Quotes About Death & Grief
Whether you’ve lost someone close to you or you’re looking for words of comfort and sympathy for someone else, the following collection of inspiring quotes about life and death can help.
Because grief and loss is tough. There is simply no way of sugar coating it.
I’ve walked my own paths of loss and grief and can honestly say it still sneaks up on me from time to time.
And sending a sympathy card and expressing your condolences can be extremely hard to do when you’re scared of saying the wrong thing to someone close who is going through a tough time.
But expressing your support and sympathy helps to let your friend or loved one know that they can count on you.
The following quotes about life and death will help guide your words and support.
Life And Death Quotes
“Grief is a nasty game of feeling the weakest you have ever felt and becoming the strongest person you will ever be.” Windgate Lane
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie The Pooh
“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” Andrew Sachs
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” Mahatma Gandhi
“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
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Helen Keller
“There’s still a beat…but the music is gone. And you’re the only song my heart wants to hear.” Ranata Suzuki
“Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth.” Unknown
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
“Of course you don’t die. Nobody dies. Death doesn’t exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world.” Henry Miller
“There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” Henry Wordsworth
“They say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time.” Banksy
Facing Death Quotes & Regrets
“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.” Henry Van Dyke
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” Fulton Oursler
“Isn’t it sad that so often it takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully?” Esther Earl
“When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.” Henry David Thoreau
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Mark Twain
“Turn your hurt into healing, your wounds into wisdom and your pain into power.” Robin Sharma
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” J.K. Rowling
“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies, but not everyone lives.” Alan Sachs
“Part of getting over it is knowing that you will never get over it.” Ann Finger
“The strongest intimidation, by the way, is the invention of a hereafter with a hell everlasting.” Friedrich Nietzsche
“The idea is not to live forever but to create something that will.” Andy Warhol
“Do not seek death. But do not fear it either. There cannot be life without death, it is inescapable.” Keisei Tagami
“Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” Mitch Albom
“The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.” James Patterson
“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” Ernest Hemingway
“It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” Terry Pratchett
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.” Martin Luther
“Death anxiety is greater in those who feel they have lived an unfulfilled life.” Irvin Yalom
“Suppose that a god announced that you were going to die tomorrow “or the day after”. Unless you were a complete coward you wouldn’t kick up a fuss about which day it was – what difference could it make? Now recognize that the difference between years from now and tomorrow is just as small.” Marcus Aurelius
“To fear death is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not. For it is to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not even turn out to be the greatest blessings of human beings. And yet people fear it as if they knew for certain it is the greatest evil.” Socrates
“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion to death.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
“You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really feel the loss.” Mandy Hale
“The object is not to forget, but to remember to go on.” Unknown
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr. Suess
“I am living proof that a shattered heart can still beat.” Maryellen Dennis
“Sometimes, only one person is missing, and the whole world seems depopulated.” Alphonse de Lamartine
“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.” George Eliot
“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” Maya Angelou
“The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” Seneca
“Grieving is not weakness nor absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.” Doug Manning
Funny Death Quotes
“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” Winston Churchill
“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” Benjamin Franklin
“If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character… Would you slow down? Or speed up?” Chuck Palahniuk
“If life must not be taken too seriously, then so neither must death” Samuel Butler
Spiritual Death Quotes
“The more you transform your life from the material to the spiritual domain, the less you become afraid of death. A person who lives a truly spiritual life has no fear of death.” Leo Tolstoy
“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” Buddha
“And then I heard the angel say, ‘She’s with you every day.’” Unknown
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” Hebrew Proverb
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126: 5
“There is an afterlife. I am convinced of this.” Paulo Coelho
Despite the deep loss that is currently faced, rest assured, you will find ways of coping, and find comfort and strength from your loved ones.
Some people think grief is something they should just “bounce back” from. While it would be great if it were that simple, grief is not like stubbing your toe. The pain lasts far longer and goes much deeper.
Understand that grief is not a destination. It’s not an exotic location that you visit only once. Grief is a journey and that journey can be on-going for months, years, or even decades depending on who and what you’ve lost.
Take care and be there for each other.
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