Words of Inspiration: Husband

Quotes on the Death, Dying and Grief Caused by the Loss of a Husband

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a husband. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Amy Winehouse, English singer and songwriter
My husband is everything to me and without him it's just not the same.

Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Meryl Streep, American actress
You just have to keep on doing what you do. It's the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.

William Penn, English reformer and founder of Pennsylvania
They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.

Anne Dudley Bradstreet, English poet
To My Dear and Loving Husband:
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.


The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever[e]
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Henry Scott Holland, English professor
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Ann Druyan, American author
The way he treated me & the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other & our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday.

James Whitcomb Riley, American poet and author
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair

It needs must be, since he lingers there.
And you -- oh you, who the wildest yearn
For an old-time step, and the glad return,
Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love of There as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same. I say,
He is not dead -- he is just away.

Joan Rivers, American comedienne
My husband wanted to be cremated. I told him I'd scatter his ashes at Neiman Marcus -- that way, I'd visit him every day.

Steve Carell, American actor
My maternal grandma was a tough, tough lady and a stern woman who lost her husband young and raised six kids by herself.

She lived in a mining community in Upstate New York and ran a boarding house for miners. She took care of an entire family and miners who lived in the house as well.

Anna Nicole Smith, American model and actress
I have been alone since my husband died. I stay in my home. I don't date. It's hard to date when you're at home. Nobody knows you.

Donald Cargill, Scottish religious leader
It is long since I could have adventured on eternity, through God's mercy and Christ's merits; but death remained somewhat terrible, and that now is taken away; and now death is no more to me, but to cast myself into my husband's arms, and to lie down with Him.

Joan Sutton, Canadian journalist and author
I weep no tears because my husband has died. I do weep tears for the lost years. I weep tears for the young family members deprived by Alzheimer's of the opportunity to truly know him. And, oh yes, I weep tears for myself, for the silence of the house -- how can it be so quiet, when it was never really noisy? I weep for the emptiness of the days that stretch before me without someone to care for, I weep for the uncertain future; I weep for the loosened ties. I am rudderless.

Joyce Carol Oates, American author
Of the widow's countless death-duties there is really just one that matters: on the first anniversary of her husband's death the widow should think I kept myself alive.

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