How to Word Memorial Plaques

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How to Word Memorial Plaques
A memorial plaque can be a fitting and lasting tribute to individuals who have died. (garcia_lorca-07 image by Paco Ayala from

A memorial plaque for someone who has died is a lasting tribute that celebrates their life. Usually etched in stone or metal, these plaques are timeless, which makes getting the wording right essential. A fitting memorial plaque tribute combines basic information with a short and meaningful block of text that sums up the individual being commemorated, all while using language that is appropriately respectful to the individual.

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  1. 1

    Lead with reverent phrases such as "In Loving Memory Of" or "Dedicated to the Memory Of."

  2. 2

    Follow the initial phrase with the person's full name and nickname, if they had one.

  3. 3

    Write the person's lifespan next, either with the years of their birth and death, or the full date and year or their birth and death.

  4. 4

    Decide upon a personal message to follow. Convene with friends and family and choose a quote, mantra or unique fact about the person that would be a fitting tribute to the way he or she lived life. A finished example may read: "In Loving Memory of Bill "Boggy" Smith. 1954 to 2000. 'Gone But Not Forgotten.'"

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