The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not "get over" the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Helpful Grief Healing quotations
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.
They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness.
It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.
They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
Why bad things happen to good people
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Grief is neither a disorder nor a healing process;
it is a sign of health itself, a whole and natural gesture of love. Nor must we see grief as a step toward something better. No matter how much it hurts-and it may be the greatest pain in life-grief can be an end in itself, a pure expression of love.
God heals the sicknesses and the griefs by making the sicknesses and the griefs his suffering and his grief. In the image of the crucified God the sick and dying can see themselves, because in them the crucified God recognizes himself.
Grieving allows us to heal, to remember with love rather than pain.
It is a sorting process. One by one you let go of the things that are gone and you mourn for them. One by one you take hold of the things that have become a part of who you are and build again.
Sharing our stories can also be a means of healing.
Grief and loss may isolate us, and anger may alienate us. Shared with others, these emotions can be powerfully uniting, as we see that we are not alone, and realize that others weep with us.
They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite
When someone says to us, as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, "Darling, I care about your suffering," a deep healing begins.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of trauma, I will fear no concussion.
And no matter what anybody says about grief and about time healing all wounds, the truth is, there are certain sorrows that never fade away until the heart stops beating and the last breath is taken.
Death cannot kill what never dies.
Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
When you are sorrowful, look again.
Time doesn’t, as advertised, heal all wounds.
Although the wrenching immediacy of grief eventually passed, the settled sorrow that replaced it might in its own way be even more intense.
Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
One can choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances.
Grief is a process to go through, not a destination in which to wallow.
In a process, you keep putting one foot in front of the other, and each little step is part of your healing.
Grief can have a quality of profound healing because we are forced to a depth of feeling that is usually below the threshold of awareness.
That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.
At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.
Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.
Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves.
Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.
We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.
Time heals many wounds but this loss becomes the defining sadness of your life.
The unmarried woman seldom escapes a widowhood of the spirit.
There is sure to be some one, parent, brother, sister, friend, more comfortable to her than the day, with whom her life is so entwined that the wrench of parting leaves a torn void never entirely healed or filled.
Just as the lame man at the pool of Bethesda needed someone stronger than himself to be healed (see John5:1-9), so we are dependent on the miracles of Christ's atonement if our souls are to be made whole from grief, sorrow, and sin
I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God's own grief and sorrow, and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us and new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about.