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44 Short Memorial Quotes: They May Be Gone, but the Memory Remains

by Martha Simmonds

“We don’t end,” said Danny Torrance in Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep. He was right; we live on for as long as our loved ones remember us. But remembrance—however beautiful—hurts in its own specific way. One method of dealing with that pain is by occasionally reading some short memorial quotes.

Yes, remembering loss is always painful, but it is also peculiarly soothing. Bottling up our pain and waiting for it to go away will do nothing—the memory will always be there. It is only by celebrating our departed that we can heal and fully appreciate what they meant—and what they still mean to us. Loss may be a permanent part of life, but that doesn’t mean that our lives are any poorer because of it.

Here are 44 short memorial quotes for you to both celebrate—and mourn—your loved ones.

44 Short Memorial Quotes

Short Memorial Quotes to Remind Us That Death Is Not the End

1. “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.” — Dr. Seuss

2. “Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity.”

3. “A beautiful soul is never forgotten.” — Irving Berlin

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

5. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

6. “Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories.” — Ronald Reagan

7. “Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” — David Searls

8. “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” ― Terry Pratchett

9. “Loving memories never die, as years roll on and days pass by. In our hearts a memory is kept, of ones we loved and will never forget.”

10. “The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” — Pierre Auguste Renoir

11. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.”

12. “Is death the last sleep? No, it is the last and final awakening.” — Sir Walter Scott

13. “The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will.” — Andy Warhol

14. “They say it takes a minute to find something special in a person, an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them, but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them.”

Short Memorial Quotes For Your Late Spouse

15. “I’ll hold you in my heart until I can hold you in heaven.”

16. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A.A. Milne

17. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” — Mahatma Gandhi

18. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

19. “Goodbye is not forever. Goodbye is not the end. It simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.”

20. “It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. Part of me went with you, wherever you may roam.”

21. “Until I take my final breath, you will live in my heart.”

22. “Always on my mind… Forever in my heart.”

23. “Life with you on Earth was so short, but in Heaven it will be eternity.”

24. “I think about how much I miss him, and start to feel sorry for myself…. but then I think about all the people who never got the chance to meet him, and I start to feel sorry for them.”

25. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.”

26. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” — Robert Benchley

27. “Gone from my life forever, but never gone from my heart.”

28. “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

29. “Tonight I’ll fall asleep with you in my heart.”

30. “It’s hard to turn the page when you know someone won’t be in the next chapter, but the story must go on.”

31. “I am trying to remember you and let you go at the same time.”

Short Memorial Quotes for Everyone Who Brightened Our Lives

32. “Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we will hold in our hearts forever.”

33. “The memory of you will always be in our hearts.”

34. “She asked for so little, but gave so very much.”

35. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” — Thomas Campbell

36. “Not a day goes by when you are not loved and missed. Held in our hearts forever.”

37. “What we once have enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller

38. “It’s hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember.”

39. “Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where our loved ones shine down and let us know they are happy.”

40. “I think of you as watching from a time and space beyond the sky, a place where we might someday come.”

41. “The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” ― Czesław Miłosz

42. “The love in our family flows strong and deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep.”

43. “Till memory fades and life departs, you live forever in our hearts.”

44. “As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now are a part of us; as we remember them.”

Parting Words

Who would we be today without the memories of those whose lives have enriched our own? Without the good times, the bad times, and that horrible, sudden end to put everything into perspective, we would not have been the same. It’s the most painful lesson that we’ve ever had to learn, and it’s the most painful lesson that we will ever have to teach others. We hope that these short memorial quotes have helped remind you of that.

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