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Example Epitaph 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


View Pictures Of Headstone Endearment Phrases, Verses, Sayings and Epitaphs For Cemetery Monuments 

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

  • Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death
  • Rest In Peace
  • Farewell
  • At Peace
  • The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • 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
  • Best Friends (For Companion Monuments)
  • Loving Mother of (Insert Number) Nana To Many
  • "Our Hearts Still Ache in Sadness, And Our Tears Will Forever Flow, What It Meant To Lose You, No One Will Ever Know."
  • Beloved Husband
  • Beloved Wife
  • Together Forever (For Double or Companion Markers)
  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • Always In Our Hearts
  • In Memory Of (Insert Name)
  • In Loving Memory
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Died Happy
  • Gone Fishin'
  • Gone Huntin'
  • Gardening In Heaven
  • Eternal Love
  • Mother
  • Father
  • Devoted Father
  • Devoted Mother
  • Beloved Mom
  • Beloved Dad
  • Beloved Son and Brother
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Father
  • Beloved Mother, Daughter and Sister
  • Soumate
  • A Friend To All
  • Precious Baby
  • For to this End Christ Died
  • Safely Home
  • Called Back
  • Both Feet in Heaven
  • Amen
  • I Have Fought A Good Fight
  • Our Baby (Insert Name)
  • Don't Cry For Me, Laught With Me
  • Miss Me But Let Me Go
  • Absent From The Body, Present With The Lord
  • He Who Believes Has Everlasting Life, Joh 6:47
  • U.S. Navy World War II
  • Your Smile, Love And Heart Will Be Missed Forever
  • Loving Son and Brother
  • A Beautiful Soul
  • My Little Angel
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Artist
  • Writer
  • Reverend
  • Soldier
  • "The Lord Called Me From The Womb; From The Body Of My Mother He Named Me." Isiah 49:1
  • In God's Care
  • Beloved Son, Brother and Friend
  • Our Beloved Daughter and Sister
  • Missed
  • Love Is Eternal
  • Loving Son
  • Infant Son of (Insert Mother's First Name and Father's First Name)
  • Our Beloved Daughter
  • Your Love and Kindness Will Never Be Forgotten
  • The Influence of a Father Upon His Children Lives Through Generations Forever
  • Loving Father
  • Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend
  • Wedding Date (With Names of Husband and Wife)
  • Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Friend
  • Sweet Dreams Little Buddy (For a Child)
  • Beloved Wife, Aunt, Sister and Professor
  • Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather
  • Show Me The Way
  • Remember Me, O Lord When Thou Comest Into Thy Kingdom
  • Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
  • Devoted Wife, Loving Mother
  • An Angel Shining in Heaven
  • Our Angel
  • Our Precious Angel
  • 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 fi ght, I have fi nished the course, I have kept the faith
  • Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God
  • Those who knew him could not help but love him
  • 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
  • His star will forever shine