An epitaph is a statement or poem used on a headstone to commemorate a person that has passed away. An epitaph is included in the price of your headstone. Epitaphs can be simple or more elaborate poems or phrases.  Sometimes the epitaph references other family members such as “Husband of…” “Mother of…” “Wife of…” An epitaph may have a biblical or poetic reference. We have listed some common epitaphs, but you may choose any text you feel is most appropriate to commemorate your loved one. 


Biblical / Religious


All things work together for good to them that love God

Romans 8:28

Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life

Revelation 2:10

Believe on Him to life everlasting

1 Timothy 1:16

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

Matthew 5:4

Blessed is the man who maketh the Lord his trust

Psalms 40:4

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden

Matthew 11:28

For of such is the kingdom of heaven

Matthew 19:14

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light

Psalms 36:9

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him

1 John 4:16

Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends

John 15:13

He shall receive in the world to come eternal life

Mark 10:30

He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life

John 3:16

He that endureth to the end shall be saved

Matthew 10:22

I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live

John 11:25

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

2 Timothy 4:7

I rejoice in thy salvation

1 Samuel 2:1

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you

Philippians 1:3

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me

John 14:1

Not my will, but thine be done

Luke 22:42

Sleep on now, and take your rest

Matthew 26:45

The Lord hath given him rest from all his enemies

11 Samuel 7:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want

Psalms 23

The Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent, one from the other

Genesis 31:49

The righteous shall go into life eternal

Matthew 25:46

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased

Matthew 3:17

This is the promise… the life everlasting

1 John 2:25

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil

Psalms 23

Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations

102nd Psalm

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away

Song of Solomon 2:17

Well done, thou good and faithful servant

Matthew 25:21

Whither thou goest, I will go

Ruth 1:16

Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life

John 3:15





‘Tis not the whole of life to live, nor all of death to die

J. Montgomery

Beyond is the infinite morning of a day without tomorrow

W.S. Abbott

But in the night of death hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing


Death is not a foe, but an inevitable adventure

Sir Oliver Lodge

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of Eternity


Death’s but a path to be trod if man would ever pass to God 

T. Parnell

Dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul


Each lonely scene shall thee restore

William Collins

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal


Every man’s life is a plan of God

Horace Bushnell

Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of death


Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break


God gives us love. Something to love He lends us


God is and all is well


He hath awakened from the dream of life


Heaven, the treasury of everlasting joy


His daily prayer, far better understood in acts than words, was simple doing good


Humble love, and not proud science, keeps the door of heaven


In His will is our peace


Joy, joy forever! – My task is done – the gates are pass’d and heaven is won


Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound 

H. Melville

Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule 


Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory… 


Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss


Nature’s loving proxy, the watchful mother


Now twilight lets her curtain down and pins it with a star

L. M. Child

Onward to thy glory! ‘Tis always morning somewhere in the world

R. H. Horne

Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past


Sorrows are like tall angels with star-crowns in their hair

Margery Eldredge Howell

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts, not amid joy


Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven

H.W. Beecher

The acts of this life are the destiny of the next 

Eastern proverb

The cross leads generations on


The end and the reward of toil is rest

James Beattie

The greatest attribute of Heaven is mercy 

Beaumont and Fletcher

The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth


The heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee 

St. Augustine

The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one's nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth

Dorothy Francis

The soul that suffers is stronger than the soul that rejoices 

E. Shepard

There hath pass’d away a glory from the earth 


There is a sweet job that comes to us through sorrow


There never was night that had no morn

D. M. N. Craik

Things past belong to memory alone, things future are the property of hope

John Home

Till the master of all good workmen shall set us to work anew 

Rudyard Kipling

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another


What seem to us but dim funeral tapers may be heaven’s distant lamps


Where He leads me I can safely go


Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest


Where there is sorrow there is holy ground


Yet in this heart’s most sacred place, thou, alone, shall dwell forever






An angel visited the green earth, and took a flower away

(Adapted) Longfellow

Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face

E. Field

Budded ( or blossomed) on earth to bloom in Heaven


Called by one who loves him dearly


Children are a heritage of the Lord

Psalms 127: 3

Children are the keys of paradise

R. H. Stoddard

Children bring their own love with them when they come

Jean Ingelow

For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven


God’s garden has need of little flowers


His was a man’s courage


Hush my dear, be still and slumber: Jolly angels guard your bed


Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory


Little Boy Blue has gone away


Lord, we give you our littlest angel


No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood


Oh, for boyhood’s time of June crowding years into one brief moon


Our littlest angel who went back to Heaven


Remembering a tiny angel


Sleep undisturbed within the peaceful shrine Till angels wake thee with a note like thine

Samuel Johnson

Sleep, my little one, sleep


So small, so sweet, so soon


The child is the father of the man


The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtue 


What would the world be to us if children were no more?




For Her


A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive


Always loving: always loved


God bless thee wheresoe’er thou art in his great universe today


God called her from among us to a home of eternal rest


God took her home, it was his will, but in our hearts she liveth still


God’s greatest gift returned to God – my mother


Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, in every gesture dignity and love


Her children arise up and call her blessed


Her friends were her world


Her friendship was an inspiration, her love a blessing


Her memory is enshrined in our hearts


May God grant you eternal rest, dear Mother


O, Lord I put her in thy hands


Resting with those she loved


She concealed her tears but shared her smiles


She gave so much and demanded so little


She had a kindly word for each and she died beloved by all


She is resting peacefully with Jesus in that beautiful home above


She lives with us in memory and will for evermore


She loved people and laughter


She passed through glory’s morning gate and walked in paradise


She served and kept the faith


She walked in beauty


She would rather give than receive


To know her was to love her


When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music




For Him


A loving father, tender and kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind


A man greatly beloved


At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him


Fond memories linger every day, remembrance keeps him near


God took him home, it was His will, but in our hearts he liveth still


He had a kindly word for each and died beloved by all


He lives with us in memory and will for evermore


He loved his fellowman


He loved people and laughter


He was beloved in life


His friends were his world


His friendship was an inspiration, his love a blessing


His greatest joy was in making others happy


His joy was in serving others


His life was gentle, and the elements so mix’d  in him, that nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man!”


His mission on earth fulfilled


My pal on earth, God’s angel in heaven


No man is indispensable but some are irreplaceable


O, Lord I put him in thy hands


On him and on his high endeavor the light of praise shall shine forever


Resting with those he loved


The world’s loss was heaven’s gain when God took you home


To know him was to love him


To live with him and sing in endless morn of light!


To those who knew and loved him his memory will never grow old


We loved him a lot but God loved him more






In loving memory


Loving memories last forever


May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace


Not lost to memory! Not lost to love! But gone to our Father’s house, above


Ours for a little while, with Jesus forever


Rest in Peace


Rest is thine, sweet memory ours


Step softly, a dream lies buried here


Sweetly sleeping


The song is ended, but the melody lingers on


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


Together forever


Too well loved to ever be forgotten


Until we meet again


What we keep in memory is ours unchanged forever


Your love will light my way your memory will ever be with me