Commemorative plaque and headstone inscriptions should

Give comfort to those grieving the loss of a partner, relative or friend in the period following the bereavement.

Provide a mark of respect and a tribute to the person who has died; and

Leave future generations a tangible record of a life lived.

A permanent memorial offers an opportunity to provide a small insight for those viewing it in the future, into the special personal qualities, expertise or interests of the person. In many cases inscriptions say everything about those left behind but very little about the person who has died.

On these pages we have transcribed a number of inscriptions that reflect a range of moods - from sad and tragic to whimsical and humorous. Yet all make an individual and heartfelt statement about the person being remembered.

For more examples , you may wish to visit the "Epitaph Browser" website.

If you are facing the task of writing an inscription or epitaph, we hope the pages linked here will provide some inspiration.

Should you need some advice or assistance, please contact the Shoalhaven Memorial Gardens Office



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In loving memory to

Fred Wattlefon

Philosopher and Wit.

Passed away  October 1995

Aged 71 Years.

Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, caring friend.

Sorely missed by all who loved him.

"A man not old, but mellow,

like a good wine."



A petite woman with heart

her strength in the face of adversity had to be admired.

Her spirit will always live.

Her love is with us always.

Wife, mother, special person.

"As sunsets flow to golden glow,

and the breath of night is new,

Love finds afar eve's eager star,

This is our thought of you."

"Gone fishing",

the sign said that hung upon the door.

An angel had put it there,

God was waiting on the shore.

Anne Hewitt

Died 1st September 1984

Here lieth the body of

My lovely dear wife Anne

Who plays the Poker Machines

whenever she can.


James Thomas Hewitt

Died 15th July 1988

Here lie the bones

They call him uncle jim

He sits here and drinks

While she puts his money in.

(From adjacent graves in Helensburg Cemetery, NSW)

Here lies

Johnny Yeast

Pardon me for not rising.

(Ruidiso Cemetery, New Mexico)

Here lies the body of old Jack Clarke

A man with a heart of gold

His money he couldn't take with him,

of this he often told.

But now that jack is gone I suppose it's time to tell

he left no relation

So instead of leaving it to the Government boys ,

he left it to the Cancer Foundation.

(Nowra Cemetery- Jack was a local identity who left a small fortune without declaring an heir)

In Loving Memory Of

April Storm Bohman

Daughter Of Matthew & Tracy Bohman

Loved, wanted, needed, gone, lost, left.

Dreams made forever

Earthly ones dashed, but in eternity

Families can be together forever

(On a child's grave at the Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

Victoria Dawn Worthington

Born 10.1.1996

What the heart has once owned and had it shall never lose.

Forever loved.

(Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

In Loving Memory Of

My Dear Husband


29.7.1910 - 26.11.1994

Loved by his family and friends

"Lay Your treasures up in heaven

Cling to life and see it through

For it cannot last Forever

'I shall die some day' Says You"

Henry Lawson

(Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

"Stranger as you pass me by

As you are so was I,

As I am so you will be

Prepare yourself to follow me"

(Popular epitaph found in many cemeteries)



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