What Should I Write on a Cemetery Marker for a Mother?

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If you’ve recently lost your mother or grandmother, the last thing you might want to do is pick her cemetery marker and decide exactly what to put on it. This detail, though, is important, and others will find comfort in a thoughtful gravestone saying. Consider using phrases that focus on her accomplishments and good qualities. You could also use Bible verses—a popular choice—or offer simple words of comfort.

1 Focus on Accomplishments

To honor a mother, go beyond the traditional Rest in Peace phrase and put a meaningful phrase on her tombstone, along with her birth and death date. You can honor her accomplishments or focus on positive aspects of her character. You could use any of the following examples from Everlife Memorials to demonstrate her character:

She did more than exist, she lived. She did more than listen, she understood A loving mother, forever in our hearts. Goodbye to a wonderful mother. She never took no for an answer and pushed ahead when others paused.

Was your mother a doctor or teacher? If she enjoyed her vocation, consider focusing on that on her tombstone.

2 Religious Considerations

According to Everlife Memorials, Bible verses are among the most popular sayings to put on a tombstone. If your mother was religious, consider putting her favorite Scripture verse on her tombstone. Even if she wasn’t, you might find comfort from particular sayings. Consider using a verse that emphasizes her role as a mother:

Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations. Psalm 102:24 I have fought the good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

If your mother believed in a heaven or afterlife, offer hope and comfort to her family with an encouraging verse:

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life. John 3:16

Encourage your mother’s friends and relatives in their time of mourning with an uplifting verse that focuses on God’s will:

All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28 Not thy will, but thine be done. Luke 22:42

If your mother uses another holy book, choose meaningful passages from that book with which to honor and remember her.

3 Words of Comfort

In addition to Bible verses and accomplishments or positive personality traits, you could offer comforting phrases. Consider the following ideas from Big Sky Monuments:

Too well treasured to ever be forgotten. Forever in our hearts. In loving memory of. Until we meet again.

Katie Tonarely started writing professionally in 2008. Her work appears in the Springfield "News-Leader" and she provides consumer-related content for various websites. Tonarely received a Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in journalism from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.