What to write on your epitaph
Choosing the words to write on your plaque can be very challenging.
The choice of text depends upon the intended use of the plaque.
Memorial plaques require obvious details such as names, significant dates, and names of loved ones or friends.
You might also consider a poem or wording which would summarise the feelings of love felt by those left behind. This is a chance to write a truly personal message in your own words.
Consider mentioning achievements or how this individual changed the lives of others.
Building dedication plaques need to state the name of the building and the date of the opening or construction. If the building has been opened by a person of note, include this person’s details. The architect or contractor might be acknowledged. Perhaps the reason for the construction of the building is of significance. A logo might be needed or an image of the building or the person responsible for the construction. You might need to add the names of trustees. Sometimes a phrase or mantra might be added. You might consider acknowledging the role of a significant person in the construction of the use of the building.
Sometimes building dedication plaques are required for places where famous people have lived. Details of the dates during which the building was occupied by this personality are needed. Mention may be made of whether the person was born, worked or died at this place. Perhaps this was the site where a significant work was created.