Whenever you buy a headstone, the next important task is to choose the right epitaph. By epitaphs, we mean the inscriptions used on headstones and grave markers. You can easily get some good ideas on epitaphs by visiting your local cemetery. But if you want to truly honor a departed soul, there are many creative ideas on epitaphs that you can always choose. Right from Bible verses to song lyrics to funny lines to a simple statement, there are many ways to make a headstone look unique and special.
Here are some headstone epitaph ideas for you to choose:
If the deceased liked simplicity, then it is a good idea to choose simple words to describe the life of the deceased. Remember at times simple words can also have huge impact. You can use some simple, short and elegant words to come up with a great epitaph that you can use on a headstone.
Some simple and short epitaphs that can express your feelings and emotions towards the deceased are:
“Lying in peace for an eternity”
“We will cherish and remember you always”
“Love is eternal”
“May God be with you and comfort you”
“You will always be there in our memories”
In case you are at a loss for words that can describe your emotions and feelings towards a deceased, then one good option is to choose a few lines from a poem. Poetry has a soul of its own, and through poems you can nicely describe your emotions.
Some small poems that can be included on a headstone as a beautiful epitaph are:
“When you were born, an angel smiled.
As you became a child, an angel sat on your shoulder.
When you became an adult, an angel held your hand.
As you grew old, an angel walked down the road with you.
And, when you died, another angel got their wings.”
“No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
And only God knows why.”
“Gone yet not forgotten,
Although we are apart,
Your spirit lives within me,
Forever in my heart”
“Farewell to thee! But not farewell
To all my fondest thoughts of thee:
Within my heart they still shall dwell;
And they shall cheer and comfort me.”
In the Words of the Deceased
Many a times, a person shares his own thoughts regarding epitaphs with family members and friends. If the deceased have shared such ideas while he was alive, then you must fulfill the wish of the deceased. In case the wishes are not known to you, you can get some ideas by reading old letters, personal notes and diaries written by the deceased to find something that represents his voice.
Some of the famous epitaphs written by deceased are:
“If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don’t you ever cry”
“The best is yet to come.”
At a time when you need to make a quick decision regarding an appropriate epitaph for a headstone, it can be quite difficult to come up with the right words that show how much the loss of a person mattered to you. During such times you can always rely on quotes by famous people to describe your emotions and feelings towards a person.
Here are some famous quotes that you can use as headstone epitaphs:
“Yet in this heart’s most sacred place, thou, alone, shall dwell forever.”
“Dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.”
“Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.”
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
“The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth.”
For a deceased who was a religious person, you can choose a religious epitaph. For instances, there are many verses from the Bible that can be used as the perfect inscription on their headstone. Bible verses can also be a great source of comfort.
Some of the popular Bible verses that you can choose as an epitaph for a headstone are:
“Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.”- John 15:13
“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” – Matthew 24:30
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”- Matthew 24:22
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”- Matthew 11:28
“The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.”- Psalms 115:17
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”- Psalm 91:1
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.”- Lamentations 3:22
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”- Hebrews 11:1
“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”- Revelation 2:10
“They can no longer die; for they are like the angels.” Luke 20:36
These are just some different ideas that you can use as an epitaph for a headstone. Now, it is up to you as whether you want to go for a simple epitaph or an elaborate one, but remember to choose one that describes the life of the deceased.