16 Inspirational Quotes About Death and Dying

Quotes about Fears, Lessons, Hope, and Faith in Dying

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Quotes of comfort for those facing death and dying. Istockphoto.com/Stock Photo©brickrena

 Inspirational Quotes can give us words that help carry us through fear and grief. This article is a collection of some of these quotes that have helped family members of people living and dying with cancer find some measure of peace at this very difficult time. Some quotes may help you at a time when you wish someone else could comprehend your grief whereas others may be fitting for another person or at another time.

It’s our hope that some of these words shared generously with others during a time of pain will help you feel a tinier bit less alone.

Quotes About Fears

  • “Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.”  - Martin Luther
  • “To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”  - Socrates

What Death Teaches

  • “We run after values that, at death, become zero. At the end of your life, nobody asks you how many degrees you have, or how many mansions you built, or how many Rolls Royces you could afford. That’s what dying patients teach you.”  - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • “I think that nothing teaches you more about life than death and dying.”  - Patti Davis
  • “Death teaches us to live; it gives us a boundary to map our living within. Death’s hammer breaks through the mirror separating us from light.”  - David Meltzer
  • “My deepest belief is that to live as if we’re dying can set us free. Dying people teach you to pay attention and to forgive and not to sweat the small things.”  - Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird)

Quotes For Loved Ones

  • “None of us can be free of conflict and woe. Even the greatest men have had to accept disappointments as their daily bread – the art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.”  - Bernard M. Baruch
  • “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”  - Rumi

Quotes About Hope

  • “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”  - Robert Benchley
  • “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”  - Richard Bach
  • “Living is death; dying is life.  We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children.”  - Henry Ward Beecher
  • “Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.”  - Charles C. Colton

Quotes About Faith

  • “Death is nothing else but going home to God. The bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.”  - Mother Teresa
  • “And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”  - St. Francis of Assisi
  • “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”  - Buddha
  • “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.”  - Bible, Psalm 23:4

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University of Michigan, Comprehensive Cancer Center. Hopeful Quotes. Accessed 08/24/16. http://www.mcancer.org/living-with-cancer/sharing-hope/hopeful-quotes

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