Gravestones are different from one another in terms of style, design, and material. However, what makes them the most unique are the gravestone sayings. The gravestone inscription adds a very special touch to the monument and makes the final resting place of your loved one special. The saying is a final farewell and permanent memorial to the deceased person.
There are two choices when it comes to selecting a gravestone for a loved one’s grave. First, it could be left bare, or inscribed simply with their name and date of birth/date of death. Second, it could be personalized with imagery and gravestone sayings. Often people prefer to add a personal message to the gravestone as a permanent tribute to their loved one.
Gravestone Sayings for a Man
May he rest in peace.
He was beloved in life.
A loving father, tender and kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind.
His joy was in serving others.
His friendship was an inspiration, his love a blessing.
His mission on earth fulfilled.
We loved him a lot but God loved him more.
No man is indispensable but some are irreplaceable.
He had a kindly word for each and died beloved by all.
To know him was to love him.
He lives with us in memory and will for evermore.
God took him home, it was his will, but in our hearts he liveth still.
Resting with those he loved.
The world’s loss was heaven’s gain when God took you home.
A loving husband and father.
Gravestone Sayings for a Woman
May she rest in peace for eternity.
Resting with those she loved.
She served and kept the faith.
A mother’s love grows by giving.
Her friendship was an inspiration, her love a blessing.
She loved people and laughter.
She had a kindly word for each and she died beloved by all.
She would rather give than receive.
God called her from among us to a home of eternal rest.
She will always be with us…in our hearts, in our memories, in our lives.
To know her was to love her.
Her memory is enshrined in our hearts.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
She lives with us in memory and will for evermore.
She gave so much and demanded so little.
Gravestone Sayings for a Child
May he (or she) rest in peace for eternity.
Remembering a tiny angel.
No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood.
So small, so sweet, so soon.
God’s garden has need of little flowers.
Our littlest angel who went back to Heaven.
Called by one who loves him dearly.
Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory.
Even the tiniest child leaves behind love that lasts forever.
Those that God loves do not live long.
Sleep, my little one, sleep. (Harrington)
Children are the keys of paradise. (R.H. Stoddard)
The child is the father of the man. (Wordsworth)
Children are an heritage of the Lord. (Psalms 127: 3)
Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face. (E. Field)
Gravestone sayings could be written by the deceased person while he or she was still alive, but typically they are written by someone close to him or her, or a famous author. Whichever you choose, the purpose of the saying is to reflect on the life of the person, or express your feelings over their loss.
Select one of the gravestone sayings listed above for your loved one’s monument. If you are having a hard time picking, or cannot find a saying that you like, look at the other articles with more examples listed below.
Updated: May 3, 2013