10 inspirational quotes about overcoming grief

26 September 2022
A scenic photograph of calm water and rocks taken of Lake Australis at Bunurong Memorial Park.

Grieving when you’ve lost a loved one is totally natural.

It can be a difficult and challenging process, and it affects us all in different ways.

How deeply you grieve depends on a lot of factors, including your relationship with the person who’s passed, and the circumstances around their passing.

There’s no ‘normal’ amount of time it takes for grief to pass, so it’s important to acknowledge how you’re feeling and to remember that self-care is an integral part of the healing process.

Some people seek out loved ones for support while grieving, while others may choose to be alone, and some will seek professional support.

Whatever stage of this emotional process you’re in, sometimes a quote or poem can bring comfort during such a challenging time.

In this article we’ve pulled together ten of our favourite quotes about overcoming grief that we hope might bring you some comfort:

“The song is ended but the melody lingers on.”

Irving Berlin

“When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.”


“Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.”

Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“Life is full of grief, to exactly the degree we allow ourselves to love other people.”

Orson Scott Card, Shadow of the Giant

“Only time and tears take away grief; that is what they are for.”

Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”

E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

“The weird, weird thing about devastating loss is that life actually goes on. When you're faced with a tragedy, a loss so huge that you have no idea how you can live through it, somehow, the world keeps turning, the seconds keep ticking.”

James Patterson, Angel

“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world – the company of those who have known suffering.”

Helen Keller, We Bereaved

“Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We understand that this can be a very overwhelming time. With time grief can become more manageable, but if you find that your grief is making it difficult for you to function normally, seek professional support.

If you are currently experiencing grief or loss, you are welcome to participate in our community activities and events or to contact our friendly team for an obligation-free consultation.

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