Memorial Death Sayings

Candle light memorial.

Memorial death sayings are uplifting phrases, poems, or statements that help people remember and honor the deceased. This article will give you some ideas to use if you need to prepare a memorial.

Types of Memorials

A memorial can be a tangible object that is on display for others to view, such as an altar. A memorial can also be something less tangible while still commemorating the deceased. A memorial can be a service for mourners to attend with a ceremony to honor and remember the deceased. Poems and sayings may be read or sung to help people celebrate the life and accomplishments of their loved one. Following are common memorials.


  • Plaque
  • Statue
  • Tree
  • Garden
  • Building
  • Bench
  • Monument
  • Altar
  • Museum
  • Candles
  • Jewelry
  • Headstone


  • Scholarship fund
  • Online virtual memorial website
  • Donations to charitable organizations on behalf of deceased
  • Tribute

Memorial Death Sayings

It is common to have a service or a program to dedicate the memorial to the deceased. Speeches and eulogies will often be given to comfort the mourners along with plaques containing memorial death sayings that are presented to the family. If there is a ceremony for the memorial, longer speeches may be prepared. If the memorial will be written on a small plaque, shorter prose will be more appropriate. Following are some ideas for memorial sayings:

  • "Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth--that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death." Socrates
  • "They are dead; but they live in each patriot's breast, and their names are engraven on honor's bright crest." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • "Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come."-Rabindranath Tagore
  • "Good men must die, but death cannon kill their names."-Author unknown
  • "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death."- William Shakespeare
  • "It's better to light a candle, than curse the darkness." Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "Say not in grief: 'He is no more', but live in thankfulness that he was." Hebrew Proverb
  • "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice." Cherokee Expression
  • "Death--the last sleep? No, the final awakening." Walter Scott
  • "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures he leads me beside quiet water, he refreshes my soul…surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23

Further Ideas For the Perfect Memorial Saying

In sad circumstances, memorials are set up when more than one person is a victim of a disaster or a tragedy or a larger memorial may be set up so that others can visit and pay their respects to the people who lost their lives. Monuments, statues, or simple candlelight vigils are examples of such occasions. Sometimes the community will pitch in together for a large memorial or individuals will set up posters and plaques with memorial death sayings that show their respect and give hope to others. Following are some examples of memorials set up to commemorate such a great loss:

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Memorial Death Sayings