In memoriam sayings are usually included in written condolences and sympathy messages or spoken in a eulogy at a funeral. They can help the family of the deceased cope with the loss and provide them some comfort. These sayings also help uplift the spirits of those in grief and would help make them acknowledge that death is really inevitable.
There are a wide variety of in memoriam sayings that you can include in a sympathy message or eulogy. Some of the sayings below came from celebrities and other prominent people. The following are some examples of sayings that people can use when writing a condolence or speaking at a funeral:
- “To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness.” — Erich Fromm
- “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.” — Samuel Johnson
- “Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why it is called the present. What the caterpillar perceives is the end; to the butterfly is just the beginning. Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” — Buddhist saying
- “It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Mourning is one of the most profound human experiences that it is possible to have. The deep capacity to weep for the loss of a loved one and to continue to treasure the memory of that loss is one of our noblest human traits.” – Shneidman
- “And can it be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up!” — Charles Dickens
- “We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else” — Sigmund Freud
- “At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; A wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.” — Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
- “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 the messengers of overwhelming grief… and unspeakable love.” — Washington Irving
The in memoriam sayings above can help express your feelings to your friends or family who are grieving over the death of a loved one. These sayings can also help them ease the pain they are experiencing. You should try to include an in memoriam saying in your condolence letter, sympathy message or when giving a eulogy at a funeral. To learn more about writing a heartfelt memorial, read our other articles on writing sympathy messages and writing condolences.
Updated: May 29, 2012