29 Relevant Words of Encouragement During Grief That Will Speak To Your Heart.

Words of encouragement for families during grief.  These are the messages that will help you get through the days when you are experiencing a difficult time, the whole world is falling down around you, and everything sucks. 

When you just need a reminder that pain passes and you can get through this despite the great sorrow that has taken over your life… these words of encouragement and inspirational quotes will help you find comfort and remind you how tough you are (even when you don’t feel like it).  

When my dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, we had no idea how this story would end.  Unfortunately, after a 21-month battle that an army would be proud of finding comfort and peace became our day-to-day struggle. 

Now, it’s like a blur.  For almost two years our stress levels were at the absolute max, but we rose to every single challenge cancer threw at us (even when we could barely get out of bed) …

Then everything stopped for us.  After 21 months of adventures, bucket lists, and talking about everything under the sun, we lost my dad.

So,  where do you even start trying to deal with the loss of someone who has been there for every part of your life?

The most important thing is you just do the best you can.  

Life goes on around you and you do your best to participate.  Talking with someone a family member or a close friend and getting some of this stuff off your chest will help.

Sad womans face looking down.  Text says 29 Relevent Words of Encouragement During Grief That Will Speak To Your Heart.

Some days you can’t deal with any of it and that’s okay.  You cry all day and you just can’t get it together.  

Other days you feel a little better,  it seems like you might be heading in a positive direction and there is hope that things will be okay again.  

So naturally, you feel guilty about feeling any kind of hope for the future. Then out of nowhere… you see something, burst into tears and you’re right back to where you started.

The pain of grief can feel like a sign of weakness, but it’s really just the price of loss and of love. When you’ve experienced unconditional love and then have to go through the pain of losing that beautiful soul, it shatters your world.

Whether it’s losing your best friend, the loss of a father, or a series of losses, you have to deal with grief in your own way. And the grief process, well, let’s just say you have a long way to go before you’re done with that. Time is the only cure for grief. It’s going to be difficult today, and tomorrow, and the day after that for quite a while.

Each day is its own struggle. 

The bad news is there are no “right words” that can be said to ease the pain of losing someone significant in your life.  People will express their deepest sympathy, but there is nothing that will make it easier or make it less painful.  People will try to help, but there is just nothing that will make it better, or make it go any faster.

You have to keep going. Even through the tough times.

Despite the deep grief, we have to wake up every morning and do the best you can.  Believing that your loved one is in a better place can help you through times of grief.

These words of encouragement during grief helped my family during our hardest hours of grief that rocked us to the core.  

I hope it does the same for your family.  

Words Of Wisdom During Your Grief Journey

Ocean water waves. You don’t need water to feel like you’re drowning, do you?
–Jodi Picoult
Windy road runing up through a forest... text overlay says Grief is a personal journey with no right or wrong way to process emotional healing. Everyone will need time to go through their experiences at their own pace. Grief is not a straight line. It might look different every single day. 
Shimmery hearts...text overlay says You have carried me 
in your heart
all these years, 
now, I’ll always carry you in mine. 
Young woman crying in the dark corner of the room.  Texy overlay says Every day I breathe, I’m breathing for you. 
—Ellenor J
Sunrise in a field of flowers text overlay... After you left, nothing made any sense: it felt like
the world was ending, yet the sun kept rising
day after day. 
red rose in the rain text overlay...The sky cried with me today. 
I let the rain come down hard
over me and felt you in every drop.
It’s as if even the heavens
know you belong on Earth. 
 —Faith Smith
sunset colors text overlay How do we go on after the unthinkable happens?
How can we carry the burden of knowing
the world can be cruel and dangerous,
the future so unpredictable?
How do we grieve with empty arms
and a head filled with echoing memories?
—John Mark Green
sunlight flower field text overlay We are stronger than we know, and this is how we show it: Holding 
each other,  and giving comfort in the midst of pain. 
Loving more fiercely,  through our actions and the things we say.
Making the world just a little bit better,  every single day. 
Never taking life for granted,  knowing that it can be snatched away.
This world may bring deep darkness,but we are the bearers of light.
We’ll join our flames together, and shine in the blackest of nights. 
heart hanging on a twine string in front of a slate gray wall.  Text overlay...May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Woman lying on a bed with hands covering her face... text overlay says The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.

― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler
Woman sitting on the floor with hands and feet crossed and her head down.  text overlay says Sometimes allowing yourself to cry is the scariest thing you'll ever do. And the bravest. It takes a lot of courage to face the facts, stare loss in the face, bare your heart, and let it bleed. But it is the only way to cleanse your wounds and prepare them for healing.  God will take care of the rest.

– Barbara Johnson

a heart being held by two hands.  Texy overlay says One day we will remember how lucky we were to have known their love, with wonder, not grief.
– Elizabeth Postle
Floating feathers in the sunlight.  Texy overlay says Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.

–St. John Chrystostom
Fluffy white clouds just beyond the surise.  Text overlay says In another time, in a happier place, we will meet again.  
sad woman lying her head on a table texy overlay says  You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.
— Anne Lamott
Young woman standing with her hands over her face.  Texy overlay says They say I'm sorry for your loss.
They say your heart will mend.

They say you're in a better place
and death is not the end.

They say you're reunited
with loved ones gone before.
They say that you'll be waiting
when I walk through heaven's door.

I feel their love in every word
of comfort they impart
and know that each is spoken
from deep within the heart.

But all the words of comfort,
though kind, sincere, and true,
can't take away the emptiness
I'm feeling without you.

Silloute of an Anchor tied with a knot and a sunset background.  Texy overlays says All you need is one safe anchor to keep you grounded when the rest of your life spins out of control. — Katie Kacvinsky
Orange and pink background.  Text overlay says No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in. It is so uninteresting. Yet I want the others to be about me. I dread the moments when the house is empty. 
― C.S. Lewis
Snowflakes framing a dark winter sky.  Text overlay says I give you this one thought to keep –I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.  I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still – in each new dawn.

— Cope Foundation
Woman sitting on the bed with her head in her knees.  Texy overlay says People often say I don't know how you're doing it I tell them i’m not.  Im not deciding to wake up in the morning I just do.  Then I put one foot in front of the other because there’s nothing else to do.  Whether I like it or not, my life is continuing and I have decided to be part of it.

— David Kessler
Tree blossoming in nature.  Text overlay says The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.

― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
sunrise peeking out over the clouds.  I know you feel broken, so I won’t tell you to have a wonderful day. Instead, I whisper these words to you ‘just hold on’. As the darkest days of grief start to get less, the sun will rise again for you. – Zoey Clark-Coates
Heaven shining through the clouds.  Death is not painful.  It is the most beautiful experience you will have.

― Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
feet walking through the sand.  Even now, as broken as you may feel, you are still so strong. There’s something to be said for how you hold yourself together and keep moving, even though you feel like shattering. Don’t stop. This is your healing. It doesn’t have to be pretty, or graceful. You just have to keep going.

—Maxwell Diawuoh
Red heart broken into pieces.  So here's the thing with broken hearts; No matter how you try, the pieces never fit the way they did before.

Wodden blockes pelling LOVE stacked on a table with a red heart.  Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.

― Jamie Anderson
Bright starts shining in a dark sky. Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.  –James McFadden Jr.
Stained glass window  Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you'd been before the fall.

–Jodi Picoult

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