Sample Epitaphs

These examples may give you some starting points and ideas for an epitaph for yourself or a loved one.

Some Traditional Epitaph Inscriptions

  • Forever in Our Hearts
  • In Loving Memory of
  • Until we meet again
  • Always in our hearts
  • Rest in Peace
  • The song is ended, but the melody lingers on
  • Sweetly sleeping
  • Loving memories last forever

Examples of Biblical Quotes


  • Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. 23rd Psalm
  • The Lord hath given him rest from all his enemies. 11 Samuel 7:1
  • Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations. 102nd Psalm
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 23rd Psalm
  • Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Matthew 11:28
  • Sleep on now, and take your rest. Matthew 26:45
  • The Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent, one from the other. Genesis 31:49

Famous Epitaphs

  • I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. – Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
  • “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forebear, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.” – William Shakespeare
  • That’s all folks. – Mel Blanc, voice actor
  • If anyone at my funeral has a long face, I’ll never speak to him again. – Stan Laurel, comedian
  • Now He Belongs to the Ages. – on the tomb of Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
  • She Did It the Hard Way. – on the tomb of Bette Davis, actress