The last thing anyone wants to think about is their loved ones dying. And considering what to put on their gravestone can feel especially macabre.
But if we're honest with ourselves, we know that this is something we'll all have to do at one point. Approaching this topic with grace and curiosity is the best way forward.
What do you even put on a gravestone? Inspirational quotes? Common gravestone sayings like rest in peace? Where is the line between writing an entire novel as an epitaph and finding the right words?
Below, we'll go over beautiful sayings to put on a headstone or monument.
Finding the Right Words: Things to Consider
When choosing a quote to put on a gravestone, there are a few things to consider. You want to think about what the deceased would like, what survivors will be comforted by, and if what you choose will stand the test of time.
Stay away from pop culture references, inside jokes, or anything that won't have meaning in 100 years.
You'll also need to consider the rules/approval process of headstone engravings, depending on your loved ones' resting place. Most graveyards (especially religious) must approve your text before they allow installation. Only order once you've been approved!
Common Beautiful Sayings for Gravestones
The simplest option for epitaphs is a description of who the person was and what they meant to people. Short phrases are also popular. Examples include:
Beloved, mother, wife, and nurse, remembered by all she touched
Remembered with love
Once met, never forgotten
Until we meet again
Time passes, and love remains
Religious references are another popular choice. These can be a reference to a psalm bible verse or another phrase, such as:
The Lord is my shepherd
And in God's house for evermore
To live in the heart of God is not to die
Asleep in Jesus
Always together in the Lord
Finally, some people choose to put their favourite quotes on a headstone. These are more expensive, but they're a beautiful and personal way to honour someone.
The quote may be listed in their last will if it was especially important to them. If it isn't, here are some examples of what to use:
Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I'm free at last - MLK
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the trees, I'll wait for you
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened
His absence is a silent grief, his life is a beautiful memory
And when the earth shall claim your limbs then shall you truly dance
Still, waiting to see something that inspires you? Our knowledgeable staff at Somerville Memorials can help you find the perfect phrase to honor your loved one.
They can also assist you in designing a beautiful monument that will stand the test of time.
Saying Goodbye with Grace
We hope reading through this article has given you some ideas and beautiful sayings to ease the passing of your loved one.
We also hope you use this experience as a chance to add these details to your last directive, so your loved ones don't have to go through this process for you.
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