Funeral Quotes

Mark Twain

I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of
I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.

Simona Panova

My ghost is the only soul who ever comes to cry on my grave... Only the skies cried sincerely on my funeral.

Jodi Picoult

How could you go about choosing something that would hold the half of your heart you had to bury?

Markus Zusak

I want words at my funeral. But I guess that means you need life in your life.

Michael Bassey Johnson

The more death, the more birth. People are entering, others are exiting. The cry of a baby, the mourning of others. When others cry, the other are laughing and making merry. The world is mingled with sadness, joy, happiness, anger, wealth, poverty, etc.

Rosamund Lupton

Your coffin reached the monstrous hole. And a part of me went down into the muddy earth with you and lay down next to you and died with you.

Frankie Boyle

For 3 million you could give everyone in Scotland a shovel, and we could dig a hole so deep we could hand her over to Satan in person (on Margaret Thatcher)

Rosamund Lupton

I remembered back to leo's burial and holding your hand. I was eleven and you were six, your hand soft and small in mine. As the vicar said 'in sure and certain hope of the resurrection of eternal life' you turned to me, 'I don't want sure and certain hope I want sure and certain Bee.

Ann-Marie MacDonald

It's important to attend funerals. It is important to view the body, they say, and to see it committed to earth or fire because unless you do that, the loved one dies for you again and again.

Daniele Varè

Western funerals: black hearses, and black horses, and fast-fading flowers. Why should black be the colour of death? Why not the colours of a sunset?

James Whitcomb Riley

A Parting Guest

What delightful hosts are they -
Life and Love!
Lingeringly I turn away,
This late hour, yet glad enough
They have not withheld from me
Their high hospitality.
So, with face lit with delight
And all gratitude, I stay
Yet to press their hands and say,
Thanks. - So fine a time! Good night.

Jan Neruda

The face of the dead man was concealed, of course, our customs not being those of the south, where corpses are carried to the grave in open coffins, that they might – one last time before slipping into the pit – be warmed by the light of the sun.

Mitch Albom

A funeral is no place for secrets.


I think she might at least have waited till the funeral was over,' said Amanda in a scandalized voice.

'It's her own funeral, you know,' said Sir Lulworth; 'it's a nice point in etiquette how far one ought to show respect to one's own mortal remains.' ("Laura")

Peter Hedges

Anyway, they took her body to McBurney's Funeral Home in Motley. They'll be planting her tomorrow.

John Green

I'm telling you, Augustus Waters talked so much that he'd interrupt you at his own funeral.

Jeffrey Eugenides

O Earth, lie heavily upon her eyes;
Seal her sweet eyes weary of watching Earth;
Lie close around her; leave no room for mirth
With its harsh laughter, nor for sound of sighs.
She hath no questions, she hath no replies.

Nathanael West

It was very sad under the trees. Although spring was well advanced, in the deep shade there was nothing but death-rotten leaves, gray and white fungi, and over everything a funeral hush.

Michael Bassey Johnson

My life will end someday, but it will end at my convenience.

Marguerite Young

He is but as the stubble of the field, and yet he has no beard.

Kristen Cashore

It was a haunting tune, unresigned, a cry of heartache for all in the world that fell apart. As ash rose black against the brilliant sky, Fire's fiddle cried out for the dead, and for the living who stay behind and say goodbye.

Mário De Sá-Carneiro

The end

When I die bang on cans
Romp around in leaps and bounds
Let whips crack in the air
Call in clowns and acrobats!

I want my coffin to go on a donkey
Decked out in Andalusian style
You can't refuse anything to a dead man
And I want, by all means, go on a donkey

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