Plan Your Epitaph Day

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Every person will face the day when they are no longer able to provide food for their family. This does not have to be a time of sorrow or somber reflection. It can be an opportunity to plan your final words to the world. Plan Your Own Epitaph Day is the ideal day to take some time to think about what you want to say about yourself before your departure.

Your Epitaph will be the one thing that you are remembered for all time, even by people who have never met you. Many great epitaphs have been written and are forever engraved on gravestones, both ancient and modern. Some are tongue-in-cheek, much like Johnny Yeast’s last words. Some are representative of the accomplishments of those who are now resting, such as “Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising”. One Ludolph van Cerulen had the 35 first digits of Pi inscribed upon his tombstone. He was the first person to compute this delightfully sounding number to this many decimals.

It is important to carefully consider the nature and content of an Epitaph. It will be with you as long as your headstone is there, and it can serve as a warning for those who are following you down the road to death. These epitaphs can be summed up as: “Consider, friend. As you are now so was I. You will also be as I am now. “Prepare, therefore, for me to follow you.” This is an old Scottish tombstone.

You can celebrate the day by visiting graveyards to look for inspiration from the stones of those who have passed. Grave rubbings have been a favorite pastime for many years. This is one way to find Epitaphs already written and to inspire you to write your own. This is a great way to find epitaphs that would otherwise be difficult to read. You only need a piece paper and some charcoal to participate. Place the paper on top of the gravestone and then rub the charcoal across it. You can then take the copy of what is engraved on your stone!

You can also celebrate this by having picnics at the graveyard with your friends. You can all sit down together and discuss what your last words would be to the world. You might find inspiration in the final words of great writers and poets if you live near one.

Your Epitaph day can be a time to reflect on your mortality and plan for the legacy you want to leave for others. Although we will always be remembered by our loved ones and close friends, strangers will only hear our story through the final message we leave behind. This is written on the marble tablet that forms our headstone. Take some time to reflect on where you have been, what your accomplishments are, and what you would like to share with others. Then, take steps to ensure that your Epitaph is well-read!


Jun 04 2025


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