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100 Quotes for Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one, whether it’s a friend, family member, or partner, is one of the most difficult experiences a person could go through. The grief is very real and sometimes the best way to seek closure or understanding regarding the loss is to seek out those who share the same pain as we do.  

In this article, we’ve put together a list of 100 quotes for the loss of a loved one that could help you to heal and accept the loss. 

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“Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.”

Jack Thorne 

“We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it.” 

Elizabeth Berrien 

“Your end, which is endless, is like a snowflake dissolving in the pure air.”  

Zen Teaching

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”


“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.”  

Anyon Chekov

“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.” 

Robert Louis Stevenson 

“Loss can remind us that life itself is a gift.”  

Louise Hay and David Kessler

“And yet I want to be human; I want to be thinking of him because then I feel he is alive somewhere, if only in my head.” 

Sally Green

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”  

Emily Dickinson

“All deaths are sudden, no matter how gradual the dying may be.”  

Michael McDowell

“Death” is never an end, but a To Be Continued…”

Renée Chae 

“Those we love and lose are always connected by heartstrings into infinity.”

Terri Guillemets 

“I should know enough about loss to realize that you never really stop missing someone-you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.”  

Alyson Noel

“Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.”  

Laura Ingles Wilder

“Death is tough for the people left behind on earth.”  

Prateeksha Malik

“Loss is nothing else but change, and change is nature’s delight.” 

Marcus Aurelius

“When I saw your strand of hair I knew that grief is love turned into an eternal missing.”  

Rosamund Lupton

“He loved and was loved. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” 

Robert Frost

“Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” 

Dylan Thomas

“The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.”

Rob Liano

“The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people you left behind want to stop living.”  

Fredrik Backman

“The tragedy of life is in what dies inside a man while he lives.” 

Norman Cousins

“Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones.”  

Munia Khan

“When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” 

Madeline Miller

“What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness, Star-dust or sea-foam, Flower or winged air.”

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

“Grief is the price we pay for love.”  

Queen Elizabeth II

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that remains.”  

Anne Frank 

“We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love.”

Anne L. de Stael 

“For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.”

William Penn 

“Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” 

David Searls 

“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.”  

Kristina McMorris

“You can’t truly heal from a loss until you allow yourself to really FEEL the loss.” 

Mandy Hale 

“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”

Dorothy Ferguson

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

J.R.R. Tolkien 

“Time they said… Time will heal all wounds but they lied…”  

Tilicia Haridat

“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.”

Santosh Kalwar

“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” 

Mahatma Gandhi 

“Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still in each new dawn.”  

Native American Poem

“Never take life for granted. Savor every sunrise, because no one is promised tomorrow…or even the rest of today.”

Eleanor Brownn 

“Death had touched her, hurt her, and left her to deal with its disagreeable aftermath.”

Zoe Forward 

“The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief – But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.”  

Hilary Stanton Zunin

“The Lord gives a good many things twice over, but he doesn’t give ye a mother but once.”  

Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other.”  

Jandy Nelson

“For some moments in life there are no words.”  

David Seltzer

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” 

A.A. Milne

“At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.” 

Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer 

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”  

Kalil Gibran

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”  

John Taylor

“As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”  

Cassandra Clare

“Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.”  

Sir Walter Scott

“Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.”  

Ally Carter

“The sun can break through the darkest cloud; love can brighten the gloomiest day.”    

William Arthur Ward

“What they never tell you about grief is that missing someone is the simple part.”  

Gail Caldwell 

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.”   

Pierre Auguste Renoir

“On the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening to love can hear the rustle of a wing.” 

Robert Ingersoll 

“I know now that we never get over great losses; we absorb them, and they carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.”   

Gail Caldwell

“You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.”  

Mahatma Gandhi

“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.”

Jackson Brown Jr. 

“Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.”  


“The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”  

G.K. Chesterton

“There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”  

Cassandra Clare

“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”  

Helen Keller

“Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time. It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.”

Leo Buscaglia 

“Grief is love not wanting to let go.”  

Earl A. Grollman

“Lucky is the spouse who dies first, who never has to know what survivors endure.” 

Sue Grafton 

“Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.” 

Ronald Reagan

“To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”  

J.K. Rowling

“I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.”

Mitch Albom

“The death of a beloved is an amputation.”  

C. S. Lewis

“May you find the strength and resolve today, to allow a deeper sense of healing to begin.”  


“If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.”

James O’Barr 

His death brings new experience to my life – that of a wound that will not heal.” 

Ernst Jünger 

“Everyone for whom I would have cried has already died.”  

Kathryn Orzech

“Remember that people are only guests in your story – the same way you are only a guest in theirs – so make the chapters worth reading.”  

Lauren Klarfeld

“All of us have parents. Generations pass. We are not unique. Now it is our family’s turn.” 

Ralph Webster

“It’s more like she left some of herself behind in the walls and the floors and the books, like there’s something she wants to tell me.”

Marie Bostwick 

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”  

Thomas Campbell

“The dead never truly die. They simply change form.”  

Suzy Kassem

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”  

Isaac Asimov

“Never. We never lose our loved ones. They accompany us; they don’t disappear from our lives. We are merely in different rooms.”

Paulo Coelho

“He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”  

Hebrew Proverb

“You don’t know how easy death is. It’s like a door. A person simply walks through it, and she’s lost to you forever.”  

Eloisa James

“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” 

Maya Angelou

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”  

George S. Patton Jr.

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we deeply love becomes a part of us.”  

Helen Keller

“Grief, no matter how you try to cater to its wail, has a way of fading away.”  

V.C. Andrews

“Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness. They are a sign of a pure heart.”

José N. Harris

“If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?” 

Jodi Picoult

“You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can stop them nesting in your hair.”  

Eva Ibbotson

“Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”  


“Loss is only temporary when you believe in God!”  

Latoya Alston

“When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.”  

Maurice Maeterlinck

“The heaviness of loss in her heart hadn’t eased, but there was room there for humor, too.”  

Nalo Hopkinson

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

“Death wasn’t a movie where the pretty star faded away with a touch of pale makeup and every hair in place.”

Soheir Khashoggi 

“The Remembrance of the good done to those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.”


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

Irving Berlin 

“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

Arthur Golden 

Wrapping Up  

Knowing that you’re not alone in your grief can lessen the pain you’re going through. We hope you enjoyed reading these quotes and that they helped you to gain closure related to your loss. If you did, don’t forget to share them with anyone else who may be going through a similar experience and needs some words of support and encouragement as well.

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.