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21 Grief Quotes That Highlight the Love That Never Dies

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21 Grief Quotes That Highlight the Love That Never Dies

It hurts because it mattered, and it will always matter. I've learned that grief is another name for Love and that no matter how deep your grief makes a home in you, love will always leave a window open. A window for fresh air in the middle of the storm, for a hope that comes after you've lost all hope.

There’s an invisible thread connecting your heart to all hearts, you to all life. Grief is a heavy weight to carry and it's also an anchor in love. It's not something you can rush or push past. It feels so like fear that it's hard to see how it can leave room for love.

But love finds its way through you. You learn to breathe it in and out, the love and the fear, all at the same time. You'll find pain in letting go and hope in what you pick up. This, because you're here to experience it all.

If you want to honor the love that your pain stems from and goes back to, but you're not sure how, read these grief quotes.

21 Grief Quotes That Highlight the Love You’ll Never Lose

1. “So often we try to make other people feel better by minimizing their pain, by telling them that it will get better (which it will) or that there are worse things in the world (which there are). But that’s not what I actually needed. What I needed was for someone to tell me that it hurt because it mattered.” – John Green

2. “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” –Unknown

3. “Grief is not linear. It’s not a slow progression forward toward healing, it’s a zigzag, a terrible back-and-forth from devastated to okay until finally there are more okay patches and fewer devastated ones. The mind can’t handle emotions like grief and terror for any sustained period of time, so it takes some downtime.” – Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies: A Novel

4. “You see, love and grief are two sides of the same precious coin. One does not—and cannot—exist without the other. They are the yin and yang of our lives… Grief is predicated on our capacity to give and receive love. Some people choose not to love and so never grieve. If we allow ourselves the grace that comes with love, however, we must allow ourselves the grace that is required to mourn.” – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph. D.

5. “Grief only exists where love lived first.” – Franchesca Cox

6. “We need to grieve the ones we've lost — not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.” – Jennifer Williamson

7. “Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving…the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.” — Henri Nouwen

8. “But in all of the sadness, when you’re feeling that your heart is empty, and lacking, you’ve got to remember that grief isn’t the absence of love. Grief is the proof that love is still there.” – Tessa Shaffter, Heaven Has No Regrets

9. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

10. “Grief is a matter of the heart and soul. Grieve your loss, allow it in, and spend time with it. Suffering is the optional part. Love never dies, and spirit knows no loss. Keep in mind that a broken heart is an open heart.” – Louise Hay & David Kessler, You Can Heal Your Heart

11. “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho, Aleph

12. “Grief opens a place in our hearts that we never knew could hurt so profoundly, but it also opens this same place to a love we never imagined possible” – Unknown

13. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

14. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a 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.” – Dr. Earl A. Grollman

15. “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

16. “To mourn your loss is required if you are to befriend the love you have been granted. To honor your grief is not self-destructive or harmful, it is life-sustaining and life-giving, and it ultimately leads you back to love again. In this way, love is both the cause and the antidote.” – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph. D.

17. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” – Kahlil Gibran

18. “When you are sorrowful look again into your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

19. “Love, where it ever existed before, doesn't cease to exist. To speak of love in the past tense is not to know love at all. Love goes on, being always a continuation and an extension of love. Your grief is but the continuation of the love you once experienced, and will always experience. Grief is another name for Love.” – Jennifer Williamson

20. “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, a deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving

21. “Grief is no more necessary when we understand death than fear is necessary when we understand flying.” – Richard Bach

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Tell me:

With love,

Which of these quotes is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!

Jen

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P.S. Not sure how you're going to find your way back home... to the love? Keep this poem somewhere you'll see it every day, so you never forget how resilient you can be. How much hope there still is.

Comments on this post (13)

  • Aug 31, 2020

    My top four

    “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

    “When we lose someone we love we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” –Unknown

    “Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.” – Paulo Coelho, Aleph “Grief only exists where love lived first.” – Franchesca Cox

    — Annette

  • May 25, 2020

    Nissie, I am honored and touched that this work resonates with you and can help you heal. If you’d like to support my shop, I would love that of course :) everything that’s in the shop is what I have available at the moment, though I’m always working on more. Thank you for being here and reading and sharing too. xx

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • May 25, 2020

    Jennifer:
    Your a breath of fresh Air. Thank you for being who you are and sharing your passion. Recently I lost my precious Mother. One of worst pain in life. I read some of your work and I felt a positve energy full of light that enlighten my soul with knowledge. Now I want it all, your Open letters, 13 Afirmations, Poems, 21 Grief Quotes, 20 Things you don’t have etc. I like to purchase a printed copy if its published. The best of success in your journey. May your dreams always be conquer. God bless you.Nissie

    — Nissie

  • Feb 04, 2020

    Hemlata, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious dog. I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet… a broken heart, I think, means an open heart. And a heart that’s open to both the beauty and the pain, the love and the hardship — to everything — helps you stay connected to who you lost, person or animal. Sending you love and strength <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Feb 04, 2020

    My ol dog passed away last night, and I can feel he is still with me but why my heart paining

    — Hemlata Bharti

  • Dec 01, 2019

    Elizabeth, you’re absolutely right. Losing a pet is a special kind of hurt, I think, because they show unconditional love like so many people don’t or can’t. I didn’t understand until our little dog passed away last year. My heart is with you ~ this is your process <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Dec 01, 2019

    To all that wrote …My beautiful Maltese was sixteen years and one month old when she suddenly passed away in one day after a bacteria entered her little 6 lb. pound body.As a therapist that has helped many people through their grief.I never questioned why or how they grieved but listened as they explained the loss of a loved one or pet .Some say it was only a dog or cat to them it may be but to others the loss is so much more the loss of a pet it is much more than that .It is unconditional love and companionship that some humans cannot give.I know because my grief is my own and as much as we know the mind and the heart are very different the heart is broken.As much as we tell ourselves to stop grieving it may take time for our heart to heal and maybe never but lucky are we to have our beautiful memories.and realize that death is final in its physical form but forever indelible in our hearts.I can identify with all who wrote in with such beautiful words and they help somewhat but each person has his or her pain and there is no time limit ..it takes as long as it needs to.Love and peace to all.Elizabeth

    — Elizabeth

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Dana, I am so sorry for all of the losses you’ve had in your life. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to experience, and I think that’s the same for most people. Death is a hard truth to swallow… I find comfort, still, when I think that, just maybe, we don’t have all the answers and maybe death isn’t what we believe it to be. Personally, I believe there’s something bigger going on, bigger than anything us humans can imagine <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Oct 17, 2019

    My dog passed on March 5 2019,6 months now and I cry everyday some days are real bad. I loss so many loved ones in 10 years time.ive lost my mom ,and brother,my 2 close friends and school friends too.it makes me think of my own mortality.

    — Dana garland

  • Sep 30, 2019

    Joy, I learned just this year that the loss of a pet is harder than I ever imagined it would be. There’s no shame in grieving deeply – it means you’re human and you’re here fully for this experience, positive or painful. Sending you my love <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Sep 30, 2019

    #12
    My loss is a little fluffy dog who always, daily loved me unconditionally. I fight against the shame of grieving so deeply, but #12 explains so well that I never imagined that I could love a pet so much. I tell myself that he is gone but my heart cannot accept it.

    — Joy Leppin

  • Jul 31, 2019

    Lee, you wrote it right… sometimes it’s like the loss happens all over again, and you go through all the seasons of grief in a night… and come back to love too. Thank you for sharing this <3 Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jul 31, 2019

    This morning grief stormed at into my dreams from which I woke shaken with pain and love as if the loss had just begun…each loss calling in the one behind it. When the tightness releases in tears that rip my heart it slowly soothes into blessing. And love. And grief. All the same Thank you for these quotes.

    — Lee

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