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Words of Inspiration: Grandparents

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a grandparent

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Updated June 02, 2014

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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 grandmother or grandfather. 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.

Erma Bombeck, American humorist and author
A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween.

Author unknown
Grandpas always have time for you when everyone else is too busy.

Charles W. Shedd, American Presbyterian minister and author
Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.

Louisa May Alcott, American author
A house needs a grandma in it.

Welsh proverb
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.

Alex Haley, American author
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Ogden Nash, American poet
When grandparents enter the door, discipline flies out the window.

Abraham Lincoln, American president
I don't know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.

Irish proverb
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

Author unknown
A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.

Phyllis Theroux, American teacher and author
We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence. Grandmother was that person to me.

Jimmy Carter, American president
Because [grandparents] are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.

Author unknown
Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies.

Susan Strasberg, American actress
I loved their home. Everything smelled older, worn but safe; the food aroma had baked itself into the furniture.

Victor Hugo, French author and poet
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.

Author unknown
Grandmother–grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.

Margaret Mead, American anthropologist
Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.

Rudolph Giuliani, American politician
What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.

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