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Children’s Headstones - the most beautiful Epitaphs, Quotes and Inspiration.

Choosing a headstone or memorial for a child must be the hardest thing to do. I have collected together some beautiful epitaphs and quotes for children as well as some examples of headstones which I hope will provide some comfort and inspiration.

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Epitaph for a child

Choosing a headstone for a child or baby must be one of the most difficult things in the world. I have gathered together some beautiful and inspiring examples of epitaphs, quotes and headstones which I hope will help you. Do not be hurried into choosing the right words for a headstone and bear in mind that sometimes "less can be more".

An image can also help to convey something that cannot be put into words, and I have included a few examples of symbols you could use. Do not forget about senses such touch; often a "pebble" shaped headstone can be comforting as it is warm and inviting to touch.

children's headstone epitaph

This is one of the most beautiful child's epitaph on a headstone in Idaho:

epitaph for a child

She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten.

Though here at journey's end I lie in darkness buried deep, beyond all towers strong and high, beyond all mountains steep. Above all shadows rides the sun and stars forever dwell: I will not say the day is done, nor bid the stars farewell. (Lord of the Rings - Sam's Song)

A painter of rainbows.

God's garden has need of little flowers.

There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.

A little soul takes wings.

Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars. (E.E. Cummings)

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. (LeeAnn Taylor)

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Sleep my little one, sleep.

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. (A.A. Milne -Winnie the Pooh)

We only part to meet again.

Just whisper my name in your heart and I will be there.

And stars climbing the dew-dropping sky,
Live but to light your passing feet. (Yeats)

Come fairies, take me off this dull world for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance up the mountains. (Yeats)

The Earth, the Earth has lost a gem, Heaven has gained a star, the angels saw it shining here and called it from afar.

Little Boy Blue has gone away. ( Field)

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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:13

When the mind is silent, you can listen to your heart and remember that everything is Love and that you are that Love. ( Human Angels, from We are human angels)

So small, so sweet, so soon.

A family is a circle of love, not broken by a loss, but made stronger by the memories. We remember.

Whoever brought me here
will have to take me home. (Rumi)

Treasured memories keep you near.

Warm summer sun, shine kindly here. Warm southern wind, blow softly here. Green sod above, lie light, lie light. Good-night, dear heart, good-night, good-night.

Now I lay you down to sleep,
I pray the Lord your soul to keep;
Within his arms he'll hold you tight,
My Heavenly Angel, My Guiding Light.

Even the tiniest child leaves behind love that lasts forever.

What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us. (Helen Keller)

Those who we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever

No jewel is as perfect as the innocence of childhood.

baby headstone

Born into the arms of the angels.

Loved with a love beyond telling,
Missed with a grief beyond all tears.

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…. it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.

Snug as a bug in a rug.

Sometimes the shortest stories are the most beautiful.

Our sunshine girl/boy.

Somewhere over the rainbow.

Ours for a little while.

Our little angel.

So little, yet so loved.

I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Exodus 23:20

Turn me loose from your hands, Let me fly to distant lands, Fly away skyline pigeon fly, Towards the dreams You've left so very far behind. (Elton John)

Hush, my dear, be still and slumber; Jolly angels guard your bed. (Watts)

Let the wild rumpus start. (Maurice Sendak)

Your love will light our way.

When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun. ( Shakespeare)

Precious memories of a little angel.

Called by one who loves him dearly.

For death begins with life's first breath
And life begins at touch of death (John Oxenham)

Tread carefully here lies our world.

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever. (Tennyson)

Oh, for boyhood's time of June, crowding years into one brief moon. (Whittier)

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of Heaven belongs. Matthew 19:14

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart. (Helen Keller)

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect. (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)

God has given us memories, that we might have roses in December.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone.
I am with you still in each new dawn.
(Native American Poem)

In perfect peace.

You are my angel, my darling, my star....and my love will find you wherever you are.

Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber. Holy Angels guard thy bed. Heavenly blessings without number gently falling on thy head.

From my body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity. (Edvard Munch)

Children are an heritage of the Lord. (Psalms 127: 3)

Budded on earth to bloom in Heaven.

Sleep, my little one, sleep. (Harrington)

No longer by my side but forever in my heart.

epitaph on headstone for child

Sometimes love is for a moment.
Sometimes love is for a lifetime.
Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.

As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us. (Sascha)

The one who put gentle footprints on our hearts leaves a story worth telling.

A Life may last for just a moment....
but memory can make that moment last forever.

Even when muddy your wings sparkle bright wonders that heal broken worlds. (Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams)

Wherever I go, whatever I do, memories keep me near to you.

Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and forever dear.

Children are the keys of paradise. (R.H. Stoddard)

An angel visited the green Earth, and took a flower away.

A moment in our arms, forever in our hearts

What the heart has once owned and had, It shall never lose.

epitaph on childs headstone

Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. (From "The Old Astronomer" by Sarah Williams)

O what is life 'tis like the bow
That glisten in the sky
We love to see its colors glow
But while we look they die
Life fails as soon to day 'tis hear
To morrow it may disappear. (JaneTaylor)

Twinkle twinkle little star. (Jane Taylor)

star on headstone

Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars. (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings)

Let thy child rest in hope and rise in glory.

Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart,
your spirit lives within me,
forever in my heart.

Lord we give you our littlest angel.

Each new life... No matter how fragile or brief... Forever changes the world.

Have you not looked to the heavens and seen the new star,
It danced on the abyss of the evening sky,
The sparkle of heaven shining on high,
Its whisper echoed on the ocean's spray,
From the bow to the mast they heard him say,
"Hope is above, not found in the deep,
I am alive in your memories and dreams when you sleep,
I will greet you at sunset and with the moon's evening smile,
I will light your path home.. every last lonely mile,
My friends, have no fear, my work was done well,
In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell,
I found faith in those that I called my crew,
My love will be the compass that will see you through,
So don't look for me on the ocean's floor to find,
I've never left the weathered docks of your loving mind,
For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale's evening song,
I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone. (Shannon L. Alder)

For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale's evening song,
I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone. (Shannon L. Alder)

A life that touches others goes on forever.

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you. (AA Milne)

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. (Aristotle)

heart on a headstone

If every tear we shed for you became a star above, you'd stroll in Angels' garden lit by everlasting love.

I held you your whole life.

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Loved beyond measure.

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel's beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Children's headstone gallery

For inspiration see our gallery of children's headstones

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And now I am ready to keep running
When the sun rises beyond the borderlands of death.
I already see mountain ridges in the heavenly forest
Where, beyond every essence, a new essence awaits.
(Czeslaw Milosz)

Some people only dream of angels…
We have held one in our arms

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.

When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. (Mary Baker Eddy)

If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

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Written by

Fergus Wessel

Designer and letter-carver

Fergus created Stoneletters Studio in 2003, after training at the Kindersley Workshop. He is a member of the prestigious Master Carver's Association.