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A Selection of Funeral Quotes


The following are a collection of some of the quotes I have collected over the years for funeral services.  I like to include quotes in the the eulogy, as a lead in to  addressing  the attributes of the deceased.


Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.

- Buddha


The following is an excellent quote to lead into the charitable, generous attributes of the deceased.

"The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth.  It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not 'to have and to hold' but 'to give and to serve'".     Sir Wilfred Grinfell


Here is another quote on generosity;

"That best portion of a good man's life, his little nameless unrememberd acts of kindness and of love."                                                       William Wordsworth


The following quote is suitable for when life has thrown a curveball, such as a terminal illness:

"Plan your future, but do it in pencil."                         Jon Bon Jovi


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The following is a quote to address the fact that the deceased had issues in their life;


"The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well."


Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, 

men cannot live without a spiritual life. 

- Buddha


On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.

- Buddha


Grief remains one of the few things that has the power to silence us. 

- Anna Quindlen


We are not content to pass away entirely from the scenes of

our delight; we would leave, if but in gratitude, a pillar and a legend.

-Robert Louis Stevenson


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My idea of man's chief end was to enrich the world with

things of beauty, and have a fairly good time myself while doing so.

- Robert Louis Stevenson 


O Death! thou comest when I had thee least in mind!

- Unknown


Death makes no conquest of this conqueror,

For now he lives in fame though not in life.

- William Shakespeare


Heaven’s calculations don’t follow man’s calculations.

- Chinese proverb


Heaven will not disappoint kind-hearted persons.

- Chinese proverb


Heaven is the place where the donkey at last catches up with the carrot.

- Anonymous


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Until we meet again, may God

Hold you in the palm of his hand.

-Irish Prayer


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;

Love leaves a memory no one can steal

- Irish Tombstone 


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Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was

- Hebrew proverb


Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present

- A.A. Milne


What the caterpillar perceives is the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning

- Buddhist saying


Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well

- Buddist saying


Most people go to their graves, with their music still in them.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Life is a sport...drink it up.

- Michael Jordan


The past is never dead, it is not even past.

- William Faulkner


To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die.

- Hallowed Ground by Thomas Campbell


Irish Blessings for death 


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