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

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

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

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

Andrew Shaffer
“We do have funerals for the living," Jill said. "They're called birthday parties.”
Andrew Shaffer, Hope Never Dies

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

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

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

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

Stewart O'Nan
“Like a funeral, a birthday wasn't yours but for the people who loved you.”
Stewart O'Nan, Henry, Himself

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

Alan Weisman
“Sin embargo, no hay muchas probabilidades de que ninguno de los que vivimos actualmente dejemos una impronta duradera. Es raro hoy día que alguien quede cubierto con limo, rico en minerales, que a la larga reemplazaría a nuestro tejido óseo hasta convertirnos en rocas con forma de esqueleto. En una de nuestras más extrañas necesidades, nos negamos a nosotros mismos y a nuestros seres queridos, la oportunidad de gozar de un recuerdo auténticamente duradero: el estado fósil,adoptando extravagantes protecciones que al final solo protegerán a la Tierra de que la manchemos.”
Alan Weisman, The World Without Us

Lauren H. Brandenburg
“Who’s to say we aren’t dead until we learn what we are living
for?” Stephen placed his hands behind his head and leaned back casually in the folding camping chair. “We all need to know what’s missing in our lives. At a funeral people say everything a person has accomplished in their life, but what if they missed something? What if there was one thing you never realized you needed to do? What if you had a chance to go back and do it?”
Lauren H. Brandenburg, The Death of Mungo Blackwell

Tennessee Williams
“And funerals are pretty compared to deaths. Funerals are quiet, but deaths—not always. Sometimes their breathing is hoarse, sometimes it rattles, sometimes they cry out to you, Don’t let me go! Even the old sometimes say, Don’t let me go! As if you were able to stop them! Funerals are quiet with pretty flowers. And oh, what gorgeous boxes they pack them away in!”
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

E.A. Bucchianeri
“I've never seen a nation more quick at finding joy in a sad situation than the Irish at a funeral.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Vocation of a Gadfly

“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

Carol Cassella
“Înmormântările sunt evenimente unde bogăția, puterea și statutul social se resemnează în fața sorții care ne face pe toți egali.”
Carol Cassella, Oxygen

James Baldwin
“Every man in the chapel hoped that when his hour came he, too, would be eulogized, which is to say forgiven, and that all of his lapses, greeds, errors, and strayings from the truth would be invested with coherence and looked upon with charity. This was perhaps the last thing humans could give each other and it was what they demanded, after all, of the Lord.”
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

John Knowles
“I did not cry then or ever about Finney. I did not cry even when I stood watching him being lowered into his family’s straightlaced burial ground outside of Boston. I could not escape a feeling that this was my own funeral, and you do not cry in that case.”
John Knowles, A Separate Peace

It may seem strange to some of you - a Christian minister conducting the funeral of a Mohammedan, he said. No clergyman of his faith is in New Zealand, and we should like to think that were we to die in some land of Islam, similarly situated, there might be found some Sheikh of their religion who would give us a Christian burial.”
Toni Nealie, Tell You What: Great New Zealand Nonfiction 2017

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We lose a significant portion of our lives attending ceremonies for people who have lost theirs.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Penny Reid
“Bethany Winston once told me that time was like a closet. No matter what you do or how good your intentions are, you will always fill your time and closets with things that don't matter.
"That's why funerals are so important", she'd said. "They force you to clean out closets and reevaluate how you spend your time (...).”
Penny Reid, Dr. Strange Beard

Leslie Marmon Silko
“The morning of the funeral an honor guard from Albuquerque fired the salute; two big flags covered the coffins completely, and it looked as if the people from the village had gathered only to bury the flags.”
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony

Harriet Ann Jacobs
“I thought I should be allowed to go to my father's house the next morning, but I was ordered to go for flowers, that my mistress's house might be decorated for an evening party. I spent the day gathering flowers and weaving them into festoons, while the dead body of my father was lying within a mile of me. What cared my owners for that? he was merely a piece of property.”
Harriet Ann Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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