Here Are Some of My Favorite Quotes on Death, Dying, and Grief

“And can it be that in a world so full and busy, the loss of one weak creature makes a void in any heart so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up.”  –Charles Dickens

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” –Kahil Gibran

“The mind has a dumb sense of vast loss – that is all.  It will take mind and memory months and possibly years to gather the details and know the whole extent of the loss.” -Mark Twain

“Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live” –-Henry Van Dyke

“Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect.  The wisest know nothing.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.” — Henry Maudsley

“Good-night! Good-night! As we so oft have said 
beneath this roof at midnight, in the days 
that are no more, and shall no more return.  
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
 I stay a little longer, as one stays 
to cover up the embers that still burn.”       
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

“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

“My grief lies all within, and these external manner of lament are merely shadows to the unseen grief that swells with silence in the tortured soul.” — William Shakespeare

“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

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”  — Thich Nhat Hanh

“Tears have a wisdom all their own. They come when a person has relaxed enough to let go and to work through his sorrow. They are the natural bleeding of an emotional wound, carrying the poison out of the system. Here lies the road to recovery.”     — F. Alexander Magoun

Resources for Grievers

To Find a Bereavement Group for Children, Teens, or a Family Member Contact:

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families

3909 SE 52nd Avenue

Portland, OR 97206


There is also a “Center Locator” which is listed at that lists bereavement centers in the US, Canada and several other countries.

Comfort Zone Camp offers bereavement camps free of charge for children ages 7-17 who have lost a parent, primary caretaker, or sibling. Please visit for more information.

Motherless Daughter Groups: These are groups of women who come together to share about their experiences of having lost their mothers.  At this point there are a lot of motherless daughter groups.  Just google Motherless Daughters + the city you are living in to find the closest one.

Growth House Inc. provides information for end of life care and life-threatening illnesses.

Below Are Some of My Favorite Books on Death, Dying, and Grief

Books About the Death of the Mother

Books About the Death of the Father

Books About the Death of Parents During Childhood

Books to Help Parents Guide Their Children Through the Death of a Loved One

Memoirs About the Loss of Parents in Childhood

Memoirs About the Loss of a Spouse

Memoirs About the Loss of a Parent in Adulthood

Memoirs About the Death of a Child

General Books on Death and Dying

Children’s Books on Death

Memoirs By People Who Are Dying

Some of My Favorite DVD’s About Death and Dying

2 Responses to Resources

  1. Amy Stillwell says:

    Thank you so much for these resources. They are so helpful. I am reading several books that you have recommended so I can help my brother and sister-in-law navigate this terrible situation with their 4 kids. You are a blessing beyond measure! :) )

  2. LML says:

    The Kahil Gibran quote interprets grief in a lovely way. Thank you for compiling these encouraging quotes and sharing these varied resources.

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