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18 Quotes About Death That Will Help You Cope With Its Imminence

Death is one of the most universally feared things for us humans. However, there are countless reasons why we fear it. For some, death brings about a fear of the unknown, whereas, for others, death is scary because of its imminence. Some people are afraid of losing a loved one more than they are of dying themselves.

When we suffer a loss, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by feelings of sorrow. Understandably, coming to grips with our mortality can be unbearable at times.

For those of you in need of some comfort, reading these quotes about death will help you come to terms with it and see it in a different light.

Calming Quotes About Death Meant to Help You Grieve

#1. “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

#2. “The reality is that we don’t forget, move on, and have closure. But rather we honor, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.” ― Harriet Schiff

#3. “We can endure much more than we think we can; all human experience testifies to that. All we need to do is learn not to be afraid of pain. Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it; don’t be overwhelmed by it. It will not last forever. One day, the pain will be gone, and you will still be there.” ― Harold Kushner

#4. “Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” — Leo Tolstoy

#5. “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

Quotes About Death That Will Strengthen Your Heart

#6. “You give yourself permission to grieve by recognizing the need for grieving. Grieving is the natural way of working through the loss of love. Grieving is not a weakness nor an absence of faith. Grieving is as natural as crying when you are hurt, sleeping when you are tired, or sneezing when your nose itches. It is nature’s way of healing a broken heart.” — Doug Manning

#7. “A feeling of pleasure or solace can be so hard to find when you are in the depths of your grief. Sometimes, it’s the little things that help get you through the day. You may think your comforts sound ridiculous to others, but there is nothing ridiculous about finding one little thing to help you feel good in the midst of pain and sorrow!” — Elizabeth Berrien

#8. “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” — Fred Rogers

#9. “A fact of life — we all die. But the positive impact you have on others will be a living legacy.” — Catherine Pulsifer

#10. “Death is but a fork in the road leading us to mysterious lands we have yet to explore. Do not fear it — embrace it!” — Unknown

#11. “Death is only a small interruption.” ― Anita Brookner

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

Profound Sayings and Quotes About Death

#13. “They say that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ― William Penn

#14. “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

#15. “Life asked death, ‘Why do people love me but hate you?’ Death responded, ‘Because you are a beautiful lie, and I am a painful truth.”— Unknown

#16. “An eternal memory… until we meet again: Those special memories will always bring a smile if only I could have you back for just a little while. Then we could sit and talk again just like we used to do, you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you’re no longer here will always cause me pain, but you’re forever in my heart until we meet again.” — Unknown

#17. “For everything in life, there is always a beginning and an end. This is the tough part, the most difficult thing when you see that it’s coming: The end.” ― Seve Ballesteros

#18. “When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” ― Tecumseh


In the end, death is only scary if you choose to see it that way. The bottom line is that you need to live a life you’re proud of living and stop worrying about what’s to come.

Yes, it’s ok to be sad when you lose a loved one, and grieving for them is a normal process. But whenever you feel as if you can’t cope with your loss, these quotes about death can help calm your heart.

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