Choosing the gravestone inscriptions are an important decision a family member must decide when arranging the funeral of a loved one. A gravestone is typically made of granite and is placed at the head of a grave. Because it is a permanent structure, the inscriptions chosen to memorialize the deceased are very important. Below are a number of popular gravestone inscriptions that can serve as an example for choosing inscriptions for your loved one’s gravestone.
Gravestone inscriptions include the person’s name, date of birth, and date of death of the grave it marks. The gravestone will also typically have a personalized piece of text. Personalized gravestone inscriptions range from poems, Bible verses, personal messages, prayers or short phrases.
If you would look at the grave markers in cemeteries, the most popular and most used gravestone inscription is the phrase “rest in peace”. This short phrase is an example of an epitaph and is the most famous epitaph there is. What is an epitaph? An epitaph is a phrase or statement written in memory of a person, especially on a gravestone. It often describes the dead person’s life, beliefs or accomplishments.
If you are unsure what to choose for an epitaph, the list of popular gravestone inscriptions will help you choose the perfect message to pay tribute to your loved one.
Popular Gravestone Inscriptions
Absent from the body, Present with the Lord.
But many that are first shall be last and the last shall be first.
He / She lived life to the fullest.
He / She is not far away.
May God be with you and comfort you.
In God’s care.
The Lord is my Shepherd.
And I will give you rest.
All things to the glory of God.
Always in our hearts.
A free spirit.
Gone from home but not from our hearts.
We lived together in happiness, we rest together in peace.
Love lives on.
He / She touched everyone with special love and kindness.
We miss you.
An inspiration to all.
Our little angel.
We love you always.
With all my love.
Precious are the memories of
Lighthearted Gravestone Inscriptions
How beautiful life was to me.
Step softly, a dream lies buried here.
Religious Gravestone Inscriptions
I am going the way of the earth. Joshua 23:14
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
But O for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still. -Tennyson
For they conquer who believe they can. -Virgil
It’s hard to look back on any gain in life that does not have a loss attached to it. They, who forgive most, shall be most forgiven. -Bailey
The unity that binds us all together that makes this earth a family and all men brothers and the sons of God is love. -Wolfe
The list of popular gravestone inscriptions provided above will help you choose the perfect epitaph to memorialize your loved one. For more help choosing an inscription, view our other articles listed below.
Updated: January 13, 2013