Your thoughts on death and what follows

Over 100 loving mourning messages for your card 

Loving funeral sayings help put the loss into words when a loved one dies. We have put together a large selection of tactful funeral sayings and sensitive quotes to make it easier for you to find the right words.

Short funeral sayings

When it comes to sympathy, it is not the number of words that matters, but their meaning. Short funeral remarks can express a lot in just a few words:

Tears clean the heart. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

To be alone. Three words, easy to say, yet so heavy, so endlessly difficult to carry. (Adalbert von Chamisso)

Our dear dead did not die, they just ceased to be mortal. (Ottokar Kernstock)

Resurrection is our faith, reunion is our hope, remembrance is our love. (Unknown author)

It remains forever what the heart gave to the heart. (Adalbert Stifter)

Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven. (Jean Paul)

What you have deep in your heart cannot be lost in death. (Unknown author)

You live twice: the first time in reality, the second time in memory. (Honoré de Balzac)

This is how it is on earth: every soul is tested and is also comforted. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Death is the gateway to light at the end of a path that has become arduous. (Francis of Assisi)

Because I was human. And that means being a fighter. (Johann W. von Goethe)

You can see the sun going down slowly and still be shocked when it suddenly gets dark. (Franz Kafka)


With the wings of time, sadness flies away. (Jean de la Fontaine)

I love the stars too much to be afraid of the night. (Galileo Galilei)

Most of the time it is the loss that teaches us about the value of things. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

That which gives meaning to life also gives meaning to death. (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than despair. (Johann W. von Goethe)

Life is a journey home. (Herman Melville)

Death is nothing; only the thought of him is sad. (François-Marie Voltaire)

Secular mourning sayings

Secular mourning sayings celebrate life and death without having a religious meaning. They are particularly suitable if the deceased were non-denominational.

Someone who has shared their love with others stays on this earth forever. (Unknown author)

No matter when a dear person leaves: the time is always the wrong one. (Unknown author)

When you were born everyone laughed and only you cried. You lived your life in such a way that when you died everyone cried and only you smiled. (Unknown author)

Our dead are not absent, only invisible. They look with their eyes full of light into our eyes full of sadness. (Aurelius Augustine)

A good, noble person who lived with us cannot be taken from us; he leaves a shining trace behind like those extinguished stars whose image the earth's inhabitants can still see centuries later. (Thomas Carlyle)

I believe when death closes our eyes we will stand in a light of which our sunlight is only the shadow. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

In the sea of ​​life, the sea of ​​dying, tired in both, my soul seeks the mountain on which all the tide subsides. (From Japan)

Life - there is nothing rarer in the world. Most people exist, that's all. (Oscar Wilde)

Death is least feared by those whose life is most valuable. (Immanuel Kant)

The flower perishes, but the seed remains and lies before us, mysterious, like the eternity of life. (Khalil Gibran)

Consoling means removing the feeling of pain in the soul without being able to remove its cause. (Sully Prudhomme)

Comforting is an art of the heart. It often only consists in loving silence and in silence pitying. (Otto von Leixner)

Death is great. We are the ones of His laughing mouth. If we mean ourselves in the middle of life, he dares to cry in the middle of us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

This is the highest goal of earth life. Once upon a time, after toil and plague, beckoned to you the calm to say: 'Yes, I did not live in vain - and what I created does not end with me.' (Rainer Maria Rilke)

There is a wonderful healing power in nature. Often the sight of a beautiful evening sky, the scent of a flower, a wonderfully grown tree gives back hope to the depressed soul. (Sophie Alberti)

Whoever worked in this way in life, whoever fulfilled his duty in such a way and always gave his best, he will remain a light to you forever. (Unknown author)

Nobody knows the way you have in front of you. No one has ever gone the way you will. It is your way (Unknown author)

Death rearranges the world. Apparently nothing has changed, and yet everything has changed. (Antoine de Saint Exupéry)

Where you feel most, you know least what to say. (Annette von Droste-Hülshoff)

Modern funeral sayings

Words not only have to fit the occasion, but also our time. Here you will find a selection of modern and at the same time loving mourning sayings:

When the strength was over, * Name * did not leave us, he / she just went ahead. (Unknown author)

How it will go on now is written in the stars, so send us a light to show us the way. (Unknown author)

When the great sadness envelops us, we look for the little glimmers of hope in life. (Unknown author)

Death is so alien to us that sometimes we cannot see it even when it is already in front of us. (Unknown author)

Mourning is loving remembrance. (Unknown author)

When you decided to leave, the earth stopped for us. (Unknown author)

We have no words for what was unstoppable. (Unknown author)

When we had to let go of your hand, we promised you that we would be there forever in your mind. (Unknown author)

Anyone who thinks they have finished learning in old age forgets that death is the last great test. (Unknown author)

Even if we say goodbye to the earthly, love remains with us forever. (Unknown author)

We only let go of the hand, not the person. (Unknown author)

It is now dark around you, from that moment on we will carry your light. (Unknown author)

Life is an eternal riddle - and death remains a mystery. (Unknown author)

Memories that touch our heart are never lost. (Unknown author)

Now we know that dying can also be redemption. (Unknown author)

Religious funeral sayings

Funeral sayings can have a religious meaning. If the deceased or their relatives belong to a denomination, religious sayings and wisdom offer a lot of comfort.

Christian funeral sayings

Because we know: if our earthly house is demolished, then we will have an apartment from God, an eternal house in heaven that was not built by human hands. (2 Corinthians 5: 1)

God removes death forever. The Lord God wipes the tears from every face. (Isaiah 25: 8)

Your sun will no longer set, nor will your moon wane; for the Lord will be your eternal light. And the days of your grief will come to an end. (Isaiah 60:20)

The bells ring, sound much different than usual when someone knows a dead person he loves. (Martin Luther)

Christ says: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not remain in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)

I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live even if he dies. (John 11:25)

Funeral sayings from Islam

May you find a home in paradise. (From the Koran)

You have brought so much good into our lives, we will never forget you and your goodness. (From the Koran)

Live your life as if you are a stranger, someone in transit. (Abdullah bin Umar)

Oh soul in peace and quiet, return to your Lord, well satisfied because he is satisfied with you. So enter among my believers and enter my paradise. (Quran 89 / 27-30)

We have forty candles in our hearts for those we love. When he leaves, the first candle goes out. With every smile from us, the next. The very last one burns until we go to him. (Persian saying)

Buddhist funeral sayings

Get totally absorbed in your actions and think it is your last deed. (Buddha)

I came to your coast as a stranger, I lived in your house as a guest, I leave your threshold as a friend, my earth. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Shining days - don't cry that they are over, but smile that they have been. (Rabindranath Tagore)

In the sea of ​​life, the sea of ​​dying, tired in both, my soul seeks the mountain on which all the tide subsides. (Buddhist mourning poem)

Don't chase the past and don't get lost in the future. The past is no more. The future has not yet come. Life is here and now. (Buddha)

I left you only for a brief moment and not very far. When you get to where I went you will wonder why you cried. (Laotse)

All worldly things are just a dream in spring. See death as a homecoming. (Confucius)

Hindu funeral sayings

Just as a person sheds worn clothes and puts on other, new ones, the soul also sheds the worn-out bodies and enters new ones into others. (Bhagavad Gita)

If you look for me in your heart, you will be united with me in the end. (Bhagavad Gita)

The immortal is veiled from the world. The spirit of life is immortal. (Upanishads)

God sleeps in stone, breathes in plants, dreams in animals, and awakens in people. (Indian wisdom)

The same amount of time it takes to mourn the past is available to shape the future. (Indian wisdom)

Quotes from famous people

Many poets and thinkers were concerned with life and death. Your most beautiful funeral sayings do not lose their importance even after years.

The grief that doesn't speak gnaws quietly at the heart until it breaks. (William Shakespeare)

Saying goodbye always tempts you to say something that you would not otherwise have said. (Michel de Montaigne)

Soul of man, how you are like water, fate of man, how like you are wind! (Johann W. von Goethe)

Nothing is more certain than death, nothing is more uncertain than its hour. (Anselm of Canterbury)

The only important thing in life is the traces of love we leave behind when we leave. (Albert Schweitzer)

That we were frightened because you were dying, no, that your severe death interrupted us darkly, tearing what has been up to now from since then: that concerns us; classifying that will be the work we do with everything. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

When something is taken away from us, with which we are deeply and wonderfully connected, much of ourselves is taken away with it. But God wants us to find ourselves again - richer in everything that has been lost and increased in that infinite pain. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Do not forget my, you loyal heart, stay true to me in the distance, without you all joy is pain, without you the stars are dark. (Clemens Brentano)

Oh, if you walked through the garden once more at a rapid pace, how I would like to wait, wait for hours. (Theodor Fontane)

But if death is, as it were, emigrating from here to another place and if it is true what they say that everyone who has died is there, what greater happiness could there be than this? (Hugo v. Hofmannsthal)

Hope is the rainbow over the cascading brook of life. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

And at the end of my journey, the Eternal holds his hands and he waves and smiles softly - and the journey is over. (Matthias Claudius)

And my soul spread its wings wide, flew through the quiet lands as if it were flying home. (Joseph v. Eichendorff)

It doesn't mean so much how you were born. But how one dies means infinitely much. (Søren Kierkegaard)

People have a soul that is still alive after the body has become earth; it rises through the clear air, up to all the shining stars. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Death is not a stage in existence, but only an intermediate event, a transition from one form of finite life to another. (Wilhelm v. Humboldt)

See how everything is so quiet over there in infinity, how softly the worlds move, how quietly the suns shimmer, the great Eternal rests like a spring with his overflowing infinite love in the midst of them and refreshes and calms everything. (Jean Paul)

Friends, when the spirit is divorced, no tears weep after me, for wherever I stay there is peace, there an eternal day shines for me. (Annette von Droste-Hülshoff)

If there was a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth in the world through a person, then his life had a meaning. (Marie v. Ebner-Eschenbach)

Whoever crosses a river has to leave one side. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Few people are truly alive, and those who are never die. It does not matter that you are not here anymore. Nobody you really love is ever dead. (Ernest Hemingway)

One can neither foresee nor escape his fate; but one can accept it. (Christina from Sweden)

The man who counts the highest years has not lived the most, but he who has felt his life most. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Funeral sayings from antiquity

Even in antiquity, people were concerned with death and the grief over it. Some touching, timeless mourning sayings from the Greek and Roman past are listed here:

There are many sad things in the world and many beautiful things. Sometimes the sad seems to have more violence than one can bear; then, meanwhile, the beautiful is quietly strengthened and touches our soul again. (Socrates)

The awareness of a fulfilled life and the memory of many good hours are the greatest happiness on earth. (Cicero)

There are only two remedies for pain in the soul: hope and patience. (Pythagoras)

You are not dead, just set like the sun. We do not mourn over someone who has died, but as over someone who hides from us. We are not looking for you among the dead, but among the blessed in heaven. (Theodoret of Cyrus)

Do not be afraid of death, for its bitterness lies in the fear of it. (Socrates)

Death is the release from all pain, it is the limit over which our sufferings do not go beyond; it puts us back into the state of rest we were part of before we were born. (Seneca)

We fear not death, but the idea of ​​it. (Seneca)

A laugh, indelible, makes the sky shake. (Homer)

Before I became an old man, I was concerned about living worthily. In old age, my pursuit was directed towards dying with dignity. (Seneca)

Without pain there is no consolation - without suffering there is no salvation. (Cato)

Funeral sayings about the loss of parents

Loving mourning messages express sympathy and are a nice addition to your funeral papers. The funeral sayings can both describe the deceased and give consolation to relatives. Here are some funeral sayings that specifically address the death of the parents:

Where are we going? Always home. (Novalis)

If you are looking for me, look for me in your hearts. If I have found a place to stay there, I will live on in you. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

He who lives in the memory of loved ones is not dead. He is just distant. Only those who are forgotten are dead. (Christian von Zedlitz)

We had the most beautiful hours of our life with you. We hope you can remember her too - where you are now. (Unknown author)

The head has understood, but the heart does not want to understand. (Clemens Brentano)

Memory is the window through which we can see you whenever we want. (Unknown author)

For a father whose child dies, the future dies. For a child whose parents die, the past dies. (Berthold Auerbach)

You are no longer where you were, but you are everywhere we are. (Victor Hugo)

The wind blows a leaf from the tree, one of many leaves, this one leaf, you hardly notice it, because there is none. But this sheet alone was part of our lives, so this sheet alone will always be missing. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

When saying goodbye, a moment comes when you feel the grief so strongly that the loved one is no longer with you. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Nobody can see the infinite love that I always carry in my heart. (Unknown author)

I just went to the room next door. I am me, you are you. What I was to you, I still am. Give me the name you always gave me Do not use a different way of life. Do not be solemn or sad. Keep laughing at what we laughed about together. I am not far away. I'm just on the other side of life. (Charles Péguy)

When you left the world, heaven held its breath for a moment with happiness. (Unknown author)

We need strength for the future - you gave us yours in the last few hours in this world. (Unknown author)

You don't wake up one morning, but the birds are singing as they sang yesterday. Nothing changes this daily routine. Only you left. You are free now and our dreams wish you luck. (Johann W. von Goethe)

As soon as we have done all our work on this earth, we are allowed to throw off our body, which holds our soul captive like a cocoon a butterfly. (Elisabeth Kübler-Ross)

The most beautiful monument a person can get is in the hearts of those around them. (Albert Schweitzer)

The soul now leaves peacefully to heaven, because I gave my friends peace on earth. (William Shakespeare)

He who lives in the memory of his loved ones is not dead, he is only distant; Only those who are forgotten are dead. (Immanuel Kant)

We never experience our life more strongly than in great love and deep sorrow. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Our dead are not absent, only invisible. They look with their eyes full of light into our eyes full of sadness. (Aurelius Augustine)

When a loved one dies, we find some comfort in the belief that the pain of our loss will never lessen. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Funeral sayings about the loss of the partner

When a loved one dies, nothing is the same as before. Funeral sayings help to remember him and keep the memory alive. You express your grief with these mourning sayings:

You who have loved me so much do not look to the life that I have ended, but to what I am starting. (Aurelius Augustine)

When a loved one passes away, we lose everything - except shared memories. (Unknown author)

Love is stronger than death and the horrors of death. Love alone sustains and moves our life. (Ivan Turgenev)

There are people we bury in the earth; but others whom we love particularly tenderly are embedded in our hearts. The memory of them mixes daily in our actions and attitudes. We think of them as we breathe, they have taken on a new shape in our soul, according to the delicate law of transmigration of souls that prevails in the kingdom of love. (Honoré de Balzac)

The person we loved is no longer where he was, but everywhere we are and remember him. (Aurelius Augustine)

Some people have the gift of encountering angels. Other people have the power to let these angels go again. You are very special people: you had the gift and the power and your angel stays in your hearts forever. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

I would wander through the stars for millennia, dress in all forms, in all the languages ​​of life, in order to meet you again one day. (Friedrich Hölderlin)

Everything that is beautiful remains beautiful when it wilts. And our love remains love even when we die. (Maxim Gorki)

I am not afraid of death that cares to take me; I fear more death that takes mine away from me. (Friedrich von Logau)

Infinite gratitude is all we can give back now. (Unknown author)

It is difficult to live without you - but impossible to carry on without your eternal love. (Unknown author)

Do not forget my, you loyal heart, stay true to me in the distance, without you all joy is pain, without you the stars are dark. (Clemens Brentano)

When I'm dead, you mustn't mourn at all, my love will outlast me and you will meet and bless you in strange clothes. (Joachim Ringelnatz)

I go to those who loved me. And wait for those who love me (Unknown author)

Nobody who is loved is gone, because love is an eternal presence. (Stefan Zweig)

Everything that has been separated is found again. (Friedrich Hölderlin)

What remains after all is my heart, which has always been so full of love for you. Since you left, I've been hearing the rustling of the leaves again - I imagine it's your voice that wants to comfort me. (Unknown author)

Someone who has shared their love with others stays on this earth forever. (Unknown author)

When you were born everyone laughed and only you cried. You lived your life in such a way that when you died everyone cried and only you smiled. (From China)

The memory of your voice will always arouse longing in me. (Unknown author)

You're not dead, you just change rooms. You live in us and go through our dreams. (Michelangelo)

No farewell is more difficult than that of you and the love you gave me every day. (Unknown author)

Let me sleep, do not cover my chest with weeping and sighing, do not speak sorrowfully of my departure, but close your eyes and you will see me among you, now and always. (Khalil Gibran)

The bonds of love are not severed with death. (Thomas Mann)

Only those who are forgotten are dead. You will live. (Unknown author)

The most beautiful thing a person can leave behind is a smile on the face of those who think of him. (Theodor Fontante)

Funeral sayings in other languages

Funeral sayings also give consolation in other languages. Here is a small selection:

La morte non è un male, perché libera l’uomo da tutti i mali. (Giacomo Leopardi)

When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night, and pay no worship to the garish sun. (William Shakespeare)

To die is landing on some distant shore. (John Dryden)

Un seul être vous manque, et tout est dépeuplé. (Alphonse de Lamartine)

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

We hope we could help you put your grief on paper in words. Whether a secular saying or an ancient quote, each sentence you choose will surely set a loving memorial to your deceased person.