83 Touching Headstone Quotes: More Than Just a Plain Epitaph

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When somebody loved leaves this world, all that remains will be their memory. Firstly, there will be lots of sadness. But then, things will start looking brighter as you realize the joy they’ve brought to your life. In order to honor that, I found these touching headstone quotes that I decided to share with you.

Some of them will be short, others slightly longer. Don’t despair though, because all of them are equally meaningful. Read through them all, and feel free to write down any of the quotes that resonate deeply within you.

Also, keep in mind that death is not the ending. Yes, the unbearable sadness will be painful at first, but the memory and the actions of a loved one will live on in the hearts of the ones who were left behind.

83 Headstone Quotes That Might Make Grief More Bearable

Moving Headstone Quotes That Denote Beauty

#1. “A beautiful face will age and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul.” ― Sarina Damen

#2. “A life of beauty and wisdom.”

#3. “A beautiful life came to an end, she died as she lived, everyone’s friend.”

#4. “An angel, in the Book of Life, wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as he closed the book, too beautiful for Earth.” ― Patricia Larson

#5. “A beautiful soul.”

#6. ”Down they go the tender, the beautiful, the kind.” ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

#7. “Fly high, beautiful butterfly.”

#8. “For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains; your precious memory shall always be alive in my heart.”

#9. “Life of beauty, goodness and love.”

#10. “Ageless beauty, running wild.”

Empowering Headstone Quotes That Commemorate Soldiers’ Duty and Honor

#11. “For Glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” ― Joseph Drake

#12. “Died on the field of battle, twas noble thus to die, God smiles on valiant soldiers, his record is on high.”

#13. “Duty, honor, country, well done, be thou at peace.”

#14. “A day of duty done, a day of rest begun.”

#15. “Faith, Hope and Courage.”

#16. “His courage, his smile, his grace gladdened the hearts of those who have had the privilege of loving him.”

#17. “His was a man’s courage.”

#18. “Kindness, strength and courage were his badge.”

#19. “He gave his life for his country.”

Funny and Unconventional Headstone Quotes

#20. “I told you I was sick.”

#21. “I’d rather be [insert hobby].”

#22. “It’s ok, we had a good time.”

#23. “Just neighborly folk.”

#24. “Return to sender.”

#25. “Haunted.”

#26. “I’m done.”

#27. “This sucks.”

#28. “Oh well whatever.”

#29. “I’ll be back.”

#30. “I was hoping for a pyramid…”

#31. “That’s all, folks!” ― Porky Pig, Looney Tunes

#32. “I came here without being consulted and I leave without my consent.”

#33. “Gardening in Heaven.”

#34. “Gone fishing.”

Headstone Quotes Which Denote Love of Life

#35. “Oh how beautiful was life to me.”

#36. “She filled every second of her life with laughter, love and happiness.”

#37. “So live, that sinking to thy life’s last sleep, calm thou may’st smile, whilst all around thee weep.” ― Sir William Jones

#38. “Sometimes love is a moment, sometimes love is a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime.”

#39. “The acts of this life are the destiny of the next.” ― Eastern Proverb

#40. “The Kindness of a beautiful life well lived from start to close, lives on in cherished memory.”

#41. “The record of a generous life runs like a vine around the memory of our dead, and every sweet unselfish act is now a perfumed flower.” ― Robert Green Ingersoll

#42. “Though life’s valley be a vale of tears, A brighter scene beyond that vale appears.” ― William Cowper

#43. “We lived life to the fullest with no regrets.”

#44. “Too good in life, to be forgotten in death.”

#45. “What a wonderful life!”

#46. “Your life devoted to the happiness of others.”

Heartwarming Headstone Quotes That Show Pure Love

#47. “Mystery of life and death bow down to the mystery of love.”

#48. “Speak your love still once again.” ― Edward Clinton

#49. “No one spread more love in one lifetime.”

#50. “Life is not forever. Love is.”

#51. “Till memory fades and life departs, you will live forever in our hearts.”

#52. “A life of giving through love, thought and deed.”

#53. “A loved one sleeping, gone but not forgotten.”

#54. “Abiding love never dies.”

#55. “Always loving, always loved.”

#56. “An honest man, beloved in life, and regretted in death by all.”

#57. “And we remember you with love in our hearts.”

#58. “As long as I live you will live. As long as I live you will be remembered. As long as I live you will be loved.”

#59. “Because someone we love is in heaven, we feel heaven in our home.”

#60. “Lost now but loved forever.”

#61. “Her works were kindness; her deeds were love.”

#62. “Love is not changed by death And nothing is lost And all in the end is harvest.” ― Edith Sitwell

Spiritual Headstone Quotes

#63. “God gives us love. Something to love He lends us.” ― Tennyson

#64. “Safe in the arms of Jesus.”

#65. “One of God’s good men.”

#66. “Closed are the sweetest eyes from this world of pain, but trust in God to meet again.”

#67. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ― John 3:16

#68. ”God called him (her) from among us to a home of eternal rest.”

#69. “God has called this man home to heaven.”

#70. “God’s finger touched him and he slept.”

#71. “He did more than exist. He lived, and he died as he lived, trusting God.”

#72. “He lived justly, loved mercy and walked humbly with his God.” ― Micah 6:8

#73. “He was a faithful man who feared God.”

#74. “He was beloved by God and man.”

#75. “In God’s care.”

The Most Touching Verses to Use As Headstone Quotes

#76. “Softly the leaves of memory fall,
Gently I gather and treasure them all.
Unseen, unheard,
You are always near,
So missed, so loved, so very dear.” ― Colin Godon-Farleigh, Softly

#77. “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.” ― Horatio Spafford, It Is Well With My Soul

#78. “Life’s race well run,
Life’s work well done,
Life’s victory won,
Now cometh rest.” ― Dr. Edward Hazen Parker, Funeral Ode on President Garfield

#79. “Loved with a love beyond telling,
Missed with a grief beyond all tears.”

#80. “A kind and gentle man
Remembered with love
For the person he was
And the good that he did.”

#81. “Even as the sun goes down,
To end the light of day,
It’s rising on a new horizon,
Somewhere far away.”

#82. “Be still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.” ― Nicholas Evan, The Smoke Jumper

#83. “Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.” ― Rumi

In Conclusion: Choose Memorable Words to Honor Life

The parting words of somebody dear remain for as long as the deceased’s loved ones live. But the epitaphs left to commemorate their lives will forever be engraved in stone (literally).

So, I hope this list of touching headstone quotes was useful to you. Feel free to come back and re-check it every time you want to. Just remember ― no matter what quotes you choose, the deepest, most sincere words always come from the heart!