Quotes to Read for a Funeral Service

Suggested Quotations

Death ends a life….not a relationship.

Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Life after loss is…a new normal.

Ted Bowman

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese Proverb

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Satchell Paige

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln

From A Time to Grieve, Carol Staudacher, Harper, San Francisco, 1994

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.

Mignon McLaughlin

From A Time to Grieve, Carol Staudacher, Harper, San Francisco, 1994

The most I ever did for you, was to outlive you, but that is much.

Edna St Vincent Millay

The presence of that absence is everywhere.

Edna St Vincent Millay

Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 (King James Version)

Fighting the entropy of life can make peace feel elusive, but it is always somewhere inside of us, waiting for our attention. Even when we can’t find the moments, we can believe in its ongoing presence.

Cendra Lynn

We do not remember days, we remember moments.

Cesare Pavese

From A Time to Grieve, Carol Staudacher, Harper, San Francisco, 1994

It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, (protecting its sanity), covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Two in distress suffer less.

Proverb

From A Time to Grieve, Carol Staudacher, Harper, San Francisco, 1994

At all crucial moments in our lives we want to speak without knowing what to say.

Joyce Carol Oates

From A Time to Grieve, Carol Staudacher, Harper, San Francisco, 1994

The best tribute you can make to a loved one is the life you live after the death.

Unknown

Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

Victor Hugo

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Soren Kierkegaard