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Inscriptions

It can be hard to find the right words to express how you feel and what someone meant to you. It is important to consider future inscriptions and the space available on the memorial.

The following guide is intended to assist you create a traditional, flowing memorial inscription. These suggestions are for guidance only. Our Memorial Design Consultant will work with you to find the most fitting words to commemorate your loved one.

How Many Names are expected be on the stone?

This is a key consideration as it will determine the size of headstone you need. You should consider now who else will likely be interred in the same lair at a later date. To help you choose the right size of stone, our Memorial Design Consultant will provide you with a scale print out of your memorial with the inscription showing how much free space will be left on the stone.

Opening Remembrance Message

This is the first line of your inscription.  Popular choices include

“IN LOVING MEMORY OF”
“PRECIOUS MEMORY OF”
“CHERISED MEMORIES OF”
“WE REMEMBER WITH LOVE”
“WITH LOVE WE REMEMBER“
“IN LOVE WE REMEMBER”
“TREASURED MEMORIES OF”
“IN MEMORY OF”
“IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF”
“IN REMEMBRANCE OF”
“IN EVERLASTING MEMORY OF”
“FOND MEMORIES OF”

“PRECIOUS ARE THE MEMORIES OF”
“IN GODS KEEPING”
“LOVING MEMORIES OF”
“TO THE MEMORY OF”
“A TRIBUTE OF LOVE TO”
“REMEMBERED WITH LOVE”
“MEMORIES OF”
“TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF”
“HAVE MERCY ON THE SOUL OF”
“PRAY FOR”
“PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF”
“SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF”

Personal Details

Traditionally the details of those interred would be inscribed in chronological order. Typically the stone would mention the person’s name date of death and either their age or date of birth.  Below are 4 traditional layouts:

JOHN H.BROWN
DIED 29th MARCH 2002
AGED 82 YEARS

JOHN BROWN
BORN 6th SEPTEMBER 1919
DIED 29th MARCH 2002

JOHN BROWN
1919 – 2002

JOHN BROWN
06.09.1919 – 29.03.2002

Endearment

Endearments are a short expression of love and affection which reflects the way each person will be remembered and who they were to your family. Common endearments include:

“Beloved Mother & Grandmother”

“Dearly loved Father
& Grandfather”

“Loving Son and Husband”

“A Much Loved Daughter,
Wife, & Friend”

Where there is more than 1 name on the headstone, endearments can be used to help the inscription flow by introducing the next name on the stone, for example:

JOHN BROWN
DIED 29th MARCH 2002
DEARLY LOVED DAD AND GRANDAD
DEVOTED HUSBAND OF
ANNE BROWN
DIED 3rd MAY 2009
A LOVING WIFE, MUM AND GRAN

Epitaph/Verse

An Epitaph or closing verse is traditionally used at the base of the plate to conclude the inscription.  Epitaphs take on many forms and are derived from many sources including famous quotes, song lyrics, literary excerpts and verses from biblical or other religious scripture.

“REST IN PEACE”

“TOGETHER AGAIN”

“ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS”

“PEACE PERFECT PEACE”

“GOODNIGHT GOD BLESS”

“FOREVER IN OUR THOUGHTS”

“ALWAYS REMEMBERED”

“SO DEARLY LOVED SO SADLY MISSED”

“FOREVER WITH THE LORD”

“LOVES LAST GIFT REMEMBRANCE”

“AT REST”

“THY WILL BE DONE”

“GOD IS LOVE”

“FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS”

“LOVED BY ALL”

“THOSE WE LOVE DON’T GO AWAY
THEY WALK BESIDE US EVERYDAY”

“NO LONGER IN OUR LIVES TO SHARE
BUT IN OUR HEARTS YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE”

“IN HEAVEN YOU REST NO WORRY NO PAIN
GOD BLESS YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN”

“TREASURED MEMORIES LIKE A GOLDEN CHAIN
LINK US TILL WE MEET AGAIN”

“I MISS YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY
MEMORIES OF YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY”

“REQUIESCANT IN PACE”

“WITHOUT FAREWELL YOU FELL ASLEEP
WITH MEMORIES FOR US ALL TO KEEP”

“A DAILY THOUGHT A SILENT TEAR
A CONSTANT WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE”

“GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST ITS TRUE
HE TOOK THE VERY BEST IN YOU”

“SINCERE AND TRUE IN HEART AND MIND
A MEMORY SWEET YOU LEFT BEHIND”

“NEVER MORE THAN A THOUGHT AWAY
LOVED AND REMEMBERED EVERY DAY”

“SILENT THOUGHTS OF TIMES TOGETHER
HOLD MEMORIES WHICH WILL LAST FOREVER”

“A DAILY THOUGHT A SILENT TEAR
A CONSTANT WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE”

“NO TIME TO SAY OUR LAST GOODBYE
BUT IN OUR HEARTS YOU WILL NEVER DIE”

“GONE ARE THE DAYS WE USED TO SHARE
BUT IN MY HEART YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE”

“DEEP IN MY HEART YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY
LOVED AND REMEMBERED EVERY DAY”

“TREASURED MEMORIES FOREVER OF YOU
TODAY TOMORROW AND ALL LIFE THROUGH”

“THOUGH YOUR ABSENT YOU ARE ALWAYS NEAR
STILL LOVED STILL MISSED AND SO VERY DEAR”

“AS YOU REST IN PEACEFUL SLEEP
YOUR MEMORY I WILL ALWAYS KEEP”

“RESTING WHERE NO SHADOWS FALL
LOVINGLY REMEMBERED BY US ALL”