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Advice on How to Choose an Epitaph

The most difficult time in a person’s life concerns the death of a family member or friend. It may be experienced on numerous occasions during their lifetime but this doesn’t make the loss any easier. However, dealing effectively and positively with grief caused by these types of losses is essential to the recovery process. The most burdensome part of the whole mourning process may be preparing for a funeral service. Once a loved one has been put to rest the final step of the process is choosing a tombstone or grave marker to identify the grave.

The choice of a stone for the grave is also an opportunity to commemorate a loved one with a significant inscription. An epitaph can highlight personality traits or accomplishments in life, and is a meaningful way to give respect to the deceased. Often times people choose to write an epitaph using a piece of prose, a bible verse, or accomplishments. The purpose of an epitaph is to praise the virtues of your deceased loved one.

Below is advice on how to choose an epitaph:

  • Less is more—on a monument or headstone you will be limited to a few lines. It is important to be concise when trying to sum up a person’s life.
  • Choose wisely—the best epitaphs are timeless and not overly sentimental. It is best to choose an epitaph when emotions have settled down, so you can think clearly.
  • Pick a voice—often, someone is speaking in first person (a relative, a friend; the deceased).
  • Who does it speak to—consider whether you want the epitaph to speak directly to someone, maybe a passerby or the loved one him/herself.

Epitaphs allow us to remember our loved ones in a way we never thought possible. A few sentimental words that describe how a person lived his/her life can give us the strength and courage to move on.

If someone close to you has passed away and you are looking for a monument, come to Polchinski Memorials, Inc. The professionals on our team are sensitive and skilled in working with families who need expert assistance during this difficult purchase. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust and serve your needs.


Monument Inscription Ideas in Westchester, NY

Losing a loved one is a devastating moment. After their death, you can design a beautiful and unique memorial, mausoleum, monument or headstone in Westchester, NY for them.

Polchinski Memorials, Inc., an Independent Authorized Rock of Ages retailer, established in 1883, is a premiere monument and memorial company located in the Westchester area in Hawthorne, NY. Polchinski Memorials has been helping families create highly personalized family memorials, monuments, headstones and mausoleums that are a true reflection of a life well lived.

Once you have decided on the design of the monument, the next task is what you want to inscribe on that monument. It is common to write the name, birth and death date along with Rest in Peace. You can write anything that honors your loved one. These phrases or epitaphs are the final word in any burial and a reflection of one’s personality traits or accomplishments in life.

Inscription is the most difficult task. If you have some idea about what to write, then we can definitely help you. If you are at a loss for words, then we can help you decide what to write.

The following are some ideas for lines or phrases you can include on your loved one’s memorial and monument in Westchester, NY:

Bible Verses: Bible verses are among the most popular sayings to put on a tombstone. For example:

“ ‘Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations.’ (Psalm 102:24)”

“ ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.’ (Philippians 1:3”

There are many bible verses you can pick from that can comfort the mourners for years to come. We, at Polchinski Memorials can help you select the best verse.

Accomplishments: People, who have notable achievements and accomplishments in their life, would like to be remembered by that. Soldiers in famous battles, civil right activists and many others definitely deserve to be remembered by their noble act. You can proudly put it on their gravestone.

Poems: You can write the deceased favorite poems or lines or his/her own last words that reflect his or her philosophy. This type of personalised inscription is very unique and thoughtful in its own way. Poetry and meaningful song lyrics are often deeply personal reflections of someone’s heart.

Humorous: If the deceased had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed making people laugh, then what could be better than a humorous tribute.

With Polchinski Memorial’s Hawthorne location in Central Westchester County and strong affiliation with our community, we have been privileged to design and build monuments and mausoleums in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven, Kensico Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Calvary, Sharon Gardens as well as many of the cemeteries in Westchester and the tri-state area.