Child Headstone Inscription Ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Parents and family members may wish to decorate a child's headstone with more than just a name and date. A headstone can be a final monument to the child's life and passing, which is why it is important to select the right words and create a personalised memorial.

Verses or Epitaphs

A short verse or epitaph may be ideal to use on a child's headstone. It is often difficult to discern what type of inscription can be used on a headstone, especially for very young children who may not have developed their own unique interests. Verses and epitaphs can relate to almost any situation or any child, without becoming too generic. An example of a fitting epitaph inscription could be "Sleep, my little one, sleep," (a short lullaby by an anonymous author), or a short verse could be inscribed such as, "A light is gone; a voice is stilled; there is a place in our home; never to be filled."

Alternative Names

Children who had nicknames, either from friends of family, could have their nickname inscribed along with their own name to give the headstone a personalised feel. Nicknames can often describe an individual better than a poem, verse or quote in some cases. To include an alternative name into a headstone the inscription could read, "Known to the world as..." after their full name.


Famous quotes can often speak volumes when it is hard to find the right words to inscribe onto a headstone. Bible versus, famous authors or philosophers may have said something at one point that describes the child and everyone's feelings towards them. Quotes that would suite a child's headstone could be; "To live in the hearts of those we love is never to die," (Harold Robbins), "All that live must die, passing through nature to eternity," (William Shakespeare) or "And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying," (Christina Rossetti).

Nursery Rhymes

Many children will have their own favourite nursery rhyme. These simple rhymes can be adapted to use on a headstone, expressing the feelings of parents and a touch of the child's own interests. Rhymes can be altered slightly to display a short message or simply kept in an original, shortened format to give an impression of the child's personality.

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Victoria Gorski has been a freelance copywriter since 2005, producing articles for small businesses, newspapers and magazines, as well as creating marketing material. She also publishes material for literacy communities and regional newspapers, such as the "MEN" and "Bolton News." Gorski is pursuing a Master of Arts in creative writing and a postgraduate certificate in education.