The Last Word…

I remember hearing the late entertainer Merv Griffin joke that he was going to put these words on his tombstone.

“I will not be right back after this message”

I happened upon a story recently about humorous tombstone messages and I found out that Merv kept his word.


There have been some brave souls over the years when it came to tombstone epitaphs. Like this apparently long suffering husband who paid less than his respects to his departed bride.

John Dryden (1631-1700):

Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she’s at rest, and so am I.

On Margaret Daniels’ grave at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia: She always said her feet were killing her but nobody believed her.

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:

Here lies
Ezekial Aikle
Age 102
The Good
Die Young

And he had so much to live for!

From a cemetery in Ruidoso, New Mexico:

Here lies
Johnny Yeast
Pardon me
For not rising.

I started wondering what I would like to put on a grave stone as my final message. Should I be funny?

Hope he was just kidding about the Bad Christian stuff.

But after a little serious thought I think this would be my final words.

Here lies Dave Burchett.

He was so amazed by the grace of God that he couldn’t stay quiet about it.