17 Encouraging Quotes Every Widow Needs to Read

Reassuring Quotes Every Widow Needs to Read

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Short and Sweet Summary: This roundup of encouraging quotes every widow needs to read gives you an opportuntity to look at things from different perspectives. Sometimes we need reminders that we’re not alone in our grief. Or that we have more power than we think we do. Or that it’s OK to be sad.

It’s easy to get swallowed up by grief for hours, days or even weeks on end. Sometimes we need to get out of our heads and into something else, anything else to take our minds of grief and loss and sorrow.

I’ve collected a group of my favorite encouraging quotes for widows to help you see things from a different perspective. Or allow yourself to release expectations. Or just to give you the boost that you need to get through the day.


You Have to Feel

Don’t close yourself off to feelings or to love. Feelings, especially love, are essential to the human condition. Cut off feelings and you cut off your connection to the world.

Life will break you encouraging quotes for widows

No One Knows How

We’re all just learning as we go along.

No one knows how encouraging quotes for widows
Being a widow is like folding a fitted sheet. No one really knows how.

Overcome Fear

Can you relate? I can’t generate as many fears when I’m active. Or when I get out of the house and am productive. But if I’m home alone and it’s quiet? Watch out!

Overcome fear with action quote for widowsquotes for widows
We generate fears while we site. We overcome them by action.

Stop Punishing Yourself

It’s OK to be angry. But it’s not OK to let it control you.

Buddha quote to encourage widows
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Ask for What You Want

My husband used to tell me this all the time.

You don't get what you don't ask for quote for widows

It’s Time to Blossom

If you’re staying stuck tight in your grief, maybe it’s time to unfold into something new.

Blossom encouraging quote for widows

Share Your Story

You never know who could use your words or benefit from hearing your story. There’s no shame in grief.

Friendship quote for widows

Which Way Will You Go?

We don’t always have to know where we’re going or how we’ll get there. Sometimes we just need to trust the process.

Leap of faith encouragement for widows

You’re Stronger Than You Know

Most people aren’t aware of your daily struggles. And that’s OK. It’s not necessary to broadcast battles others are incapable of understanding anyway. Just give yourself credit for being stronger than you think you are.

Strong people quote for widows

Take as Long as You Need

Walking through the muck of grief is hard work. And it takes as long as you need it to.

Get through it quote for widows

Rest When You Need It

Grieving is hard work. Take breaks and rest when you need to.

Rest quote for widows

Pay Attention to You

One of the biggest revelations I had after my husband died was that he wasn’t perfect. I spent a lot of time in those early years pretending that he was a saint and forgetting about me.

honor your soul quote for widows

You Are a Badass

Do people ever tell you that God doesn’t give you anything you can’t handle? Now you’ve got the perfect response.

Badass quote for widows

Joy and Pain Have Coexisted Since the Dawn of Time

You can’t have joy without sorrow. Light without dark. Grief without love. We find the context and meaning in the opposites.

Sorrow encouraging quote for widows

You’ve Had the Power All Along

You begin to shrink when you relinquish your power. Even though your grieving, you’re still in charge of you. In charge of how you want your story to play out. Instead of letting grief shrink you, why not expand your new understanding of yourself and all your capable of?

You've always had the power quote for widows

Start a New Beginning

You already know there’s no happy ending to your story. What’s the alternative now? It’s up to you.

Happy ending quote for widows

Accept What Is

No one can understand what you’re going through without going through it. You can make peace with what is when you accept that people aren’t going to know what to do, what to say or how to say it.

Namaste quote for widows

Widow Wrap Up

We all have similar, but different experiences. No two grief journeys are alike.

Use these encouraging quotes every widow needs to read as a springboard to help shape a new attitude, reclaim your power or let others off the hook.

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  1. You already know there’s no happy ending to your story. What’s the alternative now? It’s up to you.
    Wow. This hit me hard.
    I haven’t even looked that far and I havent been able to even think about my ending bc I feel like everything has ended.
    You are right.
    I love the way that you are able to express such concepts. Right between my eyes. Bam!
    I need to find my alternative. Baby steps.


    1. Yes, Antonella, baby steps. It’s surprising how far you get simply inching forward every day, however slowly. You won’t see the progress as it’s happening, but after awhile you’ll be astonished at how far you’ve come 😊.

    2. I feel like I cannot enjoy spring and summer because my husband is no longer here with me to do all the wonderful times we had together in the summer, bike riding the beach our beautiful yard and pool.it was easier getting through the winter months but now spring is a new beginning to fun and I can’t enjoy it without my partner

      1. Hi Mariannne, it’s hard to wrap your head around doing things without your partner. There are so many things! But you can enjoy anything you decide to enjoy 😊. Sometimes we just have to make a decision to miss our husbands AND do things the things that bring us joy.

  2. The “start a new beginning” concept made me weep out loud. You put words to my feelings and what I already knew to be true. “Our Story” didn’t end well. It ended abruptly, with a tragic diagnosis that turned our world. Upside down and stole my hopes and dreams and the future I wanted so desperately. Nothing can change that story. But I can start a new story. I still have a future, even if at this time it’s so clouded by the tears, pain & sorrow of widowhood.

  3. One thing I haven’t noticed here is anything about husband’s cremated remains. Has anybody had the issue of wondering what/when to do something about it? I have my husbands urn and the ashes are in an enclosed box but we didn’t decide what to do.

    1. Hi Denise, great question! I do talk about an option to create memorial jewelry out of ashes here. We personally spread my husband’s ashes in his favorite places.

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