34 Memorial Quotes: Keep the Loved Ones You Lost in Your Heart

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When we’re faced with a loss of someone dear, most of us would love nothing more than to curl up in a ball and cry our hearts out. We want to forget that there’s a world out there where our loved one doesn’t exist anymore. But we can’t.

When we lose a beloved, there are things that we have to do and organize. That can be both painful and straining. Although there are no words that can make the pain go away, some can ease it. Because I’ve dealt with loss quite a few times in my life, I’ve composed a list of best memorial quotes that offer solace and can serve as fantastic and comforting eulogy openers.

34 Memorial Quotes to Bring You Solace and Comfort

Short Memorial Quotes That Show a Life Lost Is Never Forgotten

#1. “As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us; as we remember them.” ― A Jewish prayer

#2. “Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity.” ― Anonymous

#3. “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” ― Anonymous

#4. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.” ― Anonymous

#5. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.” ― Ronald Reagan

#6. “You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.” ― Anonymous

#7. “It’s hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.” ― Anonymous

#8. “A life that touches others goes on forever.” ― Anonymous

#9. “To live in hearts we leave behind is to not die.” ― Thomas Campbell

#10. “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” ― Czesław Miłosz

#11. “Not marble nor the gilded monuments

Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme,

But you shall shine more bright in these contents

Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.”

― William Shakespeare

#12. “We thought to weep, but sing for joy instead,

Full of the grateful peace

That follows her release;

For nothing but the weary dust lies dead.”

― Louisa May Alcott

#13. “I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll never be quiet. I promise.” ― Angie Thomas

Memorial Quotes That Show That Rememberance Never Dies

#14. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” ― Terry Pratchett

#15. “There are no goodbyes. Wherever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.” ― Gandhi

#16. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” ― Kenji Miyazawa

#17. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.” ― Richard Puz

#18. “The grave is but a covered bridge, leading from light to light, through a brief darkness.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

#19. “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.” ― Robert Green Ingersoll

#20. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ― Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

#21. “The effects of loss are acute and unique to each individual. Not everyone mourns in the same way, but everyone mourns.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

#22. “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 weaker hearts than thine.

Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,

And I, perchance, may therein comfort you!”

― Mary Lee Hall

#23. “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

#24. “When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ― Kahlil Gibran

Memorial Quotes That Comfort the Living Left Behind

#25. “Our cheer goes back to them, the valiant dead! Laurels and roses on their graves today, lilies and laurels over them we lay, and violets o’er each unforgotten head.” ― Richard Hovey

#26. “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

#27. “He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#28. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” ― Anonymous

#29. “The risk of love is loss, and the price of loss is grief ― but the pain of grief is only a shadow when compared with the pain of never risking love.” ― Hilary Stanton Zunin

#30. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” ― J. Taylor

#31. “No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten. Let no one forget. Let nothing be forgotten.” ― Olga Berggolts

#32. “Beyond twilight comes a beautiful night, the kind of night the weary dream of. And to all my good friends, to those who have already gone to the back side of the mirror, I bow my head.” ― Pramoedya Ananta Toer

#33. “To bring the dead to life

Is no great magic.

Few are wholly dead;

Blow on a dead man’s embers

And a live flame will start.”

― Robert Graves

#34. “Why is it that happiness remembered feels like despair?” ― Heather Chaplin

To Conclude

Hopefully, these memorial quotes will help you cope with your loss. When times get hard, we all need some comfort. Words can never erase our pain, but they can console us. I hope these words console you and serve you if you’re writing a eulogy, sympathy card, or an inscription.