Grief, simply put, is the natural human response to loss. But for most people, grief is best described as an emotional roller coaster.
Losing a loved one can be overwhelmingly painful, and the grieving process can be long, arduous, and lonely. It’s also different for everyone. One person may bury himself in work, while another may seek out a support group. Someone else might take up painting or running. But for everyone who’s navigating what’s come to be known as “the five stages of grief” — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — there seems to be one thing they have in common: they’re searching for a deeper meaning.
Perhaps this is why quotes about grief so often resonate with us. Somehow, someone else has put our exact thoughts and feelings into words. These words prove that no matter how we differ in the way we deal with grief, our deepest thoughts and feelings about loss are similar.
Using quotes to express what we can’t personally articulate can be especially helpful when we’re grieving, and many people incorporate quotes into their LifePost Memorials for lost loved ones. Creating a LifePost to honor someone you love who’s no longer with us one can be cathartic and healing. It’s a permanent tribute that you can re-visit anytime—and a free family memorial that you can share with relatives and friends who can add their own memories and photos.
If you’re in need of some memorial wording ideas, here are ten of our favorite quotes about grief that you might like to add to your LifePost.
“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
“One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you.”
~ Diamond Rio
“Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.”
~ Vicki Harrison
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
~ Dr. Seuss
“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”
~ E.A. Bucchianeri
“When one person is missing, the whole world seems empty.”
~ Pat Schweirbert
“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.”
~ C.S. Lewis
“Shock is a merciful condition. It allows you to get through disaster with a necessary distance between you and your feelings.”
~ Lisa Kleypas
“I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures. …We tell the story to get them back, to capture the traces of footfalls through the snow.”
~ Gail Caldwell
“Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.”
~ Patti Smith
Do you have a favorite quote about grief?