Memorial Bench Inscription Ideas

Memorial benches are a beautiful way to remember loved ones and to have a place to sit with friends and family. Engraved memorial benches can be used as monuments at the cemetery or in your home. We’ve created this list of ideas that will help you get started:

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Engraving Ideas For Bench Memorials

The hardest part about choosing a memorial for a loved one is figuring out what to say. It can be difficult to narrow down the right words that express your love, grief, and admiration for someone you’ve lost.

Choosing a memorial is difficult to do after losing a loved one. A memorial bench doesn’t need to be complicated, but it does need to convey your love and admiration for the deceased person. A simple inscription can take many forms, but there are some general guidelines to follow when making this decision.

  • Start by deciding on which color of granite you would like your bench to be
  • Next, we will decide which faces of the bench will be engraved. The seat of the bench and the side can be easily engraved.
  • Finally, the inscription will need to be agreed upon.


As you may know, your loved one was admired by many. He or she was admired for their courage and strength in the face of a battle that would ultimately claim their life. He or she was also admired for his or her kindness to others, both known and unknown. It’s important to remember those who we have lost and to honor them with memorials that hold meaning for us all. If you are looking for an engraved bench memorial idea, we encourage you to take time out of your day today and think about what kind of person your loved one was. Was he/she funny? Did they have a talent or skill set that gave them pride? Maybe there is something special about him/her that touched everyone who knew them personally – maybe it was their sense of humor! 


Many people choose to use this space to include a favorite quote or the word “Beloved”. This word is so powerful and speaks volumes about how you feel about your loved one. It can be used in combination with other words, like “Always remembered” or “Loved forever.”

You may also want to include a picture of the person that passed away, as well as their name and date of birth/death if known at this time.


If you’ve been searching for the perfect way to express your feelings about someone, then cherish is the word for you. If you have lost a loved one and are looking for a way to show how much they meant to you, cherishing will help bring those memories back in such a meaningful way. It’s also an excellent idea when writing poems or letters as it can make them more personal and relatable.

In this case, cherish means “to value highly” or “to feel great affection.”


Companion: The word companion can mean a friend, someone who is with you in a physical sense, such as your dog or cat. It can also tell someone who is with you spiritually, like God.

The bench memorial for this group of loved ones should be done in a way that makes them feel comfortable and not lonely. For example, if they had a pet companion while alive then we could engrave it on the bench memorial to make them feel happy again.

Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

You are a wonderful person. You have been my friend for years and I am so grateful to you for all the good times that we had together. Your kindness and generosity have always made me feel welcome and comfortable in your presence, especially when I was feeling sad or lonely. You were one of the first people to believe in me when no one else would and without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

With great sadness, I must say goodbye now as our time together has come to an end. But don’t worry about me – because although this may seem like an ending for us here on Earth, it is only a beginning somewhere else beyond our understanding…


Devoted is a word that speaks to the person’s character. It can be used for:

  • Their loved ones
  • Their work
  • Their faith
  • Their country (or another national identity)
  • A hobby or activity

Guardian Angel

A guardian angel is someone who watches over you, protecting and guiding you. If a loved one who has passed away was your guardian angel, share the qualities that made them feel like an angel to you. Examples might include how they helped you through tricky times or how they were always there for you no matter what.

If they were kind, generous, or caring towards others in the community then make sure to mention that as well.

Describe how their presence in your life has impacted yours and what is missing without them around anymore. This could be anything from helping with homework when needed or cheering up a friend when feeling down—anything that shows how much love this person had for each individual around them!


Guideposts are people who help you through life. They listen to you, and they help when you need it. Guideposts are those who lead by example, showing us the way towards success and happiness in life. Using the word guidepost on your loved one’s memorial shows how you respect that person for helping you. 

In Loving Memory Of…

You can use an established phrase like “In Loving Memory Of…” or get creative and write your own. You can use the same phrase for both sides of the bench if you want, or keep things balanced by putting a different one on each side of it.

If you’re looking for something more straightforward than “In Loving Memory Of…” consider using:

  • In Loving Memory Of Our Beloved Husband and Father
  • In Loving Memory Of Our Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother
  • In Loving Memory Of Our Beloved Daughter And Sister


The word loved is a powerful one. It can describe the relationship between a husband and wife, or between a parent and child. It can also be used to describe the bond between two friends who have been through thick and thin together. While this word is widely used and tends to be overused, it is undeniable that we want our cherished family members to feel our love even in death. 

Mother/Daughter/Father/Son/Parent/Grandparent/Grandson/Granddaughter/Aunt/Uncle etc…

A parent, a daughter, a father, a son. Grandparent. Granddaughter. Grandson. Aunt, uncle. Niece and nephews can be included on the bench memorial as well. A stepfather or stepmother whose relationship with their stepchild is very close should also have their name engraved on the bench memorial if they wish it; however, it’s important not to get too personal with these engravings because some people may prefer not having certain members of their family included on the bench memorial at all due to religious beliefs or personal reasons.

Mother-in-law/Father-in-law engraving could cause problems among families who are already struggling with grief after losing someone close so I would recommend avoiding this type of engraving altogether unless specifically requested by all parties involved.

Our Auntie/Father etc… / Our Wife / Our Husband / Our Dad / Our Mum etc… / Our Sister / Our Brother etc….

You can also customize your engraving with a nickname or nickname. For example, if you are grieving the loss of your father and want to remember him by his nickname “Daddy”, then you can use this phrase:

  • Our Daddy / Mum etc… / Dad / Mum etc… / Father etc…. You may also decide to use a phrase like “Our Auntie/Father etc…”

Sibling (see also brother or sister)

A sibling is a brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, adoptive brother or sister, stepbrother or stepsister. If you have other family members who are not included in this memorial then you can use another design to include them. For example, if your mother has passed away but has a daughter still living then you can use one of our designs for ‘Mother’ which includes the words ‘together forever’ at the bottom, and place it underneath these words using your imagination to create an appropriate image (you could use an image of a tree).

Key Takeaways

There are many ways to express how much you miss someone who has passed away. These are only a few examples.

You can engrave a bench memorial in many different ways. Some people choose to engrave a message on the side of their loved one’s bench, while others opt for an inscription around the entire seat area. If you want something that is simple and requires little maintenance, consider writing your message vertically down just one side of the bench. 

One way to add meaning and symbolism to an engraved bench memorial is by including someone’s birthstone as part of their design. You could also create an overall pattern with different colored stones or even words that represent your loved one’s interests or hobbies (for example fishing gear if they were outdoorsy).

Another idea would be adding photos from throughout their lifetime along with any other mementos such as special tokens or hand-carved items made by family members that could only have been made by those who knew them best.


We hope that this article has helped you find some ideas for how to memorialize your loved one. Remember, the most important thing is that you take the time to write something meaningful. The more personal and heartfelt your words are, the better they’ll reflect who your loved one was as a person. If you’re not sure what kind of memorial will be best for you, our team would be happy to offer some advice or help you decide between different options.

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