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What is an Epitaph?

The word epitaph comes from the Latin word “Epitaphium” which is a funeral oration made “over the tomb”.

Now it is a phrase or verse of scripture or literature on a cemetery stone in memory of the person buried there. An inscription that communicates to visitors some virtuous quality or characteristic.

An epitaph along with appropriate symbolism allows us to reflect on the personality and achievements of our deceased loved one.

We have a collection of epitaphs in several categories. If you need help in choosing or creating an epitaph these can be a place to start.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal

I think of you as watching from a time and space beyond the sky,
a place where we might someday come

May the journey on your next adventure be as joy-filled
as your time with us. See you soon!

To the world you may have just been somebody, but to all of us you were the world.

Thank you for the time you spent here!

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Behold my friends as you pass by /As you are now, so once was I
/As I am now, soon you shall be /Give thyself to God and follow me

The kiss of the sun for pardon, /The song of the birds for mirth,
/One's nearer God's heart in a garden, /than anywhere else on earth

Your presence is a gift to the world, You're unique and one of a kind.

Your life can be what you want it to be

Take it one day at a time.

I can only hope we shall see each other again
In that place where there is only love and no shadows fall.

You have touched my very being...I shall remember you

We miss you very much and love you dearly

We know our God is taking care of you And you are now one of his special angels

You are forever in our hearts

We can't wait to be with you again

You taught all that knew you what courage meant And have shown us an example in death as you did in life.

God give me strength in my life without you.

I pray you can see me now and be proud of what I have become because of your example, but most of all I thank you because you loved me so much

Don't mourn my loss, whatever you do

My leaving brings you closer to the loved ones I have left behind and all the joys the future holds

Shed not for her the bitter tear /Nor give the heart to vain regret /Tis but mere ashes that lie here /The gem that filled it sparkles yet

Beneath this simple stone /That marks his resting place /Our precious darling sleeps alone /In the Lord's long embrace

No pain, no grief, no anxious fear
can reach our loved one sleeping here.

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Epitaphs for Men - Father, Son, Brother

If there is another world, he lives in bliss /If not another, he made the most of this

We laughed at him because he was different. He laughed at us because we were all the same. We will never laugh the same again.

Only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go. We will always remember just how far our wonderful boy could go!

Each life is like a letter of the alphabet. Alone it can be meaningless. Or, like his beautiful years with us, it can be part of a great meaning.

He always stood for what was right and good. And for this we shall forever cherish his memory.

What lies behind him and what lies before him are tiny matters compared to what lies within him

He achieved success here because he lived well, laughed often and loved much.

We'll forever miss you, Daddy!

He left the world knowing he was loved. Nothing in life could be a more precious gift.

You'll always be in our heart, son!

He always did the things he thought he couldn't do. Thank you for your courage and inspiration.

He never heard opportunity knock because he was too busy building

Don't forget us!

His true wealth was in his generous heart. And what endless wealth he did have.

It is not length of life, but depth of life.

He jumped into life and never touched bottom.

World’s Greatest Dad

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Epitaphs for Women - Mother, Daughter, Sister

To know even one life breathed easier because she lived is to know she truly succeeded while here.

We can only be said to be alive when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Let it be forever remembered she was always a diamond to us.

She never took no for an answer and pushed ahead when others paused. But a kinder, gentler woman you will never meet again.

She appreciated every moment because she knew she might never be able to experience it again.

She took in all the wonders of life, wrapped them in a colorful package and gave it to us. We'll miss you!

The past is history. The future, a mystery. But we will hold dear our memories of her, her smile, the sound of her laughter...forever.

She did more than exist, she lived. She did more than listen, she
understood. Rest peacefully, dear.

Goodbye to a wonderful mother and grandmother.

She lived a long and wonderful life, and was loved by all who knew her.

She will be dearly missed, but will live on in our hearts for generations.

Sleep on, sweet mother and wife, /And take thy rest, /God called thee home, /He thought it best

My wife, my friend, the mother dear /In dreamless sleep reposes here

May those whose love to her was given /All meet and live with her in heaven

Mother thou art gone to rest /And this shall be our prayer
That when we reach our journey's end /His glory we may share

God's greatest gift returned to God - my mother

O,Lord, I put her in thy hands

She had a kindly word for each and she died beloved by all

She lives with us in memory and will for evermore

May God grant you eternal rest, dear Mother

She concealed her tears but shared her smiles

God took her home, it was his will, /but in our hearts she liveth still

God bless thee wheresoe'er thou art in his great universe today

She is resting peacefully with Jesus in that beautiful home above

Her memory is enshrined in our hearts

Her friendship was an inspriration, her love a blessing

Resting with those she loved

She served and kept the faith

She walked in beauty

Her friends were her world

She loved people and laughter

She would rather give than receive

God called her from among us to a home of eternal rest

Always loving: always loved

To know her was to love her

She gave so much and demanded so little

Her children arise up and call her blessed

A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, in every gesture dignity and love

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music

She passed through glory's morning gate and walked in paradise

World’s Best Mom

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Epitaphs for Infants & Children

Hush my dear, be still and slumber: Jolly angels guard your bed

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtue

Children bring their own love with them when they come

What would the world be to us if children were no more?

Oh, for boyhood's time of June crowding years into one brief moon

Sleep undisturbed within the peaceful shrine, /Till angels wake thee with a note like thine.

No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood

Sleep, my little one, sleep

Children are a heritage of the Lord. Psalms 127:3

The child is the father of the man

Little Boy Blue has gone away

God's garden has need of little flowers

Remembering a tiny angel

So small, so sweet, so soon

Lord, we give you our littlest angel

Budded (or blossomed) on earth to bloom in Heaven

For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven

His was a man's courage

Our littlest angel who went back to Heaven

Called by one who loves him dearly

Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory

Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face

Children are the keys of paradise

An angel visited the green earth, and took a flower away

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Now that you have chosen your epitaph, proceed to:

Stone Colors



A polished cross, against a textured background and a lacework of ornamentation as a centerpiece of a family cemetery plot.

celtic cross
Celtic Cross
28 x 16 Ocean Green
Uncial Font
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24x12 Carnelian
Times New Roman font
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24x12 Black
Goudy Font
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