Eulogies usually consist of in memoriam text, as this text helps comfort and inspire the people who had been left behind by the deceased. Memoriam messages are specifically written to ease the pain of the people mourning the loss of their loved one. These lead people to the road to acceptance and recovery. It helps us show how we feel sorry for the friends and relatives of the deceased and let them know that we would always be there for them whenever they need a shoulder to cry on.
There are many types of in memoriam text that we can use in our speeches during wakes and funerals. The most common forms of in memoriam text is sayings and quotations. The following are some examples of memorial quotes that you can say whenever delivering a eulogy at a funeral.
- “What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” — Helen Keller
- “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch–what make you go beyond the norm.” – Anonymous
- “He was comforted by one of the simpler emotions which some human beings are lucky enough to experience. He knew when he died he would be watched by someone he loved.” – Noel Annan
- “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The soul that rises with us, our life’s star, Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory, do we come From God, who is our home: Heaven lies about us in our infancy.” — William Wordsworth
- “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” — Eskimo legend
- “Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass.” — Ann Landers
- “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stone
- “If you learn from your suffering, and really come to understand the lesson you were taught, you might be able to help someone else who’s now in the phase you may have just completed. Maybe that’s what it’s all about after all.” – Anonymous
- “They whom we love and lost are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” — St. John Chrystostom
- “I miss your hand beside my own, The light touch of your hand, The quick gleam in the eyes of you So sure to understand.” – Anonymous
We can let our friends in grief and even our deceased loved ones know how we are feeling through in memoriam text like the quotes above. Try to use these simple passages whenever speaking at funerals or include them in a condolence or sympathy message. For more information on writing a heartfelt eulogy, read our articles and sample eulogies.
Updated: May 29, 2012