Quotes About Funerals

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Shannon L. Alder
“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
Shannon L. Alder

John Green
“I went on spouting bullshit Encouragements as Gus's parents, arm in arm, hugged each other and nodded at every word. Funerals, I had decided, are for the living.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

John Green
“Funerals...are for the living.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Shannon L. Alder
“When someone you love dies, you are given the gift of "second chances". Their eulogy is a reminder that the living can turn their lives around at any point. You’re not bound by the past; that is who you used to be. You’re reminded that your feelings are not who you are, but how you felt at that moment. Your bad choices defined you yesterday, but they are not who you are today. Your future doesn’t have to travel the same path with the same people. You can start over. You don’t have to apologize to people that won’t listen. You don’t have to justify your feelings or actions, during a difficult time in your life. You don’t have to put up with people that are insecure and want you to fail. All you have to do is walk forward with a positive outlook, and trust that God has a plan that is greater than the sorrow you left behind. The people of quality that were meant to be in your life won’t need you to explain the beauty of your heart. They already understand what being human is----a roller coaster ride of emotions during rainstorms and sunshine, sprinkled with moments when you can almost reach the stars.”
Shannon L. Alder

Michelle Zink
“Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don't notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost-winter ground. Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin.”
Michelle Zink, Prophecy of the Sisters

“Everyone was eating, talking softly, glancing at me, hugging me, eating. It was as if someone had turned the volume down. Everything looked normal, but the sound was muted. Death did this, set all this weirdness in motion, made people appear out of nowhere carrying casseroles, saying 'I'm sorry' over and over, death muffled their voices.”
Joan Abelove, Saying it Out Loud

Shannon L. Alder
“There is a difference between saying goodbye and letting go. Goodbye is not permanent. You can meet years later as old friends and share what happened in your life. You can smile and laugh about all the nonsense that you both went through. However, letting go is being okay with never seeing this person ever again…being okay with never knowing how their life turned out…being okay with fifty or more years of silence… being okay with running into that person at a grocery store and having them not acknowledge your presence. This is the part of life that doesn’t sit well with me and never will. It tears my heart in pieces, robs me of gratitude, drains me of anything positive and eats at the faith that holds on. It goes against kindness.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“We are all lonely voyagers sailing on life's ebb tide,
To a far off place were all stripling warriors have died,
Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
The voices call us back to the rippling water's flow,
Even though our boat sailed with love in our hearts,
Neither our dreams or plans would keep heaven far apart,
We drift through the hush of God's twilight pale,
With no response to our friendly hail,
Suddenly he pulls us through the reef's cutting sea,
Back to the place that he asked us to be,
The friendly barges that were anchored so near,
In silent sorrow drop their salted tears,
Yet I have no fear of home and work done well,
In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell,
So don't look for me on the ocean's floor to find,
I've never left the weathered docks of your loving mind,
For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale's evening song,
I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“All death reminds us that nothing is promised, only that life was worth it.”
Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions to Ask Your Parents Before It's Too Late

J.G. Ballard
“Elaborate burial customs are a sure sign of decadence.”
J.G. Ballard, The Complete Short Stories

Kaui Hart Hemmings
“A sea of red lights, and I slow down. My job now is to gather everyone together and tell them we have to let her go. I won't tell anyone over the phone, because I didn't like hearing the news from the doctor that way. I have maybe a week to handle the arrangements, as the doctor said, but the arrangements are overwhelming. How do I learn how to run a family? How do I say goodbye to someone I love so much that I've forgotten just how much I love her?”
Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants

Sandy Fussell
“Sensei says funerals are not really for the dead. They are for those left behind. "The dead are long gone by the time a funeral is held," he told us. "Who would wait when the doors of Heaven are open? Only the living would be foolish enough to still hang around on earth.”
Sandy Fussell, Shaolin Tiger

Neil Gaiman
“It's not what I'd want for at my funeral. When I die, I just want them to plant me somewhere warm. And then when the pretty women walk over my grave I would grab their ankles, like in that movie.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

John Steinbeck
“Death is a personal matter, arousing sorrow, despair, fervor, or dry-hearted philosophy. Funerals, on the other hand, are social functions. Imagine going to a funeral without first polishing the automobile. Imagine standing at a graveside not dressed in your best dark suit and your best black shoes, polished delightfully. Imagine sending flowers to a funeral with no attached card to prove you had done the correct thing. In no social institution is the codified ritual of behavior more rigid than in funerals. Imagine the indignation if the minister altered his sermon or experimented with facial expression. Consider the shock if, at the funeral parlors, any chairs were used but those little folding yellow torture chairs with the hard seats. No, dying, a man may be loved, hated, mourned, missed; but once dead he becomes the chief ornament of a complicated and formal social celebration.”
John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat

J. Lincoln Fenn
“I never saw a dollar bill cry at anyone's funeral.”
J. Lincoln Fenn

Peter Hook
“Atmosphere" is a massive song. A lot of people say it's their favorite Joy Division song, but it's not mine; it reminds me too much of Ian, like it's his death march or something, and it figures that it's one of the most popular songs to play at funerals: Robbie Williams has got "Angels" for weddings and we've got "Atmosphere" for funerals.”
Peter Hook, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Lee Smith
“People can act so nice, bringing you food and all, but in the end they are nothing but buzzards. Waiting to pick your bones.”
Lee Smith, On Agate Hill

Shannon L. Alder
“The Formula for Compassion:

If you want to be "kind" you need to show kindness to people you dislike.

If you want to be "gracious" you don’t ignore people as a solution.

If you want to be "gentle" then you respect a person, by always offering help when asked.

If you want to be "respectful" you give people the time and answers they need, as often as they need it, so they can understand and move on.

If you want to be "happy" you bring other people peace and by doing so you bring yourself peace.”
Shannon L. Alder

Gavin Extence
“Funerals aren't for the dead. They're for the living.”
Gavin Extence, The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Michael Ben Zehabe
“Samson caused the house to collapse, knowing his death would also result. Despite Samson’s deliberate suicide, Samson died faithful after having judged Israel for 20 years. His name rightly appears among men who, through faith, were made powerful. (Jg 15:20; 16:29-31; Heb 11:32-34)
We are surrounded by thousands of unseen cruelties, that mostly go unseen. The total amount of suffering each year is beyond comprehension. This world is barbed, dangerous and painful—too painful for some. Give them their space.
On any given day, your nod of approval may perpetuate cruelties that rasp away at the soul of another. We are all bound together in this delicate web of consequence. Tread light. Be kind. Many among us make unseen bargains to push ourselves onward—another hour, another day, another week. Occasionally their bargains create a deadly, unstoppable momentum.
Consider King Saul: When he realized that he would not survive his final battle against the Philistines, rather than letting his enemy humiliate him, or extort Israel, “Saul took the sword and fell upon it.” –1Sam 31:4
pg 75”
Michael Ben Zehabe, Unanswered Questions in the Sunday News

“فكرة مين الي هيحضر مناقشة رسالتك قريبة اوي من مين الي هيحضر جنازتك...اونلي ذا ونز هو كير :)..الفرق بس ان مافيش في التانية جاتوه و ساليزون :)”
Eman Farouk

Alexander Cockburn
“Republicans know well that a change of rhetorical pace is necessary. But efforts by their leaders to damp down the bellicosity of newly elected Tea Party types is running into the fact that the Tea Partiers have only the high volume setting on their amplifiers, just like Palin. They're like a couple having a fight at a funeral; politely sotto voce, then suddenly bursting out fortissimo with their plaints and accusations.”
Alexander Cockburn

Jarod Kintz
“I cry at weddings, but not funerals. One’s a sad event, and the other a joyous one.
Jarod Kintz, Sleepwalking is restercise

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“Fernanda was scandalized that she did not understand the relationship of Catholicism with life but only its relationship with death, as if it were not a religion but a compendium of funeral conventions.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“A lot of nonsense is spoken at funerals, especially when the deceased had not been well liked in life. Many euphemisms are called into play: "vital," "energetic," and (repetitively) "full of life.”
Malliet, G.M

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