Headstone Sayings & Quotes
By Carole Galassi
A headstone saying, quote, or epitaph is an inscription
on a tombstone in memory of the one buried there. It
gives a brief literary piece commemorating a deceased
person. Some headstone sayings or quotes are taken from
biblical scripture, poetry, or notes what the person was
best known for.
The final stage of burial is the laying of ashes or body
in the ground or vault. When you place a loved one in a
cemetery, the headstone is the final piece that
identifies their grave. They often are short reflections
of the person's existence and highlights their
personality or accomplishments.
Headstone sayings & quotes can also come in the form of
comfort to the surviving family members. Nevertheless,
they are unique sayings personal to the deceased. "Rest
in Peace" is a popular headstone saying that is well
known and often used.
Some people can get an idea of headstone sayings by
walking around a cemetery and reading some of the
headstones. It's important to personalize the headstone
by selecting a phrase that is appropriate for the
deceased. Remember that this will mark their grave
Headstone sayings do not have to be lengthy phrases but
rather can be short phrases that contain words relating
to the deceased. For example, a saying for a religious
father who served in the military, may read-"Loved God,
Family, and Country".
There are also headstone sayings that contain longer
phrases. Such as this epitaph for a man from Texas which
reads "An amiable father here lies at rest As ever God
with his image blest. The friend of man, the friend of
truth, The friend of age, the guide of youth."
Headstone sayings & quotes can be thought provoking to
the passerby. One such headstone may read: "My good
people as you pass by as you are now so once was I. As I
am now you soon will be, prepare yourself to follow me."
They can contain various themes but the most important
aspect of writing an epitaph is to make sure it reflects
the person's personality or character.