Advice on choosing an Epitaph
1. "Less is more" - Epitaphs are usually short and consice. Even if you use the whole reverse of a headstone you will be limited to a few lines. They are a chance to sum up a person's life in just a few words, to give it shape and express real emotion.
2. Epitaphs often convey a strong feeling. Hoever the best epitaphs are timeless and not overly sentimental, and for this reason I always advice waiting at least a year before choosing so that emotions have time to settle and you don't later regret your choice.
3. Often someone is speaking in the first person. You might want to think about whose voice you want this to be.
4. Consider whether you want the epitaph to speak directly to someone. This may be a passerby or the loved one themselves.
5. Take inspiration from literature, lyrics, and poems.
Short openings and endings
Beloved, Dearly Beloved, Adored, Into the Sunshine, Remembered with Love
With a greather thing to do, Peace perfect peace, So loved, Always together, Dance on, Rest in Peace, In God's care, An inspiration to all