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.