Headstone Epitaphs: Choosing Verses, Quotes, Words, Phrases, Sayings & Inscriptions
Words of Comfort Epitaphs
Bible Verse Epitaphs
Epitaphs for Infants & Children
Epitaphs for Females - Mother, Daughter, Sister, etc.
Epitaphs for Males - Father, Son, Brother, etc.
Are you at a loss for what to write on a headstone?
This article not only will discuss the significance of tombstone
epitaphs, but also offers many examples from which to choose.
The Significance of an Epitaph
When a loved one has been laid to rest
in a cemetery the final stage of closure involves the placement
of a tombstone or grave marker identifying their grave. It is
here that we are given one final occasion to communicate to the
world the significance of our loved one.
Tombstone epitaphs are a reflection of
one's existence highlighting their personality traits or accomplishments
in life. In some cases they may also tell the story of the circumstances
that brought them to their death.
Even though tombstone epitaphs have varied
over time one thing remains a constant. That is that epitaphs
are a meaningful way to give respect to the deceased.
Writing An Epitaph
Tombstone epitaphs take on many forms
and are derived from many sources. One of the most popular forms
are taken from biblical scripture. Bereaved family members often
choose a biblical verse as an epitaph as it may exhibit some virtuous
quality that was a characteristic of the decedent's life.
Some choose to write an tombstone epitaph
detailing the accomplishments of the decedent's life. Maybe the
person was a great doctor who selflessly gave his time tending
to the sick, or one who was known for their philanthropy or community
Whatever the subject a epitaph allows
us to post our reflections of the personalities and achievements
of the departed, marking their existence here on Earth.
Examples of Tombstone Epitaphs
To help give you some inspiration in composing
an epitaph for your loved one, we have assembled a collection
of epitaphs. You can either copy them directly or use them as
a basis to create your own. Here are the categories for epitaphs.
Click on the linked title to view them.
These epitaphs are general in nature and taken from a variety
of sources. If you need help in choosing or creating an epitaph
these will serve as a good starting point.
of Comfort Epitaphs
Statements that assure our grieving hearts that we are never really
apart from our loved one.
Favored statements and saying that remind us of the true wisdom
Promises from our Father above that emphasize the peace we seek
in our lives.
for Infants & Children
Statements that announce our most precious and devoted love with
the longing of hope and peace.
for Females - Mother, Daughter, Sister, etc.
Endearing words that comfort and inspire the reader who remember
the devoted woman in his/her life.
for Males - Father, Son, Brother, etc.
Unique words to individualize the character, devotion, generosity
and success of a man's life.