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Sunday Epitaphs. A good little read.

Updated: Mar 10


Epitaph

I figure epitaphs make about as good a Sunday afternoon read as anything.


Epitaphs are to be personalized, poignant, and to the point. Short and sweet goes a long way when it comes to the writing on a headstone.


The possibilities are endless.

But here are just few.....that start with

A!

  • A beautiful face will age and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul

  • A beautiful memory lingers

  • A beautiful life came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend

  • A beautiful soul

  • A beloved and capable wife and mother

  • A beloved husband, dad and grandfather

  • A bud from earth bloomed in Heaven

  • A caring, sharing person

  • A child is God’s precious jewel

  • A citizen without reproach, a friend without pretense, a philanthropist without display, a Christian without hypocrisy

  • A day of duty done, a day of rest begun

  • A dear husband, father and grandfather

  • A devoted son

  • A devoted wife, mother and grandmother

  • A godly man who served the Lord all his days

  • A free spirit

  • A friend indeed

  • A friend to all

  • A friend to many and sadly missed

  • A friend you have to buy won’t be worth what you pay for him

  • A gentle man and a gentleman

  • A gentle man

  • A godly man who served the Lord all his days

  • A good and kind heart is the best of all qualities

  • A good wife, affectionate mother and true friend

  • A happy soul, that all the way to heaven hath a summer’s day

  • A heart of gold stopped beating / Working hands at rest / God broke our hearts to prove to us / He only takes the best / Leaves and flowers may wither / The golden sun may set / But the hearts that loved you dearly / Are the ones that won’t forget

  • A kinder, gentler woman you will never meet again

  • A lady of rare understanding and of generous heart

  • A life full of years of understanding

  • A life like theirs has left a record sweet for memory to dwell upon

  • A life may last for just a moment, but memory can make that moment last forever

  • A life of beauty and service

  • A life of deeds, not of years

  • A life of giving through love, thought and deed

  • A life so brief, a child so small, you had the power to touch us all

  • A light from our household is gone, a voice we loved is stilled, a place is vacant in our hearts that never can be filled

  • A little flower of love, that blossomed, but to die transplanted now above, to bloom with God on high

  • A little flower, lent not given, to bud on earth and bloom in Heaven

  • A little soul takes wings

  • A little time on earth he spent till God for him His angels sent and then on time he closed his eyes to wake in glory in the skies

  • A little while and you shall see me no longer; and again a little while and you shall see Me because I go to the Father (John 16:16)

  • A love, constant and true

  • A loved one is gone from our circle, on earth we will meet her no more. She has gone to her home in heaven and all her afflictions are over

  • A loved one sleeping

  • A loved one sleeping, gone but not forgotten

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

  • A loving husband (wife) and father (mother)

  • A loving mother and a faithful friend

  • A majestic memory

  • A man (woman) of talent and courage

  • A man (woman) of vision

  • A man greatly beloved

  • A man must stand erect, not be kept erect by others

  • A man of virtue kindness and modesty

  • A memory to be ever with us

  • A moment in our arms, a lifetime in our hearts

  • A mother is a mother still; the holiest thing alive

  • A mother’s love, like an imperishable sun, cannot go out

  • A mother’s love grows by giving

  • A person is a person, no matter how small

  • A righteous woman remembered for a blessing

  • A rose like her called to the angels

  • A song is more lasting than the voice of the birds

  • A special kind of love

  • A star on earth and a star in Heaven

  • A tender heart and generous spirit

  • A tender mother a faithful friend

  • A thousand words can’t bring you back, I know because I tried. And neither can a million tears, I know because I cried

  • A tiny flower, lent not given, to bud on earth, and bloom in Heaven

  • A tomb now suffices him for whom the world was not enough

  • A treasure on earth

  • A woman of grace and dignity

  • A woman of virtue, kindness and modesty

  • A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string

  • A youth to who was given so much of earth so much of Heaven

  • Abiding love never dies

  • Abiding the day when we meet again in that infinity of time and space which men call heaven

  • Absence doth join, and time doth settle

  • Absent from the body, present with the Lord

  • Absent in body, but present in spirit (1 Corinthians 5:3)

  • After life’s cares and sorrows, His comfort, sweetness and peace

  • After the night comes the morning, bidding all darkness to cease…After life’s cares and sorrows, His comfort, sweetness and peace

  • Affliction for a long time I have, physicians skill in vain till Christ was pleased to give me last and rid me of my pain

  • Ah youth! Forever dear, forever kind!

  • All hope despair, that stands not on the Cross

  • All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother

  • All things are possible to him who believes

  • All things change but God remains

  • All things change, creeds, and philosophies and outward systems but God remains!

  • All things change…but God remains the same

  • All things to the glory of God

  • All things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8: 28)

  • All things work together unto good

  • All things you ask for in prayer, believing, you shall receive

  • All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

  • Alone to thee, dear Lord, can we our well-beloved resign

  • Along the cool sequestered vale of life they kept the noiseless tenor of their way

  • Although she sleeps, her memory lives on

  • Although your smile is gone forever and your hand I cannot touch, I still have so many memories of the one I loved so much. Your memory is my keepsake with which I’ll never part. God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart

  • Always a lady (gentleman)

  • Always in our hearts

  • Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts

  • Always in our thoughts

  • Always kind and willing

  • Always loving always loved

  • Always remembered

  • Amen

  • An angel, in the Book of Life, wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as he closed the book, too beautiful for Earth

  • An angel on earth and an angel in Heaven

  • An angel shining in Heaven

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

  • An honest man, beloved in life, and regretted in death by all

  • An inspiration to all

  • An unforgettable person

  • And a little child shall lead them

  • And as the evening twilight fades away the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day

  • And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

  • And He will take you up on eagle’s wings and hold you in the palm of his hand

  • And I give unto them eternal rest

  • And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

  • And I will give you rest

  • And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also (John 14:3)

  • And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make

  • And let there be no sorrow; for remember when the sun goes down, it returns with a bright tomorrow. So, a toast to the past; a toast to the future…

  • And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

  • And now cometh eternal rest and blessed tranquility

  • And rove where angels love to dwell. Where trees of life bear fruit of love

  • And so make life, death and that vast forever one grand sweet song

  • And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7)

  • And they wake into the Light whose day shall never die in night

  • And we remember you with love in our hearts

  • And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God

  • And what I say unto you I say unto all, watch (Mark 13:37)

  • And when it is God’s holy will, may she be prepared to meet her God and friends in peace, and leave this world of care

  • And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light that shines on me. Shine until tomorrow, let it be

  • And with the morn those angel faces smile which I have loved long since, and lost awhile

  • Angels guard you forever

  • Angel, you were born to fly!

  • Artist

  • As a family we are never apart loving memories keep you alive in our hearts

  • As a wife-devoted, as a mother-affectionate, as a friend-our trust and love, in life-she exhibited all the graces of a Christian, in death-her redeemed spirit returned to God who gave it

  • As a wife, she had no equal. As a mother, she had no superior

  • As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Jos. 24:15)

  • As I am now so you must be

  • As long as I live you will live. As long as I  live you will be remembered. As long as I live you will be loved

  • As long as we live, they too will live; for they are now a part of us; as we remember them (Jewish Prayer)

  • As long as life and memory last I shall remember thee

  • As the bird free of its cage seeks the heights, so the Christian soul in death flies home to God

  • As we trust the sun will rise, so trust we the mystery will be explained

  • As you are now so once was I

  • As you danced in the light with joy, love lifted you. As you brushed against this world so gently, you lifted us

  • Asked for so little and gave so very much

  • Asleep in Christ Jesus

  • Asleep in Jesus

  • Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever wake to weep

  • Asleep in Jesus, blessed thought

  • Asleep, not dead

  • At last until we meet again

  • At peace

  • At rest with God

  • At rest

  • At rest, an American soldier and defender of the Constitution

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

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



Epitaphs that begin with B



  • Bearing Burdens No More

  • Broken No More

  • Because He loved Me

  • BIG Girls Don’t Cry

  • Better Now

  • Build on, and make thy castles high and fair, Rising and reaching upward to the skies

  • Bright Lights Big City

  • But gone to our Father’s house above

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

  • But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first (Matthew 19:30)

  • But O for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still

  • But O the heavy change, now thou art gone, Now thou art gone and never must return!

  • But still I dream that somewhere there must be the spirit of a child that waits for me

  • But look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill

  • By cloudless starlight on he treads, And thinks no lamp so cheering As that light which Heaven sheds

  • Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you (Psalm 55:22)

  • Budded on Earth to bloom in Heaven

  • Be a little kinder than you have to

  • Be have

  • Be where your feet are

  • Be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart (Psalm 31:24)

  • Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9)

  • Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life (Revelation 2: 10)

  • Beautiful as a bright shining star

  • Beautiful isle of memory echoes of the past

  • Beautiful, lovely, she was but given  A fair, but to earth, to bloom in Heaven

  • Beauty & Creativity

  • Beauty is truth, truth beauty-that is all ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know

  • Because he (she) cared

  • Because someone we love is in heaven, we feel heaven in our home

  • Behind the dim unknown, standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own

  • Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: Is there any thing too hard for me? (Jeremiah 33:27)

  • Behold, he taketh away: who will hinder him? Who will say unto him, What doest thou? (Job 9:12)

  • Behold the Lamb Of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)

  • Behold the Lord taketh away, who can hinder him (Job 9:12)

  • Believe on Him to life everlasting. (I Timothy 1:16)

  • Beloved (Name), inspiration and companion

  • Beloved and dear in life…in death they are not divided (2 Samuel 1:23)

  • Beloved by all who knew them (him, her)

  • Beloved by God and man

  • Beloved Dad

  • Beloved father (mother), brother (sister), grandfather (grandmother) & Friend

  • Beloved how we miss you

  • Beloved Husband

  • Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather

  • Beloved In Life

  • Beloved Mom

  • Beloved Mother, Daughter and Sister

  • Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Friend

  • Beloved Mother, Your Orb Will Rise A Beautiful Star In Paradise

  • Beloved Mother (Father)…. Our Guide And Counselor

  • Beloved Of The Lord

  • Beloved One, Farewell

  • Beloved Son and Brother

  • Beloved Son, Brother and Father

  • Beloved Son, Brother and Friend

  • Beloved soul of great pride and dignity

  • Beloved Wife

  • Beloved Wife, Aunt, Sister and Professor



Epitaphs that begin with C


•Can't you hear my shouts of praise. I see my Savior whom I've waited all my days!

•Chains No More!

•Courage I leave with you. For it is strength I have gained.

•Call back yesterday, bid time return!

•Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not

•Called back

•Called by one who loves him (her) dearly

•Called home by the Lord, to be remembered forever

•Calm on the bosom of thy God, fair spirit, rest thee now

•Calm on the listening ear of night come heaven’s melodious strains

•Cease father mother to complain, God lent and claimed his own again

•Cherish the memories

•Children are a precious gift of God

•Children are an heritage of the Lord (Psalm 127: 3)

•Children are the heritage of the Lord

•Children are the keys of paradise

•Children bring their own love with them when they come

•Children shine like the rays of sun

Christ is my hope

•Closed are the sweetest eyes from this world of pain, but trust in God to meet again

•Come home and rest

•Come Lord from the skies and command us to rise to the mansions of glory above

•Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)

•Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. (Matthew 11:28)

•Come, Blessed Of My Father (Matthew 25:34)

•Conceived by the love of two died with the love of many

•Could I have this dance for the rest of my life

•Courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference

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