Memorial Epitaphs

Choosing the right words to include on a loved one’s monument can be a difficult task. Some families choose to write their own epitaph that is unique to their loved one, while others choose a popular epitaph from our list below. For more information about epitaphs, please contact us.

From the Summit Memorials Catalogue

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory Of

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

Believe on him to life everlasting

Pause… and reflect

Remembered with love and respect

The acts of this life are the destiny of the next

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal

Things past belong to memory alone, things future belong to hope

In His will is our peace

Deeply mourned, fondly loved

God gives us love, someone to love, he lends us

Ever remembered, ever loved

Life’s work well done

What we keep in memory is ours unchanged forever

Precious memories last forever

Life is a voyage that is bound for home

Gone but not forgotten

A beautiful memory lingers

Well done, thy good and faithful servant

Too well loved to ever be forgotten

So small, so sweet, so soon

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven

When soft voices die music vibrates in the memory

Loved by many, missed by many

Loving memories last forever

Together forever

Home with God, which is far better

The reward of toil is rest

Death is only a shadow across the path to heaven

She inspired many young minds during her 50 years of teaching

Our dear mother

She served and kept the faith

In memory of our uncle

May god grant them eternal rest

Sleep on now and take your rest

They live with us in memory

Safe in the hallowed quiet of the past

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God

Bill enjoyed the beauty of nature

Where he leads me, I can safely go

Life is measured in memories… not years

Beloved daughter

Forever in our hearts

Not lost to memory

Her friendship was an inspiration

Entered into rest

Common Epitaphs

I have gone to be an angel, and with the angels stand

Step softly, a dream lies here

Safe in the arms of Jesus

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me

The presence of her absence is everywhere

A life measured in memories, not years

When I come to the end of the long, long road, I shall look in the face of my dearest friend

Known by many, loved by many, missed by many

Words of Comfort

Gone, but not forgotten

In Loving Memory of

To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die

Entered into rest

Until we meet again

I shall but love thee better after death

Forever in our hearts

Always in our hearts

At rest with God

Rest in Peace

Too well loved to ever be forgotten

Asleep in Jesus

Home with God, which is far better

Ours for a little while, with Jesus forever

Everlasting life through Christ

Death is only a shadow across the path to heaven

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them

He longest lives who most to others gives, himself forgetting

May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace

He gave thee, He took thee, and He will restore thee

God could not have made earthly ties so strong to break them in eternity

Asleep in Christ Jesus

Beloved of the Lord

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on

Rest is thine, sweet memory ours

Sweetly sleeping

Loving memories last forever

Hasten, oh blessed hour our reunion

Not lost to memory! Not lost to love! but gone to our Father’s house above

Your love will light my way, your memory will ever be with me

What we keep in memory is ours unchanged forever

From the Classics

The soul that suffers is stronger than the soul that rejoices.    - E. Shepard

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.     - H.W. Beecher

Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts, not amid joy.     - Hemans

What seems to us but dim funeral tapers may be heaven’s distant lamps.     - Longfellow

Death is the golden key that opens the palace of Eternity.     - Milton

There is a sweet job that comes to us through sorrow.     - Spurgeon

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.    -  Moore

Heaven, the treasury of everlasting joy.     - Shakespeare

Death is not a foe, but an inevitable adventure.     - Sir Oliver Lodge

Every man’s life is a plan of God.     - Horace Bushnell

The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.     - Eastern proverb

Sorrows are like tall angels with star-crowns in their hair.    -  Margery Eldredge Howell

The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth.     - Lamennais

Mutual love, the crown of all our bliss.     - Milton

To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another.    - Leibnitz

Humble love, and not proud science, keeps the door of heaven.     - Young

The greatest attribute of Heaven is mercy.     - Beaumont and Fletcher

Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.    - Cowper

Nature’s loving proxy, the watchful mother.     - Bulwer

Dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.     - Longfellow

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

Till the master of all good workmen shall set us to work anew.     - Rudyard Kipling

The end and the reward of toil is rest.     - James Beattie

In His will is our peace.     - Dante

Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.     - Lowell

When soft voices die, music vibrates in the memory.     - Shelley

Each lonely scene shall thee restore.     - William Collins

Things past belong to memory alone, things future are the property of hope.     - John Home

Yet in this heart’s most sacred place, thou, alone, shall dwell forever.     - Moore

...There hath pass’d away a glory from the earth.     - Wordsworth

Joy, joy forever! - My task is done - the gates are pass’d and heaven is won.     - Moore

The cross leads generations on.     - Shelley

...The heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.     - St. Augustine

God is and all is well.     - Whittier

Death’s but a path to be trod if man would ever pass to God.     - T. Parnell

Onward to thy glory! ’Tis always morning somewhere in the world.     - R.H. Horne

Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound.     - H. Melville

He hath awakened from the dream of life.     - Shelley

Beyond is the infinite morning of a day without tomorrow.     - W.S. Abbott

Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break...     - Shakespeare

Where He leads me I can safely go.     - Millay

God gives us love. Something to love He lends us.     - Tennyson

Whither thou goest, I will go.     - Ruth i:16

But in the night of death hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.     - Ingeresoll

There never was night that had no morn.    - D.M.N. Craik

Faith builds a bridge across the gulf of death.     - Young

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away.     - Cant. ii:17

Tis not the whole of life to live, nor all of death to die.     - J. Montgomery

Where there is sorrow there is holy ground.     - Wilde

Now twilight lets her curtain down and pins it with a star.     - L.M. Child

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.     - Moore

Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest.     - Goethe

His daily prayer, far better understood in acts than words, was simple doing good.    - Whittier

For a Child

Hush my dear, be still and slumber: Jolly angels guard your bed

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtue

Children bring their own love with them when they come

What would the world be to us if children were no more?

Oh, for boyhood’s time of June crowding years into one brief moon

Sleep undisturbed within the peaceful shrine, Till angels wake thee with a note like thine

No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood

Sleep, my little one, sleep

Children are a heritage of the Lord. Psalms 127:3

The child is the father of the man

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

Budded (or blossomed) on earth to bloom in Heaven

For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven

His was a man’s courage

Our littlest angel who went back to Heaven

Called by one who loves him dearly

Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory

Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face

Children are the keys of paradise

An angel visited the green earth, and took a flower away

For the Males/Females

God’s greatest gift returned to God - my mother

O, Lord I put her in thy hands

She had a kindly word for each and she died beloved by all

She lives with us in memory and will for evermore

May God grant you eternal rest, dear Mother

She concealed her tears but shared her smiles

God took her home, it was His will, but in our hearts she liveth still

God bless thee wheresoe’er thou art in His great universe today

She is resting peacefully with Jesus in that beautiful home above

Her memory is enshrined in our hearts

Her friendship was an inspiration, her love a blessing

Resting with those she loved

She served and kept the faith

She walked in beauty

Her friends were her world

She loved people and laughter

She would rather give than receive

God called her from among us to a home of eternal rest

Always loving: always loved

To know her was to love her

She gave so much and demanded so little

Her children arise up and call her blessed

A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye, in every gesture dignity and love

When she had passed, it seemed like the ceasing of exquisite music

She passed through glory’s morning gate and walked into paradise

From the Bible

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.     23rd Psalm

Believe on Him to life everlasting.     1 Timothy 1:16

He shall receive in the world to come eternal life.     Mark 10:30

The righteous shall go into life eternal.     Matthew 25:46

Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.     John 3:15

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.     Matthew 5:8

He that endureth to the end shall be saved.     Matthew 10:22

The Lord hath given him rest from all his enemies.     11 Samuel 7:1

Thy remembrance shall endure into 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

I rejoice in thy salvation.     1 Samuel 2:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.     23rd Psalm

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well please.     Matthew 3:17

Blessed is the man who maketh the Lord his trust.     Psalms 40:4

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.     Matthew 11:28

Sleep on now, and take your rest.     Matthew 26:45

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.     Matthew 5:4

...Well done, thou good and faithful servant.     Matthew 25:21

I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live.     John 11:25

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.     John 14:1

...All things work together for good to them that love God.     Romans 8:28

...Be thou faith unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.     Revelation 2:10

...Not my will, but thine be done.     Luke 22:42

The Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent, one from the other.     Genesis 31:49

For with thee is the foundation of life: in the light shall we see light.     Ps.xxxvi:9

God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.     1John iv:16

Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends.     John xv:13

This is the promise... the life everlasting.     1st Epistle of John ii:25

For of such is the kingdom of heaven.     Matthew xix:14

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.     11 Tim.1v:7my

Reflecting a Life Well-Lived