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5 Quotes to Include in Your Eulogy for a Loved One


Grieving Process

Posted On: May 22, 2017

5 Quotes to Include in Your Eulogy for a Loved One

Writing a eulogy for someone you loved is one of the hardest things for the bereaved to do. We've talked about how to put together a tribute, but sometimes our own words simply won't come or don't seem sufficient when they do. A well-written, meaningful quote can fill in some of the spaces. You can, in fact, find a quote that speaks to you, whom you lost and how you feel about it, and frame your eulogy around that quote. Keep reading to discover five thought-provoking, heart-wrenching quotes about grief that get straight to the heart of the matter.

A Hole in the World

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay had a way with words like few other poets, not to mention a gift for getting down to the meat of an emotion. This is precisely how it feels after someone you love dies: as if there is a hole in the world that can't be filled, a hole you can't keep missing because it's always there.  And “I miss you like hell” – isn't that a simple, succinct way to put it?

The Ebb and Flow

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison

Grief isn't static. It comes and goes. In the beginning, it's almost always there, profound and endless and painful. Even as time passes, however, your bereavement doesn't just cease. You can go for weeks, even months, feeling more or less all right, but then a memory hits you out of nowhere, and the waters are no longer calm. You just have to go with the waves, not against them.

The Price for Love

“Grief is the price we pay for love.” – Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen gives us another simple sentiment, but one that's undeniably true. Love is a risk. You risk pain, heartbreak, and sadness. You might breakup, move away, divorce … or the person you love may die.

Part of You

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

The risk is worth it, however, even when the anguish is at its worst. Brave Helen Keller knew that. You never truly lose the people you love. After they pass, they're still with you, alive in your heart and your memory.


“While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.” – Samuel Johnson

You can try to distract yourself, but you can't outrun your grief. It waits. At some point, you have to deal with it, which means letting it run its course.

As you write your eulogy, remember the spirit of the person you're honoring. Think of all the people who loved her or him, including yourself. Write from the heart and you can't go wrong.