40 Grieving Thoughts That Inspire Hope

In these challenging times, we all grieve in different ways. People experience tremendous losses, and many feel that they are grieving alone. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a job, or a sense of structure and routine, loss is present for almost everyone.

During the grieving process, you may find yourself a little lost. For example, you experience that you are no longer interested in the things you once loved, or you have difficulties in finding the motivation to carry out even the most basic tasks.

That is completely normal, and a first step to regaining your motivation is to replenish your soul and give yourself the chance to heal emotionally and spiritually. The following 40 grieving quotes may help you with this.

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1. “Cherish what you can control, let go of that which you cannot.” – Anonymous

2. “You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.” — Unknown

3. “When it is darkest, we can see the stars.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. “Nothing lasts forever – not even your troubles.” ― Arnold H. Glasow

5. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”—Robert H. Schuller

6. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”—Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “When you pass the test, then this too shall pass.” ― Jeanette Coron

8. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

9. “There is neither happiness nor unhappiness in this world; there is merely the comparison of one state to the other. Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.”— Alexandre Dumas

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10. “Everybody goes through difficult times, but it is those who push through those difficult times who will eventually become successful in life. Don’t give up, because this too shall pass.” ― Jeanette Coron

11. “Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” – Elie Weisel

12. ” You will survive and you will find purpose in the chaos. Moving on doesn’t mean letting go.” — Mary VanHaute

13. ” 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

14. “It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” – Doe Zantamata

15. “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” — Matthew 5:4


16. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

17. “Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever.” — Harold Kushner

18. “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” – Jacques Prevert

19. “I grieve for all the losses, I grieve for all I lost, I grieve so I can walk through to the other side.” – Anonymous

20. “Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.” ― Paulo Coelho

21. “The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

22. “Keep your head up. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers…” — Unknown

23. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day…unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear.” — Unknown

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

25. “The best way to get rid of the pain is to feel the pain. And when you feel the pain and go beyond it, you’ll see there’s a very intense love that is wanting to awaken itself.” – Deepak Chopra

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26. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

27. “I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead, others come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.” – Dr. Seuss

28. “In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams…that is where you and I shall meet.” — Alice Through the Looking Glass

29. “When someone you love becomes a memory…that memory becomes a treasure.” — Unknown

30. “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”―Haruki Murakami


31. “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” — J.M. Barrie

32. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” — Winnie the Pooh

33. “Be the things, you loved most about the people who are gone.” — Unknown

34. “Hope lights the way.” – Unknown

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35. “To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.”—Gail Sheehy

36. “This too shall pass.” – Persian Adage

37. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on.” – Robert Frost

38. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”—Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne

39. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”— Unknown

40. “The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered, there is opportunity for growth.” — Unknown

Final thought

Remember that difficult thoughts and feelings are a natural part of the grieving process. We are naturally capable of dealing with these challenging experiences, provided we give ourselves the time and do not suppress the painful feelings associated with grief.

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