Funeral Poetry Whether religious or non religious, the reading of a poem or verse at the funeral can be a very powerful and moving sentiment, especially if read by a friend or family member. There are of course hundreds of poems to choose from, you may have your own favourite, or wish to write something new, or have something especially new written, but if inspiration is alluding you, here we have a suitable selection to help you get started.
She Is Gone (He Is Gone) You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. (David Harkins)
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die. (Mary Frye)
Success To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not for long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that once we shared Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take And each must go alone. It's all part of the master plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart Go the friends we know. Laugh at all the things we used to do Miss me, but let me go.
When I am dead my dearest Sing no sad songs for me Plant thou no roses at my head Nor shady cypress tree Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet And if thou wilt remember And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows, I shall not fear the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on as if in pain; And dreaming through the twilight That doth not rise nor set, Haply I may remember, And haply may forget.
Funeral Blues Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. (W H Auden)
Remember Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you planned: Only remember me; you understand It will be late to counsel then or pray. Yet if you should forget me for a while And afterwards remember, do not grieve: For if the darkness and corruption leave A vestige of the thoughts that once I had, Better by far you should forget and smile Than that you should remember and be sad. (Christina Rossetti)
Death Is Nothing At All Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room I am I and you are you Whatever we were to each other That we are still Call me by my old familiar name Speak to me in the easy way you always used Put no difference into your tone Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow Laugh as we always laughed At the little jokes we always enjoyed together Play, smile, think of me, pray for me Let my name be ever the household word that it always was Let it be spoken without effort Without the ghost of a shadow in it Life means all that it ever meant It is the same as it ever was There is absolute unbroken continuity What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval Somewhere very near Just around the corner All is well. Nothing is past; nothing is lost One brief moment and all will be as it was before How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again! (Canon Henry Scott-Holland)
There is no night without a dawning No winter without a spring And beyond the dark horizon Our hearts will once more sing .... For those who leave us for a while Have only gone away Out of a restless, care worn world Into a brighter day (Helen Steiner Rice)
Our memories build a special bridge When loved ones have to part To help us feel were with them still And soothe a grieving heart They span the years and warm our lives Preserving ties that bind Our memories build a special bridge And bring us peace of mind (Emily Mathews)
You've just walked on ahead of me And I've got to understand You must release the ones you love And let go of their hand.
I try and cope the best I can But I'm missing you so much If I could only see you And once more feel your touch.
Yes, you've just walked on ahead of me Don't worry I'll be fine But now and then I swear I feel Your hand slip into mine.
If I should die before the rest of you Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone Nor, when I'm gone, speak in a Sunday voice, But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must Parting is hell. But life goes on. So sing as well. (Joyce Grenfell)
If I should die and Leave you here awhile Be not like others sore undone, Who keep long vigils By the silent dust and weep. For my sake turn again To life and smile Nerving thy heart And trembling hand to do Something to comfort Other hearts than thine. Complete these dear Unfinished Tasks of mine, And I, perchance May therein comfort you. (Mary Lee Hall)
At every turning of my life I came across Good friends, Friends who stood by me Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell My friends I smile and Bid you goodbye. No, shed no tears For I need them not All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad Do think of me For that's what I'll like. When you live in the hearts Of those you love Remember then You never die. (Rabindranath Tagore)
Not, how did he die, but how did he live? Not, what did he gain, but what did he give? These are the units to measure the worth Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth. Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed? But had he befriended those really in need? Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer, To bring back a smile, to banish a tear? Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say, But how many were sorry when he passed away? (Anonymous)
When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: With showers and dewdrops wet; And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget..
I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on, as if in pain; And dreaming through the twilight That doth not rise nor set, Haply I may remember And haply may forget. (Christina Rossetti)
Man in the Arena It is not the critic that counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who at best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)
A Reflection on an Autumn Day I took up a handful of grain and let it slip flowing through my fingers, and I said to myself
This is what it is all about. There is no longer any room for pretence. At harvest time the essence is revealed - the straw and chaff are set aside, they have done their job. The grain alone matters - sacks of pure gold.
So it is when a person dies the essence of that person is revealed. At the moment of death a person's character stands out happy for the person who has forged it well over the years. Then it will not be the great achievement that will matter, nor, how much money or possessions a person has amassed. These like the straw and the chaff, will be left behind. It is what he has made of himself that will matter. Death can take away from us what we have, but it cannot rob us of who we are.
Irish Blessing May the roads rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the palm of his hand. (Anon)
Tis only we who grieve They do not leave They are not gone They look upon us still They walk among the valleys now They stride upon the hill Their smile is in the summer sky Their grace is in the breeze Their memories whisper in the grass Their calm is in the trees Their light is in the winter snow Their tears are in the rain Their merriment runs in the brook Their laughter in the lane Their gentleness is in the flowers They sigh in autumn leaves They do not leave They are not gone Tis only we who grieve (Anon)
If only we could see the splendour of the land To which our loved ones are called from you and me We'd understand If only we could hear the welcome they receive From old familiar voices all so dear We would not grieve If only we could know the reason why they went We'd smile and wipe away the tears that flow And wait content. (Anon)
For a Burial Into the darkness and warmth of the earth We lay you down Into the sadness and smiles of our memories We lay you down Into the cycle of living and dying and rising again We lay you down May you rest in peace, in fulfilment, in loving May you run straight home in God's embrace (Ruth Burgess)
For a Cremation Into the freedom of wind and sunshine We let you go Into the dance of the stars and the planets We let you go Into the wind's breath and the hands of the star maker We let you go We love you, we miss you, we want you to be happy Go safely, go dancing, go running home (Ruth Burgess) The Road Not Taken~ by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
Gates of Prayer As long as we live, they too will live; For they are now a part of us: As we remember them! At the rising sun and at its going down we remember them. At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter we remember them. At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring we remember them. At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer we remember them. At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of the autumn we remember them. At the beginning of the year and when it ends we remember them. As long as we live, they too will live, for they are now a part of us. As we remember them. When we are weary and in need of strength we remember them. When we are lost and sick at heart we remember them. When we have decisions that are difficult to make we remember them. When we have joy we crave to share we remember them. When we have achievements that are based on theirs we remember them. For as long as we live, they too will live, For they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
The Final Flight-Also called " I'm Free" ~ by Anonymous Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard his call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way, I’ve found that peace at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My Life’s been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch,
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.
Memory Can Tell Us Only What We Were~ by Richard Fife Memory can tell us only what we were, In company with those we loved; It cannot help us find out what each of us, Alone, must now become. Yet, no person is really alone; Those who live no more still echo Within our thoughts and words, And what they did has become Woven into what we are.
Then while we live, in Love by Isla Paschal Richardson If I should ever leave you, Whom I love To go along the silent way...Grieve not. Nor speak of me with tears. But laugh and talk of me As if I were beside you there. (I'd come... I'd come, Could I but find a way! But would not tears and And grief be barriers?) And when you hear a song Or see a bird I loved, Please do not let the thought of me Be sad...for I am loving you Just as I always have... You were so good to me! There are so many things I wanted still to do... So many things I wanted to say to you... Remember that I did not fear... It was Just leaving you That was so hard to face. We cannot see beyond... But this I know: I loved you so... 'twas heaven here with you
Not in Vain by Emily Dickinson If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.
It Was Not Death, for I Stood Up by Emily Dickinson It was not death, for I stood up, And all the dead lie down; It was not night, for all the bells Put out their tongues, for noon. It was not frost, for on my flesh I felt siroccos crawl, – – Nor fire, for just my marble feet Could keep a chancel cool. And yet it tasted like them all; The figures I have seen Set orderly, for burial, Reminded me of mine, As if my life were shaven And fitted to a frame, And could not breathe without a key; And it was like midnight, some, When everything that ticked has stopped, And space stares, all around, Or grisly frosts, first autumn morns, Repeal the beating ground. But most like chaos,– – stopless, cool,– – Without a chance or spar, – – Or even a report of land
If Death is Kind by Sara Teasdale Perhaps if death is kind, and there can be returning, We will come back to earth some fragrant night, And take these lanes to find the sea, and bending Breathe the same honeysuckle, low and white. We will come down at night to these resounding beaches And the long gentle thunder of the sea, Here for a single hour in the wide starlight We shall be happy, for the dead are free.
Footprints in the sandOne night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints; other times there were one set of footprints. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints. So I said to the Lord, "You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?" The Lord replied, "The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you”.
I'm Free by Anonymous Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God has laid you see. I took His hand when I heard him call I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to work, to play. Tasks left undone must stay that way I found that peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void Then fill it with remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life's been full, I savored much Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee God wanted me now; He set me free.
In the presence of death by Rodney Murphy In the presence of death we stand awkward, and ill at ease; For death is a well-known stranger whom we recognize, but do not wish to know; But death is not a thing in itself, but a stage in the journey of life, through which all must pass. It may come swiftly and catch us unawares, or slowly with leaden feet; but death comes to all who live, and in so doing heightens the understanding of the one we know.
Gone From My Sight ~by Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says; "There, she is gone!" "Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout; "Here she comes!" And that is dying
I Live On Don’t cry for me in sadness; don’t weep for me in sorrow, For I will be beside you, as sure as comes tomorrow. My body has gone but my spirit lives on, as does my love For you. Just as in life. I’ll watch over you, I always will be true. My blood lives on in my children, how I’ve watched them grow up with pride. I’ll live on within them, always by their side. I know my jokes weren’t always funny and jobs weren’t Always done. Just try and always remember the good times the days when We had fun. Reach out if you need me, for I will always be near. Just talk to me, as if I am there, I promise I will hear. For I’ll live on, with in your mind, we’ll never be apart, As long as you keep my memory, deep within your heart. So lift up your hearts, don’t be sad, my spirit hasn’t gone. While your still there, so am I, I really will live on
Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where this is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life
Flanders Fields by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields
Take up our quarrels with the foe, To you from failing hands we throw The torch, be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields
Poem of Life ~ Author Unknown Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what's to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay... Our destination is a place Far greater than we know. For some the journey's quicker, For some the journey's slow. And when the journey finally ends, We'll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the lord.
To Those Whom I love & Those Who Love Me When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do, You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears, But be thankful we had so many good years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess How much you've given me in happiness. I thank you for the love that you have shown, But now it is time I traveled on alone.
So grieve for me a while, if grieve you must, Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It is only for a while that we must part, So treasure the memories within your heart. I won't be far away for life goes on. And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near. And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear, All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and a 'Welcome Home'.
Remember it all When I no longer stand here by your side, At night beneath the moonlit milky way; When I no longer kneel with you and pray, And swear to you with stern, unshaking pride That I will never travel far away... When I my faithful promises betray, And on the far side of the earth I hide; When all my words of poetry have died, And there is nothing more for me to say, When I have left you, though I swore I'd stay... Remember me, though fires within me play, Though you no longer hold me in your trust. Remember me in anger, if you must. Remember though our books of lore shall lay Forgotten, lost, and blanketed in dust. Only then will rubies turn to rust, And lava roll and pour with flaming coal From the pits of your volcanic soul, While destruction paints my heartbeat black. Remember me. Remember I'll come back. And I will kneel again with you and pray, And I will stand again with you one day, A thousand words, then, there will be to say... At night beneath the moonlit milky way. - Anna Williams
Poem of Life Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what's to be, A resting place along the road, to sweet eternity. We all have different journeys, Different paths along the way, We all were meant to learn some things, but never meant to stay... Our destination is a place, Far greater than we know. For some the journey's quicker, For some the journey's slow. And when the journey finally ends, We'll claim a great reward, And find an everlasting peace, Together with the lord Author unknown
Miss Me, But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, Why cry for a soul set free! Miss me a little - but not for long And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me, but let me go. For this journey that we all must take And each must go alone; It's all a part of the Master's plan A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds. Miss me, but let me go.
- Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959) Death ends a life, not a relationship.
When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~Kabir
Earth has one angel less, and heaven one more since yesterday. Already, kneeling at the throne, she has received her welcome, and is resting on the bosom of her Saviour. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Death is the quiet haven of us all. ~William Wordsworth God’s finger touched him, and he slept. ~Alfred Tennyson There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. ~Author Unknown Do not fear death, fear the unlived life. ~Natalie Babbitt Every man dies. Not every man lives. ~Tim Robbins
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there light is from within. ~Elizabeth Kubler Ross
To the unbeliever, death is the end; to the believer, the beginning ~Author Unknown
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
Inspirational Quotes: Funeral Quotes and Headstone Sayings below may be used in a eulogy, memorial service, funeral program, or ideas for a headstone inscription
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. ~Unknown
Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral with mourning, for I still live as I pass to and from through the mouths of men. ~Quintus Ennius
If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master. ~Michelangelo
Our care should not be to have lived long as to have lived enough. ~Seneca
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass. ~Chuck T. Falcon
He who has hope has everything. ~Arabian Proverb
Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you. ~Richard Bach
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. ~Eskimo legend
Say not in grief: "He is no more", but live in thankfulness that he was. ~Hebrew Proverb
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace. ~Helen Keller
A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.
Life is given to us, we earn it by giving it.
Let the dead have the immortality of fame, but the living the immortality of love. ~Tagore
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard
Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark. ~Anonymous
Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can. ~Henry Drummond
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are. ~Bernice Johnson Reagon
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch--what make you go beyond the norm. ~Anonymous
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. ~Mohammed It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. ~Chinese Proverb
I look at life as a gift of God. Now that he wants it back, I have no right to complain. ~Joyce Cary
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. ~Cherokee Expression
Whoever brought me here, will have to take me home. ~Rumi
The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. ~Lucan Death--the last sleep? No, the final awakening. ~ Walter Scott
Good men must die, but death can not kill their names. ~ Proverbs
It is good to die before one has done anything deserving death. ~ Anaxandrides
There is a dignity in dying that doctors should not dare to deny. ~ Anonymous
I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. ~ Winston Churchill
Do not seek death. Death will find you. But seek the road which makes death a fulfillment. ~ Dag Hammarskjöld
We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.~ David Sarnoff
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
God's finger touched him, and he slept. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. ~ Richard Bach Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. ~ William Shakespeare
Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. ~ Luke 2:29
For death begins with life's first breath, and life begins at the touch of death ~ John Oxenham
As men, we are all equal in the presence of death. ~ Publilius Syrus
Death -- the last voyage, the longest and the best. ~ Thomas Wolfe
Nothing you can lose by dying is half as precious as the readiness to die, which is man's charter of nobility. ~ George Santayana
There is but one freedom, To put oneself right with death. After that everything is possible. I cannot force you to believe in God. Believing in God amounts to coming to terms with death. When you have accepted death, the problem of God will be solved--and not the reverse. ~ Albert Camus
Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. ~ David Searls
Knowledge by suffering entereth, and life is perfected by death. ~ Elizabeth Barret Browning
If God hath made this world so fair, Where sin and death abound, How beautiful beyond compare Will paradise be found! ~ James Montgomery
Death came with friendly care; The opening bud to heaven conveyed, And bade it blossom there. ~ Samuel Taylor
There is no death! What seems so is transition; This life of mortal breath Is but a suburb of the life elysian, Whose portal we call Death. ~ Henry W. Longfellow
In death a hero, as in life a friend! ~ Alexander Pope
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. ~ Vladimir Nobokov
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men. ~ Herodotus
It is a far, far better thing that I do, than anything I have ever done; it is a far, far, better rest that I go to, than I have ever known. ~ Charles Dickens
I am going to seek the great Perhaps. ~ Francois Rabelais
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~ George S. Patton, Jr.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. ~ E. E. Cummings
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. ~ Charles Darwin
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
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. ~ Ayn Rand
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~ Henry David Thoreau
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Teddy Roosevelt
Everyone must row with the oars he has. ~ English Proverb
God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas, but for scars. ~ Elbert Hubbard
Until you know that life is interesting--and find it so--you haven't found your soul. ~ Geoffrey Fisher
It is not length of life, but depth of life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ~ William Jones
To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground. ~ Stephen R. Covey
It's the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, 'till we find our place, on the path unwinding. ~ Elton John
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. ~ Frank Herbert
The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it. ~ Moliere
The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet. What you perceive is in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs. Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think, act and talk negatively and your world will be negative. Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results. ~ Michael LeBeuf
To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth. Anonymous
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. ~ Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Those who wish to sing always find a song. ~ Swedish Proverb
And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~ Grandma Moses
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart. ~ Helen Keller
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else. ~ Chinese Proverb
I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. ~ Thomas Jefferson
If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world. ~ Chinese Proverb
Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends! Hath he not always treasures, always friends, The good great man? Three treasures -- love and light, And calm thoughts, regular as infants' breath; And three firm friends, more sure than day and night -- Himself, his Maker, and the angel Death. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Life let us cherish, while yet the taper glows, And the fresh flow'ret pluck ere it close; Why are we fond of toil and care? Why choose the rankling thorn to wear? ~ J. M. Usteri
That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life's star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy. ~ William Wordsworth
It's often said that life is strange. But compared to what? Steve ForbertTo laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who's now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that's what it's all about after all. ~ Anonymous
The journey is the reward. ~ Tao Saying
Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. ~ Ralph W. Sockman
Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass. ~ Ann Landers
God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ~ Revelation 21:4
Bear patiently, my heart, for you have suffered heavier things. ~ Homer
I think only through suffering all our wonderful human qualities come out in us. Unless and until you suffer, how will you understand other's suffering? ~ Sree Chakravarti
It requires more courage to suffer than to die. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
That which does not kill me makes me stronger. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
I walked a mile with Pleasure. She chattered all the way. But left me none the wiser For all she had to say. I walked a mile with Sorrow And ne'er a word said she; But oh, the things I learned from her When Sorrow walked with me! ~ Robert Browning
Honest listening is one of the best medicines we can offer the dying and the bereaved. ~ Jean Cameron
You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ~ Helen Keller
There is nothing the body suffers which the soul may not profit by. ~ George Meredith
Sometimes, when one person is absent, the whole world seems depopulated ~ Allphonse de Lamartine
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. ~ Alphonse de Lamartine
Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. ~ Elie Weisel
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. ~ Mark Twain
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. ~ Helen Keller
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. ~ Helen Keller
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. ~ George Sheehan
People living deeply have no fear of death. ~ Anais Nin
Happiness depends upon ourselves. ~ Aristotle I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. ~ Gilda Radner Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it. ~ Somerset Maughan
Trials give you strength, sorrows give understanding and wisdom. ~ Chuck T. Falcon Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. -Francis Bacon
Fear not death, for the sooner we die the longer we shall be immortal. -Benjamin Franklin For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance. -Kahlil Gibran Death is the most beautiful adventure in life. -Charles Frohman If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend. - Stone Temple Pilots Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. -Isaac Asimov Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come. - Rabindranath Tagore While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. -John Taylor A man is not completely born until he is dead. -Benjamin Franklin Is death the last sleep? No--it is the last and final awakening. - Sir Walter Scott. Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. -Mark Twain Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon. It is a transition into a higher state of consciousness, where you continue to perceive, to understand, to laugh, to be able to grow, and the only thing you lose is something you don't need anymore . . . your physical body. It's like putting away your winter coat when spring comes. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come! -William Shakespeare Poems Do not stand at my grave and weep, by Mary Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am in a thousand winds that blow, I am the softly falling snow. I am the gentle showers of rain, I am the fields of ripening grain. I am in the morning hush, I am in the graceful rush Of beautiful birds in circling flight, I am the starshine of the night. I am in the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there. I do not die. I Only Wanted You, author unknown They say memories are golden well maybe that is true. I never wanted memories, I only wanted you. A million times I needed you, a million times I cried. If love alone could have saved you you never would have died. In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place no one could ever fill. If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane, I'd walk the path to heaven and bring you back again. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. All is well… , Author unknown Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you, Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow, laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well… Traditional Irish Blessing, by anonymous May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. A Stone I died, by J.Rumi A stone I died and rose again a plant; A plant I died and rose an animal; I died an animal and was born a man. Why should I fear? What have I lost by death? Poem for funeral, by Sri Chinmoy "Life is a journey. Death is the continuation of the journey. Heaven is a temporary rest. For the commencement and fulfillment Of a new life, a new hope And a new promise" A Bridge Called Love, author unknown It takes us back to brighter years, to happier sunlit days, and to precious moments that will be with us always. And these fond recollections are treasured in the heart to bring us always close to those from whom we had to part. There is a bridge of memories from earth to Heaven above... It keeps our dear ones near us It's the bridge that we call love. My Secret and Sacred Bird, by Sri Chinmoy My secret and sacred bird now flies To meet the Spirit's vacancy. All chaos of life today dissolved; In me a surge of ecstasy. Gold flames within my longing heart Invoke the cosmos' Parent-Sun. A tapestry of Truth unseen Bursts forth within; the Play is begun. Death is at once, by Sri Chinmoy Death is at once The end of the body's Old journey And the beginning of the soul's New journey.
A gardener’s last wish, by Joyce Fothergill Don’t carry me off in a brass-handled coffin With a wreath on my chest I won’t be ‘at rest’ There’s nothing much worse than a ride in a hearse To a hole in the ground with just strangers around No! bury me deep in the compost heap Or pop me right under a nice floribunda Its really much wiser to become fertilizer Then I can grow roses as I decomposes. Because I Could Not Stop For Death, by Emily Dickinson Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labor, and my leisure too, For his civility. We passed the school where children played, Their lessons scarcely done; We passed the fields of gazing grain, We passed the setting sun. We paused before a house that seemed A swelling of the ground; The roof was scarcely visible, The cornice but a mound. Since then 'tis centuries; but each Feels shorter than the day I first surmised the horses' heads Were toward eternity. Do not stand at my grave and weep, by Mary Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die! On Death, by Khalil Gibran Then Almitra spoke, saying, "We would ask now of Death." And he said: You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light. If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honor. Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king? Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling? For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. Poems for Loss of a Loved One, by Sri Chinmoy Death is not the end. Death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The soul is the guide. --- I know I will love death. Why? Because death too Is God's creation And because death reminds me Of the existence of her sister: Infinity's Life immortal. --- The body has death, but not the soul. The body sleeps, the soul flies. The soul-stirring words on death and the soul in this chapter of the Gita, let us recollect. "Even as man discards old clothes for the new ones, so the dweller in the body, the soul, leaving aside the worn-out bodies, enters into new bodies. The soul migrates from body to body. Weapons cannot cleave it, nor fire consume it, nor water drench it, nor wind dry it. This is the soul and this is what is meant by the existence of the soul. Verses Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26)
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"—but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:4).
But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:16)
They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy. ~ Psalm 126:6
The Lord God will wipe all tears from all their faces. ~ Isaiah 25:8
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:4