50 Famous Quotes for Funerals and Memorial Services

In this guide, we provide 50 popular remembrance quotes read at funerals, memorial services, scattering events, tree burials, and other important events honoring a loved one who passed.

Inspirational Remembrance Quotes

Remembrance Quotes

  1. “Those we love don't go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.” ~Unknown
  2. “What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  ~Helen Keller
  3. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  ~Irish Headstone
  4. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell
  5. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
  6. “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
  7. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill
  8. “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.” ~Bessie Anderson Stanley
  9. “Death is nothing else but going home to God,
    the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” ~Mother Teresa
  10. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.” ~Jack Thorne
  11. “There are no goodbyes for us.
    Wherever you are, you
    will always be in my heart.” ~Gandhi
  12. “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought, and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” ~Leo Buscaglia
  13. “One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.” ~Antonio Porchia
  14. “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” ~Czesław Miłosz
  15. “You are remembered for the rules you break.” ~Douglas MacArthur
  16. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
    We will remember them.” ~Laurence Binyon
  17. “Beauty exists not in what is seen and remembered, but in what is felt and never forgotten.” ~Johnathan Jena
  18. “Friends come into our lives and friends leave our lives. But friends never leave our hearts. And best friends always get to stay in the best places in our hearts.” ~John M. Simmons, The Marvelous Journey Home
  19. “Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.” ~Helen Keller
  20. “Life is eternal and love is immortal; And death is only a horizon, And a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” ~Rossiter W. Raymond
  21. “Perhaps they are not 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.” ~Eskimo Proverb
  22. “For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” ~William Penn
  23. “How glorious is life after death! No more will you have to lug about this old baggage of bones, with all its troubles. You will be free in the astral heaven, unhindered by physical limitations.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda
  24. “Life is a dream walking. Death is going home.” ~Chinese Proverb
  25. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car and into another.” ~John Lennon
  26. “The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” ~Seneca
  27. “Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still.” ~William Penn
  28. “I learned from the shadow of a tree, that to and fro did sway against a wall: our shadow-selves, our influence, may fall where we ourselves can never be.” ~Anna E. Hamilton
  29. “We are all stories in the end, remembered by the adventures we had, the achievements we made and the people we loved. So make sure your story is a good one.” ~Nishan Panwar
  30. “And when we have remembered everything, we grow afraid of what we may forget. A face, a voice, a smile? A birthday? An anniversary? No need to fear forgetting, because the heart remembers always.” ~Sascha Wagner
  31. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” ~Albert Einstein
  32. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away but not that of having had one.” ~Seneca
  33. “Heaven will not disappoint kind-hearted persons.” ~Chinese proverb
  34. “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
  35. “Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” ~David Searls
  36. “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.” ~Mohammed
  37. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched… they must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller
  38. “I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used… Play, smile, think of me… All is well.” ~Henry Scott Holland
  39. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  40. “We only part to meet again. Change, as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be the faithful compass that still points to thee.” ~John Gay
  41. “I’ll remember you. When I’ve forgotten all the rest. You to me were true. You to me were the best.” ~Bob Dylan
  42. “Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.” ~Princess Bride
  43. “Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” ~Rossiter Worthington Raymond
  44. "There's a very special garden
    Where the trees of memory grow
    Nurtured by the kindness
    And concernthat good friends show.
    The roots are cherished memories of good times in the past.
    The branches tender promises that souls endure and last.
    It's a place of peace and beauty
    Where bright new hopes can start
    It's memory's lovely garden that soothes the hurting heart" ~Unknown
  45. “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” ~Nelson Henderson
  46. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” ~Unknown
  47. “Death – the last sleep? No, it is the final awakening.” ~Sir Walter Scott
  48. “Wherever you are, I am there also.” ~Beethoven
  49. “Love is eternal, the aspect may change, but not the essence.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
  50. “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” ~Maya Angelou