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61 Short Memorial Quotes for Your Loved Ones

Memorial quotes or epitaphs are engraved on a loved one’s headstone or monument. They serve as a permanent remembrance and tribute. Choosing the most suitable memorial quote and one “that feels right” can be daunting because you only have a limited space for a few carefully chosen words. While some families take days to decide on their memorial quotes, others take months.

To make things easier, here are some memorial quotes you can take inspiration from. Take your time and listen to your heart when deciding on a memorial quote.

61 Memorial Quotes


#1. “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelations 21:4
#2. “As is a tale, so is life: Not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.” – Seneca, Roman philosopher
#3. “You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart.”
#4. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet
#5. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
#6. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist
#7. “When words are most empty, tears are most apt.” – Max Lucado, American author and minister
#8. “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss, American author and cartoonist
#9. “May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear. How much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.”
#10. “May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies, and talk to the moon.”
#11. “He has achieved success and has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.” – Bessie Anderson Stanley, American writer
#12. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”
#13. “I will hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven.”
#14. “Those who touch our lives stay in our hearts forever.”
#15. “There is a 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, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving, American writer and diplomat
#16. “The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.” – Seneca, Roman philosopher
#17. “What we once have enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” – Helen Keller, American author
#18. “I love you. Nothing, and nobody, not even time, will change that.”
#19. “He loved and was loved. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost, American poet
#20. “Remembering the life of my dearest friend and the times we shared together. You are missed like no one else, and I hope you’re in heaven watching down on us.”
#21. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.” – Ronald Reagan, US president
#22. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.“ – Winston Churchill, UK prime minister
#23. ”She made broken look beautiful and strong look invincible. She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu, poet
#24. “I miss you. A little too much, a little too often, and a little bit more every day.“
#25. ”A silent thought, a secret tear, keeps your memory ever dear. Time eases the edge of grief; memory turns back every leaf.”
#26. “Memory is a lovely lane, where hearts are ever true. A lane I so often travel down because it leads to you.“
#27. “Remembering is an act of resurrection, each repetition a vital layer of mourning in memory of those we are sure to meet again.” – Nancy Cobb, American composer
#28. ”It is the capacity to feel consuming grief, pain, and despair that also allows me to embrace love, joy, and beauty with my whole heart. I must let it all in.“ – Anna White, social reformer and author
#29. “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” – John Taylor, musician
#30. ”Loved beyond words, missed beyond measure.“
#31. “We were given the gift of having you.”
#32. ”In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.“ – Abraham Lincoln, US president
#33. “If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.” – James O’Barr, American comic artist and writer
#34. ”Death ends a life, not a relationship.“ – Mitch Albom, author
#35. “Here is one of the worst things about having someone you love die: It happens again every single morning.” – Anna Quindlen, American author and journalist
#36. ”Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.“ – Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet
#37. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
#38. ”One life on this earth is all that we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that, at the very least, we are fools if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can.“ – Frederick Buechner, American author
#39. “Say not in grief that she is no more, but say in thankfulness that she was.” – Hebrew proverb
#40. ”For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.“ – William Penn, English writer
#41. “It’s always hard to lose somebody. It leaves a hole in your heart that never grows back.” – Kevin Brooks, English writer
#42. ”Not long enough to hold his hand, this amazing person, this loving man.“ – Kelly Horn, poet
#43. “How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.” – Dorothy Ferguson, poet
#44. ”God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made mothers.“ – Jewish proverb
#45. “Unable are the loved ones to die. For love is immortality.” – Emily Dickinson, American poet
#46. ”Life is eternal, love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.“ – Rossiter Worthington Raymond, American mining engineer
#47. “Moments before our walk that afternoon, I realized the path ended too soon.” – Kelly Horn, poet
#48. ”Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.“ – A Vietnamese saying
#49. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
#50. “Though lovers be lost, love shall not; And death shall have no dominion.” – Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and writer
#51. ”Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.“ – Eskimo Proverb
#52. “Love is eternal — the aspect may change, but not the essence.” – Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter
#53. ”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, author
#54. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalms 23:4
#55. ”The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.” – Irving Berlin, American lyricist and composer
#56. “We do not remember days; we remember moments.“ – Cesare Pavese, Italian novelist and poet
#56. ”There is no death. Only a change of worlds.” – Chief Sealth, Native American warrior
#57. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.“ – Winnie The Pooh
#58. ”The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.“ – Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet
#59. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy, US president
#60. ”Love is how often you stay alive, even after you are gone.” – Mitch Albom, writer
#61. “Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death cannot touch.“ – Jack Thorne, British playwright and TV writer

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