Inspirational Quotes on the Death of a Husband

When a husband dies, you may want words of comfort, solace, or even inspiration as you go through the grieving process. Knowing what others have expressed in a similar situation may help you during your grief if you are the surviving spouse.

If you are looking for the right words to give to the surviving spouse, whether when writing a eulogy or a condolence letter, some quotations and poems from notable people on the death of a husband may help.

Thomas Campbell

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die."

William Penn

"They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies."

Anne Dudley Bradstreet

"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

"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

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

James Whitcomb Riley

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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."

7 Tips for Sending Condolences

  1. Don't use email. Handwrite a note.
  2. Never use social media.
  3. Make the note personal. Avoid clichés.
  4. Don't make comparisons to what others have gone through.
  5. Don't overwrite. Be real, but try to be concise.
  6. Don't offer unsolicited advice.
  7. Offer to help but only if you can realistically do so.
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