Comfort, Hope, Healing: Quotes for Times of Loss


We can read a quote one day and it means little to us. The same quote read a few days later may resonate with our heart and mind. It can encourage, comfort, or enlighten. It can provide perspective we may have temporarily lost. For a few moments, our experience is validated by someone else who has stood near where we stand and felt much as we now feel.


In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.
~ Robert Ingersoll ~

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
~ Meister Eckhart ~

It’s the great mystery of human life that old grief
passes gradually into quiet tender joy.
~ Fyodor Dostoevsky ~

Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.
~ Eskimo Proverb ~

Tears and Laughter

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 messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.
~ Washington Irving ~

To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
~ Wm. Shakespeare ~

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.
~ Bob Hope ~

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
~ Kahlil Gibran ~


We must embrace the pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
~ Kenji Miyazawa ~

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy which having been must ever be; In the soothing thoughts that spring out of human suffering; In the faith that looks through death, in years that bring the philosophic mind.
~ William Wordsworth ~

Every human being must find his own way to cope with severe loss. The only
job of a true friend is to facilitate whatever method he choses.
~ Caleb Carr ~


Grief is itself a medicine.
~ Wm. Cowper ~

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
~ Albert Camus ~

Even hundredfold grief is divisible by love.
~ Terri Guillemets ~

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the
o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.
~ Wm. Shakespeare ~


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
~ Emily Dickinson ~


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