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16 Quotes that Capture the Heart and Spirit of Funeral Service Work

16 Quotes that Capture the Heart and Spirit of Funeral Service Work

Mar 14, 2016

It is unbelievable how much wisdom and depth can be conveyed with only a few sentences. As funeral directors, you see this every day. Family members and loved ones will often find a great deal of solace in biblical passages, poems and other readings. Words can be very affecting when constructed in a powerful way. To demonstrate this, we’ve collected some moving quotes from writers, religious leaders, inspirational figures and philosophers that we feel exemplify the work of funeral directors. We hope this brings some inspiration to your day!


“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” - Charles Spurgeon

“We rise by lifting others.” - Robert Ingersoll

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” Mark Twain

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Gandhi

"Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead, and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals." William Gladstone

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia

“Sometimes in tragedy, we find our life’s purpose.” Robert Brault

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love." Mother Teresa

"We all die The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will" Chuck Palahniuk

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

"Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness." Katherine Henson.

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” Charlie Chaplin

“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness & compassion." Dalai Lama XIV

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” Robert Byrne

"If we live our lives the right way, then everything we do can become a work of art.” Claire Fisher, Character on HBO’s Six Feet Under.

Which quote do you like the most? Leave us a comment to share your favorite and let us know if there any good quotes we missed.



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About The Author

Jess Farren (Fowler)

Jess Farren (Fowler) is a Public Relations Specialist and Staff Writer who has been a part of the ASD team since 2003. Jess manages ASD's company blog and has been published in several funeral trade magazines. She has written articles on a variety of subjects including communication, business planning, technology, marketing and funeral trends. You can contact Jess directly at Jess@myASD.com


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