52 Death Anniversary Quotes and Remembrance Messages

Published September 18, 2020
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Comfort yourself or a loved one with these death anniversary quotes and messages. You can add them to a greeting card or email, or simply offer them in conversation. Grieving is a long-term process, and it's important to acknowledge it and bring comfort over the years. These ideas can help.

Meaningful Words of Comfort on the Anniversary of a Death

Sometimes, it's difficult to know what to say to someone who is grieving. If you want to comfort a loved one or yourself, these ideas can help.

  • We can measure time, but we cannot measure loss. It has been a year, but there is no way to set a milestone or a limit on the grief. Take your time.
  • Grief is a journey that never completely ends. The scenery changes, and the terrain becomes easier, but there is no point of arrival. That's okay.
  • How you loved someone is reflected in how you grieve.
  • This day is important, and how you feel on it is important too.
  • It's been one trip around the sun without the light of your love. I hold your memory as a glimmer in my heart.
  • There's nothing quite as sad as the moment when the person with whom you experienced your best memories becomes a memory too. Keeping that memory alive can bring you comfort.
  • Each day, for 365 days, you have marked your loss with memory. That's a powerful thing, and it makes your connection stronger.
  • Some years are just unbearably hard, and yet we bear them. You have shown your strength this year.
  • There is no getting used to losing someone you love. Once you think you've accommodated the grief, it surprises you in new ways. But you surprise yourself too in your ability to withstand it.
  • Anyone who says that time heals all wounds hasn't truly grieved.
  • When you left, you took a part of my heart with you. It brings me comfort, knowing you are not alone.
  • In grief, one year can seem like a few days. Time loses meaning, but our memories never can.
  • Although life doesn't last forever, love is eternal. This year has not separated my heart from yours.
  • The first day without you felt like a year, and this year feels like a century. Yet in my memory, I spoke to you only yesterday.
  • Grief is all the love you want to share with someone who is gone. I'm thinking of you during this year that has been filled with love.
  • Grief is not weakness. It is the strength of someone who must love across the divide.
  • Even years later, I can feel your fingerprints on my heart.
  • A year's worth of little moment and reminders has passed. Those moments are testament to your loss, but they also show the depth of your love.
  • I remembered you in the rustling of leaves beneath my feet. I remembered you in the whisper of falling snow. I remembered you in the song of spring birds. I remembered you in children's summer laughter. You are with me always.
  • Your memory has walked beside me for a year, and I'm so grateful for the company.
  • It's been a year since I've held your hand in mine, but your heart lives within my body every day.
  • It's as if all the light went out of the world one year ago. Your memory is the nightlight that I need to sleep.
  • Losing you was difficult. Learning to live without you this year has been even harder.
  • In death, we can touch our loved ones, but they can still touch us. Grief is how we experience that touch.
  • There have been so many moments this year when I looked up at the stars and whispered, "I know that was you."
  • It is okay to measure the time that has passed since someone has gone. Life has changed. Like measuring birthdays, it's a way to quantify our love.
  • Saying hello to you was easy. Saying goodbye takes forever.
  • Every day for a year, I have been thankful for the time we had together.
  • Each night this year, as I rest my head on my pillow, I look forward to seeing you in my dreams.
  • This year has shown me that time can pass quickly and slowly all at once.
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Famous Death Anniversary Quotes

The following quotes come from celebrated authors, scientists, and other notable people. They can offer some words of wisdom when it's needed most.

  • "She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts." - George Eliot
  • "When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun." - William Shakespeare
  • "What you remember saves you." - M.S. Merwin
  • "In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays." - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
  • "Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone." - Mitch Albom
  • "For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." - Khalil Gibran
  • "Death ends a life, not a relationship." - Jack Lemmon
  • "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • "Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it." - Haruki Murakami
  • "They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies." - William Penn
  • "It's like the grief has been covered over with some kind of blanket. It's still there, but the sharpest edges are .. muffled, sort of. Then, every now and then, I lift the corner of the blanket just to check, and ... whoa! Like a knife! I'm not sure that will ever change." - Anne Tyler
  • "They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind." - Tuscarora
  • "You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be." - Nigella Lawson
  • "i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)" - e.e. cummings
  • "Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things." - Arthur Schopenhauer
  • "No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away." - Terry Pratchett
  • "All that we love deeply becomes a part of us." - Helen Keller
  • "Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation." - Rumi
  • "The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity." - Seneca
  • "Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be." - Joan Didion
  • "Long after her death I felt her thoughts floating through mine." - Vladimir Nabokov
  • "Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us; our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." - Albert Einstein
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Sharing Death Anniversary Messages

If you choose to comfort a friend with these quotes or with bereavement poems and other messages, remember that the grieving process is different for everyone. Take your cues from the person you're supporting. For some people, the best comfort doesn't involve words.

52 Death Anniversary Quotes and Remembrance Messages