A Selection of Funeral Quotes


The following are a collection of funeral quotes I have collected over the years for funeral and memorial services.  I like to include funeral quotes in the eulogy, as a lead-in to addressing  the character of the deceased.  Often famous quotes express our thoughts with smooth eloquence in ways that are much easier and superior to what we can invent on our own.   They can also be a powerful ending to the service or eulogy.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.          Eleanor Roosevelt

Precious jewel, you glowed, you shone, reflecting all the good things in the world.      Maya Angelou

We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through.  So, all the people you haven't told you love lately, tell them, and live your days like you mean it.     Hal Sutton

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Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo.  But what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.      Oprah Winfrey

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.        Hans C Anderson

From a reader; "We ended my mother's funeral with the following benediction.  Somehow I found it very comforting."

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Funeral Quote Suitable for Father or Mother

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

- Buddha

The following are excellent  quotes 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

"One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can." Frederick Buechner    

"This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love;  the more they give, the more they possess."  Rainer Maria Rilke

As I love nature, as I love singing birds, and flowing rivers, and morning and evening, and summer, I love thee my friend.     Thoreau

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.  And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.   Emily Dickinson

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"Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company." Rachel Naomi Remen

Another funeral quote on generosity;

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

Religious Funeral Quote

The following funeral quote is suitable for when life has thrown a curve ball, 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

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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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In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.   Paul McCartney

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

- Unknown

Remember, we all stumble, everyone of us.  That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand.                            Emily Kimbrough 

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

- Chinese proverb

When you get real old, honey, you realize there are certain things that just don't matter anymore.  You lay it all on the table.  There's a saying:  Only little children and old folks tell the truth.       Sarah Delany

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

Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.    Henry Ward Beecher.

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

- A.A. Milne

A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.

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

- Buddhist saying

If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.

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

- Buddist saying

We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.    Francis Bacon

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

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Friends are lights in winter; the older the friend, the brighter the light.  Roger Roseblatt

Life is a sport...drink it up.      - Michael Jordan

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.   Marcel Proust

The past is never dead, it is not even past.     - William Faulkner

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.       Lucille Ball

Funeral Quote

Kiss your life.  Accept it, just as it is.  Today.  Now.  So that those moments of happiness you're waiting for don't pass you by.

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.        William Arthur Ward

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.  Voltaire

Treasure this day and treasure yourself.  Truly, neither will ever happen again.    Ray Bradbury

Angels are watching over you.  Their wings warp gently around you whispering you are loved and blessed.

Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart.

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