"If there is another world, he lives in bliss If not another, he made the most of this"

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

"No pain, no grief, no anxious fear can reach our loved one sleeping here."

"He longest lives who most to others gives, himself forgetting"

Some interesting facts about epitaphs

Strictly, an epitaph is an inscription on a tomb and, by extension, a statement (usually in verse) commemorating the dead. The earliest such inscriptions are those found on Egyptian sarcophagi. In England epitaphs did not begin to assume a literary character until the time of Elizabeth I. Ben Jonson, John Milton, Alexander Pope, and Samuel Johnson were considered masters of the art. The epitaph on Ben Jonson’s own tomb in Westminster Abbey was splendidly brief: “O rare Ben Jonson!” Epitaphs are often humorous. It is not known whether the epitaph printed below is amusing by design or by accident: Here lie I Martin Elginbrodde: Have mercy on my soul, Lord God, As I wad do, were I Lord God, And ye were Martin Elginbrodde.”

In Greek, epi-taphios “at, over-tomb” (literally: “on the gravestone”) is a short text honouring a deceased person, strictly speaking that inscribed on their tombstone or plaque, but also used figuratively. Some are specified by the dead person beforehand, others chosen by those responsible for the burial. An epitaph may be in verse; poets have been known to compose their own epitaphs prior to their death, as W.B. Yeats and Dorothy Parker did.

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