45 Overcoming Grief Quotes and Sayings


Grief comes in stages. It is a normal process to go through after losing someone. Finding a way to eventually have peace and happiness in your life again is the end objective for many healing. Here are some great overcoming grief quotes and sayings to encourage you during this time.

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”

“And I can’t be running back and fourth forever between grief and high delight.”

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.”

“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes… and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.”

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”

“Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time.”

“Everyone grieves in different ways. For some, it could take longer or shorter. I do know it never disappears. An ember still smolders inside me.”

“God wants you to enjoy your life now, not when.”

“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.”

“Grief does not change you. It reveals you.”

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

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

“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.”

“Loss and heartache do not define you. They are part of your story.”

“Love is like water; we can fall in it, we can drown in it and we can’t live without it.”

“Much like the nature of the ocean, grief flows in waves.”

“Never forget yesterday, but always live for today, for you never know what can tomorrow can bring or what can it take away.”

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”

“Now she flies with the butterflies…”

“Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry.”

“Often I wish this would all be over, Liesel, but then somehow you do something like walk down the basement steps with a snowman in your hands.”

“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.”

“Seek beauty in the depths of your anguish.”

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

“The darkest nights produce the brightest stars.”

“The higher you build the walls around your heart, the harder you fall when someone finally breaks them down.”

“The peaks and valleys never stop in life.”

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.”

“The tears I feel today I’ll wait to shed tomorrow. Though I’ll not sleep this night nor find surcease from sorrow.”

“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes.”

“There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month.”

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

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it.”

“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers.”

“When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.”

“Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens: The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer.”

“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.”

“You can not die of grief, though it feels as if you can. A heart does not actually break, though sometimes your chest aches as if it is breaking.”

“You care so much you feel as though you will bleed to death with the pain of it.”

“You don’t get over it, you get through it.”

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

“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.”

“Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.”

When it becomes too difficult to bare the burden of suffering from your grief, it is best to seek professional help.

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