An olive branch sits atop a stack of books


Compiled by Jacob Terranova


When we lose a loved one, we lose a piece of ourselves. It’s never easy.


Sometimes, simply hearing others talk about their experience with grief can help us with our own.


Quotes for Parents

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”
— Irish Proverb


“Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”
— Terry Guillemets


“Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
Anne Geddes


(Read more about grief and the loss of a parent here.)


Quotes for Grandparents

“A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.”
Unknown Author


“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.”
Alex Haley


“A grandfather is someone you can look up to no matter how tall you grow.”
Unknown Author


(Read more about grief and the loss of a grandparent here.)


Quotes for a Significant Other

“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”
Andre Maurois


“They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”
William Penn


“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.”
Mary Anne Evans


(Read more about grief and the loss of a significant other here.)


Quotes for the Loss of a Child

“No farewell words were spoken, no time to say goodbye. You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.”
Unknown Author


“An angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby’s birth. And whispered as she closed the book, “Too beautiful for earth.”
Unknown Author


“There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.”
Unknown Author


(Read more about grief and the loss of a child here.)


Quotes for the Loss of a Pet

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
Will Rogers


“A person who has never owned a dog has missed a wonderful part of life.”
Bob Barker


“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Winnie the Pooh


(Read more about grief and the loss of a pet here.)


Other Great Quotes about Grief

“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world—the company of those who have known suffering.”
— Helen Keller


“What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, star-dust or sea-foam, flower or winged air.”
— Thomas Bailey Aldrich


“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 the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”
— Washington Irving


“Grief does not change you. It reveals you.”
— John Green


“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
— Saint Francis of Assisi