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An Introduction to Headstone Epitaphs

The number of words you can use for headstone epitaphs is often overestimated. In other words, people think they can put far too many words on the headstone than they really can. See also this article related to headstone epitaphs.

When you choose a layout for your headstone, you must understand that after the first name, last name, dates and a design is added there is quite often very little room left for words of endearment. A reputable headstone dealer will be able to help you with this. They will make sure the headstone epitaph will fit in the space available. The final proof, which is generated by a draftsman, will clearly determine what can be carved into the stone.

Lettering on a stone can not be carved too small or the center part of the letter will break off. The standard is that the surname is carved in 2-3 inch letters and first names are usually 1.25 inches high. Dates are commonly carved in 1 inch letters but can be larger if the stone happens to be a fairly large one.

If there is space available after the names, dates and designs are carved it's usually only enough for one short line. Often there is only room enough for 4-6 words. These words can be added at the bottom or top which ever fits best. See the example headstone below.


Example Headstone

The following is a list of commonly used epitaphs. This will give you a starting point for creating a special epitaph for your loved one.

  • Forever In Our Hearts
  • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • Asleep In Jesus
  • Rest In Peace
  • Always In Our Hearts
  • Free Indeed
  • Truely Missed
  • In Loving Memory
  • Loving Memories Last Forever
  • Beloved Of The Lord
  • Too Well Loved To Ever Be Forgotten
  • Entered Into Rest
  • The Song is Ended, But The Melody Lingers On.
  • Everlasting Life Through Christ
  • Ours a Little While, With Jesus Forever
  • In God's Loving Care
  • Until We Meet Again
  • Loving Wife, Mother & Grandmother
  • Beloved Husband or Father or Grandfather etc.
  • Scripture Verses
  • Short lines to a song or poem

Our advice to people is to make it short but meaningful. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. If you live in the greater Philadelphia area or South Jersey or if your chosen cemetery is in this area we would be honored to be your headstone service company.

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