When it comes to the difficult conversations – ones about death and dying – we can’t always find the right words to describe how we’re feeling. Whether you’re trying to come to terms with what’s happening to you or a loved one, or if you want to find a good quote or passage to read at a funeral or memorial, you can take inspiration from many writers and thinkers who have been able to articulate these feelings in ways you’ve never thought of.
Quotes about Death and Dying
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” – Steve Jobs
“One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” – Mark Twain
“To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet
“Time,” the Captain said, “is not what you think.” He sat down next to Eddie. “Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.” – Marcel Proust
“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.” – Winston Churchill
These are just a few quotes, but we hope they provided comfort, and maybe even a laugh.
When it comes to choosing quotes and passages for funerals, memorials or epitaphs, you have to select one that truly suits the person you want it to represent.
If you need help planning a service, contact the team at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre in Markham.