An epitaph is a short piece of text honoring a deceased person and is typically inscribed on a headstone. The list of the best headstone epitaphs below will help you find the perfect phrase or statement to memorialize your loved one.
Headstone epitaphs are written as a sign of respect and love for the dearly departed. They also show the last messages, either of the loved ones to their dearly departed, or of the deceased for those who are left behind. Many people find it difficult to write these final words to their loved ones, because in writing an epitaph, we are often reminded of what makes these people special. It also brings out in people feelings that are often kept hidden to one’s self regarding the grief and deep sorrow that is felt from the loss.
Headstone epitaphs are a way of showing to other people what kind of person is laid to rest at the grave and the quality of life he or she has lived. Many epitaphs recall the unconditional love of a mother, or the unceasing support that a father brings. Often, these messages inscribed on a headstone also show the type of relationships a person had on this earth.
Typically headstone epitaphs are a general phrase, such as “In loving memory of”, “We will always remember” or “Rest in peace”. These statements are general enough to encompass different people, but the message and meaning they hold is still very valuable. The following are some of the best headstone epitaphs that can be used to memorialize your loved one.
Best Short Headstone Epitaphs
In loving memory
We will always remember
Rest in peace
Forever in our hearts
Gone from home but not from our hearts.
Gone but not forgotten
A friend to many and sadly missed.
Too well loved to ever be forgotten.
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on.
A loving husband (wife) and father (mother)
Generous of heart, constant of faith.
May he or she rest in peace with God.
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
May God be with you and comfort you.
In God’s care.
Absent from the body, Present with the Lord.
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
Best Longer Headstone Epitaphs
I Am The Resurrection And The Life,
He That Believeth In Me Though
He Die Yet Shall He Live
Words Of Bronze On This Stone
Are A Reminder You’re Never Alone
Your Wonderful Life Of So Many Years
We Shall Celebrate Without Any Tears
A Mother Kind, A Parent Dear
A Faithful Friend Lies Buried Here
She Is Gone From Our Home
But Not From Our Heart
Be Patient With Life, Despite The Truth.
It Often Seems Oblivious Of Our Pain,
But Just As Often Brings Us Hope Again.
Beneath This Simple Stone
That Marks His Resting Place
Our Precious Father Sleeps Alone
In The Lord’s Long Embrace
A Husband And Wife So Dear
Sleep Together As Always Here
Their Spirits Separated Never Again
Their Soul With Christ For Ever Reign
The best headstone epitaphs are those that come from the heart. It is difficult to put into words the feeling one has when a loved one dies, but the best epitaphs express the love people feel for the departed person. For more examples of what to inscribe on a headstone, view our other articles listed below.
Updated: January 13, 2013