

Samuel Johnson

The time you spend grieving over a man should never exceed the amount of time you actually spent with him.     

Rita Rudner

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.     


Since every death diminishes us a little, we grieve - not so much for the death as for ourselves.     

Lynn Caine

He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.     

Turkish Proverb

Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.     

Christian Nevell Bovee

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.     


Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy must have somebody to divide it with.     

Mark Twain

In private grief with careless scorn. In public seem to triumph and not to mourn.     

John C. Granville

You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always be.     

Nigella Lawson

There's a general impulse to distract the grieving person - as if you could.     

Joan Didion

The littlest thing can have the strongest connection when you're grieving. Your proustian, poetic nerve is turned up to ten.     

Mike Mills

I think grieving is the same for everybody that lost someone you love deeply. It's the same. You know, you're really no different than anybody else who's lost somebody they adored.     

Lee Radziwill

When people are grieving, it's kind of like a storm, and you need something to grab onto, but often you have to brave it on your own.     

Clare Bowen

Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.     

Earl Grollman

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

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er~fraught heart and bids it break.     


Emotionally, grief is a mixture of raw feelings such as sorrow, anguish, anger, regret, longing, fear, and deprivation. Grief may be experienced physically as exhaustion, emptiness, tension, sleeplessness, or loss of appetite.     

Judy Tatelbaum

Grief is a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of is the price of love.     

Author Unkonwn

Grieving is not a short-term process; it's not even a long-term process; it's a lifelong process. 'Having a future' now means that although your life will flow again, it will flow differently as a result of the loss. Your grief will become incorporated into your life history, become a part of your identity. And you will continue now, and forever, to redefine your relationship with your deceased loved one. Death doesn't end the relationship, it simply forges a new type of relationship - one based not on physical presence but on memory, spirit, and love.     

Ashley Davis Bush