10 Inspirational Quotes That Will Help You In Grief Journey
At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the loss of a loved one and an overwhelming sadness with feelings of despair. The feeling that nothing will ever be the same is so saddening and exhausting that it doesn’t allow us to see past this dark void of grief. Some try to ignore this pain, others rush straight into “overcoming” it, but in the end, grief needs space and time.
Although the sadness usually fades with time, grieving is a vital step in overcoming these sentiments and continuing to cherish the time you spent with your loved one, so don’t rush into getting better or trying to overcome grief.
People who have already grieved for a loved one may be familiar with the phrase: “But at some point, it has to be good again.” Mourning is not allowed forever. Life goes on, you have to leave the old behind, carry on and not burden others too much. It is easier to suppress death and pain. The only problem is, if you suppress it, the grief comes back a hundred times stronger and in waves. And the less space we have for it, the worse it gets. We have to remember that life can still be good, but grief is part of it.
The truth is that you will be grieving for the rest of your life. You won’t get over a loved one’s death; you’ll learn to live with it. You will recover and rebuild yourself in the aftermath of your loss. You will regain your completeness, but you will never be the same. You shouldn’t be the same, and you certainly wouldn’t want to be.
To assist you in this journey we have compiled ten of the most exquisite grieving quotations from famous people to help you fully experience grief and open the doors to healing. Many quotations have been passed down for decades, if not centuries because their wisdom provides people with insight and hope.
- “When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.
- “Nothing that grieves us can be called little; by the external laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.”
Mark Twain, ‘Which Was The Dream?’
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the “greatest humorist the United States has produced,” and William Faulkner called him “the father of American literature”.
- “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. Her father ascended the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive.
- “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.”
- “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. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.”
- “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.”
- “Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It’s like an amputation. I feel a limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function. And yet, once it is done. Life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid and fuller than before.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- “When those you love die, the best you can do is honor their spirit for as long as you live. You make a commitment that you’re going to take whatever lesson that person or animal was trying to teach you, and you make it true in your own life. It’s a positive way to keep their spirit alive in the world by keeping it alive in yourself.”
- “There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, so just give me a happy middle and a very happy start.”
Shel Silverstein, Every Thing On It
- “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built of a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touches some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451