Houston Jewish monuments with "In loving memory" as epitaph

What to Put on Houston Jewish Monuments for Parent Graves

Designing Houston Jewish monuments for a loved one’s grave can be difficult. If you’re having a hard time determining what to put on a parents’ grave marker, there are several things to consider. In this article, we’ll go over some things to think about when choosing personalized messages to put on your parents’ grave stones. We will also give some examples that may work well for your beloved parent.

What to Put On Parents’ Houston Jewish Monuments

Houston Jewish monuments with "In loving memory" as epitaph
Make sure the epitaphs you choose for your parents’ Houston Jewish monuments come from the heart.

For most Houston Jewish headstones, there are several things that are traditionally included, such as the person’s name, birth date, and death date. Typically, you will also have room to add personalization to the stone as well. It’s common to include an epitaph, which is a quote or saying that represents your loved one. 

Choosing headstone epitaphs for parents is an important part of the headstone design process. There are several things to consider before you choose an epitaph. 

The first is the headstone itself. Houston Jewish monuments will have a set amount of space, so you will want to tailor your parents’ epitaph or inscription to the headstone. If you choose one that is too long, it may not fit properly on the monument face or may look cluttered. 

Another thing to consider when choosing what to put on your parents’ headstone is what the cemetery allows. Cemeteries typically have guidelines for headstone design. Some cemeteries do have restrictions on the types of epitaphs allowed on the headstone. So, check with the cemetery and ask for a list of guidelines or, when in doubt, you can also ask the cemetery specifically if the epitaph you have in mind is allowed.

In addition, it’s important to note that the epitaph length and design will also affect Houston headstone cost. If you have a certain budget to stick to, then you will need to consider how the epitaph will affect total costs. Our team can help you design a headstone in your price range to help you honor your loved one, so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.

Examples of Parent Epitaphs

Practically anything can be an epitaph for your parents’ headstone. The key is to make it personal to them. Of course, there are several common ones that may work well for your parents’ headstone design. Here are some examples:

  • Something they always used to say, such as “I love you to the moon and back.”
  • Scripture verses, such as “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
  • Literary quotes, like:
    • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
    • “I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.” – Mitch Albom
  • Short but sweet phrases, including:
    • “Gone but not forgotten”
    • “Always in our hearts”
    • “Beloved by all who knew them”
    • “We will meet again”

In addition, you can also include quotes specifically for your mother or father, whether they have separate Houston Jewish headstones or a companion grave marker. 

Some examples of epitaphs for mothers include:

  • “A mother holds her children’s hands for a while, their hearts forever.”
  • “A mother’s love grows by giving.”

A few examples that may work well as an epitaph for a father include:

  • “Say not in grief ‘ he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”
  • “His friendship was an inspiration, his love a blessing.”

Above all, choose something from the heart for your parents’ headstones. That is the most important thing and will surely honor your beloved parents. 

Houston Jewish Headstones from Gaitz Memorials

Our team at Gaitz Memorials specializes in creating Jewish headstones for the Greater Houston community. We offer support through this tough time by assisting you with headstone design and manufacturing. Our specialists can handle each step of the process, even providing Hebrew translations and acquiring rabbi approval for the headstone. Call us at (281) 888-5522 to discuss your headstone or monument needs with our team.