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150 Strong Quotes for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

We were struck with grief when confronted with the deaths of our mothers and fathers. Our friends’ warm and uplifting words greatly assisted us in regaining emotional control.

Strong Quotes for Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

We have accumulated the loss of a loved one quotations, poetry, and prayers to present to others over the years. We intend to provide many of them for your use.

Whether you use this page to discover the appropriate words of condolence for others or read it for your own solace, we hope it provides you comfort. You are not alone in your path. We will all experience the loss of loved ones at some point.

Loss of a Loved One Quotes

1. “I still don’t know how to look at my life without an inescapable absence of you.” – Chloe Frayne

2. “Every day of our lives, our Father is with us. Every day our Father is here with us spiritually anyway.” – Ziggy Marley

3. “The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”—Kristina McMorris

Powerful Grief Quotes to Help You Feel Less Alone Strong Words to Depression
Powerful Grief Quotes to Help You Feel Less Alone Strong Words to Depression

4. “We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.” – Michael Ondaatje

5. “Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water. They heal us as they flow.”—Rita Schiano

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

7. “Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.” ― Ally Carter

8. “You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really FEEL the loss.” – Mandy Hale

9. “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – SiraNIVI

10. “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson

Saddness Quotes After Grief and Life After Loss Whats your Grief
Saddness Quotes After Grief and Life After Loss Whats your Grief

11. “The Remembrance of the good done those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.” – Demoustier

12. “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.”—Leo Tolstoy

13. “Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson

14. “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams…that is where you and I shall meet.” — Alice Through the Looking Glass

15. “Grief is just love with no place to go.” — Jamie Anderson

16. “Do not cry because they are past! Smile, because they once were!”—Ludwig Jacobowski

17. “The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”—C.S. Lewis

18. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” – John Taylor

19. “Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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losing someone you love messages and short quotes about death of a loved one

20. “I can’t and won’t forget all you did for me. The memories of you will never fade.” – Unknown

21. “As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us, as We remember them.” – Proverb

22. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.” – Ronald Reagan

23. “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”– Laura Ingles Wilder

24. “All you need is one safe anchor to keep you grounded when the rest of your life spins out of control.” —Katie Kacvinsky

25. “Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning.” – Carrie Jones

26. “If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?” – Jodi Picoult

27. “Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” – William Shakespeare

28. “When we have joy we crave to share; We remember them.” – Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Riemer

29. “Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind.” ― Katherine Owen

30. “An eternal memory…until we meet again: Those special memories will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do, you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you’re no longer here will always cause me pain, but you’re forever in my heart until we meet again.” — Unknown

31. “If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.” – Santosh Kalwar

32. “The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living.”― Fredrik Backman

33. “Remembering the life of my dearest friend and the times we shared together. You are missed like no one else and I hope you’re in heaven watching down on us.” – Unknown

34. “It is not length of life, but depth of life.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. “For in grief nothing ‘stays put.’ One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats.” — C.S. Lewis

36. “My father was always there for me when I lost. But, then, I never really lost when my father was there.” – Laurie Beth Jones

37. “My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend stopped running today.”—Richard Adams

38. “There is no death. Only a change of worlds.”—Chief Seattle

39. “No matter where you go you will always be in my heart.” – Anthony T. Hincks

40. “Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye?” – Unknown

41. “Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”—Anonymous

42. “When a child dies, you bury the child in your heart.” – Korean Proverb

43. “Gone is the face we loved so dear. Silent is the voice we loved to hear. Too far away for sight or speech. But not too far for thought to reach.” – Unknown

44. “Death wasn’t a movie where the pretty star faded away with a touch of pale makeup and every hair in place.” ― Soheir Khashoggi

45. “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.”– Kahlil Gibran

46. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”—Richard Bach

47. “Grief is like a moving river, so that’s what I mean by it’s always changing. It’s a strange thing to say because I’m at heart an optimistic person, but I would say in some ways it just gets worse. It’s just that the more time that passes, the more you miss someone” – Michelle Williams

48. “Chase away sorrow by living.” – Melissa Marr

49. Arthur Schopenhauer

50. “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tell us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” — Leo Buscaglia

51. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” – Unknown

52. “If you see a sunset, it’s me, smiling from behind it. If I go away far, and you see a star, if you find it, I’m inside it.” – Anna Williams

53. “Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”—Emily Dickinson

54. “The mourning process can feel like going through a carwash without a car.” – Jodi Livon

55. “Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.”― V.C. Andrews

56. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one” – Seneca

57. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”– George S. Patton Jr.

58. “I have such strong memories of you and can’t quite believe you’re gone. I pray you are at peace.” – Unknown

59. “Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.” – Orson Scott Card

60. “Who except the gods can live without any pain?” – Aeschylus

61. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.” – Anonymous

62. “After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore“The sun can break through the darkest cloud; love can brighten the gloomiest day.”— William Arthur Ward

63. “Absence and death are the same, only that in death there is no suffering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

64. “When I saw your strand of hair I knew that grief is love turned into an eternal missing.”― Rosamund Lupton

65. “The loss is unmeasurable but so is the love left behind.” – Unknown

66. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” ― Rob Liano

67. “Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius

68. “Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones” ― Munia Khan

69. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.”—Aeschylus

70. “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. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” — Maya Angelou

71. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.”– Bessie Anderson Stanley

72. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.” — J.K. Rowling

73. “The years may pass but you will stay… as near and dear as yesterday” – Unknown

74. “Your absence walks through the door every single day.” – Helen Lyon

75. “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.” —Richard Bach

76. “Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” — Sarah Dessen

77. “There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.” — Unknown

78. Like my strong body would miss my heart beating loud, I miss you Brother.” – Michele Mellen

79. “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 messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”– Washington Irving

80. “For some moments in life there are no words.” – David Seltzer

81. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh

82. “It takes strength to make your way through grief, to grab hold of life and let it pull you forward.” – Patti Davis

83. “I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” – Alyson Noel

84. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre Auguste Renoir

85. “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”—C. S. Lewis

86. “The song has ended but the melody lingers on.” – Irving Berlin

87. “With sympathy, thinking of you at this sad time and sending love.” – Unknown

88. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.”—Leo Buscaglia

89. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” – C.S. Lewis

90. “Death” is never an end, but a To Be Continued…” ― Renée Chae

91. “I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

92. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – William Ross Wallace

93. “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

94. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”—Kenji Miyazawa

95. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” ― Jack Thorne

96. “In losing him I lost my greatest blessing and comfort, for he was always that to me.” – Saint Teresa of Ávila

97. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – Unknown

98. “You don’t know how easy death is. It’s like a door. A person simply walks through it, and she’s lost to you forever.” – Eloisa James

99. “Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.” – Anne Morrow

100. “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o’er wrought heart and bids it break.”—William Shakespeare

101. —Vivian Greene

102. “The Lord gives a good many things twice over, but he don’t give ye a mother but once.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe

103. “Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.” – Gloria Naylor

104. “When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

105. “There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.” – Cassandra Clare

106. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.”—Meister Eckhart

107. “Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.” — Anna Quindlen

108. “Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

109. “With deeper attachment, we usually have deeper grieving, and usually longer grieving.” — Ron Johnson

110. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb

111. “As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.” – Cassandra Clare

112. “He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend.”—Sir Henry Taylor

113. “The measure of a man is in the lives he’s touched.”– Erin Banks

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

115. “And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.’” – Unknown

116. “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”—Thornton Wilder

117. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Death cannot kill what never dies.” – William Penn

118. “I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.” – Gail Caldwell

119. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”—A.A. Milne

120. “Everything feels so surreal when you are gone. Oh, if only you knew the things I’d do just to be able to see you once more.” – Unknown

121. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”– Dante

122. “Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.” – José N. Harris

123. “If we try to avoid loss and grief, we will never truly love.” — Megan Devine

124. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”—James O’Barr

125. “You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.” – Eva Ibbotson

126. “Grief is the last act of love we can give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” – Anonymous

127. “Let me tell you, he is the hole in my heart. His loss is my scar. But let me tell you something, his memory drives me forward every single day of my life.” – Michelle Obama

128. “Sometimes the strong die, too.”– Louis Gosset Jr.

129. ” . . . grief makes one hour ten.” – William Shakespeare

130. “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi

131. “I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” ― Mitch Albom

132. “If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.” – Lemony Snicket

133. “We need to grieve the ones we have loved and lost in this lifetime — not to sustain our connection to suffering, but to sustain our connection to love.” – J. W.

134. “Death is tough for the people left behind on earth.” ― Prateeksha Malik

135. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” — Mitch Albom

136. “When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.” – Unknown

137. “Death had touched her, hurt her, and left her to deal with its disagreeable aftermath.” ― Zoe Forward

138. “Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn.” – Native American Poem

139. “Now something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry.” – Charles Bukowski

140. “Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.” ― Eleanor Brownn

141. “Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That’s the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” ― Katharine Weber

142. “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” – Robert Ingersoll

143. “In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.” – Unknown

144. “If it were possible to heal sorrow by weeping and to raise the dead with tears, gold were less prized than grief.”—Sophocles

145. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”– Kalil Gibran

146. “The best lessons, the best sermons are those that are lived.”– Yolanda King

147. “When one person is missing the whole world seems empty.” – Pat Schweiber

148. “Your end, which is endless, is as a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.” ~Zen Teaching

149. “Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.” – Unknown

150. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

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