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How to Choose an Epitaph for a Loved One’s Headstone September 13, 2019

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How to Choose an Epitaph for a Loved One’s Headstone, Kingston, Massachusetts

Most engravings on grave markers or custom memorials are designed to provide the essential information about the deceased, such as their name, date of birth, and date of death. However, many markers will also feature an epitaph—or an inscription of one or two lines—that captures the individual’s personality or accomplishments. If you’re designing a monument for a loved one that has passed, here are a few factors to consider when deciding what their epitaph should say.

4 Factors to Consider When Crafting an Epitaph

1. Spirituality  

If your loved one subscribed to a particular religion, it may be appropriate to select a line of scripture that embodies their personality. You might also choose to add a religious symbol to the grave marker, such as a cross or Star of David.  

2. Relationships

grave markerIn addition to honoring the deceased, custom memorials also provide a way for family and friends to connect with the individual after they’ve passed. Many families use an epitaph to highlight the relationships of the deceased. For example, a headstone might read “Loving Father and Husband” or “Gracious Grandmother, Mother, Sister, and Wife.”  

3. Career

Many lives are defined by the professional work that the individual committed themselves to, so highlighting these career efforts can be a fitting way to craft an epitaph. A military service professional or law enforcement officer, for instance, might have an inscription that details their rank and achievements.

4. Favorite Quotes

When you want to make a truly unique epitaph, think about what the deceased would’ve put on the grave marker. You can pick a line of text from their favorite movie, book, or song to personalize the headstone. Many families opt to include a favorite phrase or quote that the individual was known for saying.


When you lose a loved one, Quincy Memorials in Norfolk County, MA, will provide dignified, authentic, and durable grave markers and custom memorials. Using high-quality materials—such as rose quartz and granite—this compassionate monument maker will help you design a marker that emanates beauty. They will also walk you through the cemetery engraving process to ensure that all inscriptions accurately depict the life of the deceased. Visit them online to learn more about their products and personalized services. For order support, call (617) 471-0250 knowledgeable associate.

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