Over time, the words of our loved ones remain etched forever in our minds. Some people pick profound epitaphs that sum up their lives on their tombstones, while others choose humorous epitaphs to keep visitors amused. Some of the funniest and most memorable gravestone quotes ever include anything from dad jokes and puns to cautions about the hereafter, proving that death doesn't have to be associated with only grief...
A Pure "I Told You So" Moment
We all know a hypochondriac or two, and sometimes these folks make us doubt their health claims since they do so frequently. It's like the story of the kid who cried wolf, only that this individual claimed to be sick so many times that no one believed them until their death certificate was finally engraved.
The person whose name is on this tombstone obviously felt the need to continue their guilt trip even after burial. It's amusing that they decided to have a stolen joke from Spike Milligan engraved on their tombstone. The fact that the gravestone bears a simple single-line quotation and no identifying information is possibly the most bizarre aspect of this humorous memorial.
Standing on Someone's Best Assets
When one stands at a gravesite, is it not a little sobering to realize that we are literally standing on someone's grave? Nonetheless, this individual had foresight before they passed away, making sure others would know they were standing on their chest when they visited her tomb.
Funny gravestone inscriptions like this might be a welcome diversion from the melancholy occasion at which they are inscribed. That's a good way to entertain our family and friends when they visit us. After we're dead and buried, we hope our gravestone will have a witty epitaph on it so that people will remember us for our wit rather than our bones.
This Guy Is a Royal-Wannabe
Let's just say we're not precisely delighted that the pharaohs of Egypt received huge pyramids with precious items around them forever, but we regular folk end up becoming fertilizer. This witty gravestone must have had the same thought since it explicitly demanded to be treated like royalty.
In addition, this individual had issues with being laid to rest in a common grave instead of a massive pyramid. Spirits become restless in those coffins, and it seems like the hereafter would be much more pleasant if there were plenty of space to roam around in and all of our treasured items were already there. That'll be our little slice of heaven, indeed!
A Tough but Memorable Life
There was a lot of affection in this person's household, even though they weren't well off. This man wanted a humorous epitaph, and he surely deserved the pride that comes with his accomplishments in life. So, given that he had four daughters, he probably would have benefited if he had more bathrooms in the house.
He's a hero for living with five ladies and one bathroom and still making them all adore one other. We applaud this man and pray that his loved ones will never forget how much he put up with sharing the restroom with another female.
Deeper Than the Six Feet Under
We grudgingly agree that this person has a one-up on us and has ensured the world knows about it. Way to show off on your way out, dearly departed! Yes, you may know everything about life, but there's one thing you'll never know until you get there - the afterlife.
People have speculated about it for ages, but the fact remains that we have zero know-how. So, when this person claims to know that one thing we'd never ever know, he's on point. It's an itch we'll never be able to scratch; let's accept it and move on. Kudos to this soul for letting us not forget that all of us one day will be stepping into the unknown.
A Final Goodbye, but Nowhere to Go
This had us cackling so hard that we had to take a break. While it's funny how accurate this atheist's final message is, it also gave us food for thought. Where do atheists go after their life on earth ends? What does the afterlife look like for someone who doesn't believe in the Almighty?
Since they don't trust the afterlife even to exist, it must be a bummer to get all dressed up in fancy outfits and go nowhere. Imagine you lying there in the coffin all prettied or suited up for eternity with only your funny message on the tombstone for company. Chills! Stuck in limbo gets a new meaning.
Taking Her Fudge Recipe to Her Grave
This is exactly what people mean when they say they'll take their recipe to their grave! Here's a woman who posted her favorite fudge recipe on her headstone and demanded people make it. With her final message, she's got everyone's attention alright.
What a hilarious way to share her age-old secret recipe with the world. Since the recipe is up on the internet, people don't even have to visit her tombstone to get it, and the world as a whole gets to try it. We are sure many pestered her for the same while polishing off the plate of her deliciously fudges, and she finally relented.
Trendy Goodbyes Are All the Craze Nowadays
When you've never been satisfied with following the crowd, expect the final resting place to stand apart too. Instead, this person must have been one of those artistic, independent-minded souls who wanted to leave the world as they lived - on their terms. So, this one chose a designer headstone instead of opting for typical ones with traditional goodbyes.
The word on the tombstone states the obvious; who'd be resting there if they weren't already d$$d? That's beside the point, though. We bet a few non-related visitors stop by every now and then to take a closer look at the trendy headstone. Way to get noticed even when you are no more!
Going Out In Style
Some people choose to have witty engravings or funny quotes about their life etched on their tombstones, while others prefer to have style. This woman obviously chose style and had her grave covered in pink.
Not only is it covered in pink, but it's also put together with a portrait of her face as well as the bottom filled with glam. Lips, makeup, and perfume might have been her favorite things in this life, but she's definitely taking them with her in the afterlife.
No More Parking Woes for the Georgetown Couple
How crowded is Georgetown, really? We know the place is always teeming with people, but with this one tombstone, a couple from the afterlife warned us of the dire parking situation in the DC suburb but in a funny way. Now that they had become the dearly departed sent to a different place, parking was readily available, which must have been quite a relief for the duo.
Imagine how bummed you must have been about the parking struggles that you'd make that punch line on your grave. The couple did have a sense of humor, though. Who knows, their current parking situation has become the envy of the town! They definitely made it seem that way.
Unfortunately, I Can't Rise
Sometimes people find humor in the unlikeliest places, and this man is the epitome of dark humor. With an unexpected name like John Yeast, it wasn't surprising that he chose to make fun of his moniker on his epitaph, and a pun was an excellent way to do it.
It looks like Mr. Yeast had a great sense of humor during his time on earth, and he wanted people to remember that about him whenever they visited. Considering the conditions underground, it's almost impossible for him (or his name) to rise, but it makes for a little giggle, and we bet his family and friends miss his punny demeanor.
A Total Renegade Message
We can all agree that we have seen some hilarious and emotional tombstone inscriptions, but we don't think there are any that are as badass as this one. The deceased, Samuel Whittemore, was beaten and abandoned, but he somehow managed to recover and live for 18 more years. If that isn't legendary, we don't know what is.
Considering that, at the time, the medical field was yet to receive as much advancement as it has today, what Samuel did was an act of bravery. The lad took the battle to the British soldiers and lived to tell the tale. As such, we'd think the epitaph would be better starting with "Here Lies A Legend..."
I Won't Be Back, This Time
Television hosts are known for their taglines, and Merv Griffin was no different. The acclaimed presenter hosted The Merv Griffin Show and his catchline was "I will be right back after these messages, " which became pretty popular. So when he passed on in 2007, he knew exactly how he wanted to be remembered.
The message is a piece of brilliance that only people who have watched the show and know his tagline would understand the inside joke. Also, can we talk about how beautiful the headstone is? Whoever created it understood the assignment, and it's one of the most colorful ones we've seen yet.
Can I Have Some Peace, Please?
Joan Hackett sure has a strange way of telling people to stay away so that she can have peace of mind. Whatever happened during her lifetime, that she came up with such an inscription is something we might never know, but we can agree, it's pretty hilarious.
Maybe she was always on her toes and never could get any sleep, and when she finally passed on, she seized the opportunity to tell everyone that she needed her space. Either way, she might have also added the "do not disturb" sign to keep things more hilarious and serious so that she could spend eternal life resting.
Poetry at the Funeral
Poetry is a great way to express our emotions and leave some hidden clues for people to understand exactly how we feel. In this case, John had an excellent grasp of the art form, and his parting shot was this poem on his resting site.
At first glance, it's a pretty heartfelt affair with some iconic symbolism, but upon closer inspection, there's something odd. The poem holds a hidden message when you match the first letters of every line. It's a cheeky phrase that can be interpreted in various ways, but this was John's way of toying with his friends and addressing some of his haters.
Let's Talk About Consent
Some gravestones are pretty deep; if this message is anything to go by, we might want to start taking life lessons from the graveyard. In this case, this fellow states their birth and demise were not consensual, making us dive deep into what life is.
It may be time we unionized and looked for the system administrator to figure out how things work around here. We may need more conversations before birth, and a heads-up when it's our time to fly would be nice. It might help us navigate this bizarre world because this lottery system is rough.
A Rainbow Flag Bearer Until the End
Even though we live in a more tolerant culture now, that wasn't always the case, particularly in military service. Being honest about one's sex**lity while serving one's country remains difficult for members of the LGBTQ community, even in modern times. This person made light of the situation, even though it was grounds for dismissal at the time.
Even though he was awarded a medal for slaying two soldiers, he was nevertheless expelled from the service due to his sxal orientation, which he made sure to memorialize on his tombstone. Even though it's unfortunate that he endured stigma and discrimination due to his sex**l orientation, it's encouraging to see how far we've come as a culture.
Here Lies the Cat Lady
We make fun of cat ladies, but it looks like these women are onto something. Susan Melody Blanchard over here lived the life with her many cats, and it seems the felines were represented even on her gravesite.
Her friends and family probably felt she had gone overboard with the animals but hey, to each their own. That said, we have a reason to protest for Susan as she only got one large cat on her gravesite. We demand appropriate representation, and this is not it. We need more cats here. We need so many cats it looks like it's raining cats in the afterlife.
She Was Onto Something
After 50 years on this planet, you still have a few more decades ahead of you. Sadly, the end of the road isn't always planned as we'd hoped, and that's the predicament Edith Tina Barlow found herself. Her response to the situation was as good as you'd expect.
Life wouldn't be so bad if more of us had this attitude. Nonetheless, sometimes, things happen that are out of our control, and instead of fighting the current, we should attempt to swim with it. Who knows what the other side holds? Probably, what we are fighting is not as scary as our overactive imaginations might have us believe.
Naughty in Life, Naughty in the Grave
You’re lucky if you’re one of the few who were given a name you like because there’s nothing fun about spending your life being picked on because of your name. Yet, Arthur and Katherine beat others to it by making a brilliant joke out of their last name that has us in stitches.
Losing a loved one is hard, but we’re almost sure that those who visit this tomb always chuckle whenever they read the writings on it. The Spanks may not have known it at the time, but they left those that cared about them with the gift of laughter, which, as you know, heals the soul.
A Punishment for the Non-Believing
They may look good in them, but never doubt a woman when she tells you her feet are k***ing her. You refuse to believe her, and you must live with the guilt constantly evoked by such writing.
You can tell this was a woman who loved her heels. They may not have been comfortable, but she would wear them anyway and spend her day complaining about her hurting feet. Those around her had only one job: to believe her, which isn’t such a hard thing to do if you ask us, but still, no one did.
Penniless in the End; Still Enjoyed Life
Uncle Walter may not have been the one you go to for financial advice when he was still alive, but it's obvious he was the go-to man who could teach a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Plus, you can tell from his sense of humor that you were always guaranteed good times with him.
He may have ended up penniless, but imagine how dull his life would have been if he had done everything right. Of course, we're not encouraging people to be reckless but let's learn from Walter that life is for the living and that we don't get do-overs.
Darkness That Matches Their Humor
Unless you have been through a situation, you don’t really know all that it entails. So, knowing that others hadn’t experienced the transition into the afterworld before, this person decided to let those they left behind know just how dark it got at their place of rest. The dark sense of humor was clearly intended to match what they were experiencing.
How about the bright blinding light they show a person walking into in movies upon their demise? Well, just like you, we don’t know, but eventually, we will. In the meantime, believe what this person says because they’ve been there.
Refusing to Let Jesus' Call Go to Voicemail
If you got into trouble and were given a chance to make just one phone call, that could determine whether you live or not, depending on whether the person you call picks up, who are you calling? We're thinking those who knew her when she was alive would probably call Kim because she seems like she was a person that could always be counted on.
She may not have wanted to pick up Jesus' call because she knew what that meant, but either way, Kim took pride in being reliable, so there was no way she was going to ignore the Savior. We bet someone advised her to let the call go to voicemail, but the woman wouldn't listen.
Something to Laugh About
Even though it's usually rare to find something to laugh about concerning someone's passing, we're happy to announce that here's one late individual that left behind a reason for people to smile. Well, because his name is that reason, it's apparent that this dude made people laugh even when he was alive.
His last name was Butt, and we bet you smiled at that. Butt must have wanted to continue his legacy of making people grin, which is why they made this tombstone meme for him. If that was his plan, it certainly did work.
The Smartest Kid Who Ever Lived
It's sad that someone could pass away at such a young age, but we're thankful that his tombstone isn't as depressing as we might have expected. If anything, your first reaction to the words on Micah Green's tombstone would be a giggle.
We don't know Green's story, but we can bet that while he was alive, he was a free-spirited guy with great humor. We only hope that he had enough fun in his sixteen years, and we're glad that he made his tombstone as lively as possible, even though he not so subtly implied that the rest of the world is dumb.
A Recipe to Remember
People eager to share their recipes are one of the best in the world, and so is this late woman. Not only did she share her recipe while she was alive, but they also outlined it on her headstone so that anyone who sees it could also whip up their Christmas cookies.
Since this isn't the first tombstone we'd see with recipes engraved on it, it's safe to say that this is a common practice. We can only hope to find more exciting recipes around and for more complex meals. Chicken soup and cheesecakes are high on our priority list right now.
The Almost Perfect Combo Deal
It's funny how the Burger and Fries family got cemetery plots next to each other; it makes you think of the Burger and Fries combo meal. Only if there was a Soda family to make it a complete package. In addition, looking at the fact that these are tombstones and not something else, we really can't joke too much about the situation.
Still, another thing that caught our attention is how Dorothy Burger's name is on the headstone, even though she's obviously still alive. The only plausible explanation is that they plan to bury her there once she passes away.
A Language for the Family
You only need to look at this man's headstone to know that he was one loving husband and father. Yes, we've seen that phrase written on several tombstones, but this one is different. Engraved on the stone were words and statements that only his family could understand.
It takes a man who's a total sucker for his family to come up with such sweet and cheesy language for his kids. There's no doubt about it - daddy's language helped the family bond more, and we don't doubt that he'd be sorely missed.
Taking Arguments to the Grave, Literally
We all know a couple who can’t stop arguing; some may say that arguments in a relationship are essential. Nevertheless, we never imagine they will take it beyond the grave. It’s no doubt that these two lovebirds had a great sense of humor which they decided to carry on even after leaving this world.
We are willing to bet that their spirits are still bickering about how they didn’t listen to each other. One thing is for sure, though, friends and family who visit their gravestone do so with big smiles as they can genuinely see the love between the couple.
A Grave Grammatical Mistake
From her tombstone, it’s pretty clear Lola went through life unbothered by it, but the grammatical error on her tombstone might have bothered her. We don’t know how her family missed the comma, but it will haunt them for eternity.
Maybe they forgot about it in all the excitement of the July 4th celebrations, but according to the statement on the gravestone, it seems Lola wasn’t into such celebrations. Or maybe they forgot to include the comma in the price when they went for an estimate. Well, we hope the family is working on a way to get the comma on there.
A Deal With the Devil
It seems that this person was involved in some pretty shady deals during their lifetime and decided to reveal it all in the very end, which is quite honorable in our book. They made some good deals, but, as it turns out, their luck ran out, and eventually, he made a deal with the devil, which landed him in trouble.
Nevertheless, we love how the person took it in stride and decided to disclose it all. We hope whoever visits the tombstone will learn a lesson or two and change their ways before they end up like them.
The One-Way Secret Portal
We all know that the grave is a one-way portal that we all have to go through eventually, but this person made it their mission to remind anyone who might have forgotten their fate, so much so that they sacrificed getting their name on the tombstone. It’s an excellent reminder to live your best life while still alive because there is no return once one passes away, save for ghosts and zombies.
Even though it may seem like such a funny quote to put on your tombstone, it’s pretty deep once you reflect on it. Maybe that’s what they hoped to achieve for anyone who visited the tombstone.
There Is No Heaven For You, Mrs. Harband
Herman Harband made it his mission to make sure the whole world knew what his first wife put him through even after he was gone from this world. True to his word, he bought the plot ahead of time and even commissioned his tombstone while he was still alive.
We hope Mr. Herman got the justice he deserved because his wife did horrible things to him. Luckily for him, he won’t have to see her ever again, and he made sure to tell her that on his tombstone. Indeed, heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned.
Some Thoughts Are Messed Up
Before dissecting these words and deciding whether what he said is justified, let us look back at the kind of life Robert Clay Allison lived. Even though he was leading a simple life, he sometimes had to fight in the Civil War as a gunfighter.
His involvement in the war led to a series of unfortunate events in his life. He was attacked multiple times with a knife, had nothing to wear but his gun belt at one point, and shot himself in the foot too. Even though it is true that nobody needs to be killed, these words just show what circumstances can do to a person’s mentality.
How Thoughtful Of Them
Many people in the world are famous for their kindness. They are thoughtful towards other people, which is what their identity becomes. Let us just say that there is no one as kind as the Jacksons because it is evident from this picture.
People always expect a nice welcome from the Jacksons, even after they are no longer alive. Finally, the Jacksons are fulfilling their expectations as they have a bench installed in the cemetery. How thoughtful of them to take care of the people who come visit their graves. Now people can pay their respects for longer without worrying about their knee or back pain.
A Coincidence or What?
Creative and genius people know how to make an impact on the world. An apt example of this would be Billy Wilder. The man was an Austrian-American filmmaker and was known for his skill in creating classic Hollywood masterpieces. Yet, he inscribed these words on his tombstone, making people wonder why.
Well, it could be to clarify the perspective about writers being broken souls, or maybe something else; we are not sure. A fun fact about these words is that ‘Nobody’s perfect’ was the last line in his movie Some Like It Hot. It was a memorable movie starring Marilyn Monroe, and we wonder if he got these words inscribed on purpose or if it was just a coincidence.
Hinting Towards Past Glory
Many people achieve fame, but it lasts only for a short while. On the contrary, a few people make a long-lasting impact on people so that they remember them forever. Such a person was Leslie Nielsen, an actor, comedian, and producer of his kind.
He embraced his glory like no other, which might be why he had these odd words inscribed on his tombstone. The story behind these words is that they were a part of one of his practical jokes involving a portable fart machine that he could control. Maybe it was his way of hinting towards his glory.
The Welder Is High
We have seen and discussed several funny and weird tombstones, but this one is tough to make sense of. The guy decided that it was necessary to engrave his nickname on the tombstone as well. Maybe he was so famous for his nickname that most people did not know his actual name.
Then, he wished that everyone must know what his favorite song was as he put a fabricated line from the lyrics on the tombstone too. Maybe he is not pointing toward the song; maybe he wants to hint towards the waves of the sea he is buried next to. Whatever it is, we are still scratching our heads.