Funeral Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old funeral quotes, funeral sayings, and funeral proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Let no one pay me honor with tears, nor celebrate my funeral rites with weeping.     


If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!     

Stan Laurel

Funerals are the rituals we create to help us face the reality of death, to give us a way of expressing our response to that reality with other persons, and to protect us from the full impact of the meaning of death for ourselves. Some funerals fulfill these functions beautifully. Others fail.     

Alla Bozarth Campbell

If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.     


We know you'd be with us today if heaven wasn't so far away.     


Say not in grief: "He is no more", but live in thankfulness that he was.     

Hebrew Proverb

Let no one weep for me or celebrate my funeral with mourning, for I still live as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.     

Quintus Ennius

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.     

William Penn

Funerals aren't for the dead. They're for the living.     

Gavin Extence

I can't think of a more wonderful thanksgiving for the life I have had than that everyone should be jolly at my funeral.     

Lord Mountbatten

Some people never head a procession until they're dead.     


Funerals are pretty compared to death. Funerals are quiet, but deaths not always.     

Tennessee Williams

A funeral is no place for secrets.     

Mitch Albom

A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.     

Ambrose Bierce

The only reason I might go to the funeral is to make absolutely sure that he's dead.     


A funeral eulogy is a belated plea for the defense delivered after the evidence is all in.     

Irvin S. Cobb

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.      


It is not length of life, but depth of life.     

Emerson Ralph Waldo

Funerals seem less about comforting the souls of these dearly departed than about comforting the people they leave behind.     

Rin Chupeco

When we lose someoe we love, our bitterest tears are called forth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough.     

Maurice Maeterlinck

When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.     

Buddhist Saying

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.      

J Taylor

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on...     

Irving Berlin

In the city a funeral is just an interruption of traffic; in the country it is a form of entertainment.     

George Ade

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.     

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Nowadays, the only occassions that seem to bring families together are weddings and funerals.     

Julia Mcnamara

Visit me before I die. We can enjoy one another's company. A funeral is a rather one-sided affair.     

Ralph Webster

And a funeral, I found out, is like a wedding in reverse, with less time to plan.     

J. Lincoln Fenn

It's better to be last in the traffic lane than first in the funeral procession.     


Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.     

Norman Cousins