What is an epitaph? • An inscription on a tomb or gravestone in memory of the person buried there • A short composition in prose or verse, written as a tribute to a dead person
How can I write one? • Mediate on the person for whom you’re writing the epitaph • Think about the roles this person filled throughout their life • Their hobbies and interests too • Think of at least 4 facts about the person • Write down a bunch of lines about this person • Find the lines that you like best and put them together
What are some examples? I pray you can see me now and be Proud of what I have become because Of your example, but most of all I thank You because you loved me so much
Behold my friends as you pass by As you are now, so once was I As I am now, son you shall be Give thyself to God and follow me
Do believe I’ll never leave you: Always you will be in my heart. Don’t forget my soul is near you, And so we’ll never be apart
A mother kind, a parent dear A faithful friend lies buried here She is gone from our home But not from our heart Be patient with life, despite the truth. It often seems oblivious of our pain, But just as often bring us hope again.
Can they be funny? • Of course they can be! Here lies a man name Zeke Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek
He called Bill Smith A liar
I would Rather be here Than in Texas.