Help with wording for your Memorial Plaque

Finding the right wording for your Memorial Plaque can be daunting, not to mention emotionally tough. You might have a detailed idea of how you’d like your plaque to look, but then be at a loss to put some appropriate and representative words together.

Putting feelings into words takes time and thought, and can be extremely difficult for most of us. It is very hard to distill a complex message or thoughts into a few lines, and you may also have the task of incorporating words that people specifically requested beforehand.

The amount of wording that you can have on your plaque of course depends largely on the size and design that you choose. The two main pieces of advice regarding wording that we feel would be helpful to pass on to you are:

  1. Check the information you’re using. It is amazing how many people can end up designing something with an incorrect spelling of names, or an incorrect birth date
  2. Write several drafts of your ideas and then refine them

We’ve also included details of other things to consider for your Memorial or Cremation Plaque here.

If you need to get started thinking about what wording to use, maybe consider looking through photos of the person when they were at their happiest. What did they enjoy doing for recreation? What were memorable things about their personality? Did they have a special saying that they liked? Are there any family traditions that will need to be adhered to? You could also try looking through the eulogy to get some inspiration or wording from tributes that were spoken at the memorial service.

You may also find that the perfect wording has already been written for you. Conducting some simple searches on the internet or looking up a book of quotations will help you to find many examples of words that have been used previously for memorial purposes. Of course, you may not wish to use something word-for-word, but at least it will get you thinking creatively. We’ve included a few of our favourite lines, quotes and poems here for you:

  • When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure
  • He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it – Turkish Proverb
  • Loving and caring in all her ways
  • A life that touches others goes on forever
  • To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die – Thomas Campbell
  • And it can be that in a world so full and busy the loss of one creature makes a void so wide and deep that nothing but the width and depth of eternity can fill it up – Charles Dickens
  • To the world you are one person, but to one person you mean the world – Anonymous
  • Generous to the end of her days
  • The pain passes but the beauty remains – Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Keep those we love close to us forever
  • Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell – Emily Dickinson
  • Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief – Anonymous
  • Sincere and true in heart and mind
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted – Matthew 5:4
  • With you I sit, in this garden we made
  • A beautiful memory she leaves behind


Binyon's Lines

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we will remember them.


To Mourn Too Long

To mourn too long for those
we love is self indulgent -
But to honour their memory
with a promise to live a little better
for having known them,
gives a purpose to their life -
and some reason for their death.


The Hands of Time

We cannot stop the hands of time
Nor live again the past
But we shall love and think of you
As long as time shall last


Remember that if you’re having trouble, or if you have unanswered questions, Phoenix staff have lots of experience in helping customers make decisions and choose their products. Feel free to contact Phoenix directly to discuss your ideas over the phone or via email.


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