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Zig Ziglar was a popular motivational speaker and bestselling author. He inspired many business leaders to success. Most people don’t realize Ziglar lost his daughter and wrote a detailed confession about his life as a grieving Christian. Zig Ziglar comforts many through his story of grief and faith.His encouragement will help you in a season of grieving someone you love.

“Grief is pervasive. You never get over it, but you do learn to recognize and live with it.”

“My not-so-well-hidden agenda in everything I do is to introduce people to Christ.”

“God uses grief to heal us, strengthen us in our faith, and cause us to grow in our relationship with Him.”

“While I do not believe that God causes the circumstances that result in our grief, I do believe that God uses grief as a process to show His compassion toward us, to teach us, and to bring us into greater wholeness.”

“Out of my grief has come a sense of urgency to be more effective in my witness for Christ and to pray more diligently for guidance that I might be doing all that the Lord has for me to do in this life.”

“No one is immune from the fact of grief. Grief is woven throughout the tapestry of life.”

“Virtually everyone is experiencing some type of grief to some degree.”

“Grief is perhaps the most profound way of expressing love.”

“The intensity of grief is directly related to the intensity of love. The more we love a person we have lost, the greater our grief.”

“Grief puts us into a position to trust God alone for our healing and restoration.”


“God will never walk out on you. His love is based not on our holding tightly to Him but on His holding tightly to us through all circumstances and situations.”

“God does not see time the way we see time. God measures one’s success not in terms of longevity but rather as fulfillment of one’s God-given purpose in life.”

“All that the loved one experienced in this life was experienced in only a fleeting moment against the unending panorama of heaven.”

“If our departed ones could come back to us and tell us about their experiences with the Lord in heaven, I feel certain they would tell us three things. First, they would tell us to concentrate on the way they were when they were at their best in this life. Second, they would tell us to enjoy our lives to the fullest and choose to fill them with the best memories and experiences possible. Third, they would tell us to spend more time getting to know Christ better.”

“God has purposes for our lives that we may not know this side of eternity.”

“God sees a future we cannot see. He is both omnipresent and omniscient, which means that He alone fully sees the ending from the beginning and knows precisely when to act for our full benefit.”

“We must recognize that God calls us always to trust Him and to put our faith in Him. He does not call us to be all-knowing; rather, He calls us to rely upon the fact that He is all-knowing and all-loving.”

“There are things we know about the personality, faith, and character of the person we have lost. Those things have not changed—they have only come to the point of perfection.”

“Our daughter is not missing; she is merely absent. To be absent means not to be present in a particular moment or setting. To be missing means that nobody knows where you are. We know where she is! She is not missing, only absent from us temporarily.”

“An encouraging aspect of my Christian faith and my trust in Jesus Christ is the fact that during His ministry here on earth, Christ never attended a funeral at which He did not raise the dead. Jesus is the Resurrection.”


“Coincidence is a man-made word. Miracles are God-made realities.”

“Words of prayer are the most effective words of all.”

“There truly is no substitute for the power of God’s Word to bring healing and joy into our lives.”

“To those who grieve, what a comfort it is to be assured that God fully understands our feelings and knows our needs.”

“Our healing from grief to a very great extent lies in our daily communication with the Lord.”

“Don’t expect grief to be logical.”

“I encourage you to acknowledge that you are grieving. Do not attempt to deny, avoid, or put off feelings of sadness. I have admitted I am a grieving Christian.”

“To deny or attempt to shorten the grieving process is to find yourself in even greater pain for longer periods of time. It also permits the entrance of bitterness and despair.”

“Grieving is a process that takes time; there are no shortcuts. It also takes the love and encouragement of family members and friends.”

“Sometimes giving a quick hug and just being present speak volumes to the grieving person. Answers are not the key; your presence is what counts.”

“If you trust God and ask Him to direct you in the way you comfort the grieving, you can relax in the knowledge that His will is being done.”


“A message that is always welcome to the grieving person is actually very simple: “I’m sorry. I’m praying for you. I really care.”

“There are those who say and believe that Satan killed or snatched away the loved one. Scripturally that is inaccurate. Psalm 139:16 asserts that God, not Satan, has our days numbered. Christ met Satan in battle and defeated him.”

“Heaven is too sweet, and hell is too hot, to gamble with salvation, especially when God has given us a clear and certain way of securing our eternal future. The instructions on how to receive God’s offer of free salvation are sprinkled throughout His Book. I encourage you to read prayerfully every instance related to one’s salvation and eternal life.”

“The Lord who allows each of us to grieve differently also knows and provides precisely what will bring comfort to our hearts.”

“Grief does not rest entirely on the amount of LOVE we had for the deceased. In some cases, grief seems intensified based upon the NEED a person had for the loved one.”

“My fellowship with my daughter has not ended because she is in heaven. She is still very much present in my mind and heart.”

“It is natural to talk about someone you love. That is true whether the person is alive on this earth or present with the Lord… I believe that conversation is a priceless healer.”

“To continue to do the work that God has put before us to do is a form of spiritual warfare; it is a statement in the spiritual realm that we will not be defeated in our God-given purpose in life despite what the enemy of our souls might have intended as a stumbling stone or brick wall.”

“I have talked to a number of people whose ministries have become even more effective after the death of a loved one. These people continued their work, and they did so with greater faith and reliance upon God. And God honored and blessed their expression of trust in Him with incredible results.”

“It is the Lord in me and through me who is accomplishing His purposes. I am grateful to be a vessel He can use.”

“If we have a clear vision of heaven and of God’s grace and love that enable eternal life to be possible in the future, as well as a present reality, we will want every person we encounter to accept Jesus as Savior.”


“Out of the expression of our faith, God can and does work His miracles.”

“Choose to draw upon the strength of others. Choose to see the strength in the one you love who has died. Choose to move forward on the foundation of strength your loved one has contributed to your life.”

“Every moment of every day takes on a little different perspective after the loss of a loved one, and priorities are readjusted.”

“How we choose to show our love is just as important, I believe, as the fact that we love.”

“God will impart to each of us His strength and grace to do what He has called us to do. It is up to us to choose to continue to walk with boldness and faith the path He unfolds before us.”

“When we lose someone to death. We become immediately aware of how much we loved that person, and we are also more aware of the many ways in which he needed us and we needed him—in other words, of the bonds of the relationship we enjoyed.”

“Every child is unique and irreplaceable and deserves to be loved unconditionally with all of a parent’s heart. That love does not end in death, but neither should love for the “lost child” be expressed to the point of neglecting to express and show love for the remaining children.”

“The grieving parent is wise to rejoice in the fact that he has loved, that he does love, and that he will continue to love.”

“Love does not die with death.”

“Love is a vital ingredient of life.”

“Love is intended to be given. It cannot be stored up. If you truly want to have a lot of love, you must continually give a lot of love.”

“Nothing satisfies the human heart as much as love does.”

“The truth is, if we do not express deep love for a person, we are likely to experience substantial guilt at his passing.”


“My message to you is simple: do everything in your power to build and maintain good relationships with those whose paths you cross. If a relationship is broken, particularly if you have had a part in the breaking of it, go to the person and ask for forgiveness. Seek to mend the relationship, and do it now. A major burden will lift from your heart, and you will avoid an even greater buildup of guilt or bitterness.”

“Resentment toward another person becomes acid in the human soul and takes a toll on your life.”

“Guilt is a by-product of unforgiveness.”

“Spend time with those you love; that is an unspoken way of saying, “I love you.” Your presence is a gift of love to a person who loves you in return.”

“We long to be with the Lord, but we don’t want to leave loved ones. We are eager to reach the destination of life’s journey, and yet we are not eager to leave behind those who walk life’s road. My grief has known this same two-sided reality. On the one hand, I have sorrow; on the other, abundant joy.”

“Many things related to grief are choices. Will we choose to place our focus on missing the person or giving thanks for the gift of God that the person was to us?”

“What a wonderful thing it is to leave a legacy of joy. What an enviable thing it is to have others see the joy of loving and serving Christ in all that you do.”

“The freedom of choice is one of our most precious gifts, and I encourage you to choose to have joyful memories today of the loved ones you may have lost. Choose joy as their legacy to you. It is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to yourself in their memory.”

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

“Move from survival to stability, from stability to success, from success to significance.”

“Make today worth remembering.”

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