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Quotations from great authors and great works of literature help us to remember that humanity has dealt with death and grief since the beginning of time.  These passages provide images and metaphors that have helped grieving people cope with the reality of loss throughout the years.

What is Dying? (A Parable of Immortality)

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FuneralChaplain's note: This work is a comfort to families because it reminds us that this life is not the end, and that death is but a passage from this world into the next.

While often attributed to Victor Hugo (The Toilers of the Sea (1896) ), this was more likely written by either Henry Van Dyke or Bishop Charles Henry Brent. For more on the authorship, please see this article.

I am standing upon that foreshore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white clouds just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.



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