Watching someone you love

1. “Grief never ends…but it changes. It’s a passage. Not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness. Nor a lack of faith…It is the price of love.”

2. “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

3. “Grief is in two parts. The first is the loss. The second is the remaking of life.

Anne Roiphe

4. “Grief is the price we pay for love.

Queen Elizabeth II

5. “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

Henry Wordsworth

6. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.


7. “Mourning is not forgetting… It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust. The end is gain, of course. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be made strong, in fact. But the process is like all other human births, painful and long and dangerous.

Margery Allingham

8. “Deep grief sometimes is almost like a specific location, a coordinate on a map of time. When you are standing in that forest of sorrow, you cannot imagine that you could ever find your way to a better place. But if someone can assure you that they themselves have stood in that same place, and now have moved on, sometimes this will bring hope.

Elizabeth Gilbert

9. “Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone.

Ursula K. Le Guin

10. “Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.

Veronica Roth

“That was the hard thing about grief and the grieving. They spoke another language, and the words we knew always fell short of what we wanted them to say.

11. Sarah Dessen

“In times of grief and sorrow, I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life

Nicholas Sparks

12. “All things grow with time — except grief.

Yiddish Proverb

13. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a 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.

Earl Grollman

14. “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.

Leo Tolstoy

15. “They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite.

Cassandra Clare

16. “Grief is light that is capable of counsel.


17. “One often calms one’s grief by recounting it.

Pierre Corneille

18. “Tears are the silent language of grief.


19. “Grief makes one hour ten.

William Shakespeare

20. “We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad.

John Green

21. “But grieving people are selfish. They won’t let you comfort them and they say you don’t understand and they make you feel useless when all your life you’ve been functional to them.

Melina Marchetta

22. “It is true that the grief journey is very lonely, but it is also up to you to decide just how lonely you will make it.

Elizabeth Berrien

23. “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

24. “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it is digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.

Samuel Johnson

25. “Grief can be a garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become the greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.


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