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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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