How do I Write an Epitaph?

An epitaph is the wording placed on a headstone to describe the person buried there. In addition to the name, dates of birth and death, and family relationships, epitaphs often feature a quote or statement commemorating the person’s life. Many of these quotes and statements are reverent or religious, while others are humorous or philosophical. They can also be as simple as “R.I.P.” for “Rest in Peace.”

The Museum’s tagline is an epitaph: “Any day above ground is a good one.” Here are some other examples to get you started in drafting one for yourself or a loved one.

Reverent & Religious

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. -  23rd Psalm

Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. -  John 3:15

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal

Philosophical

Your presence is a gift to the world, you're unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be. Take it one day at a time.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Humorous

Rest in Peace Nathaniel Ward
His Chevy Nova hit a Ford

He was a simple man who died of complications

Owen Moore has passed away
Owin' more than he could pay

Simply Stated / Words of Comfort

Rest in Peace

Forever in our hearts

Gone, but not forgotten

In Loving Memory of

To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die

For additional examples see British memorial company Set in Stone’s  list of epitaphs.