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Funerals Quotes

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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 Alder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin J. Carey
“Funerals aren't scheduled.”
Benjamin J. Carey, Barefoot in November

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

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

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Attending a funeral would leave the average person insane, if they truly believed that sooner or later they are also going to die.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Virginia Ironside
“Even nowadays, children are often left at home during funerals, like dogs. Why should children be excluded from funerals when they’re so welcome at christenings and weddings? Not only can their presence be therapeutic for other adults and useful reminders that life, whatever death may do, goes on; not only is it unlikely that very young children will be upset, simply because they have only a vague idea of the concept of death. But not attending the funeral of someone close can be tremendously damaging for some people in later life. Middle-aged people who were not allowed to attend the funerals of grandparents or even parents, can still feel full of rage and sorrow.”
Virginia Ironside, 'You'll Get Over It': The Rage of Bereavement

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

“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

“Come to my funeral dressed as you
would for an autumn walk in the woods.

Arrive on your schedule; I give you permission
to be late, even without good cause.

If my day arrives when you had other plans, please
proceed with them instead.

Celebrate me there--keep dancing.”
Michael Kleber-Diggs, Worldly Things

Elizabeth Acevedo
“Papi was embalmed in sea salt,
like an ancient insect caught in honey,

unmoving, from a different time.”
Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land

Elizabeth Acevedo
“I cannot fold any of their respects into my dress's pockets.

I cannot tie these respects together into a bouquet
to lay at my father's headstone.

Their respects are quick-footed
& I am sludging through this hardened mud of loss.”
Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land

Daryl Gregory
“That was the thing about the funeral process; by the time you buried someone, days after their death, the body looked so little like the person you knew that it had become something else: remains. It was a gift, really. A necessary distancing. It felt immoral to put a loved one underground, but to bury some husk they’d left behind? No problem. It’s easy to throw out leftovers.”
Daryl Gregory, Revelator

Jane Caro
“The pall bearers were holding Pete's coffin, waiting to walk down the aisle—just like bridesmaids. The music began and they started to move, trying to keep pace with David Bowie's 'Changes'.”
Jane Caro, The Mother

Daša Drndić
“So, at funerals you learn all kinds of things. One corpse is laid to rest in the earth, another climbs out.”
Daša Drndić, EEG

“I needed to grieve alone, not as a group and not as a spectacle.”
Sharon Stone, The Beauty of Living Twice

Kevin Ansbro
“Aren't there a lot of scruffy buggers at funerals?”
Kevin Ansbro, The Angel in my Well

Eric Overby
“There’s something special about visiting a graveyard. Both life and death meet together in time.”
Eric Overby

Stewart Stafford
“The Feminine Enigma by Stewart Stafford

Even lying in repose in her casket,
Her aura still a billowing haze,
A coffin lid no barrier to new facts,
She came back on her funeral day.

Creeping sentinels of perspective,
Building up new memory mosaics,
A spider's web of word and deed,
Descending Prozac of the prosaic.

The labyrinthine riddle is female,
Females are perennially arcane,
Puzzles that don't beg solutions,
Evening stars of the astral plane.

© Stewart Stafford, 2022. All rights reserved.”
Stewart Stafford

Stewart Stafford
“The Procession by Stewart Stafford

Let the lighthouse of past lives,
With all of the blinding pinnacles,
Guide us through death's brief mists.

Let the homing dirge of the piper,
Move us as sleep climbs upon us,
Spear of Selene cresting the horizon.

Let the dawn chorus sing in tribute,
To winter's carpeted, unspoiled dawn,
Setting forth with a crunching mission.

Let the cavalcade commence,
With all that are smiling and dearest,
Assembling within the celestial glare.

© Stewart Stafford, 2022. All rights reserved.”
Stewart Stafford

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