If you are selecting a headstone or grave marker for a loved one, it can be extremely difficult to decide what type of inscription to include. One of the most difficult parts of choosing what to have engraved on a grave marker is choosing a phrase or inscription that is short enough to fit while at the some time conveying the honor or tribute you wish to express. If you want to have an epitaph engraved on the headstone or grave marker but are unsure what to write, it is often helpful to read other epitaphs like those shown on this page.
If you are writing your own epitaph to include in your last wishes or memorial preferences, reading other epitaphs may provide some inspiration. This page of celebrity epitaphs lists some of the best epitaphs ever written. Each one is unique and memorable. They are posted on this estate planning site to provide examples of epitaphs for purposes of writing an epitaph or selecting language to be engraved on a headstone, grave marker, tombstone or urn.CELEBRITY EPITAPHSThe epitaph on John Belushi's gravestone reads:
HE GAVE US LAUGHTER
The headstone of Robert “Evel” Knievel includes the epitaph: A MAN CAN FALL MANY TIMES IN LIFE BUT HE’S NEVER A FAILURE IF HE TRIES TO GET UP
The epitaph on Lawrence Welk’s grave marker reads:
Keep a song in your heart
To view more epitaphs, go to our List of Epitaphs and Memorable Epitaphs pages.
The epitaph on Frank Sinatra’s gravestone reads:
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
Gracie Allen and George Burns are entombed next to each other. The epitaph on their companion crypt reads:
The epitaph on Harry Chapin’s gravestone reads:
OH IF A MAN TRIED TO TAKE HIS TIME ON EARTH AND PROVE BEFORE HE DIED WHAT ONE MAN’S LIFE COULD BE WORTH I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THIS WORLD
The epitaph on Tony Curtis’ grave marker reads:
And he was always quietly arrayed, And he was always human when he talked; But still he fluttered pulses when he said, “Good Morning!” and he glittered when he walked.
The epitaph on Eugene “Gene” Kal Siskel’s grave marker reads:
BLESSED IS ONE WHO LIVED WITH A GOOD NAME
The epitaph on Mary Pickford Rogers’ headstone reads:
The epitaph on Bing Crosby’s gravestone reads:
BELOVED BY ALL
Writing an Epitaph for Your Last Wishes
You may decide you want to write your own epitaph so you have control over the inscription that will be placed on your headstone or grave marker. If you are leaving instructions for your own final arrangements, a free Last Wishes Planner is available on our Last Wishes page. If you need information to help with making funeral and burial arrangements for a loved one, visit our Burial Options page.Copyright 2020 Pennyborn.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Updated February 7, 2020.
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