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Short Memorial Quotes

Finding the right words to perfectly commemorate a lost loved one can be extremely difficult. Even if you are skilled with words, it is so hard to do a person’s memory justice, and to sum up a whole life in just a short inscription can feel like another pressure among the many that come with the departure of someone close to you.

In the modern world inscriptions can come in all forms. Whether you’re honouring the memory of your loved one with a traditional headstone, laying them to rest in a crypt, writing an epitaph for a plaque in a columbarium or even a park bench, a moving inscription will not only help you to celebrate the relationship you had with the departed, but it will also convey that relationship in a meaningful way to others.

The inscription on your loved one’s memorial will be there for many years – perhaps until long after you have passed away. It is therefore vital to choose the perfect message that will keep their memory alive throughout the decades.

It can be helpful to look for sources of inspiration when composing a memorial inscription. Here is a list of short memorial quotes for loved ones to inspire you and to help you make that all important decision.


Headstone Epitaphs for both Parents

Shared graves and memorials are a beautiful way to commemorate an everlasting love. If you are laying both of your parents to rest in the same spot, choosing a memorial inscription that will reflect both their individual personalities and celebrate their relationship is important. 

If you are writing headstone epitaphs for parents on a shared grave, one good way of doing this is to follow both of their inscriptions with a second, joint inscription that commemorates them both. If on the other hand your parents are buried in the same spot, but have separate headstones, you could have a similar design or two complementary inscriptions etched onto them.

Here are some examples of headstone inscriptions for both parents:

  • Beloved by all who knew them
  • Ours is love everlasting
  • Death cannot part them
  • Missed by all
  • Safely home
  • Forever together, Mum & Dad
  • Life is not forever – love is
  • Until we meet again
  • Always together, never apart, joined as one heart
  • Gone but not forgotten
  • Goodnight and God bless you
  • I love you
  • Married [insert number of years here]
  • Treasured memories of our dear parents

Memorial Quotes for Fathers

Here are some examples of headstone epitaphs to commemorate your dad:

  • Our loving father
  • Beloved father
  • Devoted father
  • In loving memory of [insert name here]
  • Beloved by all who knew him
  • Gone but not forgotten

Headstone Sayings for Mothers

Here is a list of examples of gravestone inscriptions to honour the memory of your mother:

  • Our loving mother
  • Beloved mother
  • Devoted mother
  • In loving memory of [insert name here]
  • Beloved by all who knew her
  • Gone but not forgotten

Sister Memorial Quotes

Here are some sister memorial quotes for your sister’s headstone:

  • Beloved sister
  • In loving memory of our sister [insert name here]
  • Rest in peace
  • Our loving sister
  • Your memory lives on
  • Missed forever  
  • Farewell

Memorial Quotes for Brothers

Consider using one of these memorial quotes for your brother:  

  • My dearest brother
  • Farewell
  • Beloved brother
  • Our loving brother
  • In loving memory of our brother [insert name here]
  • Your memory lives on
  • Rest in peace
  • Missed forever