Things To Write on a Headstone

Funerals are (understandably) sad times, where we mourn the loss of a loved one. Even at the saddest times, it’s possible to find a small glimmer of humour within this list of creative things to have engraved on a headstone.


"He/she said he was ill" 

This is perfect for that one person who always used to act like it was the end of the world every time they got a cold.


A line from their favourite movie 

Their favourite movie will play a big part in the humour here. Some may be funny, while others slightly freaky and other lines could be poignant. Here are some suggestions. Bonus points if you guess the movie...



- "Here’s looking at you, kid"


- "Go ahead, make my day"


- "Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore"


- "You talking to me?"


- "I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore"


- "Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?"


- "After all, tomorrow is another day"


- "I see dead people"


- "I’ll be back"


- "Mama said life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re going to get"


- "If I had known, I’d have eaten that last biscuit"




Biscuit can be replaced by your loved one’s favourite food item. In this day and age of constant dieting for some people, many people would choose to throw the diet out of the window if they knew their time was almost up.


"I’ll never tell you where I hid the remote"

Similarly to the above, this can be changed to suit the person and the one item they always had a habit of keeping to themselves, or hiding from others.


A favourite recipe

If your loved one had a favourite recipe that everyone used to enjoy, why not share it with the world or at least with anyone passing through the cemetery? In a way, it’s a nice tribute too and keeps part of them alive, even if you will never know who sees it and tries the recipes for themselves.


A Ouija board


While this may be unsuitable in most cases, if your loved one had a particular fondness for the occult, it may suit their memory rather well. It could lead to problems if someone takes offence, though.


An acrostic poem

Although best suited to a poetry lover, this works almost as well for a thoughtful poem, with an added message spelt out using the first letter of each line.


"It’s dark down here"


Suitable if those left behind aren’t particularly religious and can laugh at the idea of hell, believing it doesn’t exist.


A favourite book quote


This is perfect if your loved one was an avid reader, particularly if the quote reminds you of them in some way. Here are some examples.




"But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing." - (The House at Pooh Corner, A.A Miles)


"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known." - (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)


"But that is the beginning of a new story - the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended." - (Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky)


"A LAST NOTE FROM YOUR NARRATOR. I am haunted by humans." - (The Book Thief, Markus Zusak)


"He reached the top of the bank in a single, powerful leap. Hazel followed; and together they slipped away, running easily down through the wood, where the first primroses were beginning to bloom." - (Watership Down, Richard Adams)


Words the person always said


These may make you laugh and will make little sense to anyone else, but the engraving is personal for the friends and family left behind. Having something engraved that will bring a small smile to your face, when you visit the grave, is about making this difficult time more bearable.


A Loving Tribute specialises in funeral stationery, helping you make the most of the memories your loved one created. Speak to us today so we can help you craft the best way to eternalise their memory through words.


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