Gravestones and Epitaphs

Alberta-based author Nancy Millar has wandered the country’s graveyards and says that over the past 20 years, gravestone epitaphs have begun to illustrate a trend of Canadians wanting to be more than “eternally beloved” when they “rest in peace.”

Listed here are some of the grave stone epitaphs she found during the tours which is featured in her book “The Final Word: The Book of Canadian Epitaphs.”

“This wasn’t my idea,” complains a gravestone near Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

“I’d rather be in Boston watching the Red Sox,” – A Saskatoon headstone

“I told you I was sick.” – Quite widely used

“He who dies with the most toys wins” – A cemetery near Medicine Hat, Alberta.

“All things considered, we’d rather be in Philadelphia,” – Delia, Alberta,

“It’s really hard to get a saying that works for you because you don’t want to be irreverent, because that offends the living people,” Millar said.

But sports enthusiasts – “Gone Fishing’; writers – “To be continued…”; romantics – “We’ll dance in the moonlight”; and even jokers – “I’m not here, I’m havin’ a beer”; all have their final say in cemeteries across the country.

Some Funny gravestones from around the world

The above is possibly a fake…thanks Al Thomas

Houdini Read more…

Funny Grave epitaphs

Here are some epitaphs to read and see how they are different.

Bonnie Anderson’s: “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

Robin Hood’s:

“ Here underneath this little stone Lies Robert,
Earl of Huntingdon.
No archer was as he so dood,
and people called him Robin Hood.
Such an outlaw as he, and his men,
Will England never see again.”

Some very famous people’s epitaphs are:

Alexander the Great:
“ A tomb now suffices for him,
for whom the world was not enough.”

Susan B. Anthony:“ Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality”

Emily Dickinson: “ Called Back.”

William Shakespeare:
“Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare,
To digg the dust encloased heare!
Blest be the man that spares thes stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.”

Some epitaphs are pretty funny, and some are ironic. Like Ephr Arm’Starr’s: “He died while returning from the springs for his health, 1790.” Most epitaphs don’t rhyme but some do. Margaret Bent’s epitaph rhymed and it went like this: “Here lies the body of Margaret Bent, She kicked up her heels and away she went.” Or Jonathan Blake’s, “Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake; stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.” Some epitaphs are very short and some are pretty long. Some of the people under the ground remain a mystery, but they still have epitaphs! Like this one, written for a mystery girl the cemetery called Gussie, “Here lies the body of a girl who died, nobody mourned and nobody cried. How she lived and how she fared, nobody knew and nobody cared.” Epitaphs or inscriptions like that are often used, but usually for people that were mysteries or weren’t claimed as anyone’s family, like Gussie.Here are some more epitaphs, like the ones above.
“Here lies
Ezekiel Aikle
Age 102
The Good Die Young.”

“Here lies
Johnny Yeast
Pardon me
For not rising.” {via}

3 Responses

  1. The third picture down (Ha Ha I’m chatting with God) is fake! It was created at a website called Tombstone Generator ( ). The one above it looks suspicious too, but I haven’t seen a any site to create one like that yet.

    ~ Al Thomas

  2. Yep, the one above it (HA HA I’M PUSHING UP DAISIES!!1!) is also fake. Notice the third exclamation point is a one. That’s from poor typing, not poor chiseling.

    • Actually, a lot in texting people will accidently not hold shift during the last exclamation point which then turns out to be a 1. When he says chattin with god im sure he meant in comical texting kind of way.

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