What would be the last words that would be your words if knew that it was your time to pass away?
Being in the funeral profession, I can often sympathize with the concept of death.
And this is a list of some famous last words given on death beds, a list of some well-known last words uttered on death beds, and a little bit of a talk about why “last words” is so important. Some of them are hilarious, some of them are sad, some of them are philosophical, but one thing's for sure… they’re all extremely memorable, and that's why I’m here to share them with you today:
1. “I am about to die or I am going to die; either expression is used.”
– French grammarian Dominique Bouhours (1628-1702)
2. “I must go in, the fog is rising.”
– Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
3. “It is very beautiful over there.”
– Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)
4. “Looks like a good night to fly.”
– One reddit user’s great Uncle (Gillybilly)
The reddit user’s great uncle flew for the Navy in WWII and flew commercial jets for almost 30 years and while in the hospital bed, he uttered these last words to his brother.
5. “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
– Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Steve Jobs’s last moments were written about in his sister’s eulogy about him, where she writes: “Even now, he had a stern, still handsome appearance, the profile of an absolutist, a romantic. His breath indicated that his path took him many miles up the mountain. He was climbing, but also, at this moment, endowed with the capacity for wonderment, the artist’s belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later.”
Steve’s final words hours earlier, were grunts, repeated three times. Before embarking, he had looked at his sister Patty, who stood beside him, in a different way than Laurene did, for a long time at their children, and at his life’s partner, Laurene, and past their shoulders. Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.
6. “I want nothing but death.”
– Jane Austen (1775-1817)
In a letter written by Cassandra Austen’s sister, Jane Austen tells that “When I asked her [Jane] what she wanted, she replied, ‘I want nothing but death!’”.
7. “Money can’t buy life.”
– Bob Marley (1945-1981)
8. “Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Oscar Wilde passed at the Left Bank Hotel. Before his death he continued mostly positive, until the end when he compared his well-being to the wallpaper in his room that he seemed to hate. After his death, the wallpaper was taken off and the room was designed to look like one of the rooms in Oscar’s London flat where he lived.
9. “Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you. All component things in the world are unsettled. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own redemption.”
– Buddha (circa 563 BC – circa 483 BC)
10. “Go on, get out – last words are for fools who have not yet said enough!”
– Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Karl Marx, having spent an enormous portion of his life speaking to and writing to his housekeeper, said these words to his housekeeper, “Your name is your own no matter what you do.”
11. “Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.”
– Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
12. “I just want to say “goodbye” to someone.
– One reddit user’s patient (jacobtwo-two)
A user on reddit commented about the death of a patient who said that she wanted to say goodbye to the person who was unconscious. Instead of saying goodbye, she quietly spoke to the patient shortly before his death.
13. “A woman who can fart is not dead.”
– French nun Louise-Marie-Thérèse (1664-1732)
After letting one rip after her death, Louise decided that being a woman who can fart is perhaps definitely still kicking.
14. “Capital punishment means those without the capital get the punishment.”
– John Arthur Spenkelink (1949-1979)
He was executed right after the capital punishment became re-legalized in Florida in 1979. He spent his final days writing these last words on a pieces of mail.
15. “A dying man can do nothing easy.”
– Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
16. “I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinis.”
– Actor Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)
17. “I’m bored with it all.”
-Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Before nine-day-long coma, Winston Churchill uttered these last words.
18. “Why should I talk to you? I’ve just been speaking to your boss.”
– Playwright Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)
When a priest said, “I’m sure you want to talk to me” to Wilson Mizner while he was dying, he responded with those last few words.
19. “Last tag.”
– Banker Richard B. Mellon (1858-1933)
Richard B. Mellon and his brother played a game of tag that has lasted over seven decades. On his deathbed, Richard’s last words were, “These are my last words.” His brother, who never failed to warmly respond to his words, actually died four years later..