Many people have their first experience with death when a grandparent dies. These deaths are particularly poignant, not only because they are often the first, but because losing a grandma or grandpa is incredibly sad.
Our grandparents are our biggest fans. They are the heart and soul of the family. They know the value of traditions, and they know all the family stories.
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- Sad “Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes
- Inspiring “Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes
- “Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes for a Final Goodbye
If you recently lost a grandma, you may be wondering how to announce it to your friends. Of course, some use social media to share such news with extended members of the family as well as friends. Others may send a text to share the information. As you may be feeling numb with grief, let us help you find the appropriate words to let others know your devastating news. Here are some alternatives to “rest in peace, grandma.”
Tip: If you've lost a grandmother, you and your family might be sorting through the life she left behind. Our post-loss checklist can help you understand which tasks to tackle next.
Sad “Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes
Thankfully, there are poets, songwriters, and great thinkers who have a penchant for using the exact right words to express a thought or feeling. Here are some rest in peace quotes to help you tell others how sad you are that your beloved grandmother died.
1. “Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them.” —George Eliot
Even decades after the death of your grandma, you may smell or taste something and immediately be transported back to your grandmother’s kitchen. Perhaps the smell of peonies makes you think of your Mimi, or maybe it’s the taste of stale vanilla wafers. Those flashes of memory will be a comfort to you as you navigate life without your beloved matriarch.
2. “Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection.” —The Book of Common Prayer
Although many think that this often-quoted phrase is from the Bible, it is actually from the Book of Common Prayer.
3. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.” —Unknown
You may never “get over” the death of your grandma, although your grief may change with time.
4. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” —Jonathan Harnisch
Perhaps the death of your grandma was unexpected and you’re sad that you never got the chance to say goodbye.
5. “For no soul can ever be replaced, and death claims a beauty and a magnificence that will always be missed.” —Jocelyn Soriano
Joycelyn Soriano writes about grief and death. Her books may be a useful resource for those who need help navigating through their grief.
Inspiring “Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes
Yes, it is normal to feel sad when someone dies, but you may also feel a series of complex emotions that are difficult to describe. Here are some “inspiring” rest in peace quotes to help you articulate the myriad feelings you may be experiencing.
6. “So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last, we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep.” —Henry Ward Beecher
If you and your grandma are Christians, you may not feel the sting of death as sharply as those who do not believe in the afterlife. In fact, if your grandmother was ill for a while, you may feel comforted that she has quietly fallen asleep on the bosom of Christ.
7. “Never the spirit was born, the spirit shall cease to be never. Never was time it was not, end and beginning are dreams.” —Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is a Hindu scripture that discusses (among other topics) the meaning and purpose of life, death, the afterlife. Perhaps this quote will allow you to explain how you feel as you grapple with the knowledge of your grandma’s death.
8. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way, so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.” —Ray Bradbury
Perhaps your grandma lived a quiet life. Maybe she never traveled the world, had a high-paying job, or had dozens of friends. But she was important to you, and that’s all that matters.
9. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” —Thomas Campbell
Share stories about your grandma with your children and grandchildren. Let the memory of your grandma live on with the subsequent generations, so she is more than a faded image in a black and white photograph.
10. “Death is not the end. Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveler. The soul is the guide.” —Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy was a meditation teacher from India who moved to New York City.
“Rest In Peace” Grandma Quotes for a Final Goodbye
You may say a series of final goodbyes to your grandma. In fact, your “goodbyes” may never end. Here are some ways to express the finality of death.
11. “It is well with my soul.” —Horatio Spafford
This is a title from a favorite hymn written in the 1870s. Perhaps you are at peace at the death of your grandma because you know that she no longer suffers and is in a better place. This is a “rest in peace” alternative.
12. “A peaceful death is the greatest gift that life can give us.” —Saim A. Cheeda
Was your grandma able to die peacefully with her beloved family surrounding her? We hope that this blessing gives you peace.
13. “this loss feels like an ache between my ribs / it’s sad and scary / but soft and steady” —Emmy Marucci
If you feel sad about the death of your grandma, share your feelings with others. If you don’t feel like putting on a brave face, don’t do it.
14. “The sorrow we feel when we lose a loved one is the price we pay to have had them in our lives.” —Rob Liano
There are many quotes about death similar to this one. If given a choice, we would all choose to have our loved ones in our lives, even though it means that we will one day suffer deep grief.
15. “Deep down inside we always seek for our departed loved ones.” —Munia Khan
Of course, we want our loved ones to “rest in peace,” but at the same time, we may long for them for the rest of our lives.
16. “The greatest love story is not Romeo and Juliet who died together, but Grandma and Grandpa who grew old together.” —Unknown
This often-shared meme might be especially appropriate if your grandparents had a long and happy marriage. This is an excellent quote about grandparents, even if we don’t know who first said it.
17. “My grandmother taught me everything except how to live without her.” —Unknown
What did you learn from your grandma? Maybe you learned practical skills, or perhaps she taught you by example.
18. “To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” —J.K. Rowling
Did your grandma have an adventurous spirit? Can you envision embracing the afterlife just as she grasped everything from life? Rowling’s wisest character from the Harry Potter series, Albus Dumbledore, shared this wisdom.
What Feelings Are You Trying to Express?
Do you feel deep sadness and devastation at the loss of your grandma? Do you feel at peace, knowing that she is no longer suffering? Do you ache for your grandpa because you know that his life will never be the same? Perhaps you feel angry that others still have their grandparents, and you think that life isn’t fair. Maybe you wake up each morning and are sad to be reminded that someone you love is gone.
Not everyone reacts to death the same way, and your feelings may change over time. Hopefully, we have given you a quote or two that reflects how you are feeling now that your grandma is gone.