Finding the appropriate grieving quote for a memorial service or bereavement card should not be a difficult task. However, it can be time-consuming if don't know exactly where to look or what you want to say.
About Grieving Quotes
Quotations about grieving are supposed to comfort or inspire bereaved persons. They are not meant to make them feel bad about the loss or remind them of what is missing from their lives. Similar to condolences, grieving quotes are meant to uplift and bring comfort.
When searching for grieving quotes, make sure you know ahead of time exactly what you want to say. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when passing on a grieving quote to a bereaved person is having its meaning be misunderstood. Make sure the quote you choose is precise and spells out exactly what you want to say without any room for misinterpretation.
Popular Grieving Quotes
- "It will be hard for you not to ask why this must be. God knows why, and that may be as good to us as though we knew a thousand reasons. I pray God to hold you quiet and patient and uncomplaining, and help you bear the weight of this seemingly unintelligible sorrow. I hope you will remember that this is the only world in which a Christian can suffer, and suffer patiently and meekly. We cannot suffer by and by. God helps us to glorify Him now, when we can." -- Maltbie Davenport Babock
- "When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder. If we receive news, that a hundred thousand dollars had been left them by someone dying, we should be thrown into an ecstasy of rejoicing; but when they have gone home to God, we stand, and mourn, and pine, and wonder at the mystery of Providence." -- Henry Ward Beecher
- "I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven." -- Louisa May Alcott in Little Women.
- "To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness." -- Erich Fromm
- "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." -- Harriett Beecher Stowe
- "While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it." -- Samuel Johnson
- "All life is sacred. Since life is an affirmation of the Creator, I shall live on, even when I am gone. In trailing clouds of glory shall I return to my Creator only to find that I had never really left. I shall walk among the lilies of the field and leave my trail in
stardust in the sky." -- John Harricharan
- "When a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened." -- Margaret Mead
Finding Grieving Quotes
Quotes about grieving also come under the guise of sympathy quotes and quotes about death and loss. There are several Web sites that break down the quotes by type of loss. Those sites include:
Grieving quotes can be added to sympathy cards or letters, in a program for funeral or memorial service or in an online tribute or memorial. It's important to remember that if you add a quote to Web site or other public media, that you need to include who penned that quote. Besides following copyright rules, you also allow the person receiving the quote to be able to look up other quotations by the same author.