What Should You Write on a Headstone?

Poetry

If you or the deceased enjoyed poetry, you can also quote favorite poets (gravsteingrossisten.no). A famous example derived from Let Me Go by Christina Rossetti goes like this:

‘Miss me a little, but not for long, and not with your head bowed low, remember the love that once we shared, miss me, but let me go.’

Losing a loved one can be excruciatingly painful, and you won’t immediately find the best words with which to say goodbye. Fortunately, gravestones and headstones are usually installed way after the actual funeral service, and you can take your time to come up with the perfect inscription.

Typically, the message inscribed on a headstone – called the epitaph – includes the deceased’s birth and death date, name, and a few personal words (https://www.gravsteingrossisten.no/pages/gravstein-oslo). But what can you say to sum up your loved one’s life?

Epitaph Writing Tips

As a rule of thumb, you should let some time pass before working on an epitaph unless the deceased left an explicit request. This is because, after losing someone you love, you will experience very many emotions that could affect the words you choose.

Give yourself time to process the loss then:

• Write a short epitaph. You will only be allowed a few lines on the headstone.

• Make the epitaph timeless and personalized to the deceased’s character.

• Find the epitaph’s voice: who is speaking? The deceased, a family member, or a friend?

Types of Inscription

Close up of beautiful roses on a grave at a cemetery



Quotations

You can never go wrong with a quotation from a favorite piece of literature (https://www.gravsteingrossisten.no/blog/gravstotter-ma-sikres-godt). If the deceased loved reading, you can quote from a favorite novel, memoir, or play. You can also quote from religious texts, depending on the deceased’s religion. Whatever you choose, remember that headstones don’t usually include a lot of space for the epitaph, so keep it short. If the quotation is long, you can have an extract inscribed in the front and the rest on the reverse side.

Short Sayings

Most gravestones will include short, famous sayings, and while these texts are rarely personalized, they are timeless. Some examples include:

• Beloved father/mother/daughter/son/husband/wife/friend

• A life well lived

• In loving memory

• Until we meet again

• Finis

• Forever in our hearts

Poetry

If you or the deceased enjoyed poetry, you can also quote favorite poets. A famous example derived from Let Me Go by Christina Rossetti goes like this:

‘Miss me a little, but not for long, and not with your head bowed low, remember the love that once we shared, miss me, but let me go.’