Grief is unique to everyone, but you aren’t alone in your experience. Everyone experiences grief at some point in their life, in one form or another. While your grief may feel incredibly isolating, there are people all around you who can offer a small piece of guidance.
Maybe they don’t fully understand your grief, and maybe you don’t fully understand theirs, either, but that’s okay. Their wisdom can offer a moment of fellowship and solace, and help you feel more connected.
You’ve probably seen the thousands of photos of platitudes across the internet. The list of grief quotes below is not that. We’ve curated this list of quotes that have guided us on our personal grief journeys, and we are excited to share them with you.
Below are ten quotes about grief from authors, musicians, athletes, and other public figures that have helped us to move forward with our grief. Remember, there is no “right” way to approach your grief, but these grief quotes may offer you the company of those who grieved before you.
10 Quotes to Help Move You Forward With Your Grief
“Who am I to tell you how to cope, who am I to tell you you’re wrong for hurting?” – Sha’Carri Richardson
“We have learned that when people ask how any of us are doing, and when they really listen to the answer, with an open heart and mind, the load of grief often becomes lighter — for all of us. In being invited to share our pain, together we take the first steps toward healing.” – Meghan Markle
“Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions. One day you’re in the moment laughing and the next you don’t feel like being alive. I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live.” – Vanessa Bryant
“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.” – Patti Smith
“Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.” – Emmylou Harris
“I think you have to deal with grief in the sense that you have to recognize that you have it, and say that it’s OK to have all the sadness.” – Ann Richards
“I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine. I wonder what the present would be like if they were here—what we might have done together. I miss all the great things that will never be.” – Keanu Reeves
“I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this, or you can choose to rise. And that’s what I’m just trying to do.” – Lea Michele
“It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The Earth isn’t stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes.” – Liam Neeson