Headstone Inscriptions


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Knowing what to write when it comes to headstone inscriptions can be a difficult task. However when it comes to commemorating your loved one, at Alberti Lupton & Co we have over one hundred years experience of helping bereaved families choose the right words.

Summing up in just a few short words how much joy your loved one brought to your life each day is difficult. Once they are chosen though, you will have a fitting memorial that lets future generations know how much the dearly departed was loved.

 To help you with this task we have created this advice guide to headstone inscriptions. If you are still stuck for words, please feel free to call us on 0161 681 1272. A member of our compassionate staff will be more than happy to help you. We can assist with memorial inscriptions in all cemeteries operated by Manchester City Council as well as accross Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.

 There are a number of things to consider when choosing an inscription for a headstone. You need to take into account the  size of lettering, the style and language, as well as leaving room for future loved one’s inscriptions if there is more space in the burial plot. The type of memorial is also a factor. Certain style headstones, such as heart shaped ones, do not leave as much room for lettering as the ogee shape. 

 Our staff have many years of experience. Our state of the art equipment allows us to craft intricate gravestone inscriptions with many different types of engraving and font. We are not limited to the English language and the Latin alphabet. Over the years we have crafted many gravestone inscriptions in languages and alphabets such as Cyrillic, Chinese and Hebrew.

 Typical inscriptions usually include the name of the dearly departed, their date of birth and death, accompanied by an epitaph or saying. These inscriptions or epitaphs often give a background to the type of person the loved one was.

 Here are some example inscriptions that could help you choose the most fitting headstone inscription for your loved one.


Headstone Inscription for a beloved family man

Treasured memories of (headline)

 My dear husband (relationships)


A much loved Father and Grandad (relationships)

 Called to rest 23RD NOV. 1993 (dates)

aged 79 years

 Gone from our hearts (epitaphs)

but not from our home

Headstone Inscription for a devout lady

Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for the Soul of (Prayers)


 A beloved wife and grandmother (relationships)

 Who fell asleep 12th June 2011 aged 83 years (dates)

 A smile for all a heart of gold (verses)

The very best this world could hold

Never selfish always kind

This is the memory you left behind

Headstone Inscription for a child

Remembering a tiny angel (headline)


 A tiny flower lent not given(verse)

To bud on earth and bloom in heaven

 Beloved first child of (relationship)

John and Mary Smith

 Who fell asleep 9th June 1947 (Date)

Simple headstone Inscription can be used when space on the headstone is sparse.

In Loving Memory Of (headline)


Died 1st July 2012(Date)

Aged 65 Years