Headstones & Memorials

Tips for Choosing a Headstone Inscription

Engraving a Headstone

Selecting a headstone inscription or epitaph can be a very challenging process. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when faced with the task of summing up the life of a loved one to only a few short words or sentences. Your words are, after all, intended to stand the test of time and honor the life of someone that deeply impacted yours.

Below we offer a few tips that we hope will help to make this process easier for you and your loved ones.

  • Do not allow yourself to feel rushed. Selecting a headstone epitaph is a sensitive task and you should take all the time you need to find the words that will best evoke the desired emotional response.
  • Consider what most people will think of first when reflecting on the individual’s life. Did they have a specific saying or phrase they often spoke? What about their personality made them unique or distinct? Contemplating how others will remember your loved one can be a useful in finding the way to best memorialize their memory.
  • Did the individual have a favorite quote? A meaningful quote or even a line from a favorite book, author, movie, or poem is often an eloquent way to memorialize a person’s life.
  • Focus on timelessness and evoking an emotional response that will have an impact on those who read it. This includes choosing a letter form and design you truly like, and avoiding making choices based purely off trend.

To forever immortalize the memories of your loved one is of no small importance. Take all the time you need to find the inscription that best represent how you wish your loved one to be forever remembered in the eyes of all those that may read it.

9 thoughts on “Tips for Choosing a Headstone Inscription

  1. Thank you for talking about how you need to consider a favorite quote when choosing a headstone. It makes sense that doing this can help you make sure the memorial is personalized and you will remember them by it. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to make sure they do a little research and compare several companies to make sure you get the best quality materials to create a memorial for your loved ones.

  2. Thanks for the tip about thinking about the person’s favorite quote or phrase when choosing a headstone. My dad recently passed away, and my sister and I want to make his headstone special. He loved reading Shakespeare, so maybe we can find a quote to put on the stone to make it personal for him.

  3. I’m glad that you talked about making sure you take the time to choose an inscription, so you won’t regret it later. I have been tasked with picking out my father’s headstone and I don’t know where to start. I can see how it would be important to not rush any decisions, that way I will be better able to pick something that will be able to reflect his life.

  4. My mother recently passed away suddenly and we have been planning her funeral and I’ve been placed in charge of finding the right headstone for her. I liked that you had mentioned that when planning an inscription that it can be important to put something down that could possibly be a favorite quote or something that people think of when they think of that person. My mom had a lot of things that she would say quite often, I’ll have to run some ideas by my siblings and see what they might want.

  5. Thanks for the tips on how to choose a headstone inscription for our deceased loved ones. It’s great that you’ve mentioned that choosing the right words in my loved one’s epitaph should be based on how we want others to remember our loved ones. I remembered my mom who passed away years ago, and we had the words “A loving wife and mother” inscribed. Although this inscription is striking for us, we also kept in mind how we want others to see her – even for those who did not get to be with her.

  6. Thanks for providing this useful tips for customizing a headstone. I was still a kid when my grandmother died and was unable to recall or even remember how her headstone looked like. In the near future, I’d suggest to my family to change what’s written there.

  7. I like that you mentioned considering your loved ones favorite quotes. If they are religious you could even do a scripture verse. As long as you put some thought into it you can find something that they would’ve liked.

  8. I appreciate your tips on picking an inscription for a headstone, and how it should be timeless but personal and evoke an emotional response. I also like what you said about not feeling rushed and taking your time. The epitaph is an important part of remembering your loved one after they have passed, and you want to be sure that you what you choose is meaningful and heartfelt.

  9. Thanks for these tips for choosing an inscription for a headstone. I’m glad you mentioned that you should think about the timelessness of the engraving. Maybe it could be good to consider if future generations can understand the intention of the engraving.

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