Headstones Kildare: What to Write on a Headstone

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Headstones Kildare

In Kildare or any different parts of Ireland, choosing the right headstone is an emotional journey and a very personal experience, especially when commemorating a loved one’s life. While a well-designed headstone is significant for a lasting tribute, it is the accompanying words that truly capture the essence of your loved one. When the weight of loss is heavy, finding the right words to immortalise a loved one’s memory on a headstone can be both a solemn responsibility and a heartfelt challenge.

In this guide, we extend a compassionate hand to those navigating this delicate path. We at McKeon Memorials, a local headstone maker in Kildare will delve into headstone inscriptions providing you with different types of engraving, and the basic details you’ll need to include in your loved one’s inscription.

Let’s start.

What to Write on a Headstone

When selecting a memorial or headstone in Kildare, the words we engrave become a lasting tribute to a person’s life. The chosen inscription would depend on the type of headstone or memorial you choose. Still, the principal details of a headstone inscription should include an opening phrase or headline, the individual’s name, their birth and passing dates, relationship with your loved one (sometimes the immediate family and their relationship with the loved one is included) and a short but heartfelt closing phrase. An example of this would be:

Opening Phrase: In memory of

Name: John Doe

Dates: 15th January 1960 – 23rd October 2023

Relationship: A Loving Father

Short Message: Forever in our hearts and minds.

Ideas for headstone toplines – Headstones Kildare

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Crafting an inscription for headstones and monuments is a very personal experience. There are many options to consider, like a meaningful quote or a cherished memory. The goal is to create a lasting tribute reflecting your loved one. Whether you choose words that capture their passions or a simple reflection, the key is to make it a personal and enduring statement. Keep it simple, and let the inscription be a heartfelt memory that stands the test of time.

Classic Short headstone inscriptions

These inscriptions are usually used for openings and endings:

“In Loving Memory”

“Forever in Our Hearts”

“Rest in Peace”

“Cherished Forever”

“In God’s Loving Arms”

“Gone But Not Forgotten”

“Fondly Remembered”

“Until We Meet Again”

“A Loving Husband and Father”

“In the Arms of the Angels”

“Here lies…(name)”

“Cherished memories of..”

“In ever-living memory of…”

Longer Inscriptions Ideas from quotes and bible verses:

Bible Verses

“A life well lived, a love well shared. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ – Matthew 25:23”

“In the tapestry of life, you added vibrant threads of joy and warmth. ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.’ – Psalm 23:1”

“In loving memory of [Name], who walked with grace and left footprints of kindness. ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ – John 13:34”

“With faith as your guide, you journeyed through life’s challenges. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ – Philippians 4:13”

“Remembering [Name], whose laughter echoed in our hearts. ‘For everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.’ – Ecclesiastes 3:1”

“In remembrance of a beloved [relationship], who touched lives with compassion. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ – Matthew 5:7”

“As we part ways for now, we find solace in the memories we shared. ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’ – John 11:25”

“In honour of [Name], whose legacy is etched in the love they gave. ‘And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.’ – 1 Corinthians 13:13”

“Fondly remembering the grace and strength that defined [Name]’s journey. ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ – Psalm 34:18”

“As we say goodbye, we hold onto the lessons you taught and the love you shared. ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’ – Matthew 25:21”


Death is the golden key that opens the place of Eternity – Milton

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal – Moore

Heaven, the treasury of everlasting joy – Shakespeare

The heart of him who truly loves is a paradise on earth – Lamennais

Til the master of all good workmen shall set us to work anew – Rudyard Kipling

Music, when soft voice die, vibrates in the memory – Shelley

There hath pass’d away a glory from the earth – Wordsworth

Joy, joy forever! My task is done, the gates are pass’d and heaven is won – Moore

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on – Irving Berlin

For all we know this might only be a dream, we come and go like ripples in a stream. (Nat King Cole)

Ask for help and advice from a local headstone maker in Kildare

We understand that choosing the right inscription during the time of grief is a very personal experience. If you find yourself grappling with the choice of words, remember that our team at McKeon Memorials, based in Kildare, is here to support you every step of the way.

At McKeon Memorials, we understand the significance of crafting an inscription that truly reflects the essence of your loved one’s life. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you in choosing words that will stand as a timeless tribute for generations to come. We encourage you to take the time you need, as this decision holds lasting tribute.

Aside from inscriptions, we at McKeon Memorials also offer comprehensive headstones that stand the test of time. We have an extensive choice of headstone materials such as limestone, granite, and marble and we’ve been doing this for almost 4 generations. We can also add additional inscriptions to existing memorials. Our services don’t stop there, we also offer maintenance, renovation, and cleaning so your headstones and headstone inscriptions can stay in tip-top shape.

If you would like some assistance in choosing the right headstone and inscription for your loved one, give our experienced Kildare team a call at +353 87 489 9798. 

We also serve counties Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Offaly, and Tipperary. For reliable headstones, McKeon Memorials in Kildare is your go-to choice.