"I Did It My Way"

Gone fishing.

Camping with Jesus

Returned to sender

Dad's motto, "The devil made me do it", we loved him anyway.

So many men, so little time!

So many women, so little time!

Don't tell me where to park.

The shell is here but the nut is gone.

She walked in beauty.

Of generous heart…and of beautiful spirit

As always, right beside my cowboy.

The saddened hearts were healed, in knowing the pain of life is over and the beauty of the soul revealed.

Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds dear.

The hours part us, but they bring us together again.

Hopeful hearts will find forever roses underneath the snow.

Till we shall meet and never part.

There is a garden in her face where the roses and lilacs blow.

Together again, forever.

Love you to the stars!

We meet each day in our garden of memories.

It's not where you go in life, it's who you have beside you.

We lived together in happiness, we rest together in peace.

Just whisper my name in your heart and I will be there.

I'll hold you in my heart until I can hold you in my arms.

Tears are often a telescope by which men see far into heaven.

A life of beauty and service.

He saw beauty and painted it with a master's hand.

Lord, thank you for a beautiful life.

Where faith is…there is no loss where love is…there is no separation.

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Death is a golden key that opens the palace of eternity.

The Cross leads generations on.

A day of duty done, a day of rest begun!

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

Bone of my bones.

All things change…but God remains.

An angel visited the green earth, and took a flower away.

My dear, be still and slumber; jolly angels guard your bed.

Our little me has gone home to be an angel, a chosen bud in the Master's bouquet.

Death is not a foe, but an inevitable adventure!

Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.

The record shows I took the blows, I faced it all and I stood tall, I did it my way!

Life is too short not to have a little umbrella in your drink!

"Don’t cry because it's over, smile because it happened."  - Dr. Seuss

"I see trees of green…red roses too…I see them bloom…for me and for you"    

She made our nest the best!

Glad you stopped by.

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven in the lives of others.

We dropped our tears in the ocean, the day you find them is the day we'll stop missing you.

Despite his claims, was not immortal.

Anything but ordinary.

A spoiler of dogs.

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much."

Lived her/his years with grace, charm and spirit.

Your love will never be forgotten.

As a family we are never apart, loving memories keep you alive in our hearts.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure

Life's work well done.

A life of deeds, not of years

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

A life of beauty, goodness and love.

Your words were kindenss, your deeds were love

Your devotion to your family is our blessing

We are better, having known you.

A life full of years with understanding

Beloved mother, you will rise a beautiful star in paradise.

She added to the art of living

She gave her heart to her family

She graced her years with courage, strength and truth.

Always loving, always loved.

He graced his years with courgae, strngth and truth

His courage, his smile, his grace gladdened the hearts of those who have the privilege of loving him

Your patient courage is a beloved memory

He gave his heart to his family

A loving father, tender and kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind

A little soul takes wings

Awaiting the touch of a little hand, and the smile of a little face

Budded on earth to bloom in heaven

A mother's love, like the sun, cannot go out

Go lovely rose that lived its little hour

Precious memories of a little angel

To be a child is to know the fun of living, to have a child is to know the beauty of life

How Will You be Remembered? A Guide to Epitaphs

The process of deciding what to put on your own memorial can be both difficult and odd. Difficult because we are all complicated creatures, so it's hard to think of one phrase, quote, or saying to capture the entirety of one's life. Odd because you’re still alive, so thinking about your memorial can feel more than a little weird. 

Because of this, in this post, we'll focus on two things:

  1. How to decide what to put on your memorial and
  2. That deciding what to put on your memorial while you’re still alive actually has its benefits--not only for your loved ones in the future, but also for you now.

First, what to say?

Obviously, there are many different ways to answer this question, but one helpful way might be to consider what's at your center, your core. What are you living for? What drives you to be the person you are? What drives you to be the person you want to be? What gets you up in the morning? What keeps you up at night?

For some of you, this might be your religious faith. For others, it's your family. Or it could be the natural world, your country, your career, or anything else, really. Whatever it is for you, consider including something about that on your epitaph. At the end of the day, you want to be remembered for who you are at your center--and this is one way to help make sure that happens.

Second, why is deciding this now actually helpful?

Obviously, there's the benefit to your loved ones, who won't be left in the dark on how you want to be remembered. During an emotional and stressful time for them, you'll give them one less thing to worry about.

But there's also a benefit to you now. What might that be?

Too often, we can let ourselves get consumed by the "daily grind"--waking up, eating, working, eating, working, eating, relaxing, and falling asleep, only to do it all again the next day. When we get consumed by all of this, we can easily lose sight of the things we care about most. So, taking an hour or two to think through what's at our center and what drives us can actually help remind us who we are and how we should be living differently. This might lead to some important changes in your life now.

We all deserved to be remembered rightly, so start the process for yourself today!