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Poems About Death and Inspirational Death Quotes for Grieving and Healing

Updated on August 5, 2013

Finding Comfort in Poems about Death and Inspirational Death Quotes

Death is as natural as life and all of us must deal with the death of a loved one at some point in our lives. Much as we know that death is inevitable we are never quite prepared to deal with it. When we are overcome with grief we can find comfort in the words of others, in consoling poems about death, inspirational death quotes and books to help us through the grieving process. We can also remember our loved ones with comforting memorial poems and sympathy quotes.

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A Consoling Famous Death Poem

Death is Nothing At All

Death is nothing at all.

I have only slipped away to the next room.

I am I and you are you.

Whatever we were to each other,

That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.

Speak to me in the easy way

which you always used.

Put no difference into your tone.

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed

at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.

Let my name be ever the household word

that it always was.

Let it be spoken without effect.

Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.

It is the same that it ever was.

There is absolute unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind

because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.

For an interval.

Somewhere. Very near.

Just around the corner.

All is well.

Funeral Death Poem by Henry Scott Holland ~ 1847-1918

Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral ~ London. UK

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Inspirational Death Quotes

1. And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since and lost awhile. - John Henry Newman

2. Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity. - Mother Teresa

3. Don't be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends. - Richard Bach

4. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. - William Penn

5. Goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.

They simply mean I'll miss you

Until we meet again!

(- Author Unknown)

6. If tears could build a stairway,

And memories a lane,

I'd walk right up to Heaven

And bring you home again.

(~Author Unknown)

7. Life is eternal and love is immortal; And death is only a horizon, And a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. - Rossiter W. Raymond

8. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. - From a headstone in Ireland

9. God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled. - Author Unknown

10. Death ends a life, not a relationship. - Jack Lemmon

11. Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death. - Author Unknown

12. Thinking and talking about death need not be morbid; they may be quite the opposite. Ignorance and fear of death overshadow life, while knowing and accepting death erases this shadow. - Lily Pincus

13. To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die. -Thomas Campbell

14. There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't live without but have to let go. - Author Unknown

15. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. - Author Unknown

16. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. - Kahlil Gibran

17. Love here on earth

Love beyond the grave

There are no roads

My love for you can't pave.

(- T. Sachs)

18. May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face

and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

(- Irish Blessing)

19. Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. - Kahlil Gibran

20. Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. - Author Unknown

21. The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe. - John Harricharan

22. Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. - Emily Dickinson

23. When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the soul laughs for what it has found. - Sufi aphorism

24. While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. - John Taylor

25. You and I will meet again,

When we're least expecting it,

One day in some far off place,

I will recognize your face,

I won't say goodbye my friend,

For you and I will meet again.

(- Tom Petty)

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Pack of 4 Child Memorial Bereavement Picture Frame Boxes
Pack of 4 Child Memorial Bereavement Picture Frame Boxes
Memorial Quote reads: Forever In our Hearts.
Cathy's Concepts Light Shines Floating Memorial Vase and Candle
Cathy's Concepts Light Shines Floating Memorial Vase and Candle
Memorial Quote reads, ''This light shines as a symbol of lives and loves remembered.''
Genie's Poems Memorial Gift 96 Touching 8 x 10 Bereavement Poem Double-matted Gray Over Black Enhances with Watercolor Graphics. A Sympathy Gift
Genie's Poems Memorial Gift 96 Touching 8 x 10 Bereavement Poem Double-matted Gray Over Black Enhances with Watercolor Graphics. A Sympathy Gift
Memorial gift with a memorial poem. "Remember Me." Poem reads: "Remember me with smiles not tears, For all the joy through all the years, ..."Don't dwell on thoughts that cause you pain, We'll see each other once again, I am at peace, try to believe, It was my time, I had to leave,...But "what a view" I have from here, I see your face, I feel you near, I follow you throughout the day, You're not alone along the way, And when God calls you, you will be, Right by my side...right here with me."
Water Drop Photo Wikimedia José Manuel Suárez
Water Drop Photo Wikimedia José Manuel Suárez

Grief Quotes

1. After desolation, grief brings back our humanity. - Mason Cooley

2. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. - Author Unknown

3. Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. - Swedish Proverb

4. Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break. - William Shakespeare

5. Grief is itself a medicine. - William Cowper

6. Grief is the price we pay for love. - Elizabeth II

7. He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it. - Turkish Proverb

8. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge - myth is more potent than history - dreams are more powerful than facts - hope always triumphs over experience - laughter is the cure for grief - love is stronger than death. - Robert Fulghum

9. I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss. - Rita Mae Brown

10. If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. - Moliere

11. Instead of weeping when a tragedy occurs in a songbird's life, it sings away its grief. I believe we could well follow the pattern of our feathered friends. - Anonymous

12. Joy comes, grief goes, we know not how. - James Russell Lowell

13. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. - C.S. Lewis

14. One joy shatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese Proverb

15. Sorrow is like a precious treasure, shown only to friends. - African proverb

16. Suppressed grief suffocates, it rages within the breast, and is forced to multiply its strength. - Ovid

17. Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will.

- Author Unknown

18. Tearless grief bleeds inwardly. - Christian Nevell Bovee

19. Tears are the silent language of grief. - Voltaire

20. The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe. - John Harricharan

21. The cure for grief is motion. - Elbert Hubbard

22. 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

23. 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 messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love. - Washington Irving

24. Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. - Blaise Pascal

25. Time is a physician that heals every grief. - Diphilus

26. To bury grief plant a seed. - German Proverb

27. We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. - Kenji Miyazawa

28. When the heart grieves over what is has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left. - Sufi Epigram

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Golden Flower Metal Art by Injete Chesoni
Golden Flower Metal Art by Injete Chesoni

Inspirational Death Poem

I am not Gone

I am not gone

I remain here beside you

Just in a different form

Look for me in your heart

And there you will find me

in our love which forever lives on

In those moments when you feel alone

Look for me in your thoughts

And there you will find me

in sweet memories that burn strong

Every time a tear

Forms in your beautiful eyes

Look up to the heavens

And there you will see me

Smiling down from God's glorious skies

~By Injete Chesoni

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Praying Hands Metal Art by Injete Chesoni
Praying Hands Metal Art by Injete Chesoni

Until we Meet Again

Grieving Death Poem by Injete Chesoni

Death is a brief separation

A temporary pain

Grieve not my dear

The sun will shine again

Death separates our bodies

But our hearts remain the same

And the memories of our love

Will soothe away your pain

And carry you over

Until we meet again.

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Rainbow in Yellowstone by Richard Wang, Wikimedia.
Rainbow in Yellowstone by Richard Wang, Wikimedia.

Comforting Eulogy and Funeral Speech Quotes

This lens was written to bring comfort to the grieving. One of the moments when bereaved people need comfort most is during the funeral. While many religious services allow for this during the sermon or homily the person reading the eulogy or funeral speech can also include words of comfort for the bereaved. Here are a few comforting funeral quotes which can be used in a eulogy speech.

1. What the caterpillar perceives is the end;

to the butterfly is just the beginning.

Everything that has a beginning has an ending.

Make your peace with that and all will be well

- Buddhist Saying

2. Death--the last sleep? No, the final awakening. - Walter Scott

3. God shall wipe all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. - Bible Quote, Revelation 21:4

4. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. - Winston Churchill

5. What the heart has once known, it shall never forget. - Author unknown

6. Say not in grief that she is no more

but say in thankfulness that she was

A death is not the extinguishing of a light,

but the putting out of the lamp

because the dawn has come.

- Rabindranath Tagore

7. Say not in grief he is no more - but live in thankfulness that he was. - Hebrew Proverb

8. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. - Helen Keller

9. The song is ended, but the melody lingers on. - Irving Berlin

10. I fall asleep in the full and certain hope

That my slumber shall not be broken;

And that, though I be all-forgetting,

Yet shall I not be all-forgotten,

But continue that life in the thoughts and deeds

of those I have loved.

-Samuel Butler

11. Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you there. - Isla Paschal Richardson

I would like to end this lens with famous words from Ralph Waldo Emerson on the definition of a successful life.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people

and the affection of children;

to earn the appreciation of honest critics

and endure the betrayal of false friends;

to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;

to leave the world a bit better

whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,

or a redeemed social condition;

to know even one life has breathed easier because

you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you have any words of comfort or inspirational quotes for those who are grieving please add them to this comment section. Many of the readers who visit this lens have lost a loved one and may find some comfort in your words.

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      3 years ago

      This is beautiful... I'm crying...

      Thank you so much for this!

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      Taylor Gibbs 

      5 years ago

      Nice way to inspire positivity and outlook.

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      7 years ago

      Seed rots to die to goes on

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      7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your beautiful words. I had been searching for poems for hospice families who are grieving. Thank you for you lovely collection.

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      7 years ago

      Let me share a link where I found some good spiritual understanding about death. I am sure it will help you.

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      7 years ago

      If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe then check out the new upcoming poet Lena Albanese.

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      7 years ago

      Nice collection of poems. Thank you.

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      7 years ago

      Great poems...thoroughly enjoyed reading them...Do check out "my poetry corner." I just put it up a few days ago and you may enjoy my work

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much for your touching lens. A lens like this is very hard for me to read still as my husband has been gone only 4 years but I do appreciate the words and the sensitivity you have written your words.

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      8 years ago

      I lost my dear Dad after much suffering, only 11 days ago, and think there is some really uplifting poems, quotes etc on this web site! A most welcome place to come and visit. Bless all others in this situation - it's a hard time xx

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      8 years ago

      I lost my wonderful Dad three weeks ago, and these quotes have given me a lot of comfort. I really miss him. He was a great Man and a great Father. Thank you for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      Those quotes for sympathy just remind me of my grandma. I really miss her. You have a great lens. Thanks for the share.

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      8 years ago

      i lost my dear dad 6 months ago and these quotes are good...tears are falling fast..blessings x

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      8 years ago

      wonderful lens. I have lost many people in my life, and these quotes are wonderful for healing and growing. You should check out my lens on book quotes about growth, acceptance, and understanding! Great job!

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      8 years ago

      I lost my dad 2 weeks ago, these quotes have given me a lot of comfort. Made sense of my thoughts thank you

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      8 years ago

      so deep and cool just like my love to my ex....

      blue cool large....the brighter light...always make me cry

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      8 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL and sensitive lens. We will all die, that is something we don't really discuss. Angel blessed lens.

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      8 years ago

      I like this one the most:

      Goodbyes are not forever.

      Goodbyes are not the end.

      They simply mean I'll miss you

      Until we meet again!

      I feel like it's hard to console with death depending on the circumstances and also because it's just very sad that you won't see someone anymore in the physical life.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing they are wonderful poems you have on here. Touches the heart.

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      8 years ago

      Returning with a you are a blessing to others in your sharing....

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      8 years ago

      Everything you are feeling is normal in grief even if it isn't normal for you.

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      artillery lm 

      8 years ago

      great lens idea. highly original. thanks for this...

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      8 years ago

      May you find the grace to make the most of the life you've got to live even though the person you loved isn't there as you're used to their presence. May your grieving build a bridge to a peaceful place.

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      9 years ago

      Lovely, and featured in my lens!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      A world of wisdom here. ****Blessed****

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      9 years ago

      Increadible!! it really heal the grieving heart.Thank you for posting!!

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      Liz Mackay 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your Lens is likely to give comfort to many. You may like to take a look at my Poems of Loss lens. Blessed.

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      9 years ago

      Another lovely lens.

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      9 years ago

      Interesting one!

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      9 years ago

      The poems were great. I appreciate your lens, very nice.

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      9 years ago

      You've got some great poems up here, I really appreciate this lens.

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      9 years ago

      i can easily heal a persons heart

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      Chris-H LM 

      9 years ago

      These are beautiful poems. Thank you for sharing them here. Blessings

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      9 years ago

      This is a great lens.The poems will help people create positive energy to deal with the negative emotional feelings generated by death.

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      9 years ago

      sometimes words on paper really take away from saying a word i really like your lens mind is different from yours but check out my lens and give me some feedback!

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      rewards4life info 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens, very inspiring and useful. It's something which happens to us all and should be considered deeply. I hope people can find help and hope from reading poems and quotes like these. Nice work.


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