Epitaphs, the inscriptions found on headstones, typically contain the deceased’s name, date of birth, and date of death. However, family members can also include additional text or even images to showcase their loved one’s life and personality. Here are some of the options family members often choose to honor the person they lost.
Types of Headstone Inscriptions
1. Beloved Sayings
Sayings inscribed on gravestones must convey a lot in just a few words. While “rest in peace” and “in loving memory” are quite common, some families choose to create a personal version that exemplifies their loved one. You can also use sayings from books, movies, or TV shows that were important to your family member.
2. Religious Quotes
In the same respect, the Bible and other religious texts offer an abundance of soothing and meaningful quotes that can be inscribed on your loved one’s final resting place. If your loved one kept a personal Bible, look for underlined citations within the text. You can also talk with your monument maker for recommendations.
3. Description of Life Roles
A person’s purpose in life, whether they were a parent, soldier, teacher, or community leader, provides insight into who they were. Inscriptions detailing a person’s life role also establish a legacy and showcase what they were most proud of while alive.
You may opt for a photographic representation of the deceased instead of text. Engraving techniques have advanced quite a bit over the years, and it’s now possible to carve a picture-perfect image of your loved one into different materials. Using a photographic epitaph also allows the family to share favorite pictures with all who visit the gravesite.
A headstone is a lasting reminder of the deceased, so you want to ensure that it’s well suited to your loved one. Since 1936, Fort Worth Monument has assisted families through every step of the process. They’ll help you choose the material for the gravestone, decide on a design, and create a loving and meaningful inscription. They treat every client as a member of the family because they know how hard it is to lose a loved one. Learn more about their services online or call (817) 625-2721 to have a headstone constructed in Fort Worth, TX.