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People's last words stick with us for a long time, but memory fades, and stone doesn't. Unless you get cremated, and your ashes end up in an urn, your remains get a grave and a headstone, and together with it - the last opportunity for a funny epitaph to entertain those who drop by for a visit.

The people below were not famous for their lives but rather because of their undying sense of humor engraved into their funny gravestones. From cute puns and dad jokes from the afterlife to warnings about the great beyond, these funny tombstones show that death is not always so serious.

Bored Panda has compiled a list of funny 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 nonliving examples of the right attitude. Scroll down to check out the deadly funny gravestones!

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Gay Vietnam Veteran

Gay Vietnam Veteran

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If You Can Read This

If You Can Read This

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg, this is hilarious :D I wonder if Janet had the wish to write it on her tombstone or if her relatives are just douche bags :D

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Walking Through A Cemetery When All Of A Sudden...

Walking Through A Cemetery When All Of A Sudden...

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Which Celebrities Have Funny Epitaphs On Their Gravestones?

An epitaph, literally “on the grave” in the Greek language, is usually a text inscribed on a gravestone or a plaque to honor the dead. That said, not everyone wants to be remembered in a grave tone (pun very much intended) and might opt for something a bit more lighthearted and truer to their nature. Quite a few celebrities and famous people prove this point, and here are some funny tombstone sayings inscribed on their gravestones:

  • "He died in bed." — Tombstone of renowned gunfighter Doc Holliday (1851—1887).
  • "I told you I was sick." — Tombstone of Spike Milligan (1918—2002), British actor.
  • "I'm in on a plot." — Tombstone of Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), British director.
  • "For a good time, dig." — Epitaph of Platy Paul.
  • "He neither drank, smoked, nor rode a bicycle. Living frugally and saving his money, he died early, surrounded by greedy relatives. It was a great lesson to me." — John Barrymore (1882—1942), American actor.
  • "That's All Folks!" — Epitaph of Mel Blanc, The Man of a Thousand Voices.

While for some funny tombstones have no place in a cemetery, for others, it might be the ultimate last chance to show the world who they were and how they’d like to be remembered. And why not?

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I Was Hoping For A Pyramid

I Was Hoping For A Pyramid

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thats just amazing that people with the sense of homour even the subject was death

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Still There Was Love

Still There Was Love

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haha.. this triggered some of my childhood memories. I love my sisters!

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Visiting My Grandma's Grave And Found This On A Tombstone Nearby

Visiting My Grandma's Grave And Found This On A Tombstone Nearby

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What Are Some Famous Epitaphs?

Funny headstones or serious ones, some are still better than the rest. And by better, we mean they got famous and were often quoted with the passing of time. If you’ve always wondered who got those tombstone ideas to the point, here are some sayings that became just as well-known as the people behind them:

  • Cursed be he that moves my bones” – tombstone of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British writer. 
  • O.K...I gotta go now.” – Dee Dee Ramone (1952 - 2002), American musician. 
  • The best is yet to come” – Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998), American singer.
  •  “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m free at last.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), American civil rights activist. 
  • Quoth the raven…Nevermore” – Edgar Allan Poe (1849 - 1875), American writer.
  • "Don't try." – Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994), American writer.

Unsurprisingly, most of the famous and funny epitaphs can be found on writers’ gravestones; after all, they’re the people who know the exact power of words! 

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Now, are you ready for more funny gravestone names? If so, there’s still a whole list to go through! And if you were wondering where you could use these epitaphs, we have an idea—turn them into Halloween tombstone names when the next All Hallows Eve comes around. 

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All Dressed Up An No Place To Go

All Dressed Up An No Place To Go

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Kay's Fudge

Kay's Fudge

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This Man's Tombstone Is A Giant Middle Finger

This Man's Tombstone Is A Giant Middle Finger

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Ouija Grave

Ouija Grave

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I Came Here Without Being Consulted

I Came Here Without Being Consulted

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Found While Out Planting Flags In The Cemetery For Memorial Day

Found While Out Planting Flags In The Cemetery For Memorial Day

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With so much cats, her life must have been spectacular and full of love!

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She Always Said Her Feet Were Killing Her, But No One Believed Her

She Always Said Her Feet Were Killing Her, But No One Believed Her

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She Answered

She Answered

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that pic of Kim is engraved in stone. 100 points to the tombstone creator.

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On The Backside Of Mom's Headstone

On The Backside Of Mom's Headstone

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Found This Gem At The Local Cemetery, When You See It

Found This Gem At The Local Cemetery, When You See It

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Daddy's Own Language On A Headstone

Daddy's Own Language On A Headstone

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