Ideas for Headstone Inscriptions

For those who intend to be buried and not cremated, there are a variety of ideas for headstone inscriptions available. Headstone inscriptions have been around since headstones have been in existence. Selecting an inscription for a headstone is a personal decision that often finalizes the burial of a loved one. The amount of words written for a headstone inscription can vary from something very simple to a more elaborate type of poetry.

The length of words you write will also depend on your budget and cost factor. By default, headstone inscriptions have a name, date of birth through date of death. The bereaved family members decide if additional wording is desired. For some, added inscriptions are warranted and are willing to incur the additional expense.

Some ideas for headstone inscriptions may include any of the following:

  • Address the relationship to the living survivors (i.e., mother, father, son, or daughter)
  • A selected scripture verse or excerpt
  • An excerpt from a poem, saying or quote

Headstones today are made of marble or granite for long term durability.  Often you can choose the font face but it will depend on the cemetery restrictions or rules. It's best to check with them before solidifying the headstone inscription.

There are many simple inscriptions to choose from that include 3-5 words like "In Memory of" or Rest in Peace". You can also choose to be more descriptive and place a short scripture verse from Psalm 23 such as "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever."

Other ideas for headstone inscriptions that are different can be a phrase from a song lyric, quotes from people, books, or movies, riddles, or a descriptive phrase about the deceased.

For more ideas for headstone inscriptions and funeral resources, refer to our headstone sayings and quotes.

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