Memorial Quotes to Open or Close a Funeral Speech

Opening or closing a funeral speech is a difficult thing to do. What you say to your audience should be carefully considered to comfort them and inspire them, despite the grief they are feeling. If you are grieving, it’s even more difficult to come up with the perfect words, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Writing a funeral speech
A memorial quote can be an effective and appropriate opening or closing to a funeral speech.

There are resources available to help you write your funeral speech, as well works that contain carefully selected poems and quotes. These resources are incredibly helpful in preparing your funeral tribute. In addition, we’ve provided a few appropriate memorial quotes below, that you may find appropriate for use in your memorial speech.

  • “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ― Thomas Campbell
  • “There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,’ my mother explained shortly before she left me. ‘If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” ― Isabel Allende
  • “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” ― Terry Pratchett
  • “What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller
  •  “He was comforted by one of the simpler emotions which some human beings are lucky enough to experience. He knew when he died he would be watched by someone he loved.” – Noel Annan
  • “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
  • “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
  • “They whom we love and lost are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” — St. John Chrystostom
  • “I miss your hand beside my own, the light touch of your hand, the quick gleam in the eyes of you, so sure to understand.” – Anonymous
  • “Life is a dream walking, death is a going home.”  — Chinese Proverb
  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
  • “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” — Kalil Gibran
  • “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed.  But what an imprint you footsteps have left upon our hearts.”  — Dorothy Ferguson
  • “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.” — Mohammed
  • “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.  The only cure for grief is to grieve”  — Earl Grollman
  • “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — George S. Patton, Jr.
  • “There is sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”  — Washington Irving
Writing your memorial tribute
Memorial quotations can make powerful openings or closings for eulogies.

Remember, the memorial tribute should come from your heart, sharing personal memories or anecdotes that shine a positive light on the deceased. The funeral messages you deliver should bring your audience feeling comforted and closer to the deceased. Use of funeral tribute quotes or poems is entirely appropriate, but you should limit their use; the opening or the closing of the funeral speech is the ideal time to share the words and wisdom of someone else.

We hope this article will help you in the preparation of the memorial speech, and the best of luck in composing and delivering an inspirational eulogy.