20+ ‘Forever in Our Hearts’ Poems & Card Messages


Are you looking for alternative ways to say “Forever in Our Hearts” to make more of an impression than the old standby? It's okay to be creative, add some humor, and even be philosophical if that matches your personality well. Not only that, but it can actually be frustrating to read or listen to a tired phrase, especially when you're going through the stages of grief.

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Look below for some new ways to approach an old phrase. You'll find humor, imagery, philosophy, and even some that are more traditional. If you're coming from love in your heart, then just use what feels meaningful and appropriate.

‘Forever In Our Hearts’ Messages to Write in a Card, Text, or DM

Below you’ll find a mix of sweet, funny, and traditional ways to say that someone will be missed. Your timing and audience will determine which works best.

1. “Chuck was an interesting fellow. He’d say the kindest things, and then do the dumbest things, but it’s not the antics we’ll remember.”

This message is for the person who was a little rough around the edges but had a heart of gold. However, you’ve got to know your audience well, so you don’t offend anyone with your frankness.

2. “Her soft fur is the Spring grass beneath your feet. Her spirit is the movement of a summer river. Her bark is the leaves rustling in the autumn breeze. Her loving eyes are snowflakes of winter.” 

Use this seasonal tribute to a dog for the person that spent a lot of time outdoors with their companion. It'll help them see that their loved one's life is in nature and life.

3. “It’s impossible to forget someone who raised you, loved you, and guided you. Everything you are is a version of the hope they had for the world.”

If you're trying to console a friend, here's a message that will remind them of the little personality traits that are most memorable.

4. “I know what he’d say if he were here right now. He’d say, ‘If you spend your life missing me, I’ll only disappoint you. I always said I’d haunt you if I die first.’”

Well-placed humor would stick the landing when someone is grieving, particularly if their partner was a jokester through and through. Appropriate timing for this is vital, though, so wait for the memorial to put it in a card so you can laugh together.

5. “Not a day goes by where I don’t hear his laughter.”

In a card, remind your friend how their loved one sounded when they were happy. You’ll help them hear it, too, so that it becomes a kind of mantra to listen for it every day.

6. “Tom’s light will never extinguish.”

This short but powerful message works if you’re sending it in a text. You can follow it up with words of sympathy, but it will make a more significant impact on its own.

7. “Mary was the love of your life; her joy and light will continue to shine on you always.”

Here's a great message if you're seeking a simple, sweet, and more traditional one to leave in a card. It'll speak of [Mary's] enduring presence as a source of happiness and inspiration.

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Popular ‘Forever In Our Hearts’ Quotes to Share

Below is a short list of quotes about the lasting memories built by relationships with loved ones. From parents to friends and pets, you’ll discover words perfectly situated to your needs. More than one will be suitable as a funeral quote for a eulogy.

8. “There are special people in our lives who never leave us... even after they are gone.”  —D. Morgan

Here is an accurate and concise statement that’ll work for anyone or any good dog. They’re always with you no matter what, when, or how—even in the moments you think they’ve disappeared.

9. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” —Robert Benchley

This quote works for those who’ve spent a lifetime building time and space with a loved one. That space will always exist, and nothing can break your bond.

10. “They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.” —Laurence Binyon

Although heartbreaking at best, the quote is about remembrance, life, and devotion more than loss. But it’s simple enough to use for those who have lost a young friend or loved one in the prime of their life.

12. “If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you.” —A.A. Milne 

Although this quote comes from Winnie the Pooh, it sounds like what a partner, mentor, or parent might say. Here, the focus is on uplifting someone as opposed to lamenting the loss.

13. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” —Mahatma Gandhi

The impact of a lifelong friendship or love is observed within this quote. It’ll also work whether your relationship was spiritual or idealistic. Plus, the full quote acts as a kind of “Rest in Peace” synonym.

14. “We've shared our lives these many years. You touched my heart. You will live on in my dreams.” –—Unknown

The simple phrasing and structure of this quote make it seem understated. However, it’s more for those who believe less is more or those that don’t like to express too much emotion. 

15. “Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity.” —Unknown

A philosopher, more than a pragmatist, would appreciate this quote. It speaks of life as esoteric, where life's existence continues even after the physical life is extinguished. 

16. “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” —Rabindranath Tagore

This quote is equally as esoteric as the previous one. The difference here is that one speaks of eternity as a story, whereas the other sees it eternally as a new day.

17. “The misery of keeping a dog is his dying so soon. But, to be sure, if he lived for fifty years and then died, what would become of me?” —Sir Walter Scott

That said, a dog has so much impact on their owner’s life, that the heartbreak of so few years would only be multiplied if it were fifty. So, Sir Walter Scott may have a point.

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‘Forever In Our Hearts’ Poems to Read 

The poems below were selected for their imagery and emotions. Some will give you a quick read, while others will resonate with you for a long time.

18. “Epitaph to a Dog” —Lord Byron

Byron’s powerful homage to his dog, Boatswain, was written in 1808. It’s a powerful statement about the loyalty of a dog, the sometimes cruelty of men, and the love and friendship of the blessed.

19. “Her Grave” —Mary Oliver

Oliver sets the scene by switching back and forth between happy stories and life and somber walk to a burial for her dog. By doing this, she explains how time has the habit of flooding us with memories no matter where we are or what we’re doing.

20. “A Day, A Week, A Lifetime” —Unknown

The poet uses the phrase “without you” in a surprising twist in the final line. It begins by questioning the absence of a loved one but ends by acknowledging their presence.

21. “Winter” —Czeslaw Milosz

Here, the poet expresses gratitude for life, friends, and experiences while adding logs to the fire. That mention of adding the wooden logs, or keeping the fire burning, is the recognition of the eternal.

22. “Death is Nothing at All” —Henry Scott-Holland

The twist to this poem is that the poet has written it from the perspective of the deceased. They ask that nothing change and remind the survivor that they are still near, waiting to be reunited. 

23. “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” —Mary Elizabeth Frye

This poem is often misattributed but belongs to a woman who wrote it in 1932 to honor a daughter’s lament. She writes, “I am a thousand winds that blow. / I am the diamond glints on snow. / I am the sunlight on ripened grain. / I am the gentle autumn rain…” 

It makes for an easy and quick to read, but poignant funeral poem.

24. “I’ll Remember You” —Bob Dylan

Some songs are poetry, but with instruments. This explains how you’ll see your friend or loved one everywhere, in everything you do, and no matter how much time passes. 

25. “Ode on Imitations of Immortality from the Recollections of Childhood.” —William Wordsworth

The "Immortality Ode" is a lengthy poem that guides the listener from philosophies to tangible things. Mostly, it's a reminder that no matter how one thinks they are in the moment, they support the eternal. 

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Changing Up a Tired Phrase

There are a lot of ways to say you won’t forget someone. Now that you’ve read through a few, hopefully, you feel like you can speak plainly or be just yourself when sharing your feelings.

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