23 Comforting Quotes About Death And The Afterlife

Comforting Words from Christians Who Have Suffered Loss

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As I get older and the years ahead of me become less than the years behind me, I find myself faced more and more with those around me passing away, and the thoughts of my mortality become more frequent. These comforting Christian quotes about death are some of my favorite sayings about death and the afterlife of mine.

There are times as I sit alone in my office and continue to serve as faithfully as I know how these quotes inspire me to continue to serve our precious Lord and Savior Jesus.

I hope that as you read these quotes about death from other Christians as they faced the loss of a loved one and their mortality that they will inspire you as well.

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Quotes About Facing Death

Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection. – John Calvin

When we die we leave behind us all we have, and take with us all we are. – Author Unknown

Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world. Why? Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven. Each day brings us closer to death. If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures. – Randy Alcorn

He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice. Are you despairing or rejoicing? – Randy Alcorn

I don’t so much pray that my death will be without pain, but that it will be without doubt. – John Piper

Death is never the last word in the life of a…man. When a man leaves this world, be he righteous or unrighteous, he leaves something in the world. He may leave something that will grow and spread like a cancer or a poison, or he may leave something like the fragrance of perfume or a blossom of beauty that permeates the atmosphere with blessing. – James Moffatt

Death is not the end of the road; it is only a bend in the road. The road winds only through those paths through which Christ Himself has gone. This Travel Agent does not expect us to discover the trail for ourselves. Often we say that Christ will meet us on the other side. That is true, of course, but misleading. Let us never forget that He walks with us on this side of the curtain and then guides us through the opening. We will meet Him there, because we have met Him here. – Erwin Lutzer

Your life preaches your funeral. – Author Unknown

Depend upon it, your dying hour will be the best hour you have ever known! Your last moment will be your richest moment, better than the day of your birth will be the day of your death. It shall be the beginning of heaven, the rising of a sun that shall go no more down forever! – C.H. Spurgeon

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Comforting Christian Quotes About Death

Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans, on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side, disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God. – Henry Ward Beecher

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. – C.S. Lewis

Think of how powerless death actually is! Rather than rid us of our health, it introduces us to “riches eternal.” In exchange for poor health, death gives us a right to the Tree of Life that is for “the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). Death might temporarily take our friends from us, but only to introduce us to that land in which there are no good-byes. – Erwin Lutzer

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. – C.H. Spurgeon

For the child of God, death is not the end but merely the door into a higher and more exalted life of intimate contact with Christ. Death is but the dark valley opening out into an eternity of delight with God. It is not something to fear, but an experience through which one passes on the path to a more perfect life. – Phillip Keller

As I go into a cemetery I like to think of the time when the dead shall rise from their graves… Thank God, our friends are not buried; they are only sown! – D.L. Moody

Tears are a tribute to our deceased friends. When the body is sown, it must be watered. But we must not sorrow as those that have no hope; for we have a good hope through grace both concerning them and concerning ourselves. – Matthew Henry

image of a cross and the sunInspirational Last Words From Christians

I am so weak. I can’t read my Bible. I can’t even pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust. – Hudson Taylor

Earth recedes. Heaven opens before me. If this is death, it is sweet! There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go. – D.L. Moody

I was a little better than speechless all day. O my God, I am speedily coming to Thee! Hasten the day, O Lord, if it be Thy blessed will. Oh, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. – David Brainerd

You will tell the others that I am going home a little sooner than I thought. Then tell them not to talk about the servant but to talk about the Savior. – F.B. Meyer

Weep not for me, but for yourselves. I go to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will through the mediation of His blessed son receive me though a sinner; there we shall meet to sing the new song and remain everlasting happy, world without end. – John Bunyan

You have been used to take notice of the sayings of dying men. This is mine: that a life spent in the service of God, and communion with Him, is the most comfortable and pleasant life that anyone can live in this world. – Matthew Henry

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit – Jesus Christ

image of heavenFinal Thoughts About Death

As you can see, death is not an end but a beginning.

I am looking forward to the day that this plump and balding man can lay whatever treasures he has stored up in heaven at my Savior’s feet. That is the goal and purpose of my life. I will never have riches, fame, or power but I hope that over the 37 years I have been a believer in Jesus, I have stored up treasures in heaven where moth’s and rust do not destroy.

Matthew 6:20

Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

What are some of your favorite comforting Christian quotes and sayings about death?

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