82 Sayings for a Eulogy and/or Funeral

by Dee Young December 09, 2022 6 min read

82 Sayings for a Eulogy and/or Funeral

Are you having trouble writing a eulogy or preparing a funeral speech? Talking about death can be an extremely emotional and touchy subject. Having to speak at a funeral can be even more difficult. If you feel the pressure, consider using a few memorial quotes throughout your speech. Sometimes, quotes about love, loss, and life, express exactly what we are feeling or trying to say, but in a more eloquent way than we could manage ourselves.

Below are several memorial sayings that you can incorporate into your eulogy or discussions to help you better talk about death and deal with grief. They are split into categories: Short And To The Point, Sentimental, Religious, Uplifting, Sad, and Wise.


Short And To The Point

  1. “Life has to end, love doesn’t.” - Mitch Albom
  2. “Always on my mind, forever in our hearts.” - Unknown
  3. “You will be missed by all of us lucky to have known you. Rest in peace.” - Unknown
  4. “Go in peace - you’ve earned your rest.” - Unknown
  5. “To a life well spent - R.I.P.” - Unknown
  6. “Heaven just gained an incredible angel.” - Unknown
  7. “It’s so hard to say goodbye, but I know you’re watching over us.” - Unknown
  8. “Our friend may be gone, but his legacy will last forever.” - Unknown
  9. “This isn’t a goodbye forever, just an ‘until we meet again’.” - Unknown
  10. “Goodbye to a true friend, one who blessed us all with their amazing spirit.” - Unknown
  11. “I am who I am today because I knew you.” - Unknown
  12. “A mother is the embodiment of love.” - Unknown
  13. “You left your mark on the hearts of everyone you met.” - Unknown
  14. “Your life was our blessing, and you shall never be forgotten.” - Unknown
  15. “No one spread more love in one lifetime.” - Unknown

Sentimental

  1. “You left me beautiful memories. Your love is still my guide and though we cannot see you, you’re always by my side.” - Unknown
  2. “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.” - Unknown
  3. “My Father didn’t tell me how to live, he lived, and let me watch him do it.” - Clarence Budington Kelland
  4. “Your favorite chair is empty now, where you loved to sleep. But the memory of our happy times is our family’s to keep.” - Unknown
  5. “Sometimes the smallest beings leave the biggest impression on our hearts.” - A variation of a Winnie the Pooh saying
  6. “People leave fingerprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from.” - Ashly Lorenzana
  7. “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” - Unknown
  8. “The song has ended, but the melody lingers on.” - Irving Berlin 
  9. “My mother taught me that life was to be lived. She absolutely practiced what she preached.” - Unknown
  10. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” - Unknown
  11. “May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies, and talk to the moon.” - Unknown
  12. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.” - Ronald Reagan
  13. “A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart.” - Jennifer Williamson

Religious

  1. “You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.” - Psalm 18:28
  2. “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” - Matthew 5:4
  3. “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” - Psalm 126:5
  4. “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” - Isaiah 43:2
  5. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was.” - Hebrew Proverb
  6. “We know you’d be here with us if heaven wasn’t so far away.” - Unknown
  7. “With God’s love and grace you shall pass into heaven.” - Unknown
  8. “Angels are watching over you. Their wings wrap gently around you whispering you are loved and blessed.” - Unknown
  9. “And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor pain anymore: for the former things have passed away.” - Revelations 21:4
  10. “I will hold you in my heart, until I can hold you in heaven,” - Unknown
  11. “May you be blessed by God and greeted by angels when you enter heaven’s doors.” - Unknown
  12. “May God’s blessing welcome you with open arms at the gates of heaven.” - Unknown

Uplifting

  1. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - Winnie the Pooh
  2. “I am living proof that a shattered heart can still beat.” - Maryellen Dennis
  3. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” - Rumi
  4. “His love will come back to you in a new form.” - Liam Norfleet
  5. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” - Pierre Auguste Renoir
  6. “Death is not extinguishing the light. It is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” - Rabindranath Tagore
  7. “There is no death, only a change of worlds.” - Chief Seattle
  8. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” - Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
  9. “She loved life and it loved her right back.” - Unknown
  10. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln
  11. “Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in times of sorrow.” - Robert Louis Stevenson
  12. “I love those random memories that make me smile no matter what’s going on in my life right now.” - Unknown
  13. “It is amazing how much love and laughter he brought into our lives and even how much closer we became with each other because of him.” - Unknown
  14. “The pain of losing you only serves as a reminder of how special you really were.” - Unknown

Sad

  1. “To me, you were more than just a person. You were a place where I finally felt at home.” - Denice Envail
  2. “If you were here, things would be so different.” - Unknown
  3. “I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between seconds, but I think of you always in those intervals.” - Salvador Plascencia
  4. “The longest walk home a parent will ever take is the one after their child has “run” ahead of them.” - Unknown
  5. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” - From an Irish Headstone
  6. “Grief doesn’t have a plot. It isn’t smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end.” - Ann Hood
  7. “Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” - Kabil Gibran
  8. “I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine” - Unknown
  9. “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” - Aeschylus 
  10. “More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.” - Edna St. Vincent Millay
  11. “I am trying to remember you and let you go at the same time.” - Unknown
  12. “Sometimes, only one person is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.” - Alphonse de Lamartine
  13. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” - C.S Lewis
  14. “It's hard to turn the page when you know someone won't be in the next chapter, but the story must go on.” - Thomas Welder
  15. “He asked for so very little, but gave so very much.” - Unknown
  16. “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” - Emily Dickinson

Wise

  1. “Loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.” - Unknown
  2. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” - Helen Keller
  3. “Until one has loved, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Unknown
  4. “It is an honor to love, a blessing to have felt that much.” - Stephanie Stevens
  5. “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” - Khalil Gibran
  6. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief. But the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” - Hilary Stanton Zunin
  7. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” - Washington Irving
  8. “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
  9. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” - Thucydides
  10. “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies, but not everyone lives.” - Alan Sachs
  11. “People living deeply have no fear of death.” - Anais Nin
  12. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” - Thomas Campbell

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