60 Ways to Say 'Rest in Peace'

By Carly Forsaith, updated on April 13, 2023

If you’re looking for different ways to say ‘rest in peace,’ then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll learn 60 new ways.

  • When a person has passed away, it’s a very delicate time for the relatives.
  • Whether you want to give them your condolences or write a special message for the deceased one, one of the following expressions could be just what you’re looking for.

Other Ways to Say ‘Rest in Peace’

The thing to know about using the expression ‘rest in peace’ or any derivatives is that you can either say it directly to the deceased or you can say it to one of their relatives in order to express your deepest sympathy.

  • Remember though, if you say it to one of the relatives, then you should use the third person pronoun.

Some appropriate times to use these expressions might be:

  • When saying goodbye to the deceased person over their casket.
  • While giving your best wishes to one of the deceased’s family members.
  • When writing an In Memoriam

Bear in mind some of these are religious and, therefore, may not be appropriate to say to someone who does not belong to a particular faith.

  1. Rest in peace
  2. May you rest in peace
  3. Rest in power
  4. May your soul find peace
  5. Sleep well
  6. Gone but not forgotten
  7. Eternal rest
  8. May the angels guide you
  9. Rest easy
  10. Rest softly
  11. May your journey be peaceful
  12. May your spirit find rest
  13. Rest in eternal peace
  14. May your memory be a blessing
  15. Sleep in peace
  16. May you find solace in the afterlife
  17. Rest with the angels
  18. Rest in paradise
  19. May you soar to eternal heights
  20. May you find eternal rest
  21. Forever in our hearts
  22. May you find rest and comfort
  23. May you find eternal peace and joy
  24. Carried away by angels
  25. May your soul soar with the eagles
  26. Rest in quiet peace
  27. May your spirit be free
  28. May your soul find freedom and peace
  29. May you rest among the stars
  30. May you find tranquility in the afterlife
  31. At peace now.
  32. May your journey be peaceful and serene
  33. May your soul find everlasting peace
  34. May your soul find the light
  35. Fly away peacefully.
  36. May your soul find eternal rest in heaven
  37. You will live on in our hearts
  38. May you find comfort in the afterlife
  39. May you be surrounded by love and peace
  40. Farewell, beloved one.
  41. May you find rest in the arms of the angels
  42. May you find comfort in the afterlife with loved ones
  43. Gone too soon
  44. May you find eternal rest in the kingdom of heaven
  45. Forever free from pain and suffering
  46. May your soul find rest in the afterlife
  47. You will be missed
  48. May you find peace and comfort in the next life
  49. Until we meet again
  50. May you rest in the arms of the divine
  51. May your soul rest in the afterlife
  52. May you find eternal rest and happiness
  53. In loving memory
  54. May you find rest and peace in heaven
  55. Heaven has gained an angel

Comforting Quotes to Say ‘Rest in Peace’

If you want to make an even more special gesture, you could use comforting quotes.

  • You can either write them on a card, or on the funeral program, for example.

Here are just a few for you to choose from.

56. “The soul can rest in peace when it finds its true home.” – Rumi
57. “Death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Jack Lemmon
58. “Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men” – Herodotus
59. “It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over.” – Jim Morrison.
60. “Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes.” – John Donne.

Concluding Thoughts on Different Ways to Say 'Rest in Peace' or 'RIP'

So there you have it. There are many different ways you can communicate your condolences to someone.

  • Saying ‘rest in peace’ is a good way to comfort someone who is grieving and show your support.


  • This is a sensitive time, so be sure to be respectful of the grieving parties.
  • You can say ‘rest in peace’ or an equivalent expression either directly to the deceased or to a member of their family.
  • If speaking about a deceased, use the third person pronoun.

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Written By:
Carly Forsaith
Carly Forsaith is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. Carly is a copywriter who has been writing about the English language for over 3 years. Before that, she was a teacher in Thailand, helping people learn English as a second language. She is a total grammar nerd and spends her time spotting language errors on signs and on the internet.

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