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11 of the best Irish toasts for funerals, Irish death blessings and Irish prayers for the dead filled with comfort and humor

IrishCentral is happy to bring 11 of the best Irish toasts for funerals, Irish death blessings and Irish prayers for the dead filled with comfort and humor. Sometimes surrounding death people are stuck for words but the Irish always have a saying or some wisdom to fill the void. 

When it comes to death the Irish really know how to deliver a great send-off. From the traditional wake to a poignant eulogy, the Irish don’t only mourn the death of a loved one but celebrate their lives through stories and remembrance.

So raise a glass, crack a smile and remember the dead for the great lives they lived!

Daffodils soaking up the Spring sun

Daffodils soaking up the Spring sun

“'Tis better to buy a small bouquet and give to your friend this very day, than a bushel of roses white and red to lay on his coffin after he's dead.”

“Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.”

A quick cheers with two pints of Guinness

A quick cheers with two pints of Guinness

“When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!”

Hand held up towards the sun and clouds

Hand held up towards the sun and clouds

“May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head. May you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead.”

A person raising a pint of Guinness

A person raising a pint of Guinness

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one, a pretty girl and an honest one, a cold beer and another one.”

Couple holding hands on a park bench

Couple holding hands on a park bench

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Harbor at the coast of Dingle in Ireland

Harbor at the coast of Dingle in Ireland

“Health and a long life to you. Land without rent to you. A child every year to you.And if you can’t go to heaven, may you at least die in Ireland.”

Perfectly cooked sliced beef steak

Perfectly cooked sliced beef steak

“Here’s to beefsteak when you’re hungry, whiskey when you’re dry, all the women you’ll ever want, and heaven when you die.”

A bed and breakfast sign for an Inn

A bed and breakfast sign for an Inn

“When you reach the inn of death, I hope it's closing time.”

Several Guinness lined up to enjoy

Several Guinness lined up to enjoy

“There are several good reasons for drinking and one has just entered my head. If a man can’t drink when he’s living, then how the heck can he drink when he’s dead.”

A man reading a newspaper with a look of shock

A man reading a newspaper with a look of shock

"There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary."

Have we missed your favorite saying? Let us know in the comments.