An epitaph is a meaningful tombstone tribute to someone who has died.

Headstones remember the dead by honoring life. That is why tombstones typically feature names, family relationships, dates of birth and death — to make it clear to all who come after that here lies a person who lived, who loved, and who matters to those left behind. The most personal gravestone memorials also include a little something more, a favorite quote perhaps, or a symbol reflecting an affinity the deceased had. Often this extra something on a headstone is an epitaph, a phrase written in memory of a person who has died.

Epitaphs allow us to share a little of ourselves and our loved ones with future generations. An epitaph can impart wisdom, sum up one’s life experiences, or get in one last punch line. Whether you are planning a funeral or simply looking for a little inspiration, here are some examples epitaphs we’ve encountered.

Short Sayings
Treasured by family and friends
Here lies a beloved friend
Always loved, never forgotten
In loving memory of
He/she walked in beauty
Our lives were better because of her/his presence
We will meet again one day
A shining star, forever in our hearts
Once met, never forgotten
To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die
Sweet are the memories that never fade
We only part to meet again
Where He leads me I can safely go
Tread softly for you tread on my dreams
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain
If you can remember me, I will be with you always
Be sure, wherever I may roam, my heart is with your heart at home
Given the chance there is not one thing I would change

Here lies a beloved mother, daughter and wife
In memory of an adored mom
Treasured by all who knew her
A mother who will always be missed
An inspiration to all she met
Our mother’s love lives on
Mother, Daughter, Leader, Friend
There was grace in her steps, love in every gesture
We were touched by her endless kindness and love

A dear father and grandfather. Missed dearly
He filled his life with laughter, happiness and the love of friends and family
His life a beautiful memory, his absence a silent grief
A man too loved to ever be forgotten
To have been lucky enough to know him was to love him
A gentleman through and through. Simply one of the best
An inspiring life well lead
His name is written in letters of love, on the hearts he left at home

For Grandmother
The heart and soul of our family
Her kindness and warmth shall not be forgotten
May she be remembered as she remembered others
Always loving and always loved
A wonderful light has been extinguished from our lives
She sowed courtesy and reaped friendship. She planted kindness and gathered love

For Son
Called by one who loves him dearly
May the arms of angels keep you safe
Held for a moment, loved for a lifetime
Sleep my little one, sleep

Taken by angels
May her soul enjoy glory
There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world
Taken to be an angel

Bible Verses for Headstones
“The righteous shall go into life eternal” – Matthew 25:46
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” – Matthew 5:8
“They can no longer die; for they are like the angels” – Luke 20:36
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” – 2 Timothy 4:7
“I will fear no evil for thou art with me” – Psalm 23:4
“I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” – Psalm 34:4
“Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” – John 3:15

Funny Headstone Quotes
I told you I was sick
I came here without being consulted
Go away, I'm busy
It’s dark down here
I made some good deals, I made some bad deals, I really went in the hole on this one.
At last... "A hole in one"​
Jokes over, you can let me out now
Still dead...thanks for checking