Headstone Wording & Inscriptions

Headstones are well known for their permanence, which is why an expert with specialised skills is required to make sure no errors are made when applying headstone inscriptions. At Lodge Bros Stonemasons, we are a leading provider of memorial inscriptions for gravestones that will provide a lasting tribute for your deceased loved ones. From names and dates through to beautiful scriptures, poems and song lyrics, we can inscribe nearly anything you want onto a headstone. We can also copy any font in size and style, as well as colour match any inscription.

The Importance of Headstone Wording & Inscriptions

We want to help you create a dedicated tribute to the life of your loved one, that can unique to them. Given the volume of graves that are typically found in a cemetery, it’s important to personalise them by adding distinctive features or characteristics. Statues and headstone inscriptions are both popular choices, as adding a personal touch allows the headstone to give a sense of what someone was like when they were alive and what impact they had on others.

High-Quality Gold Lettering for Headstones

Headstone inscriptions are a delicate art form, requiring precise skill and the utmost care. At Lodge Bros our stonemasons have the necessary training and experience to deliver fantastic gold lettering on headstones and monuments. We take great pride in creating accurate and high-quality gold lettering headstones that feature distinctive typefaces, customised wording and flexible layouts.

We get the job done on time and on budget after going through a stringent design and approval process. We review the typeface, styling and message multiple times to ensure that the highest quality results are achieved. We also respect the grief that you experience after losing a loved one, taking your needs into account and honouring your wishes.

Why Choose Our Headstone Wordings?

Choose Lodge Bros Stonemasons for headstone wordings that go beyond words, capturing the unique essence of your loved ones with care and empathy. Our skilled stonemasons ensure precision and guide you seamlessly through the design process, creating enduring expressions of love and remembrance. Trust us for a compassionate partnership that respects your vision, making Lodge Bros Stonemasons the ideal choice for honoring the lives and legacies of your cherished ones.

Contact us to discuss your personalised headstone inscription today

For more information about our headstone inscriptions, get in touch with our friendly team today. We’re also a perfect choice when you need mausoleum lettering and shutter inscriptions.

Headstone Inscription FAQ’s

Anyone preparing to memorialise a loved one through a headstone might wonder “What do you write on a headstone?” or “What do headstones usually say?”

We have established ourselves among the leading stonemasons in Melbourne. With experience in the local memorial industry since the 1920s, we are confident in our knowledge about headstones.

What are common Headstone terminology terms?

Understanding the different terminology is important when it comes to headstones and what to write on them. Here
are some common terms associated with headstone inscriptions that you may encounter when getting a headstone or

  • Burial Monuments: These are structures that mark graves. These could be raised headstones,
    flat stone slabs, or statues. They can be as elaborate or simple as you decide, as long as they honour the
    memory of the deceased person.
  • Headstones: These are structures that mark graves. These could be raised headstones,
    flat stone slabs, or statues. They can be as elaborate or simple as you decide, as long as they honour the
    memory of the deceased person.
  • Inscription: These are the words engraved on headstones or tablets on statues. Loved ones of
    a deceased person can have additional inscriptions engraved on a headstone or monument. Some people might want
    to add inscriptions to add more dedications, for example.
Wording of a Headstone Inscription, What do headstones usually say?

Traditionally, a person’s gravestone includes:

  • Name: Full names are necessary for headstones. Generally, a headstone must feature the full
    name that the deceased went by until their time of death. As such, it may be different from their assigned name
    at birth. Similarly, it could include the deceased’s maiden name if that makes them more recognizable to loved
  • Dates: Birth and death dates typically appear in any headstone or dedication. You might
    notice some headstones featuring only the deceased’s birth and death years. It depends on how you intend to
    honour your loved one.
  • Epitaph: Short messages can accompany the deceased’s name and dates. Epitaphs can be a final
    dedication from the deceased’s surviving loved ones. “Forever Loved” and “Forever in our hearts” are common
    epitaphs. It could also be a quote or lyrics that meant something dear to the deceased.

Inscriptions are important for any memorial, whether it is a headstone or large monument. These words serve as
final messages that celebrate the deceased’s life. It mostly benefits the loved ones who visit the gravesite. As
such, it is up to you to select the best words that reflect your lost loved one.

Choosing inscriptions can be difficult. After all, you are setting the words in stone, so you naturally would
want to get them right the first time. When you’re choosing one, it’s important to remember that you can take all
the time you need. Consider speaking with professional stonemasons for suggestions.

What can I add to personalise a headstone inscription message?

Typically, the most difficult part of writing a headstone inscription is the epitaph. Thankfully, you can take
plenty of inspiration from what others commonly write on headstones:

  • Quotes: If your loved one had a favorite quote or you feel there is one that embodies their
    life, then this can be a great choice.
  • Bible Verses: If your loved one was religious, then much like the quotes, you can choose one
    that embodied their life or a verse that was their favourite. Alternatively, some choose Bible verses that
    showcase their loved one’s hope of life after death. This can also apply to other religious texts as well.
  • Life Roles: Many epitaphs reference the life of the loved one and the role they played in the
    lives of others. For example, an epitaph could mention that a loved one was a soldier, a friend, a father, and a
    husband. These roles can be either symbolic or literal, depending on the family’s preferences.
  • Classic Epitaphs: Alternatively, you could choose to go with a classic epitaph, such as “Rest
    in Peace” or “In Loving Memory.” These epitaphs are great at getting a message across without being overly
    wordy. They are simple, concise, and effective.
What font styles can I choose for my inscription?

Choosing a font for your loved one’s headstone requires some thought. There are some fonts that need deep cuts
because of how they look. Other fonts may be more suitable for longer names. It all depends on the headstone size
and your intentions. Headstones tend to feature at least one of the following font categories:

  • Serif Fonts: Notice how some lettering styles include decorative lines at the corners of the
    letters? These small decorations are known as serifs. Headstones tend to feature them since they are readable
    with a stylistic element to them. Times New Roman is a popular go-to font for headstones.
  • Sans Serif Fonts: “Sans serif” means “without serifs.” So, fonts in this category do not have
    the decorative lines branching out of a letter’s basic form. Some people may find the lines distracting, thus
    would opt for the standard letter shape. These typefaces are just as easy to read as their serif counterparts.
  • Gothic Fonts: These fancy letter designs are also known as Old English fonts. Gothic fonts
    are elaborate, combining thin and broad strokes to achieve a dramatic effect. These fonts can also have serifs
    that swirl around the letter’s basic form, serving as the headstone’s highlight.
  • Script Fonts: Fonts in this category resemble calligraphy. You may opt for a script font to
    give your loved
    one’s headstone a touch of personality. These handwritten fonts may suit the epitaphs you want inscribed on the
    headstone. However, keep in mind that they may hinder readability.
What types of Engraving Designs are available?

Engraving refers to how the stonemason carves the letters onto the headstone. You have a handful of engraving
styles to choose from for your headstone inscriptions. Certain engraving styles work better for specific stones
than others. Similarly, some engraving styles may be easier to maintain than others. Stonemasons typically offer
the following headstone engraving designs:

  • Standard Engraving: Stonemasons achieve lettering in this style by cutting into the
    headstone directly.
  • V-Cut Engraving: Also known as hand engraving, stonemasons take standard engraving practices
    further with this style. They use a hammer and chisel to give the carved letters a deep v-cut.
  • Raised Engraving: Also known as embossed engraving, stonemasons sandblast the area around the
    letters. This makes the engraving raised, giving it a 3-D effect.
How Much Do Headstone Inscriptions Cost?

Stonemasons have unique rates that they base on specific factors, which normally include:

  • Number of Letters: How many letters are involved in the final piece? More words mean the
    stonemason will carve more letters, making the final headstone more expensive. You could also pay extra if you
    decide to have the letters filled with color. Enamel paint will be more affordable than gold leaf, but gold
    leaf lasts longer against the elements.
  • Extra Symbols and Photos: You can speak with a stonemason to include religious symbols or
    engrave photos of the deceased on the tombstone. These special characters and add-ons will likely cost more
    than the rate for the regular alphabet.
  • Lines: How many lines will there be on the stone? Much like adding more letters, more lines
    will be more expensive.

Overall, the complexity of your headstone inscription will determine your expenses.

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