1. [n] an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
2. [n] a summary statement of commemoration for a dead person
Famous Examples:
That’s All Folks
Mel Blanc
Man of 1,000 Voices
Beloved Husband and Father
Jefferson Davis
At Rest
An American Soldier
And Defender of the Constitution
Jesse James
Died April 3, 1882
Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days
Murdered by a traitor and a coward
whose name is not worthy
to appear here.
Dean Martin
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime
Edgar Allan Poe
Quoth the Raven nevermore.
To enter The Final Farewell Contest, write an epitaph in 30 words or less. Paste the epitaph in the body of an e-mail, along with your name, mailing address and e-mail address. Each entry must use the subject heading “Final Farewell Contest.” No attachments will be accepted. Only one entry per person, please.
The top five entries will receive:
* “I Told You I Was Sick: A Grave Book of Curious Epitaphs” by Nigel Rees
* Two coffin nails
* Epitaph published on The Blog of Death
Deadline is Oct. 28, 2008. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31, 2008.