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.
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
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
From a reader; "We ended my mother's funeral with the following benediction. Somehow I found it very comforting."
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
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
"This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess." Rainer Maria Rilke
"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."
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
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.
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
O Death! thou comest when I had thee least in mind!
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
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
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
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