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What do you put on a mother's or wife's headstone?

Posted 07/12/20 in The Headstone Guide

Choosing the wording for a mother or wife may be daunting- for how can any words express the love and kindness they gave to their family. I have collected a selection of epitaphs and poems that might help you choose a suitable headstone inscription for your mother, wife, or daughter.

Sometimes “less is more” and just including a simple inscription such as “So Loved” can say everything. You might also like to choose a beautiful carving such as a flower or bird.

For a much more comprehensive list of epitaphs also see this list of headstone quotes.

So she took his hand in the summer sun and they walked in fields of gold.

I come into the peace of things.

The light of your love is shining.

Faithful and courageous.

Most loving most beloved.

She was beauty, grace and kindness and will not be forgotten.

Constant of faith generous of heart.

Dance to the beat of the tune you hear however measured or far away.

She walks in beauty. Lord Byron

Anima Naturaliter Christiana (A Naturally Christian Soul)

When love is eternal life cannot die.

A brilliant life has gone from our lives.

Spirited, caring and beautiful.

She sowed courtesy and reaped friendship
She planted kindness and gathered love

You have given us wings to fly.

Bring me sunshine.

There is not in this wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet. Thomas Moore

The heart of the family.

Waft her, angels through the skies.

Life seems more sweet that thou dids’t live.

In every breeze.

She did kind things kindly.

Her light shines on in those she loved.

She was bubbles in the champagne of life.

Precious diamond.

Your ready smile brightened our days.

All the day I held the memory of you and wove its laughter with the dancing light o’ the spray.

Ageless beauty running wild
Your love surrounds us in the wind
Flying high with the birds
Belonging to the universe

Sapientiaque astra reluxit (and her brilliance lit up the stars)

May the Lord bless her and keep her.

Your love will light our way.

Rest gently, gently rest.

Generosity, grace and spirit.

Generosity of spirit.

A radiant life of love and kindness.

Bring me sunshine.

But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

In thankfulness that she was.


She gave boundlessly, stood for what is right, and is loved beyond measure.

So loved.

And so when I remember you I think of all things rich and true.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands
I will find out where she has gone
And kiss her lips and take her hands. WB Yeats

All the day I held the memory of you and wove its laughter with the dancing light o’ the spray.