Memorial Plaque Design

In most gardens commemorative plaques are subject to standard dimensions and a standard finish. However, in some sections other colours and finishes are available.



Standard cast bronze plaques include a flat motif emblem that can be personally selected. Browse emblem options from our suppliers below:



Commemorative plaque inscriptions provide an opportunity to

  • Give comfort to those grieving the loss of a partner, relative or friend;
  • Provide a mark of respect and a tribute to the person who has died; and
  • Leave a physical record for the future.

It may take some time to compose an inscription that reflects something special about the person who has died.

Below are some examples of inscriptions that reflect a range of perspectives - from sad, to whimsical and humorous. All make an individual and heartfelt statement about the person being remembered. For more examples, you can visit the "Epitaph Browser" website.


Shoalhaven Bereavement Services can assist in providing additional information, creating a design and ordering the plaque. 

Inscription Example 1

In loving memory to
Fred Wattlefon
Philosopher and Wit.
Passed away  October 1995
Aged 71 Years.
Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, caring friend.
Sorely missed by all who loved him.
"A man not old, but mellow, like a good wine."

Annie Wattlefon
A petite woman with heart
her strength in the face of adversity had to be admired.
Her spirit will always live.
Her love is with us always.
Wife, mother, special person.
"As sunsets flow to golden glow,
and the breath of night is new,
Love finds afar eve's eager star,
This is our thought of you."

"Gone fishing",
the sign said that hung upon the door.
An angel had put it there,
God was waiting on the shore.

Inscription Example 2

Anne Hewitt
Died 1st September 1984
Here lieth the body of
My lovely dear wife Anne
Who plays the Poker Machines
whenever she can.


James Thomas Hewitt
Died 15th July 1988
Here lie the bones
They call him uncle jim
He sits here and drinks
While she puts his money in.

(From adjacent graves in Helensburg Cemetery, NSW)

Here lies
Johnny Yeast
Pardon me for not rising.
(Ruidiso Cemetery, New Mexico)

Here lies the body of old Jack Clarke
A man with a heart of gold
His money he couldn't take with him,
of this he often told.
But now that jack is gone I suppose it's time to tell
he left no relation
So instead of leaving it to the Government boys ,
he left it to the Cancer Foundation.

(Nowra Cemetery- Jack was a local identity who left a small fortune without declaring an heir)

Inscription Example 3

In Loving Memory Of
April Storm Bohman
Daughter Of Matthew & Tracy Bohman
Loved, wanted, needed, gone, lost, left.
Dreams made forever
Earthly ones dashed, but in eternity
Families can be together forever

(On a child's grave at the Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

Victoria Dawn Worthington
Born 10.1.1996
What the heart has once owned and had it shall never lose.
Forever loved.

(Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

In Loving Memory Of
My Dear Husband
29.7.1910 - 26.11.1994
Loved by his family and friends
"Lay Your treasures up in heaven
Cling to life and see it through
For it cannot last Forever
'I shall die some day' Says You"
Henry Lawson

(Shoalhaven Lawn Cemetery)

"Stranger as you pass me by
As you are so was I,
As I am so you will be
Prepare yourself to follow me"

(Popular epitaph found in many cemeteries)