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Quotes About Grief


"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


"We need to grieve the ones we have loved and lost in this lifetime — not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.”
--  J. W.


"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
-- Helen Keller 


"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


"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 A Grollman 


"When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.”
-- Anonymous


"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 


"Grief is so human, and it hits everyone at one point or another, at least, in their lives. If you love, you will grieve, and that’s just given.”
-- Kay Redfield Jamison

"It takes courage to grieve, to honor the pain we carry. We can grieve in tears or in meditative silence, in prayer or in song. In touching the pain of recent and long-held griefs, we come face to face with our genuine human vulnerability, with helplessness and hopelessness. These are the storm clouds of the heart."
-- Jack Kornfield 


"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. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.”
-- Maya Angelo


"Time doesn’t, as advertised, heal all wounds. Although the wrenching immediacy of grief eventually passed, the settled sorrow that replaced it might in its own way be even more intense."
-- Dean Koontz 


"Grief is the price we pay for love.”
-- Queen Elizabeth II


There are some griefs so loud
They could bring down the sky
And there are griefs so still
None knows how deep they lie.
-- May Sarton


"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.”
-– Hilary Stanton Zunin


"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." 
-- Khalil Gibran


"I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone -- you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.”
-– Alyson Noel

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