Quotes and Poems on Grief and Loss

Over the past 4 years I have read avidly about grief and healing, resilience, spirituality and more.  I needed to know how people coped; “How did people get over this pain?”, “How long was it going to last?” I now know it is not something you get over, this grieving state of being, it stays with us always, though becomes softer and different over time.

With my reading, I kept journals, which not only detailed my own personal journey through grief, but the amazing quotes, poems, writings and words of wisdom I came across, and still do. In my searching I have collected many and here I share just some with you.

Grief is a solitary journey. No one but you knows how great the hurt is. No one but you can know the gaping hole left in your life when someone you know has died. And no one but you can mourn the silence that was once filled with laughter and song. It is the nature of love and death to touch every person in a totally unique way   ~ Unknown


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


So long as we live, they too shall live and love for they are a part of us, as we remember them ~ Gates of Prayer


Make your own recovery the first priority in your life  ~ Anonymous


Sometimes the purpose of a day is to merely feel our sadness, knowing that as we do, we allow whole layers of grief, like old skin cells to drop off us  ~ Marianne Williamson


Tears soften the soul, clear the mind and open the heart  ~ Unknown


You will survive! ~ Esdeer


These are the tests of the sea:

The third way is for courage,

The sixth wave is for perseverance,

The ninth wave if for surrender.

~      Lunaea Wetherstone


When we lose those we love,

You must understand

That it takes time

To learn to feel again –

For nothing

Can touch the heart

Which is frozen with grief.

~   Unknown


But there was no need to be ashamed of tears. For tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer   ~  Victor Frankl


When the heart is cut or cracked or broken

Do not clutch it

Let the wound lie open

Let the wind from the good old sea

blow in to bathe the wound with salt

and let it sting.

Let a stray dog lick it

Let a bird fly in the hole and

sing a simple song

like a tiny bell and let it ring.

~      Michael Leunig


I measure every grief I meet

With analytical eyes;

I wonder if it weighs like mine,

Or has an easier size……

~       Emily Dickinson


I came to grieve, but found comfort here in this garden of memory.

Perhaps our spirits live in perfect peace in the wonder of each

flower and bird and tree   ~ Nan Witcomb


And if I go, while you’re still here…..

Know that I live on,

Vibrating to a different measure

Behind a thin veil you cannot

See through.

You will not see me,

So you must have faith.

I wait for the time when

We can soar together again,

Both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to its fullest

And when you need me,

Just whisper my name in your heart,

…….I will be there.

~ Emily Dickinson


Not I or anyone else can travel the road for you. You must travel it for yourself.

~     Walt Whitman


In my end is my beginning   ~ Mary Queen of Scots


Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak,

Whispers in the overwrought heart and bids it break

~  Macbeth, William Shakespeare


Grief can’t be shared. Every one carries it alone, his own burden, his own way

~   Anne Morrow Lindbergh


From my heart, I know love   ~ Esdeer


Angels will keep charge over you,……they shall bear you up

in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone

~   Psalm 91:11-12


It is not in the going down that we demonstrate resilience,

It is in the getting up again   ~ Ingrid Poulson

In love, there is no separation   ~ White Eagle


Walk bravely into the mystery of tomorrow ~   Unknown


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

Thanks to guest author Maureen Hunter for sharing these thoughts with us. To receive Maureen’s  FREE inspirational guide “Opening the Door to Hope: Helping you Step through Grief” go to www.esdeer.com/hope

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  1. lisa said on June 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm ... #

    Beautiful words of inspiration and hope. Thank you.

  2. Tiffany said on June 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm ... #

    My Favorite:
    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

  3. Paulette ferro said on October 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm ... #

    Thanks to a friend speaking with me and reading what was written what you wrote I’m trying to deal with the pain and loss of a close friend who was shot and killed on April 1 2012 what else can I do

  4. Robyn said on August 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm ... #

    Thank you for sharing your words of comfort.

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