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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

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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

For Fathers

  • Gone Fishin'
  • Gone Huntin'
  • Devoted Father
  • Father
  • Beloved Dad
  • 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
  • May The Work I've Done Speak For Me

For Military Members

  • U.S. Navy World War II
  • Soldier
  • [Rank Of The Deceased]
  • A Life Of Beauty And Service

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)
  • 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

For Mothers

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

For A Wife

  • Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother
  • Devoted Wife, Loving Mother
  • Beloved Wife
  • Soulmate
  • Beloved Wife, Aunt, Sister And Professor
  • A Good Wife, Affectionate Mother And A True Friend

For A Husband

  • Beloved Husband
  • Gone Fishin'
  • Gone Huntin'
  • Soulmate
  • Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather
  • Devoted Man
  • A Loving Husband And A Faithful Friend

For Husband And Wife

  • Best Friends (For Companion Monuments)
  • Together Forever (For Double or Companion Markers)
  • Wedding Date (With Names of Husband and Wife)
  • Love Is Eternal
  • Soulmates
  • Parents Of (Insert Names)

For Sons

  • 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

For Brothers

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

For Sisters

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

For Daughters

  • Our Beloved Daughter and Sister
  • Our Angel
  • Our Precious Angel
  • Beloved Mother, Daughter, and Sister
  • Our Baby (Insert Name)
  • Our Beloved Daughter


  • 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
  • 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.