Grief Quotes

“Grief is a journey, often perilous and without clear direction, that must be taken. The experience of grieving cannot be ordered or categorized, hurried or controlled, pushed aside or ignored indefinitely. It is inevitable as breathing, as change, as love. It may be postponed, but it will not be denied.”
– Molly Fumia


“What is life’s heaviest burden?” he asked. And the mother answered sadly, “To have nothing to hold.” – Unknown


Loss of Opportunity

“Human beings know instinctively that loss of opportunity is acutely painful. Why, across cultures, is the death of a child so tragic? Because that child never had the opportunity to flourish in all the ways a human flourishes – to marvel at the world’s natural wonders; to experience the joy of perfecting a craft, a sport, an education; to fall in love and dance the night away; to read a novel that shakes one’s soul; to be a father or mother, a friend, as source of wisdom for the next generation. But what is lost when that life is cut short?”
– William McDonough and Michael Braungart (The Upcycle – pg. 41-42)


Isaiah 41:10
New International Version (NIV)

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Isaiah 43:2
New International Version (NIV)

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.


“If you know someone who has lost a child, and you’re afraid to mention them because you think you might make them sad by reminding them that they died–you’re not reminding them. They didn’t forget they died. What you’re reminding them of is that you remembered that they lived, and that is a great gift.”
– Elizabeth Edwards


2 Corinthians 1:3-4
New International Version (NIV)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.


“Comfort comes from knowing that people have made the same journey. And solace comes from understanding how others have learned to sing again.”
― Helen Steiner Rice


“It is not in the going down that we demonstrate resilience, it is in the getting up again.”
― Ingrid Poulson


“And most of all, you were sure it would be impossible for you to function as a whole human being not buffeted by the waves of sorrow that swept over you in the early days of your tragedy. But you will. You will do all that and you will do more.”
― Harriet Schiff