27 Inspirational Healing Grief Quotes to Help After Loss

Throughout time, inspirational quotes have helped people through their hardest hours of grief.  Sometimes the healing process through the grief journey can be helped with a healing quote. 

In times of deep grief, moments of  solace and strength can be found in the wisdom of those who have walked similar paths. 

Healing Grief Quotes


Helen Keller: "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

Kahlil Gibran: "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."

Leo Tolstoy: "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."

C.S. Lewis: "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."

William Shakespeare: "Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break."

John Green: "Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you."

quotes about grief and healing

Thomas Campbell: "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

Jodi Picoult: "The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love; it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment."

Paulo Coelho: "When someone leaves, it's because someone else is about to arrive."

J.R.R. Tolkien: "The world is indeed full of peril, and in it, there are many dark places; but still, there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: "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."

Mark Twain: "The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."

quotes on grief and healing

Haruki Murakami: "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Washington Irving: "There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love."

A.A. Milne: "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

Maya Angelou: "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

Viktor E. Frankl: "When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."

Anne Lammot: “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.”

Grief Quotes


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart: The secret anniversaries of the heart."

Fyodor Dostoevsky: “It's the great mystery of human life that old grief passes gradually into quiet tender joy.

Dr. Seuss:  "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.

Pain passes but love remains.

Life is a series of losses. Through the hard times, the most important things we keep are our memories. People grieve in different ways. The needs of the griever vary and everyone grieves in their own way.  In times of grief, lean on the words of comfort others have shared.