When thinking about mortality, it’s natural to consider the legacy you want to leave behind. The message you share with others in your passing is an epitaph of your life, a quote you always lived by, or some identifier. These messages on your headstone encapsulate your beliefs, values, and legacy in a few poignant words. Here are three tips to help you craft the perfect epitaph for yourself.
Most people don’t know what to put on epitaphs. If you’ve ever been in a cemetery, you know about all the possibilities. Epitaph writing shouldn’t be hard, but it can be if you let it.
Some of the most powerful messages are short and sweet, capturing the essence of who we are as individuals. Consider using a phrase representing your life, such as “Beloved Teacher” or “Devoted Friend.” Alternatively, choose a quote that resonates with you and reflects your philosophy.
How do you want to be remembered? Your epitaph is an opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the world, so use it wisely. Think about how you have made a difference in other people’s lives and what kind of impact you want on future generations.
For example, if you were a passionate advocate for social justice, you might choose an epitaph to reflect that, such as “Champion of Equality.” Such messages cradle a story of a life well-lived. Where did your story make the most impact? That’s the question to ponder as you write your epitaph.
As a writer considers their audience, you must do the same. Anyone reading your epitaph should learn something about your life. It’s best to stay away from crude language, suggestive titles, and hate speech in order for passersby to perceive your message positively.
Consider who will visit your gravesite and what message you want to convey. If you have a close-knit family, you might want to focus on your role as a parent or grandparent. On the other hand, if you were known for your sense of humor, you could use your epitaph to make people smile.
Writing your own epitaph may seem morbid, but it can be a meaningful way to reflect on your life and the legacy you want to leave behind. Remember these tips for writing the perfect epitaph for yourself; you’ll create a lasting message that genuinely represents you. Start thinking about your epitaph today, and contact Honor You for help honoring your life’s work and legacy. We’re pleased to offer casket panel inserts featuring your image and your epitaph if you desire. Our services can make planning the final touches much easier.