Memorial plaque words

Updated April 17, 2017

Memorial plaques are a popular way to remember and commemorate a loved one who has passed away. Plaques are usually placed where the person is buried, where their ashes or scattered, or in a place that reminds loved ones of them. It is important to get the wording right. Think about how big you want the plaque to be in terms of what you want on the plaque, such phrases from a poem or a few personal words.

Formal Wording

Some people believe that choosing traditional and formal wording for a loved one's plaque is bland, thoughtless and not unique. However, others believe that simple and classic wording creates an elegant memorial for the deceased. There are many examples of these simple, yet classic lines. Some examples are: "Rest in peace," "Beloved Son" (or Daughter, Mother or Father), "In loving memory of," "Here is Buried," and "Always in our hearts." If the inscription starts like this, then you could include your own personal message. The decision is completely up to the family and what they believe to be suitable.

Personal Wording

Many people choose to stay away from traditional wording and focus on a personal message. This can include the deceased's nickname or a name commonly used by family and friends. It could also include personal words such as "You live in our Hearts Forever," "Sleep Well" or "Safe with the Angels." You could then include: "With Love," and then all of the names of family members.

Wording from Favorite or Famous Quotes

If the deceased had a favourite quote or once said something that all the family remember, this could be included on a memorial plaque. For example, somebody who was very interested in music may have had a favourite quote from a musician; alternatively, if they were very interested in soccer, there may be a famous quote from a player they loved.

Wording from Poetry

Some families prefer to have a favourite poem as their chosen wording on a memorial stone. This could either be a poem the deceased wrote or one of his or her favourites. Popular choices are classic poems by Shakespeare, Dickinson or Wordsworth. Another traditional poem to include on a memorial stone is written by Henry Scott Holland and starts with, "Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still."

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About the Author

Katie Wilson has been a writer since 2006. She has worked at publications including "The Big Issue in the North," "The Lancashire Evening Post," "GT Magazine," "Beautiful Magazine" and many more. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Manchester and is pursuing a Master of Arts in journalism at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.