3 Considerations Before Deciding On A Tombstone Inscription For A Deceased Parent


Saying goodbye to a loved one is always hard, especially your parents who have been a part of your life since the day you were born. If you're trying to come up with a fitting tombstone but don't know where to get started, let this guide help you choose the right words as you work through your grief: 

Add Basic Details And Relationships 

Your first task will be to add basic details like your parent's name, birth and death dates and relationships to loved ones. For example, you could write, 'Everloving mother and grandmother of Amelia and Tom'. This is a good way for people to remember your parent, along with the relationships in his or her life. Before adding these basic details, you may start off with an introductory line like 'in loving memory of' or 'rest in peace'. For people who have passed away prematurely, you may even inscribe the words 'gone too soon, but never forgotten' or similar phrases. It's important to consider your own desires, along with other close family members like your other parent, your siblings and even your children to make sure you get the initial part of the tombstone right for everyone's sake. 

Consider Size For Additional Tombstone Wording 

Depending on the size of the tombstone you choose for your parent, you may want to add a few extra words to give it a personalised feel. It could be your parent's favourite quote, a poem or something else in remembrance. If your parent has left a wish behind regarding tombstone wordings or quotes, now would be the time to give in to what they want. Think of something that would be most meaningful to your parent before settling on additional wording, but the phrase or poem you choose should fit into the size of the tombstone. 

Consider Using Images Or Symbols 

Apart from words on the tombstone, you may want to consider an image or a symbol. For example, if your recently deceased parent is being buried with your other already deceased parent, then a symbol with wedding bands might add a sentimental touch. You could even add a picture of your parent with all the children as a family. Images and symbols can add a beautiful personal touch to the grave as you say goodbye to your parent for the last time. 

When it comes to choosing inscriptions for tombstones, you may want to take the time to consider a few things to make it as meaningful as possible. 


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