70+ Pregnancy Loss Quotes to Help Parents Who Are Grieving

by Team Scary Mommy
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It’s difficult to come up with the right words when someone you know is coping with grief over a pregnancy loss or miscarriage. Thankfully, there are a number of meaningful, comforting, and loving pregnancy loss quotes available that are soothing and put words to a mother or parent’s heartbreak. If you’ve gone through a miscarriage, first and foremost (hugs). Pregnancy is complicated and delicate, and sometimes you’re at a loss for words. But we got you.

Whether it’s you who has miscarried or someone close to you, we found the most poignant pregnancy loss quotes to help parents cope with grief.

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  1. ” Listen for my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you.” — Nicholas Evans
  2. “Any woman who’d ever lost a child knew of the hollowness that remained within the soul.” — Brittainy C. Cherry
  3. “I guess love just wasn’t enough for us to survive. I swear, I swear, I swear I tried. You took the life right out of me. I’m so unlucky I can’t breathe. You took the life right out of me. I’m longing for your heartbeat, heartbeat.” — Beyoncé
  4. “I’m broken. We’re all broken and right now we’re all isolated within that brokenness. The cure for the loneliness is connection — connection with that broken part of ourselves and with each other — and we can’t achieve that connection while pretending we are okay. We’re not okay.” — L.M. Browning
  5. “We were going to have a baby, but we had an angel instead.” — Unknown
  6. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” — Dr Seuss
  7. “The healing power of even the most microscopic exchange with someone who knows in a flash precisely what you’re talking about because she experienced that thing too cannot be overestimated.” — Cheryl Strayed
  8. “Maybe learning to live with the question marks, recognizing that closure does not always occur, is all I really needed to do. I hadn’t expected, coming from a world that fights to see life’s beginnings in black and white, to be so comforted by a shade of gray.” — Peggy Orenstein
  9. “At sunset the little soul that had come with the dawning went away, leaving heartbreak behind it.” — L.M. Montgomery
  10. “You didn’t stay for long, but in those precious few weeks, you changed me forever.” — Zoe Clark-Coates
  11. “As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us, as long as I can, I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.” — Unknown
  12. “We do not ‘get over’ a death. We learn to carry the grief and integrate the loss in our lives. In our hearts, we carry those who have died. We grieve and we love. We remember.” — Nathalie Himmelrich
  13. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart.”— Helen Keller
  14. “It’s amazing how much people hide it. They feel like,‘What did I do wrong?’ But in so many cases you didn’t do anything at all.” — Giuliana Rancic
  15. “When a child is born, it is the mother’s instinct to protect the baby. When a child dies, it is the mother’s instinct to protect the memory.” — Unknown
  16. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — Winnie the Pooh
  17. “What my sister needed was not people urging her, as so many did, to get pregnant again as soon as possible, but acknowledgment of her loss and the violence that she experienced in that loss. She needed to know that this was not a failure or that she was a bad mother. She needed to be allowed to be not only sad but also, in her grief, to be angry. But as Gunther explained, ‘Society does not like to hear from us castaway mothers.’” — Soraya Chemaly
  18. “We do not have control over many things in life and death but we do have control over the meaning we give it.” — Nathalie Himmelrich
  19. “Just because we lost a life, doesn’t mean we have to lose ourselves.” — Tamara Gabriel
  20. “Those we have held in our arms for a short while we hold in our hearts forever.” — Unknown
  21. “When you carry a life and it’s there, and then gone, a part of your soul dies. Forever.” — Casey Wiegano
  22. “As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us.” — TC Ring
  23. “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson
  24. “I’ll love for forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” — Robert Munsch
  25. “Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.” — Unknown
  26. “I told myself, if it can happen once, it can happen again.” — Brooke Shields
  27. “A mother is never defined by the number of children you can see, but by the love that she holds in her heart.” — Franchesca Cox
  28. “There is a unique pain that comes from preparing a place in your heart for a child that never comes.” — David Platt
  29. “Sometimes it’s hard to see the rainbow when there’s been endless days of rain.” — Christina Greer
  30. “It hurts because it matters.” — John Green
  31. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” — Proverb
  32. “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.” — Unknown
  33. “Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.” — W.S. Merwin
  34. “Blaming the woman for the loss of a child is like blaming the soldier for the loss of his life in battle.” — Katherine Longshore
  35. “Babies lost in the womb were never touched by fear. They were never cold, never hungry, never alone, and importantly always knew love.” — Zoe Clark-Coates
  36. “I held you every second of your life.” — Stephanie Paige Cole
  37. “Sometimes when life doesn’t work out as you planned, there is a greater force at work.” — Deanna Kahler
  38. “Heaven and earth may separate us today, but nothing will ever change the fact that you made me a mom.” — Unknown
  39. “A mother’s grief is as timeless as her love.” — Joanne Cacciatore
  40. “In lieu of letting go of our trauma and rather than healing completely, in my experience, we learn how to carry it and there are some days when it is heavier than others. Some days, I hardly know it is there, distracted as I am by present joys and excitement; while other days, the burden is cripplingly-heavy and I can hardly breathe under the weight of grief.” — L.M. Browning
  41. “I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye, was the trouble. I wanted to kiss you goodnight, and there’s a lot of difference.” — Ernest Hemingway
  42. After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body’s way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn’t meant to be, and that it was better for everybody. But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you—thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it—and all of a sudden, it dies.” — Christie Brinkley
  43. “The one who left gentle footprints on our hearts left a story worth telling.” — Unknown
  44. “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” — Vicki Harrison
  45. “…hope is never wasted. Even if what I hoped for did not come to fruition as I had imagined, as I had hoped. Hope is placing the beautifully vulnerable parts of ourselves, our raw selves, into His hands. I believe hope moves His heart; but hope also moves our hearts into His hands. Hope builds trust.” — Natalie BrennerRelated: How To Cope With A Miscarriage
  46. “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” — Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
  47. “But the truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic. There is no adventure I would trade them for; there is no place I would rather have seen.” — Ariel Levy
  48. “Learn to see the gift in the adversity. By doing this you will begin to find true peace in your struggle.” — Stacey Urrutia
  49. “In one of the stars, I shall be living. In one of them, I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night . . . You—only you—will have stars that can laugh!” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  50. “To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself.” — Dr Burton Grebin
  51. “A life may last just for a moment, but memory can make that moment last forever.” — Unknown
  52. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.” — Edna St. Vincent Millay
  53. “Grief, I’ve learned, is really love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot give. The more you loved someone, the more you grieve. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes and in that part of your chest that gets an empty and hollow feeling. The happiness of love turns to sadness when unspent. Grief is just love with no place to go.” — Jamie Anderson
  54. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”— A. A. Milne
  55. “The one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly.” — Elizabeth Banks
  56. “The best advice that I got during counselling: Don’t judge your spouse’s grief response. Give them the freedom to grieve their own way.” — Rachel Crawford
  57. “Even those that never fully blossom bring beauty into the world.” — Unknown
  58. “And grief is not something you complete, But rather, you endure. Grief is not a task to finish. And move on, But an element of yourself-An alteration of your being.” — Gwen Flowers
  59. “Throughout my life, there were a few hard days. Days where even when I tried to be happy, my heart still cracked, and Mother’s Day was one of those. For others, it stood as a celebration. For me, it spoke of loss and failure. Because there’s no such thing as an ‘almost’ Mother’s day.” — Brittainy C. Cherry
  60. “We each love someone, even though they will die. And we keep loving them, even when they are not there to love anymore.” — Anne Enright
  61. “I carry your heart with me, I am never without it.” — E. E. Cummings
  62. “Some say you are too painful to remember. I say you are too precious to forget.” — Unknown
  63. “How very quietly you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts.” — Dorothy Ferguson
  64. “You’re never really ready to be told that there’s no heartbeat. But stay strong because life goes on and it is nobody’s fault.” — Elisabeth Canalis
  65. “We can’t deny our journey. We can’t pretend we’re fine when we’re not. All we can do is own it—own our suffering.” — L.M. Browning
  66. “Something significant in me snapped when I miscarried; that something hadnt unsnapped yet. It hadn’t been put back together and I was afraid it never would. I knew Jesus was with me, but my insides twirled threatening to take me down from the inside out. I knew He was with me, giving me permission to be in the broken parts of my story…” — Natalie Brenner
  67. “You never arrived in my arms, but you will never leave my heart.” — Zoe Clark-Coates
  68. “A life need not be long to be meaningful.” — Unknown
  69. “Every day, in every day, I am getting better and better.” — Emile Coue
  70. “Each new life, no matter how brief, forever changes the world.” — Unknown
  71. “For several days, I slept. Whether this was a necessary part of physical recovery or a stubborn retreat from waking reality, I do not know, but I woke only reluctantly to take a little food, falling at once back into a stupor of oblivion, as though the small, warm weight of broth in my stomach were an anchor that pulled me after it, down through the murky fathoms of sleep.” — Diana Gabaldon
  72. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
  73. “What does a miscarriage feel like? It feels as if you have been short-changed by nature. You will cry for what might have been but nobody will understand because they didn’t feel it.” — Unknown

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