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Example Headstone Epitaphs And Inscriptions

Get Ideas for Headstone Inscriptions By Reading Example Epitaphs, Quotes, Sayings, Verses and Phrases for Cemetery Monuments Listed Below - Beautiful Words To Put On A Headstone or Gravestone

An epitaph is beautiful words inscribed on a cemetery monument, headstone, plaque, marker or memorial that is a message for or a message about the deceased individual or individuals. Personalized inscriptions on a headstone express what is truly meaningful to the deceased and to the family. You can see examples of popular epitaphs below: for a mother; for a father; for both parents; for a wife; for a husband; for a married couple; for a son; for a daughter; for a brother; for a sister; and many, many more. You can also watch the videos about epitaphs and monument designs. Hopefully, these will help you find inspiration for the epitaph you want to create.
 
Yet an epitaph inscription on a gravestone is not just meaningful words. It is an important design element that takes as much planning as the monument itself. The certified master carvers at Rome Monument use old world skills and stoneworking artistry to create unique, custom headstones and monuments. We are experts at lettering and engraving in a decorative fashion on cemetery markers and public monuments. Any font. Any alphabet. Any language, including headstone quotes in Spanish or Hebrew.
 
If you are at a loss for words and would prefer to have some assistance, feel free to call the main Rome Monument office in Rochester, PA at 724-770-0100 and ask for Vince Dioguardi or Chris Morgan. Either of these compassionate gentleman will be happy to help you with this emotional process.
 

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Common Headstone and Cemetery Monument Epitaphs: Choosing Words, Inscriptions, Lettering, Sayings, Phrases, Verses and Quotes

Headstone Quotes For Dad

  • Gone Fishin'
  • Gone Huntin'
  • Devoted Father
  • Father
  • Beloved Dad

See more headstone epitaphs for fathers >>

Headstone Inscriptions For Both Parents

  • Beloved Mom & Dad
  • The Influence of a Mother and Father Upon Their Children Lives Through Generations Forever
  • Loving Mother and Father
  • Beautiful Souls
  • Forever In Our Hearts

See more headstone epitaphs for both parents >>

Military Headstone Inscriptions

  • (S)he gave his life for his/her country
  • MIA: MISSING IN ACTION
  • MSM: MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
  • PH: PURPLE HEART
  • SILVER STAR: SILVER STAR

See more headstone epitaphs for military members >>

Headstone Sayings For A Child

  • My Little Angel
  • Precious Baby
  • Our Angel
  • Our Precious Angel
  • Infant Son/Daughter of (Insert Mother's First Name and Father's First Name)

See more headstone epitaphs for children >>

Headstone Sayings For A Mother

  • Loving Mother of (Insert Number) Nana To Many
  • Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
  • Devoted Wife, Beloved Mother
  • Mother
  • Devoted Mother

See more headstone epitaphs for mothers >>

Headstone Inscriptions For A Wife

  • A Beautiful Soul
  • Beloved Wife, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter, Niece, Cousin, Friend & Poet
  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • True Love
  • Precious Angel

See more headstone epitaphs for a wife >>

Headstone Sayings For A Husband

  • Beloved Husband
  • Gone Fishin'
  • Gone Huntin'
  • Soulmate
  • Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

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Headstone Epitaphs For Married Couples

  • Forever in our hearts
  • Together in life and death
  • Always in our hearts
  • Everlasting love
  • Your love will light the way, your memory will be forever with us.

See more headstone epitaphs for married couples >>

Headstone Epitaphs For Sons

  • Our beloved son, brother, husband.
  • Missed forever.
  • Your smile, love & heart will be missed forever.
  • Your Memory Lives On.
  • Safely Home

See more headstone epitaphs for sons >>

Headstone Epitaphs For Brothers

  • Loving Son and Brother
  • Beloved Son and Brother
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Father
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Friend
  • Devoted Man

Headstone Epitaphs For Sisters

  • Loving Sister
  • Beloved Sister
  • Beloved Mother, Daughter and Sister
  • Loving Daughter and Sister
  • Beloved Wife, Aunt, Sister and Professor

Headstone Epitaphs For Daughters

  • Our beloved daughter, sister & wife.
  • Missed forever.
  • Your smile, love & heart will be missed forever.
  • Your Memory Lives On.
  • Always Together. Never Apart. Joined as One Heart.

See more headstone epitaphs for daughters >>

Headstone Epitaphs That Can Be Used For Anyone

  • Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death
  • Rest In Peace
  • Farewell
  • At Peace
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd

See more headstone epitaphs that could be used for anyone >>

Headstones with Religious Sayings, Epitaphs & Symbols

  • An Angel Visited the Green Earth And Took A Flower Away
  • Blessed Are the Pure In Heart. For They Shall See God.
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • Goodnight and God Bless You
  • "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I'm free at last.

See more headstone epitaphs with religious significance >>

Headstones with Logos, Symbols & Emblems

View pictures of cemetery monuments, headstones and grave markers that feature unique and common logos, symbols and emblems in their design. These include military headstone emblems, bronze emblems for headstones and religious or belief system emblems. Rome Monument specializes in designing monuments and grave markers that incorporate emblems, logos and symbols in the artwork, etchings, engravings, bas relief, sculpted elements and monument shape.

How To Personalize A Cemetery Monument or Headstone

Personalize a monument, gravestone, grave marker or cemetery memorial with your loved one’s favorite Bible verse, stanza of poetry, song lyric, catch-phrase or life’s motto. If you and your family are having a difficult time deciding what epitaph or wording to have inscribed on your loved one's memorial, please read the examples below for ideas. Listed below are commonly used epitpahs which you can see on the actual memorials and monuments if you peruse our "Design Gallery." 

Military headstone inscriptions frequently include abbreviations that denote the branch of service, war service and awards. The ranks included the Air Force, Army, Army Air Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and Navy. Click here for a list of the most commonly inscribed abbreviations placed on Government-furnished headstones and markers.

If you are at a loss for words and would prefer to have some assistance, feel free to call the main Rome Monument office in Rochester, PA at 724-770-0100 and ask for Vince Dioguardi or Chris Morgan. Either of these compassionate gentleman will be happy to help you with this emotional process.

The certified master carvers at Rome monument are experts at lettering and engraving for memorials, headstones, gravestones and gravemarkers made from granite and marble, although granite is the most common material used. Bronze lettering for monuments is done through a casting process. Our skilled craftsmen have years of experience at inscribing letters, words, phrases, quotes and epitaphs in a decorative fashion on cemetery markers and public monuments. Typical lettering placed on monuments includes the name of the deceased and their date of birth and death as well as epitaphs and sayings. We normally perform monument lettering on the forward-facing side of the gravestone. In some cases, our master carvers will also place inscriptions on the reverse side of the gravemarker. We rarely place inscriptions around the edges of the stone or on the base, although we are certainly profficient at this process and would be happy to perform this monument lettering as well. Click here to see an example of a headstone with lettering on the base of the monument.

You can choose from many different types of engraving and fonts for monument lettering. Traditional fonts are the most popular because they are the most legible. We can also use different languages and alphabets for monument lettering and engraving.  Epitaphs that are lettered on monuments are short snippets of text that commemorate the deceased. Some people will tell the monument maker, their friends, spouse, significant other or family members what epitaph they want inscribed or lettered on their tombstone before they pass. In other cases, their family or someone else close to them will decide upon the gravestone epitaph after they have passed away. Verses, quotes and sayings that are lettered on monuments can touch on a variety of subjects such as religion, the Bible, the career of the deceased, their hobbies or interests, their family life or lifetime achievements. Epitpahs often pay tribute in some fashion to the deceased's attitude towards love, dignity, mortality, Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, afterlife and respect for the devine. Other epitaphs are related to the deceased's appreciation for their culture, philosophies, world views, social organizations and groups, ethics and the goodness of humanity and other religious and existential concepts.

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Headstone Quotes for Dad Continued

  • The Influence of a Father Upon His Children Lives Through Generations Forever
  • Loving Father
  • Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend
  • Beloved Son, Brother, and Father
  • Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather
  • Devoted Man
  • A Loving Father And A Faithful Friend
  • A beautiful soul
  • May The Work I've Done Speak For Me
  • I love you, dad!
  • Beloved Father, Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Cousin, & Friend
  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • Always In Our Hearts
  • Everlasting Love
  • Your lvoe will light the way, your memory will be forever with us.
  • And flights of angels sing thee to rest
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  • Son, brother and daddy
  • Loving & loved, husband, father, son and brother
  • Devoted Father
  • The World's Greatest
  • Jesus says, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
  • US Army WWII
  • In Loving Memory
  • Married (DATE)
  • I have done what was mine to do. May the lord teach you what you must do.
  • Beloved Dad, Pap, Brother and Friend
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home
  • I love you
  • Goodnight and God bless you.
  • Blessed and missed by all
  • US Navy WWII
  • He who belives has everlasting life. John 6:47
  • The Lord is thy shepherd
  • Together I live & eternally - hereafter lies creativity and innocence.
  • I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest in Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Last Mohican.
  • Missed Forever.
  • Your smile, love & heart will be missed forever.
  • Your Memory Lives On.
  • Our Father
  • Safely Home.
  • Gone too soon
  • Only the good die young
  • Too well loved to ever be forgotten.
  • Faithful Brother In Christ.
  • Our hearts still ache in sadness and our hearts will forever flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
  • God saw you getting tired, so he put his arms around you and said, "Come to Me."
  • Father Of (Insert Names)
  • Let your love lift me up.
  • Father

Headstone Inscriptions for Both Parents Continued

  • Always In Our Hearts
  • Everlasting Love
  • Your love will light the way, your memory will be forever with us.
  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Matthew 11:28
  • Forever, Together, Mom & Dad (Insert # of Years)
  • We love you, Mom & Dad!
  • In Loving Memory
  • Married (DATE)
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home.
  • We love you
  • Goodnight and God bless you.
  • Loved and missed by all
  • He who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47
  • The Lord is thy shepherd
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest in Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Missed forever.
  • Your smiles, love & heart will be missed forever.
  • Your Memory Lives On.
  • Safely Home.
  • Too well loved to ever be forgotten.
  • Our hearts still ache in sadness and our hearts will forever flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
  • Forever, Together, Mom & Dad
  • Parents of (Insert Names)
  • Always Together. Never Apart. Joined as One Heart.

Military Headstone Inscriptions Continued

  • Col USA
  • Vietnam
  • Korea
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • MD
  • World War II
  • PFC
  • US Air Force
  • US Navy
  • US Army
  • US Marines
  • US Coast Guard
  • LTC
  • AIC
  • POW
  • CAPT
  • 1st LTN
  • AC: ARMY CORPS
  • ACADEMY BOS: CADET OR MIDSHIPMAN
  • AFS: AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE
  • ANC: ARMY NURSE CORPS
  • ARTY: ARTILLERY
  • INF: INFANTRY
  • USMC: US MARINE CORPS
  • USAAC: US ARMY AIR CORPS
  • USAAF: US ARMY AIR FORCES
  • USAAF (ATC) US ARMY AIR FORCES
  • USAF: US AIR FORCE
  • USCG: US COAST GUARD
  • USCM: US MARINE CORPS
  • USN: US NAVY
  • BSM: BRONZE STAR MEDAL
  • DDSM: DEFENSE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
  • DSC: DISTINGUISED SERVICE CROSS
  • DSM: DISTINGUISED SERVICE MEDAL
  • EX-POW EX-PRISONER OF WAR
  • KIA: KILLED IN ACTION
  • MH: MEDAL OF HONOR
  • U.S. Navy World War II
  • Soldier
  • [Rank Of The Deceased]
  • A Life Of Beauty And Service

Headstone Sayings for a Child Continued

  • Our Baby (Insert Name)
  • Sweet Dreams Little Buddy
  • Our Angel
  • Infant Son/Daughter Of "Insert Names"
  • "The Lord Called Me From The Womb. From The Body Of My Mother, He Named Me." Isaiah 49:1
  • Our "Bright Light"
  • An Angel Shining From Heaven
  • Taken Too Soon...
  • Our Beloved

Headstone Sayings for a Mother Continued

  • Beloved Mom
  • Beloved Mother, Daughter and Sister
  • Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Friend
  • A Good Wife, Affectionate Mother And A True Friend
  • A Mother Holds Their Child's Hands For A While. Their Hearts, Forever.
  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • Your smile, love & heart will be missed forever
  • To well loved to ever be forgotten
  • Pure Love
  • Mom
  • Loving Mother of (Insert Number) Nana to Many
  • A Good Wife, Affectionate Mother And A True Friend
  • A Beautiful Soul
  • Beloved Mother, Sister, Cousin, and Friend
  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • Together in life and death
  • Always in our hearts
  • Everlasting Love
  • Your Love Will Light The Way, Your Memory Will Be Forever With Us
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  • Daughter, Sister and Mommy
  • Loving & Loved, Wife, Mother, Daughter, and Sister
  • I Love You Mom!
  • The World's Greatest
  • In Loving Memory
  • Beloved Other, Grammy, Sister & Friend
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home.
  • Carved in the rock an eternal rose to give inspriation or courage. Through your journey remember... our paths will cross.
  • I Love You
  • Married (Insert Date)
  • I have done what was mine to do.May the lord teach you what you must do.
  • Precious Angel
  • Goodnight and God bless you. Tell daddy the same.
  • Mother of (Names)
  • Loved and Missed By All
  • The Lord is thy shepherd.
  • I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest In Peace
  • Missed Forever
  • Your Memory Lives On
  • Our Mother
  • Safely Home
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Gone too soon.
  • Only the good die young.
  • Faithful Sister In Christ
  • Our hearts still ache in sadness and our hearts will forever flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
  • Always Together, Never Apart. Joined as One Heart.
  • God saw you getting tired, so he put his arms around you and said, "Come to Me."

Headstone Inscriptions for a Wife Continued

  • Loving & Loved, Wife, Mother Daughter, & Sister
  • I love you, dear!
  • Always In Our Hearts
  • Everlasting Love
  • Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
  • Your love will light the way, your memory willl be forever with us.
  • And the flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  • The World's Greatest
  • In Loving Memory
  • Married (DATE)
  • Beloved Wife, Mom, Frammy, Sister & Friend
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home.
  • Carved in the rock an eternal roes to give inspriation and courage. Through your journey remember... Our paths will cross.
  • I love you.
  • Goodnight and God bless you.
  • Wife of (NAME). Married (DATE)
  • Loved and missed by all
  • The Lord is thy shepherd
  • I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest In Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Devoted Wife, Loving Mother
  • Beloved Wife
  • Soulmate
  • Beloved Wife, Aunt, Sister And Professor
  • A Good Wife, Affectionate Mother And A True Friend

Headstone Sayings for a Husband Continued

  • Devoted Man
  • A Loving Husband And A Faithful Friend

Headstone Epitaphs for Married Couples Continued

  • Together forever
  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  • Together as one
  • In Loving Memory
  • Married (DATE)
  • True Love
  • I love you
  • Loved and missed by all
  • The love is thy shepherd
  • Together I Live & Eternally - hereafter lies creativity and innonence.
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest In Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Your smile, love & heart will be missed forever.
  • Your Memory Lives On
  • Safely Home
  • Always Together. Never Apart. Joined as One Heart.
  • Together, Forever.
  • Let love life us up.

Headstone Epitaphs for Sons Continued

  • Always Together. Never Apart. Joined As One Heart.
  • Gone too soon.
  • Only the good die young
  • Too well loved to ever be forgotten.
  • Faithful Brother in Christ
  • My heart still aches in sadness and our hearts still flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
  • Forever, Together
  • Together, Forever.
  • Let your love life me up.
  • A Beautiful Soul.
  • Forever in our hearts
  • True Love
  • Together as one
  • Precious Angel
  • I love you, dear!
  • Always in our hearts
  • Everlasting Love
  • Your love will light the way, your memory will be forever with us.
  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • The World's Greatest
  • In Loving Memory
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home.
  • Loved and missed by all
  • The Lord is thy shepherd
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest In Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.
  • Loving Son and Brother
  • Our Angel
  • Our Precious Angel
  • Beloved Son and Brother
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Father
  • Our Baby (Insert Name)
  • Loving Son
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Friend
  • Devoted Man
  • A Loving Son And A Faithful Friend

Headstone Epitaphs for Daughters

  • Gone too soon.
  • Only the good die young.
  • Too well loved to ever be forgotten.
  • Faithful Sister In Christ.
  • My heart still aches in sadness and our hearts will forever flow. What it meant to lose you, no one will ever know.
  • Forever, Together
  • Together. Forever.
  • Let your soul life me up.
  • A Beautiful Soul.
  • Beloved wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, neice, cousin, friend and poet
  • Forever in our hearts
  • True Love
  • Together as one
  • Precious Angel
  • Loving & Loved, Wife, Mother, Daughter & Sister
  • I love you, dear!
  • Always in our hearts
  • Everlasting love
  • Your love will light the way, your memory will be forever with us.
  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
  • In Loving Memory
  • His promise is the light by which we see our loved ones safely home.
  • Loved and missed by all.
  • The Lord is thy shepherd
  • In Loving Memory
  • Rest in Peace
  • Never say goodbye. Always say so long... until we meet again.

Headstone Epitaphs that can be used for Anyone Continued

  • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • Always Remembered
  • Remembered Dearly By Family And Friends
  • "Never Say Goodbye, Always Say So Long...Until We Meet Again."
  • Goodnight And God Bless You
  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • Always In Our Hearts
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Reverend
  • In Loving Memory
  • Til We Meet Again
  • Died Happy
  • Gardening In Heaven
  • Eternal Love
  • For to this End Christ Died
  • Safely Home
  • Called Back
  • Both Feet In Heaven
  • Amen
  • "Our Hearts Still Ache in Sadness, And Our Tears Will Forever Flow, What It Meant To Lose You, No One Will Ever Know."
  • In Memory Of (Insert Name)
  • Don't Cry For Me, Laugh With Me
  • Miss Me But Let Me Go
  • Absent From The Body, Present With The Lord
  • He Who Believes Has Everlasting Life, John 6:47
  • Your Smile, Love And Heart Will Be Missed Forever
  • A Beautiful Soul
  • Show Me The Way
  • Remember Me, O Lord When Thou Comest Into Thy Kingdom
  • An Angel Shining in Heaven
  • Godspeed My Love
  • If it takes forever I will wait for you
  • Earth has no sorrow Heaven cannot heal
  • You made a beautiful difference in our lives
  • We lived life to the fullest with no regrets
  • Live * Laugh * Love
  • In the arms of Angels
  • I’d rather be (insert hobby)
  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith
  • A friend to all
  • His/her star will forever shine
  • Those who knew him/her could not help but love him/her
  • To live in hearts we leave behind - is not to die
  • Step softly, an angel lies here
  • “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last.”
  • The best is yet to come
  • Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God
  • Love Is Eternal
  • I Have Fought A Good Fight
  • The Lord Called Me From The Womb; From The Body Of My Mother He Named Me." Isiah 49:1
  • In God's Care
  • Missed
  • Your Love and Kindness Will Never Be Forgotten
  • His/Her mission on earth fulfilled
  • His/her joy was in serving others
  • We love you always
  • If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
  • Loving & Loved
  • Always With Us
  • I Will Be In The Wind That Moves By You
  • An Angel Visited The Green Earth And Took A Flower Away
  • Blessed Are The Pure In Heart. For They Shall See God.

Headstones With Religious Epitaphs, Symbols Continued

  • Absent from The Body, Present With The Lord
  • Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
  • Gardening In Heaven
  • Eternal Love
  • For to this End Christ Died
  • Safely Home
  • Called Back
  • Both Feet In Heaven
  • Amen
  • He Who Believes Has Everlasting Life. John 6:47
  • Remember Me, O Lord When Thou Comest into Thy Kingdom
  • An Angel Shining In Heaven
  • Godspeed My Love
  • Earth has no sorrow Heaven cannot heal
  • In The Arms Of Angels
  • I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.
  • Step softly, an angel lies here.
  • The best is yet to come
  • Blessed are those pure of heart, for they shall see God.
  • Love Is Eternal
  • The Lord Called Me From The Womb; From The Body Of My Mother He Named Me." Isiah 49:1
  • In God's Care
  • His/Her mission on earth fulfilled.
  • His/her joy was in serving others
  • If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.