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Memorial Tributes

When designing a memorial either for you or your spouse before the time of need or for a loved one at the time of need, you may wish to add emblems or an epitaph to create a more meaningful tribute.  Personal tributes included on a memorial or gravestone serve as an everlasting honor to a loved one while providing solace to the living.  A selection of sample epitaphs can be found below.  Also listed are common symbols used on gravestones and memorials so that you can select the most appropriate enhancements.

SAMPLE EPITAPHS

Love

  • He/she loved and was loved
  • He/she loved everyone
  • Life is not forever, love is
  • A friend to many and sadly missed
  • Gone from our home but not from our hearts
  • Love is eternal
  • We will love you always
  • With all my love
  • Loving memories last forever

Religious

  • May God be with you and comfort you
  • In His will is our peace
  • May the peace of the Lord be with you
  • Sweet in her ways, observant in her mitzvahs
  • Constant of faith, generous of heart
  • Blessed sleep to which we all return
  • In God’s care
  • Our love goes with you and our souls wait to join you

General

  • She touched everyone with special love and kindness
  • We miss you
  • An inspiration to all
  • Forever in our hearts
  • A life full of joy
  • Your patient courage is admired by all
  • Her works were kindness, her deeds were love
  • A friend to many and sadly missedStep softly, a dream lies buried here
  • I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday, and I love today
  • Rest, o weary traveler for with the dawn comes great joy

Childhood — Innocence

  • Little Boy Blue has gone away.
  • God’s garden has need of little flowers. 
  • Remembering a tiny angel.
  • So small, so sweet, so soon.
  • Lord, we give you our littlest angel.
  • Blossomed on earth to bloom in Heaven.
  • Our littlest angel returned to Heaven.
  • Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory.

Common Quotations — Biblical

  • Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  23rd Psalm
  • He shall receive in the world to come eternal life.  Mark 10:30
  • The righteous shall go into life eternal.  Matthew 25:46
  • Blessed are pure of heart, for they shall see God.  Matthew 5:8
  • Thy remembrance shall endure unto all generations.  102nd Psalm
  • I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.  Philippians 1:3
  • He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life.  John 3:16
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  23rd Psalm
  • Sleep on now, and take your rest.  Matthew 26:45

Common Quotations — Classics

  • Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.  Lowell
  • The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one’s nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.  Dorothy Francis Gurney
  • To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.  Liebnitz
  • Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.  Milton
  • The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth.  Lamennais
  • The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.  Eastern proverb
  • Every man’s life is a plan of God.  Horace Bushnell
  • Heaven, the treasury of everlasting joy.  Shakespeare
  • The heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.  St. Augustine
  • Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.  H. Melville
  • Where He leads me I can safely go.  Millay
  • God gives us love.  Something to love He lends us.  Tennyson

Common Quotations — Children

  • Hush my dear, be still in slumber; Jolly angels guard your bed.   Watts
  • Children bring their own love with them when they come.  Jean Ingelow
  • Sleep undisturbed within the peaceful shrine till angels wake thee with a note like thine.  Samuel Johnson
  • No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood.  Anonymous
  • Sleep, my little one, sleep.  Harrington
  • Children are a heritage of the Lord.  Psalms 127:3
  • An angel visited the green earth and took a flower away.  Longfellow
  • Children are the keys to paradise.  R.H. Stoddard
  • Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face.  E. Field

Female-Oriented Verses

  • God’s greatest gift returned to Him — my mother.
  • O Lord, I put her in thy hands.
  • May God grant you eternal rest, my dear mother.
  • She concealed her tears but shared her smiles.
  • Her memory is enshrined in our hearts.
  • Her friendship was an inspiration, her love a blessing.
  • Her friends were her world.
  • She loved people and laughter.
  • Always loving, always loved.
  • To know her was to love her.

Male-Oriented Verses

  • No man is indispensable, but some are irreplaceable.
  • His friendship was an inspiration, his love a blessing.
  • A loving father, tender and kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind.
  • His greatest joy was making others happy.
  • God took him home, it was his will, but in our hearts he liveth still.
  • A man was greatly beloved.

EMBLEMS & SYMBOLS

Religious — Crosses

  • Calvary — a Latin cross on three steps represents faith, hope, and love
  • Celtic — includes a circle around the cross is representative of eternity
  • Eastern — (Orthodox or Russian) the upper horizontal bar represents the site of the inscription over the head of the crucified Christ while the lower slanting bar represents his footrest.
  • Ionic — resembling the Celtic cross, it symbolizes salvation, love, and glory.
  • Gothic — flowered cross with fully opened ends symbolizes the adult Christian.
  • Greek — arms of equal length make this the traditional symbol of the Christian faith.

Religious — Christian

  • Butterfly –represents the Resurrection; new life
  • Candle — symbolizes divinity and goodness; illumination of faith
  • Chalice — symbolizes the Eucharist and the Last Supper.
  • Chi Rho with interlocking rings — a sacred symbol of marriage
  • Dove — represents peace, forgiveness, and purity.
  • Fish — symbolic of faith in the Lord.
  • Flame — symbolizes the Holy Spirit
  • Fleur-de-lis –representative of the Trinity as well as the Virgin Mary.
  • Interlocking rings — conveys marriage
  • Lamp — represents wisdom and knowledge; the guiding light

Religious — Jewish

  • Ewer or Levi Pitcher –symbolic of the Levites, who according to Scripture, washed the hands of priests prior to services
  • Lion — symbolic of Daniel, Hosea, Samson, and David; conveys bravery
  • Menorah — (seven branches) represents the seven days of creation and commemorates the destruction of Solomon’s temple
  • Mosaic Decalogue — symbolizes the Ten Commandments
  • Scroll of the Pentateuch — represents the first five books of the Old Testament and is symbolic of the Divine Law.
  • Star of David — representative of divine protection.
  • Yahrzeit — found on many Jewish memorials; a basin filled with oil containing a floating burning wick

Flowers and Plants

  • Acorn — conveys strength
  • Apple Blossom — symbolic of fame
  • Daisy — representative of innocence
  • Dogwood — represents spring and the promise of life after death
  • Grapevine — conveys a rich, full life
  • Ivy Leaf — symbolizes fidelity and eternal life
  • Laurel — represents triumph and victory
  • Lilac — conveys the versatility
  • Lily — represents Easter and the Resurrection
  • Lily of the Valley — symbolic of the Virgin Mary
  • Maple Leaf — symbolizes unending love
  • Morning Glory — representative of the Resurrection, youth, promise, bonds of love and affection
  • Oak Leaf — represents strength and endurance
  • Pine — conveys unwavering and eternal devotion
  • Poppy — symbolic of sleep and consolation
  • Rose — a symbol of beauty and love
  • Shamrock — Irish heritageSunflower — conveys adoration
  • Tulip — conveys love and charity
  • Violets — convey modesty, humility, affection, and faithfulness
  • Wheat — representative of lives lived to the fullest

THE MEANING OF COLOR

  • Blue — truth and constancy
  • Green — hope and victory
  • Red — love
  • White — purity
  • Yellow — the goodness of God