Part of the funeral process at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH includes having a gravestone engraved with pertinent details about the person who has died placed at the gravesite. Some people use their imaginations to come up with very unique gravestones that include great epitaphs.
These memorable gravestones may give you some inspiration for your own gravestone or the gravestone of a loved one.
When Gabriel “Gabe” Williams died at the age of 27 in 1995, his family had two gravestones placed at his grave. The first gravestone was traditional. The second gravestone gave a nod to Gabe’s two passions in life: rock music and gymnastics. The second gravestone has a caption at the top that says, “For those who about to rock, Gabe salutes you from heaven.” Just below the caption is a gymnast on gymnastic rings. And on the lower left corner is the official logo for the metal band, AC/DC.
Really good cooks often joke that they’ll take their most beloved recipes to the grave with them. In the case of Kay’s family, they took her literally and created a tombstone with the title “Kay’s Fudge.” Kay’s recipe for fudge follows: “2 sq. chocolate/2 TBS butter/Melt on low heat/Stir in 1 cup of milk/Bring to boil/3 cups of sugar/1 TBS vanilla/Pinch salt/Cook to softball stage/Pour on marble slab/Cool & beat & eat.” Kay (no last name) was remembered with an epitaph that says, “Wherever she goes, there’s laughter.”
Andrew Olszak died in 1979 at the age of 86. He expressed his bitterness at how his life ended in the inscription he had engraved on his gravestone. It says, “Abandoned in old age by wife and children/May God be more understanding and merciful.”
People die in unusual ways and unusual circumstances. When George Spencer died in 1909 at the age of 15, his parents decided to permanently detail how George came to die on his gravestone: “Lost life by stab in falling on ink eraser, evading six young women trying to give him birthday kisses in office of Metropolitan Life Building.”
When Nathaniel Grigsby died in 1890 at the age of 79, he had left his heirs a very specific inscription that he wanted on his monument. Grigsby was friends with Abraham Lincoln, who was a Republican. When Grigsby placed Lincoln’s name on the 1860 ballot for president of the United States, his Missouri neighbors, who sympathized with the South and were Democrats, plotted to kill him, and a friend advised him to leave town immediately in the cover of darkness.
Grigsby heeded the advice, but he made his feelings about the Democratic party clear on his grave monument: “Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called the Democratic party I have watched it closely since the days of Jackson and know that all the misfortunes of our nation has come to it through this so called party therefore beware of this party of treason. Put on in fulfillment of promise to Deceased.”
Sometimes it’s easier to sum up a person’s life with just one sentence. Such is the case with the gravestone of Robert Allison, who died in 1887 at the age of 47. His epitaph reads, “He never killed a man that didn’t need killing.”
If you’d like more guidance on personalizing gravestones at funeral homes in Cleveland, OH, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit us at our funeral home at 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44123, or you can call us today at (216) 831-7906.