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.  

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Funeral Quotes for Mothers

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General Funeral Quotes

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

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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

Here is another funeral quote on generosity;

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

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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

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