Some tombstones are inscribed with an epitaph. Epitaphs are usually insightful and/or clever. They may tell something about the deceased or provide philosophical insights about life and death.
Some of my favorite epitaphs:
Remember me as you pass by.
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, so must you be.
Prepare for death and follow me.
[Baptist Cemetery, Noble Co, IN]
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.
She always said her feet were killing her, but nobody believed her.
[Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia]
Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising.
[Ruidoso, New Mexico]
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, age 102. The good die young.
[East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia]
Here lies Ann Mann, who lived an old maid but died an old Mann.
[London, England, Dec. 8, 1767]
Here lies an Atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.
Epitaph of Jack Dempsey:
A Gentle Man and a Gentleman.
Some years ago one of my patients gave me this photo of a tombstone that has an interesting and unusual inscription beneath her vital information. The tombstone is located in Wright Cemetery, Shelby County, Ohio:
Wife of John Stoner
Born Oct. 18, 1822
Died Aug. 23, 1901
Age 79 years
“This stone was bought by her son W. H. Stoner and paid for by him after his sister squandered all her mother’s money.”
Written in stone for all time…