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150+ Best Epitaph Examples

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Are you creating a monument, headstone or memorial plaque to mark the death of a loved one?

After selecting the type of cemetery marker and the material from which it should be constructed — e.g. granite, marble or bronze — your next step is to write the epitaph that is to be inscribed or engraved on it.

In this Ultimate Guide to Epitaphs, we cover everything that you need to know in order to write a truly meaningful epitaph for your loved one.

In the introduction, we cover:

You’ll even find a helpful infographic to guide you in the writing process.

After the introduction, you’ll find 100+ quotes that are appropriate to use in a headstone inscription.  For ease of reference, we have organized our epitaph examples into themes:

Without further ado, let’s get started…

What is an Epitaph?

An epitaph is a short text honouring a deceased person, (often inscribed or engraved on their headstone, monument, memorial plaque, gravestone, tombstone or cemetery marker).   It usually includes the person’s name, dates of birth and death, along with a meaningful quote or Bible verse.

Epitaph

How Do You Write an Epitaph?

  1. Write the full name of the person, ensuring correct spelling.
  2. Add the birth and death dates.
  3. Choose a quote or Bible verse to appear on the headstone that praises the virtues of the deceased person or that reminds us that eternal life is promised by God.

Expert Tips For Writing an Epitaph

Andrew Latyshko, owner of Smith Monument Company Ltd. in Toronto, is an expert on headstones for graves, and has practical tips to share:

  1. Wait at least 3 to 6 months before considering the headstone epitaph.  Immediately following a funeral, families are usually not in the right frame of mind to make big decisions.
  2. Choose your words carefully as there isn’t much space to sum up your loved one’s life.  You can also use meaningful quotes, bible verses, or song lyrics.
  3. Some families wish to put wording on the sides or on the backs of cemetery headstones or monuments.  Be aware that not all cemeteries will allow this, so check the by-laws.
  4. You don’t have to add a wife’s maiden name. It is actually done less and less these days. It has been done for historical purposes so that people walking through a cemetery looking for someone can identify them more easily.

For more practical tips on for purchasing (and maintaining) cemetery headstones, monuments and grave markers, please click here.

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Famous Tombstone Quotes

Famous Tombstone Quotes

These famous tombstone quotes are from some of the most famous epitaphs in history and truly capture the personalities for who they were inscribed.

Famous Epitaphs:  John Wayne

John Wayne’s famous tombstone quote was taken from an interview he did with Playboy magazine in 1971.  The epitaph of the world’s most famous movie cowboy reads:

JOHN WAYNE

1907 — 1979

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.
Comes into us at midnight very clean.
It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

famous epitaphs: John Wayne

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Famous Epitaphs:  Bette Davis

Story has it that director Joseph Mankiewicz mentioned to Bette Davis that “she did it the hard way” after working with her on All About Eve and said that someday that would make an appropriate epitaph quote for her.

When she died in 1989, she took him up on the suggestion with this famous tombstone quote on her epitaph:

BETTE DAVIS

April 5, 1908 — October 6, 1989

“She did it the hard way.”

famous epitaphs: Bette Davis

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Famous Epitaphs:  Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder was one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age.  This famous tombstone quote lets his humorous personality and sharp-wit shine through.

BILLY WILDER

I’m a writer
but then
nobody’s perfect

famous epitaphs: Billy Wilder

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Famous Epitaphs:  Leonard Matlovich

Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich was a Vietnam War veteran and the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Matlovich was the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on gays, and perhaps the best-known gay man in America in the 1970s next to Harvey Milk.

His photograph appeared on the cover of the September 8, 1975, issue of Time magazine, making him a symbol for thousands of gay and lesbian service members and gay people generally.

Matlovich’s famous epitaph reflects the two causes he spent his life fighting for:  American military and gay rights.

A GAY VIETNAM VETERAN

When I was in the military
they gave me a medal for killing two men
and a discharge for loving one.

famous epitaphs: Leonard Matlovich

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Famous Epitaphs:  William Shakespeare

It is believed that William Shakespeare wrote his epitaph quote himself as a warning to those who may try to dig up his corpse for research purposes — a practice that was commonplace at the time.

So far, this tactic seems to have worked.  It’s also one of the most famous tombstone quotes to date!  Here is a modern translation of Shakespeare’s epitaph:

THE GRAVE OF THE POET
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

1564 — 1616

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.

 famous epitaphs: William Shakespeare

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Famous Epitaphs:  Merv Griffin

Iconic talk show host Merv Griffin wrote his own famous tombstone quote before he died and it’s a fitting final message!

MERV GRIFFIN

July 6, 1925 — August 12, 2007

I will not be right back
after this message.

famous epitaphs: Merv Griffin

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Famous Epitaphs:  Jack Lemmon

Academy Award winner Jack Lemmon was very specific about his tombstone quote wishes.  As per his instructions, not even dates of birth or death accompany this famous tombstone quote.

He obviously had a great sense of humour, as you would finish the quote with any number of great movies that he starred in.  It also denoted his great love of life.

JACK LEMMON

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famous epitaphs: Jack Lemmon

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Famous Epitaphs:  Benjamin Franklin

As a young man, Benjamin Franklin wrote a humorous epitaph for himself in which he described himself as “food for worms.”  He did not intend this epitaph to be used as the official epitaph on his gravestone, (the wording for which he included in his Will).

This funny version, however, was graven on a bronze plaque and mounted on a brick wall of the cemetery in which his body rests, for all to enjoy.

The body of B. Franklin, Printer,
Like the Cover of an old Book.
Its Contents torn out.
And stripped of its Lettering and Gilding.
Lies here.  Food for worms.
But the Work shall not be wholly lost.
For it will as he believ’d
appear once more
In a new and more elegant Edition
Corrected and improved
By the Author.

famous epitaphs: Benjamin Franklin

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Famous Epitaphs:  Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was a legendary poet and playwright.  The tombstone quote used in his epitaph comes from his famous poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol,” a long poem commemorating the harsh rhythms of prison life.

This poem was this  last work, and was written while Wilde was serving two years of hard labour in prison for homosexuality.

According to Wilde, death was just another prison sentence.

OSCAR WILDE

And alien tears will fill for him
Pity’s long broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.

famous epitaphs: Oscar Wilde

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Famous Epitaphs:  Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr.

Inscribed with the words from his powerful speech at Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous epitaph stands in Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change and reads:

REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING. JR.

1929 — 1968

“Free at last.  Free at last.
Thank God Almighty
I’m Free at last.”

famous epitaphs: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Famous Epitaphs:  George Washington Carver

Born a slave in 1864 on his father’s farm near Diamond Grove, Missouri, as an infant George Washington Carver and his mother were kidnapped by Confederate night-raiders and possibly taken to Arkansas.

His father, Moses Carver found and reclaimed his son, but his mother was never found.

It was on his father’s farm where Carver first fell in love with nature, where he earned the nickname “The Plant Doctor” and collected in earnest all manner of rocks and plants.

Washington Carver received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1894 and a Master of Science degree in bacterial botany and agriculture in 1897 from Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University).

He later became the first African-American member of the faculty of Iowa Agricultural College, teaching classes about soil conservation and etc.

Throughout his lifetime, Washington Carver developed three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.

After dying from complications from a fall down a set of stairs, his life savings were donated to the Carver Museum and to the George Washington Carver Foundation.

Through life-long habits of frugality, he had saved $60,000, which is equivalent to approximately $1 million dollars in today’s dollars.

Hence, on his epitaph it states:  He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

DIED IN TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA
JANUARY 5, 1943

A life that stood out as a gospel of
self — forgetting service.
He could have added fortune to fame
but caring for neither he found
happiness and honor in being helpful to
the world.

The centre of his world was the south
where he was born in slavery some
79 years ago and where he did his
work as a creative scientist.

famous epitaphs: George Washington Carver

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Funny Tombstone Quotes

Funny Tombstone Quotes

Here is our collection of funny tombstones sayings from around the world.

Some tombstone sayings are from famous gravestones of comedians and actors, the epitaph of the mathematician who discovered Pi, as well as old English headstones written by families that loved puns.

Funny Epitaphs:  Russell Larsen

True cowboy Russell Larsen included his final wishes to rest in peace between the two things he loved most on his headstone.

This funny tombstone quote is sure to get a good chuckle out of anyone who stumbles across this gravemarker in Logan City Cemetery!

RUSSELL LARSEN

Two things I love most,
good horses and beautiful
women. And when I die, I hope
they tan this old hide of mine
and make it into a ladies riding
saddle, so I can rest in peace
between the two things I love
most.

funny epitaphs: Russell Larsen

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Funny Epitaphs:  Fran Thatcher

Fran Thatcher’s epitaph was straight to the point with this funny tombstone quote.

THATCHER

“Damn, it’s dark down here.”

 funny epitaphs: Fran Thatcher

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Funny Epitaphs:  Leslie Nielsen

Canadian actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen gained fame and world-wide recognition in the 1980s for his deadpan comedic roles in movies like Airplane and The Naked Gun.

Given his witty sense of humour, it’s unsurprising that he opted for a funny tombstone quote.

LESLIE NIELSON

Feb 11, 1926 — Nov 28, 2010

“Let ‘er rip.”

Leslie Nielsen Funny Epitaphs

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Funny Epitaphs:  John Yeast

John Yeast’s family succeeded in making him partially famous thanks to this very clever double entendre of an epitaph!

Here lies
JOHN
YEAST
Pardon me
for not rising

funny epitaphs: John Yeast

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Funny Epitaphs:  Ludolph van Ceulen

A Dutch mathematician who died in 1610 at the age 70, Ludolph van Ceulen was the first person to determine the value of Pi to 35 digits.

After his death, the number was engraved on his tombstone in Leiden, Netherlands.  The tombstone was eventually lost, but later restored in 2000.

LUDOLPH VAN CEULEN

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288…,

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Funny Epitaphs: Rodney Dangerfield

Jack Roy, better known by his stage name Rodney Dangerfield, was an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter known for the catchphrase “I get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme.

He is also remembered for his 1980s film roles, especially in Easy Money, Caddyshack, and Back to School.

Given his crazy sense of humour, it’s not surprise that he opted for a funny headstone.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD

There goes the neighborhood.

funny epitaphs: Rodney Dangerfield

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Funny Epitaphs:  Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel was a Pulitzer-prize winning author who stated in his memoir, “Touch and Go,” that curiosity was the virtue that has kept him going.   This idea translated into his funny headstone sayings.

STUDS TERKEL

“Curiosity did not kill this cat.”

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Funny Epitaphs:  Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan, star of comedic movies like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, was known for his irreverent sense of humour.

Buried in Winchelsea, East Sussex, UK, the funny saying on his tombstone is written in Irish:  “Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite.”

Translated into English, the funny epitaph reads as follows:

SPIKE MILLIGAN

I told you I was ill.

 funny epitaphs: Spike Milligan

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Funny Epitaphs:  An Unknown Atheist

This is one of the most famous funny tombstone quotes and it is from an epitaph from a graveyard in Thurmont, Maryland. It remains unknown who the atheist in question was, but we are sure he had a sharp sense of humour!

“Here lies an atheist.
All dressed up with no place to go.”

Funny Epitaph Quotes

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Funny Epitaphs:  John Penny

One of our favourite funny tombstone quotes!

This funny epitaph  (or should I say punny?) belongs to John Penny, and can be found in  Wimborne Cemetery in England:

JOHN PENNY

“Reader if cash thou art
In want of any
Dig 4 feet deep
And thou wilt find a Penny.”

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Funny Epitaphs:  Jonathan Fiddle

Another of our favourite funny tombstone quotes from a tombstone in a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:

JONATHAN FIDDLE

“On the 22nd of June
Jonathan Fiddle
Went out of tune.”

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Funny Epitaphs: Owen Moore

Last one in the pun department, we promise! This funny tombstone quote can be found on an epitaph in Battersea, London.

OWEN MOORE

Gone away
Owin’ more
Than he could pay.

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In Loving Memory Quotes

In Loving Memory Quotes

We have assembled the best collection of “in loving memory” quotes to use in the epitaph of a special loved one.  We hope that you find a beautiful quote that perfectly sums up his or her life and legacy.

In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 1

This first tombstone quote is from the great Dr. Seuss, reminding us all to smile and be thankful that we had our loved one in our life, instead of being consumed by the pain of their loss.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.

By Dr. Seuss

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 2

This next headstone quote is for a loved one who was truly an incredible friend and family member, and who was a blessing to all around her.  (You can also use this epitaph quote for a man but changing the references to “her” to “him”.)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

Her friendship was an inspiration,
her love a blessing.”

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 3

This next quote is from the poem “The Smoke Jumper” by Nicholas Evans.  It would make a beautiful epitaph inscription on a gravestone or bronze plaque.

It reminds us that our loved one is never truly gone, that we can always find him or her in our hearts.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Be still.  Close your eyes.  Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.”

By Nicholas Evans

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 4

This beautiful quote expresses the sentiment that although the sun may have set on our loved one’s time on Earth, they are rising on a new horizon in Heaven.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Even as the sun goes down,
To end the light of day,
It’s rising on a new horizon,
Somewhere far away.”

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 5

This simple poetic verse by Nat King Cole would be appropriate for a headstone epitaph.  It suggests that we do not know what comes after death and that death may not be end.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“For all we know
this might only be a dream,
we come and go
like ripples in a stream.”

By Nat King Cole

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 6

This sweet quote reminds us to look for our loved one in our hearts.  It would make a wonderful addition to a tombstone epitaph or to a monument.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Just whisper my name
in your heart
and I will be there.”

In Loving Memory Quotes

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 7

This next quote for an epitaph expresses the sentiment that our loved ones never truly leave us.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“To live in the hearts
of those we love
is never to die.”

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 8

This is a popular quote for epitaphs:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“God could not have made earthly ties so strong
to break them in eternity.”

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 9

This simple quote is perfect for the epitaph of someone who was sweet and kind.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Their love and tenderness touched our hearts.”

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 10

This beautiful quote is from a poem by Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American writer best known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children’s books released from 1932 to 1943.

The series was based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

Remember me with smiles and laughter,
for that is how I will remember you all.
If you can only remember me with tears,
then don’t remember me at all.”

By Laura Ingalls Wilder

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 11

This beautiful quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule.  He believed in using passive (non-violent) means to affect social changes.

We love this epitaph quote both for its simplicity of language and for its depth of meaning.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“There are no good-byes for us.
Wherever you are,
you will always be in my heart.”

By Mahatma Gandhi

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In Loving Memory Quotes:  Example 12

This meaningful epitaph quote remind us to look for our loved one in the world around us, everyday.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“I will be in the wind that moves by you.”

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Reunited Quotes

Reunited Quotes

These beautiful epitaph quotes evoke sentiments about being reunited with our departed loved ones in the afterlife.  Death can not separate us from the ones we love forever.

Reunited Quotes:  Example 1

This first epitaph quote reminds us that we can find our loved one in the beauty of the world around us.

REUNITED

“We shall find you in the
grey summer garden
amid the rain-wet roses:
stir of wings:
and the morning hills
behind you”

By W.B. Yeats

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 2

This profound epitaph quote expresses the sentiment that our time on Earth is just the beginning of our adventure together…

REUNITED

“Our brief partings on Earth
will appear one day
as nothing beside the joy of
eternity together.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 3

This epitaph quote provides comfort to those mourning the loss of someone special.  We be will reunited again one day.

REUNITED

“I will sleep in peace until you come to me.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 4

This headstone quote captures both the grief that comes with a heartbreaking loss, as well the hope of heavenly reunification.

REUNITED

“My hand misses your hand.
My eyes miss your eyes.
My heart longs for your heart.
But my memories remind me,
We will meet again, love.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 5

This is another comforting gravestone quote that reminds us that death is not the end.

REUNITED

“This life is but a passing dream,
we soon shall wake in heaven.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 6

This wise tombstone quote states that time separates us, but only for now.

REUNITED

“The hours part us
but they bring us together again.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 7

This simple but sweet epitaph quote suggests we will see our loved one again, one day, in heaven.

REUNITED

“I’ll see you on the other side of the stars.”

Reunited Quotes

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 8

This headstone quote reminds us that it is only goodbye for now.

REUNITED

“Goodbyes
are not forever,
are not the end;
It simply means I’ll miss you
until we meet again.”

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 9

This is one of our favourite headstone sayings.  It encourages us to keep our memories of our loved one alive.

REUNITED

“Those we love and lose
are always connected by heartstrings
into infinity.”

By Terri Guillemets

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 10

This epitaph quote suggests that love never really ends.  It is a beautiful saying to include on a tombstone or memorial plaque.

REUNITED

“Don’t grieve.
For what we lose comes around in another form.”

By Rumi

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Reunited Quotes:  Example 11

This last epitaph quote suggests we’ll meet again one day, never to be parted.

REUNITED

“Beyond the far horizon
when we’ll finally be together,
where love will be eternal and life
will last forever.”

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Short Tombstone Quotes and One Line Epitaphs

Short Tombstone Quotes

Sometimes less is more when it comes to epitaph inscriptions.

You may be limited in the number of letters you can fit on the headstone or memorial plaque that you selected, or you might believe that brevity best personifies your loved one.

Here are some beautiful and meaningful one-line epitaphs for a loved one’s grave marker.

One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 1

Irving Berlin was an American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.  His famous songs include the iconic White Christmas.  We love this line from Berlin as a short tombstone quote.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“The song ended but the melody lingers on.”

By Irving Berlin

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 2

When it comes to short tombstone quotes, this one is hard to beat.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“A love, true and constant.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 3

This short tombstone quote is appropriate for someone who was known for her generosity.  (With a little modification, this quote can also be used for a man’s headstone.)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“She asked for so little, but gave so very much.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 4

If your loved one enjoying star-gazing, or was a spiritual person, this next short tombstone quote would be highly fitting.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“In one of the stars I shall be living.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 5

This is probably our all-time favourite short tombstone quote.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Life is not forever.  Love is.”

Short Tombstone Quotes

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 6

If you are looking for a tombstone quote that is both short and comforting, this may be quote you are looking for.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Until we meet again.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 7

Was your loved one a bright light to those in need?  This quote, though short, perfectly captures his or her essence.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Your light will shine forever.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 8

This short tombstone quote exhorts us to not be consumed by our grief, but to enjoy our memories of our time together.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Mourn not my death, but celebrate my life.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 9

This headstone saying is so wise.  It about being a good person, so that you’re loved while alive, and missed when you’re gone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“In life be loved and in death be lamented.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 10

This next short tombstone quote is perfect for those that were known for their great sense of humour!

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Deceased’s Name]

“Died happy”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 11

This touching but short tombstone quote reminds us that love is the only thing in life that truly matters.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Love is a light that never dims.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 12

This line is from the lyrics for “Lord of the Dance.”  It’s the perfect short tombstone quote for someone who loved life and lived it to the fullest.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Dance, then, wherever you may be.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 13

The short tombstone quote is perfect for someone who was a generous soul.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“No one spread more love in one lifetime.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 14

We found this beautiful, short tombstone quote on the gravestone of Dow Edwards Yates who died at the age of 3 years. It is a touching quote to include on the headstone of someone who left us too early.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Step softly, a dream lies buried here.”

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One-Line Epitaphs:  Example 15

Can there be any higher compliment than saying somebody lived a good life?  Consider including this short quote in your loved one’s epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“A life well lived.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions

Military Headstone Inscriptions

Did your loved one serve in the military?

Here’s the best collection of military headstone inscriptions that honour a true hero.  Each one of these epitaph quotes would be a fitting tribute to someone who served his or her country faithfully.

Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 1

This iconic quote promises that a soldier’s sacrifice will never be forgotten.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember him.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 2

This is another beautiful tombstone epitaph that promises eternal remembrance of a soldier’s service.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 3

This headstone saying is most appropriate for somebody that served in the military.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“A life of beauty and service.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 4

We love this next epitaph for a military headstone.  It acknowledges that hard work that our military perform.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“A day of duty done. A day of rest begun.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 5

This bible verse is appropriate for a soldier’s headstone, particularly if he or she was killed in the line of duty.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15:13

Military Headstone Inscriptions

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 6

This patriotic epitaph excludes the virtues of duty and honour.  (This tombstone quote could easily be amended so that it’s appropriate for a woman in the military.)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“His duty done, his honor won.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 7

This bible verse — which is about living a good Christian life and keeping the faith — is popular in military headstone inscriptions because of the reference to having “fought the good fight.”

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“I have fought the good fight
I have finished the course
I have kept the faith”

2 Timothy 4:7

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 8

This tombstone epitaph for a solider celebrates both bravery and love.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“Brave in spirit, strong in love.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 9

Our fallen military deserve to rest in peace.  This headstone saying expresses that sentiment.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“Duty, Honor, Country,
well done, be thou at peace.”

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Military Headstone Inscriptions:  Example 10

This tombstone quote was written for fallen American soldiers.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Soldier’s Name]

“At rest, a soldier and defender of the Constitution.”

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Memorial Quotes for Mom

Headstone Quotes For Mom

We have assembled the best collection of heartfelt headstone quotes for a mother.

Any one of these memorial quotes for mom would make a gorgeous final tribute to a special lady who’s remembered for her grace, enduring love, strength, kindness and wisdom.

Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 1

We love this headstone quote for mom by famed English poem, John Milton, because it captures how truly wonderful she is.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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

By John Milton

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 2

Mothers are heroes who enrich the lives of their family, friends and community.  This headstone quote captures that sentiment.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 3

This is a classic headstone quote for mom.  Once you read it, you’ll understand why this epitaph saying is so popular.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

A mother holds
her children’s hands for a while,
their hearts forever.”

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 4

This headstone quote is perfect for the epitaph of a mom who was known for her tenacity, as well as for her kindness.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 5

Some mothers make the world special and magical for their children.  This gravestone quote pays tribute to a special woman.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 6

This epitaph quote expresses how impossible it is to ever forget a mother after she has passed.  We are forever blessed to have had her in our lives.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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.

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 7

This headstone quote is simple, yet heartfelt.  It honours a woman who was a mother, grandmother, and part of a community.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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.

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 8

This epitaph quote gives comfort and peace.  Our mother will continue to sparkle in heaven.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

“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.”

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 9

This simple verse would be a welcome addition to a religious epitaph.  It speaks of our mother resting with God and the hope that one day we too will share in His glory.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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.

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 10

This line of poetry by famed Lebanese writer, poet and visual artist, Kahlil Gibran, is lyrical.  It would be beautiful to include in a headstone for mom.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

“The winter is past
flowers appear on the Earth
and the singing of birds
is come.”

By Kahlil Gibran

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 11

This is my personal favourite memorial quote for mum.  It has special meaning because it was used on my mum’s headstone after her death from cancer.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

“A loving mother.
Tender and kind.
What a beautiful memory
you left behind.”

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 12

This is a line from a famous poem by William Goldsmith Brown titled “Mother, Home, Heaven.”

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

“The sweetest sounds to mortals given
are heard in
Mother, Home and Heaven.”

By William Goldsmith Brown

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 13

This is a simple but sweet headstone quote for a mother or grandmother.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Mom:  Example 14

This is a heartfelt tombstone quote for a mum.  Indeed, her memory will live on forever.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Mom’s Name]

“Your love continues to light my way,
your memory will never leave me.”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad

Headstone Quotes For Dad

Find the perfect memorial quote for dad to use as an inscription on a his epitaph.

Each of these quotes speaks of different qualities that make up a special father that you may miss deeply now that he is gone but that you’ll always remember.

Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 1

This simple verse acknowledges that fathers work hard and that we’re proud to call him dad.  It is a wonderful headstone quote for a man who was always there for his family.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

“You toiled hard Dad
Now you rest
We are proud you are ours
One of the best”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 2

This headstone inscription is about missing dad deeply, but trusting God to provide comfort and hope.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

“Dearest father, you have left us
And the loss we most deeply feel
But since it’s God who has bereft us
He can all our sorrows heal”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 3

This is a simple, yet powerful, headstone quote for dad.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
[Dad’s Name]

“He had a kindly word for each and died beloved by all.”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 4

This inscription for an epitaph praises the positive legacy that our father left behind.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

“The world is diminished because he is gone…
but it is still a better place because he was here.”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 5

True wealth is what we give to others, not what we gained for ourselves.  This headstone quote captures this truth.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

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

Memorial Quotes for Dad

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 6

This is a beautiful quote for any grave marker, be it a tombstone or a bronze memorial plaque.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

That man is a success
who has lived well,
laughed often,
and loved much.

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 7

If your dad was one-in-a-million, you might consider using this next saying in a headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

“No man is indispensable but some are irreplaceable.”

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 8

This quote is for a father who lived a good life.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 9

This headstone quote acknowledges that dad was a very special man, with many fine qualities.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

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

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Memorial Quotes for Dad:  Example 10

This is a headstone inscription praises dad for his many accomplishments and for the example he sets for others.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Dad’s Name]

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

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife

Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife

A husband and wife often choose to be buried together in side-by-side burial plots under one grave marker.

There is something deeply touching and romantic about this burial choice.  It shows that not even death can separate them.

Here’s a collection of gravestone inscriptions for a husband and a wife, or life partners, that echo the sentiment that love lives on forever.

Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 1

A simple, but classic choice for a couple’s headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Together Forever.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 2

This headstone quote is perfect for a couple that had a big impact on their family, friends and community.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Beloved by all who knew them.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 3

This memorial quote for a husband and wife who rest side-by-side is romantic in tone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Our love is love forever.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 4

If a husband and wife were a true team in life, consider using this quote for their tombstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Beloved and dear in life.  In death they are not divided.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 5

If you are looking for a simple poem that celebrates a couple’s love and legacy, consider this verse for their epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Loving and kind in all their ways,
Upright and just to the end of their days.
Sincere and true in heart and mind,
What a beautiful memory they left behind.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 6

This pithy quote is one of our favourites for an epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“They lived, and laughed, and loved, and left.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 7

Here is an example of a heartfelt tombstone quote.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“A treasured life together.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 8

We love the simple elegance of this next headstone quote.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“We lived together in happiness.
Now we rest together in peace.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 9

This is another example of a romantic tombstone quote for a husband and wife who are together forever.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Love forever true.”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 10

If your mum and dad were devoted to each other, consider using this next gravestone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“A love without end”

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Gravestone Inscriptions for Husband and Wife:  Example 11

This popular gravestone inscription is derived from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 — bible verses that speak about the true meaning of love.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Wife’s Name] + [Husband’s Name]

“Love is patient.  Love is kind.  Love never fails.”

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Headstone Quotes for Child

Headstone Quotes For Child

Perhaps the hardest headstone inscription to choose is for a child because he or she was taken from us far too soon.

These beautiful and heartfelt headstone quotes for a child emphasize that they brought us great joy and will be loved and remembered forever.

Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 1

This quote would be an appropriate headstone inscriptions for babies or young children.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“Our Little Angel.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 2

Here’s another headstone inscription that’s appropriate for a baby or young child.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“So Small, So Sweet, So Soon.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 3

This next epitaph quote for a child has a beautiful sentiment.  It would be especially appropriate if the child loved nature or simply being outdoors.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 4

This gravestone quote is a variation of the wording used in example 3 above.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“A little flower of love, that blossomed but to die,
Transplanted now above, to bloom with God on high.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 5

All children are precious gifts and will forever be loved.  This headstone quote captures that sentiment.  (Please note that this quote could also be used for a boy with a few wording adjustments.)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“She left the world knowing she was loved.
Nothing in life could be a more precious gift.
You’ll always be in our heart, daughter!

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 6

This headstone inscription paints a vivid picture of a child who loved life.  It evokes images of happy days where he’d jump into a river or pool.

(As with our other quotes, the gender pronouns can be changed to make the quote appropriate for a son or a daughter.)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“It is not length of life, but depth of life.
He jumped into life and never touched bottom.

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 7

This beautiful and touching quote was written on the gravestone of Dow Edwards Yates who died at the age of 3 years.  It captures the sentiment that our children carry our dreams with them.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“Step softly, a dream lies buried here.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 8

Our children are like beautiful blooms, with each one being unique and special.  This headstone inscription reflects this sentiment.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“An angel visited the green Earth and took a flower away…”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 9

In poetry, you’ll find references to stars being the souls of our loved ones shining down on us.  This is a beautiful epitaph quote for babies and children alike.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“This little one shines like a star in the heavens.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 10

Not matter how short the life of our child is, the impact of his or her time with us is immeasurable.  This headstone inscription reflects this powerful sentiment.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“A life measured in memories, not in years.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 11

This is a simple, yet deeply touching, quote for a headstone, monument, or plaque.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“You are a song in our hearts forever.”

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Headstone Quotes For Child:  Example 12

This quote, inspired by the popular song “You Are My Sunshine,” is one of our favourites.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Child’s Name]

“You will always be my sunshine.”

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Memorial Quotes for Brother

Memorial Quotes for Brother

These epitaph quotes for a brother touch on the little and big things that made him so special, as well as the enduring love between siblings.

Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 1

This headstone quote is perfect for a brother who had a great sense of humor and who loved life.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter
He wasted no days.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 2

If you had a special bond with your brother, this quote would make a beautiful inscription on a gravestone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“Fond memories linger every day, remembrance keeps him near.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 3

This epitaph quote is simple, yet elegant.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“A man greatly loved, and greatly missed.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 4

We love this next headstone quote for a brother.  It speaks about how lucky we were to have him in our lives and in our corner.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“His courage, his smile, his grace
Gladdened the hearts of those
Who have the privilege of loving him.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 5

This next epitaph quote is meaningful and poetic.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“His absence is a silent grief,
his life a beautiful memory.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 6

If your brother had a family of his own, this quote acknowledges all the roles he played in life.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“Devoted father, husband, brother, son, and friend.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 7

This quote is taken from a famous poem by Ellen Brenneman, titled “His Journey’s Just Begun.”  It’s perfect as an inscription on a brother’s tombstone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“Don’t think of him as gone away, his journey’s just begun.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 8

Written in the first person voice, this epitaph quote reminds us that our brother’s love reminds.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

” I leave you with my legacy of love.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 9

If your brother endured an illness prior to his passing, this next headstone quote would be a fitting tribute to his life and legacy.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“A limb has fallen from the family tree,
that says grieve not for me.
Remember the best times,
the laughter, the song,
the good life I lived, while I was strong.”

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Headstone Quotes for Brother:  Example 10

This gravestone inscription is the first verse of a poem titled “A Silent Tear” (author unknown).  We love this quote because it reminds us that our brother will always be with us, in our minds and in our hearts.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Brother’s Name]

“Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories that you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find
I’m really still there inside your mind”

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Memorial Quotes for Sister

Memorial Quotes for Sister

Here is the best collection of sentimental memorial quotes for a sister that reflect on her love, life and legacy.  Each one would be a beautiful addition to an epitaph.

Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 1

This memorial quote would be especially appropriate if your sister suffered an illness or debilitating condition prior to her passing.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

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

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 2

This headstone inscription celebrates our treasured memories of our sister.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

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.

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 3

If your sister had a difficult life, this memorial quote would be a fitting tribute to her courage and determination.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

She concealed her tears but shared her smiles.

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 4

This simple verse reminds us that our love for our sister will never die.  It would be a beautiful headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

God took her home
It was His will
But in our hearts
She lives on still

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 5

We love the imagery of this powerful quote for a gravestone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

She passed through glory’s morning gate
and walked in paradise.

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 6

This saying is perfect for a tombstone because it reminds us that memories of our dear sister will never fade.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

Wherever a beautiful soul has been
there is a trail of beautiful memories.”

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 7

This quote is from a poem by famed American poet Emily Dickinson.  It would make a wonderful headstone inscription for a beloved sister.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

“Unable are the loved to die,
for love is immortality.”

By Emily Dickinson

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 8

This would be the perfect gravestone quote for a sister that loved life and had a keen sense of humour.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
We sure did laugh.”

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 9

If your sister was a good friend to all, this would be a wonderful quote to use in her epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

“A beautiful life came to an end.
She died as she lived — everyone’s friend.”

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 10

This memorial quote for a sister speaks about the deep grief that comes with losing her.  If your sister was also your best friend, this verse might be a good choice for her epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

“Remembering you is easy
I do it every day
It’s just the heartache of losing you
That will never go away.”

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Headstone Quotes for Sister:  Example 11

We love this simple, yet elegant headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Sister’s Name]

“Sweet as a rose.”

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Bible Verses for Headstones

Bible Verses for Headstones

If your loved one was a devoted Christian, one of these popular bible verses for headstones might make the perfect epitaph.

These religious inscription examples echo the sentiment that those who believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour will have everlasting life.

Christian Epitaph:  Example 1

This bible verse from the Old Testament is a popular headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 Psalm 23:6

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 2

This bible verse for headstones is simple, yet powerful.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 3

When it comes to religious headstone inscriptions, this is one of our favourites.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Matthew 5:8

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 4

Jesus’s promise to carry our burdens for us should bring comfort to those that are grieving.   It is a wonderful bible verse to use in an epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 5

This passage from the Scripture is one of the most well-known and a popular headstone inscription.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.”

John 3:15

Bible Verses for Headstones

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 6

God’s promise of eternal life is the Christian’s hope.  This bible verse is perfect for a headstone because it offers comfort to those that are grieving.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“He has passed from death to life.”

John 5:24

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 7

When it comes to bible verses to put on headstones, this scripture by the apostle Paul is a good choice.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.”

Ephesians 2:8

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 8

The apostle Paul often wrote about death and God’s promise of eternal life.  This is a wonderful religious inscription to include in your loved one’s epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Ephesians 2:10

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 9

David’s song in Psalm 23 is beloved by Christians everywhere, and is a popular choice for a religious epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Psalm 23:4

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 10

This is another bible verse that promises eternal life if we believe in God and his Son, Jesus Christ.  It would be an appropriate choice for a Christian gravestone or monument.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Believe on Him to life everlasting.”

1 Timothy 1:16

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 11

Philippians 1:3 is one of our favourite bible verses to put on headstones.  It shows how thankful we are to carry wonderful memories of our loved one with us.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”

Philippians 1:3

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 12

Here is another bible verse from the Old Testament.  This beautiful bible verse opens Hannah’s song of thanksgiving to God for his favour to her in giving her son, Samuel.

Her thanksgiving is called a prayer: Hannah prayed; for thanksgiving is an essential part of prayer.  In every address to God we must express a grateful regard to him as our benefactor.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“I rejoice in thy salvation.”

1 Samuel 2:1

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 13

This bible verse, written by the disciple Matthew, is often used for Christian headstone inscriptions.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Sleep on now, and take your rest.”

Matthew 26:45

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 14

The absence referred to in this Old Testament scripture reading is not death.  This promise was really a covenant of friendship between Laban and Jacob.

Nevertheless, the text can be applied to a long-term separation from a loved one, making it an appropriate bible verse to put on a headstone.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“The Lord watch between me and you, when we are absent, one from another.”

Genesis 31:49

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 15

Here is another New Testament promise of everlasting life, this time, written by the disciple John.  It is a wonderful quote to use in a Christian epitaph.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“This is the promise that He has promised us — eternal life.”

1 John 2:25

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 16

This passage from scripture was written by the apostle Paul near the end of his life.  Shortly thereafter, he was captured and sent to Rome, where he became a martyr for Christ.

This writing acknowledges his tireless work for God and his readiness for the grave.  What a wonderful sentiment to include in the epitaph of a devoted Christian.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

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Christian Epitaph:  Example 17

 This bible verse promises us that death for the Christian is the prelude to eternal life.  What a comforting inscription to include in an epitaph for your loved one.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF 
[Deceased’s Name]

“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Revelations 2:10 

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Looking For More Bible Verses and Quotes for Epitaphs?

Interested in reviewing more bible verses that would be appropriate for a headstone?  Read our article on 100+ bible verses about death, grief, comfort, strength, healing, and heaven.

If you haven’t found a tombstone quote that speaks to you in this article, we recommend reviewing poetry about death and grief.  You may find a line that is perfect for your loved one’s epitaph.

Love Lives on has an extensive collection of poetry for you to review:

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