What to Engrave on Your Loved One's Headstone

If you have recently ordered a new headstone for a loved one who has passed away, you may still be thinking about the type of inscription you wish to have engraved on it. This article will give you some ideas.


An epitaph is a short piece of text which is designed to honour a person's life. Deciding on an epitaph can be hard. After all, how do you summarise a life in just a few words? If the deceased had a favourite quote or saying, you may wish to have this engraved on their gravestone or tomb. If they did not have a favourite quote or saying, you may wish to look one up in a dictionary of quotations.

Alternatively, you can write an epitaph for the deceased. The easiest way to do this is to think of keywords which describe the person who has passed away. Once you have written these words down, you can set about arranging them into a sentence. For example, you could use Strong and Faithful or Inspirational and Loving. Also, you could write an epitaph which is a message from you to the deceased such as, Until We Meet On the Other Side or We Will Remember You Always


Another great source of words for your loved one's monument is poetry. If the deceased had a favourite poem or poet, this would make your choice much easier. If they did not, and you think that including a line or two of poetry would be a good idea, you will have to search out the perfect poem yourself. The best place to start is at your local library. Locate the poetry section and take out a couple of anthologies. The anthologies should contain a wide range of poems from across the centuries which means you are certain to find something suitable.

Using published anthologies will ensure that poetry is of high quality. You should avoid searching online as a lot of amateur poetry is very bad and just about anyone can self-publish online. The last thing you want is to engrave a terrible poem on your loved one's gravestone.


If you are struggling to think of the right words, you may wish to opt for an engraved artwork. As the popular saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. You may wish to have the coat of arms of your loved one's favourite sports team or their favourite animal engraved onto the headstone so that the whole world will know what they were passionate about.

If you would like further advice, you should speak with a funeral service.

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Non-denominational funeral services ideas

These days funeral services are less about religion and more about a persons life. When we are planning funeral services for someone who is not religious, it's not that we don't use any religious text as inspiration but more that we draw from a range of sources instead of one. It's common to use thoughts from Buddhism alongside quotes from Native American leaders and poetry from a range of sources to create a beautiful service. This website has some inspiration from a range of belief systems and literature which you can use to help plan and write memorial and funeral services.