Grief is a side effect, a symptom of real love. Because to truly love means we will experience loss. But the brave human heart knows love is worth it.
When we lose a loved one, the difficult part is trying to learn how to function without them. The relationship is so ingrained in our daily habits, we have to train ourselves to learn new behaviors without the loved one around.
A giant hole in your heart casts a shadow over your life. What once made sense is no longer a concern. We try to make do and push our way into the future, but with a giant piece of our heart gone, all we can do is learn how to swim.
Grief can be a debilitating thing, and while everyone says time heals all wounds, those who suffer from the loss of a loved one knows that there is no formula for dealing with grief.
It can be that a month after the passing of a loved one, things seem okay. Then suddenly, a week (or month) later, the loss hits you hard once again. There are periods when it seems that the grieving process will never end.
There are many ways people can deal with grief, but I’ve found that reading poems, quotes, and stories of how other people cope(d) with their loss help – even if temporarily.
Here are 10 quotes that that may help ease that pain and yearning when grief hits you hard:
1. “You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is the only option you have.” — Bob Marley
2. “What feels like the end is often a new beginning.”
3. “That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” — John Green
4. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith … It is the price of love.” — unknown
5. “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” — C.S. Lewis
6. “Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.” — Patti Smith
7. “Grief is the price we pay for love.” — Queen Elizabeth II
8. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” — Pierre Auguste Renoir
9. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” — Kenji Miyazawa
10. “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.” — Rumi