In a way, the epitaphs on gravestones are your last words to the world—and they’re literally written in stone.
While people’s final words definitely make a lasting impression, the fact is that if you really want to seal to the deal and make generations remember you forever and ever, you have to put it in stone. If that’s the route you’re going to take, then you need to decide if you want to make them weep or make them laugh, the latter being far more difficult, of course.
We have compiled a list of some of the funniest epitaphs on tombstones, proving that a sense of humor can live forever. From a delicious fudge recipe to an unapologetic joke about religion, these people are the non-living examples of the right attitude.
#1. THE WRITER
And writer/filmmaker/producer/artist Billy Wilder had the same idea.
#2. CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
This one truly gets to the heart of the matter and doesn’t dance around it with any flowery euphemisms. You nailed it, Mitchell.
#3. Leonard Matlovich
In 1975, Leonard Matlovich, a Purple Heart-decorated member of the Air Force, became the first gay member of the U.S. military to publicly out himself. His fight to keep his military job made the cover of Time magazine in 1975. When he found out he had AIDS in 1986, Matlovich wrote his own epitaph and arranged to be buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Both became a reality when he died two years later.
#4. Edith Tina Barlow
Short, though not terribly sweet.
#5. If you can read this
#6. I was hoping for a pyramid
#7. This is deep. Oops, 6 feet deep
#8. THE SICK GUY
#9. Think of me and smile
#10. This Man’s Tombstone Is A Giant Middle Finger
#11. Hidden Message
#12. You should never ignore such messages