Writing an Epitaph

What is an Epitaph?

An epitaph is a written statement or phrase about a person who has passed away. Epitaphs are most commonly written as an inscription on a headstone, memorial, plaque or gravestone.


How to write an Epitaph?

There is no right or wrong way to create an epitaph, most are written as a simple summary of the person’s life. Sometimes there is so much you want to say, but you only have a few words; for this we have created a list of tips to help you craft a heartfelt epitaph that will honor your deceased loved one.


Tips for Writing a Loved Ones Epitaph:

1. The process of writing an epitaph to be engraved on a headstone should start by reading other examples. Simply Google “epitaph examples,” or “epitaph ideas,” and you’ll receive a large amount of options.

2. Write a journal about any memories you shared with the person, this will trigger other memories and inspire the writing process.

3. List the person’s accomplishments such as father, grandfather, volunteer, writer or something as simple as being a kind, gentle soul.

Epitaph Types & Examples:

“In Loving Memory of”
“Remembered Always”
“With Love We Remember”
“A loving father of four”
“A devoted Wife and Mother”
“A dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother”


What wee gave, wee have;
What wee spent, wee had;
What we left, we lost.
-Tryon Edwards
Religious Verses:
The Lord hath given him rest from all his enemies. 
11 Samuel 7:1
Lord, Thank You For A Beautiful Life
And I Give Unto Them Eternal Rest Christ Is My Hope


What happens if an epitaph is tarnished or needs to be re-written?

After years of weathering, it is common for many Long Island headstones to become worn down, or not easily legible. If this is the case, Auricchio monuments can provide headstone repair services in order to clean up the stone, and restore it back to the original state.

In some instances the headstone is in good shape, but a family member of the deceased would like to have the words re-written. Whether there is an error in the inscription, incorrect information, or just a change in wishes we can help. In these circumstances we send out our expert craftsman to assess the headstone, and determine the amount of work that needs to be done. In some cases re-ethching the headstone may be more work than it is to create a new one, we leave this decision up to the experts.

Additionally some choose to add additional inscriptions onto the memorial after it has already been set. Whether adding additional inscriptions was planned, or the result of having second thoughts, Auricchio Monuments specializes in headstone inscriptions, repairs and etchings. Since 1938 Auricchio Resurrection Monuments has been creating and repairing headstone while always maintaining the highest standard in customer service and workmanship.