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  • How To Write an Epitaph Poem
    Kathleen C. Rich
  • What Is An Epitaph
    An epitaph poem is a short, memorable poem written on a deceased person's tombstone. A good epitaph poem sums up an important message about the person's life, or a core aspect of their personality (Lee, 1).
  • Steps To Writing An Epitaph
    Step 1
    Research epitaph poems to see how they are written
    Visit a local cemetery and look on the tombstones
    Use resources such as the Bible and poetry books
  • Step 2
    Write down things about the person’s life and personality
    Use things such as:
    Quotes
    Funny stories
    Their history
  • Step 3
    Write down important roles this person held. Such as mother, father, aunt or military personnel.
    Write down ways that this person impacted lives through work or in everyday life.
    Example: To know even one life breathed easierbecause she lived is to know shetruly succeeded while here.
  • Step 4
    Decide what qualities or accomplishments you want to focus on.
    Example: His true wealth was in his generous
    heart. And what endless wealth he
    did have.
    Once you have narrowed it down, pick a main theme that you want the epitaph to follow
  • Step 5
    Create the poem
    Most epitaphs are short and memorable
    Remember they must fit on a tombstone
    They do not have rhyme, but they should flow
  • Step 6
    Put the epitaph away for a day and then take it out later to edit
    Have relatives and close friends read it for advice to improve it
    Make necessary changes until you are satisfied
    (Lee, 1)
  • References
    Everlife Memorials (2004). Epitaphs for Males - Father, Son, Brother. Retrieved from http://www.everlifememorials.com/v/headstones/epitaphs-males.htm
    Lee, A. (2010). How to Write an Epitaph Poem. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_6396037_write-epitaph-poem.html