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What do you write on a headstone?

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Headstones commonly appear above graves. In most cases, a headstone includes general information including the deceased’s name, birth date and/or year, death date and/or year and a comment or verse about the dearly departed.

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The verse or comment is usually the family’s or loved ones’ way of highlighting the life of the deceased.

When deciding what inscription should appear on a headstone, one should think about the life and personality of the deceased. This should help a survivor decide what kind of dedication or description is most appropriate. Headstone inscriptions often include life memories, personal quotes, Bible scriptures or poetry.

Life references usually refer to a specific role or duty the person held in life. For example, “Here lies a beloved mother” or “Here lies a teacher and lover of learning." Quotes can either be a reminder for loved ones of the deceased or a quote the deceased often employed directly. For example, “Live like you’re dying.” If the deceased or his family is religious, then a Bible scripture such as "Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.", John 3:15, may appear. Poetry can also provide a beautiful way to commemorate the life of a loved one.

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