There's nothing more painful than losing a loved one. It's particularly challenging when you're burying one of your children. Unfortunately, there is no way to bring back the dead. What you can do instead is to remember your son's fond memories through their gravestone.
Here are some ideas on what to put there:
Their Favorite Quote
If your son was fond of a certain artist, scientist, or show, they might have a quote they always say or live by. West Valley's funeral homes like McDougal Funeral Home can have that engraved on headstones, so you just have to tell them what the quote is. If you're not sure, you may ask your partner, your son's siblings, or his friends for some ideas.
Your Last Message to Them
This is your last chance to show your son that you love and care for them, even in the afterlife. You may find some comfort in seeing that message every time you visit their grave. Make it count. Make it something meaningful. Some choose words that fit the personality of the deceased. You may add hopeful messages such as, "We will see you again someday." You may also choose your favorite quote, one that applies to how you feel about your son and shows how much you miss them.
A Message of Encouragement
The message for the gravestone is more for the living than for the dead. You'll be the person who reads this message the most. You can write uplifting words that will help you get through the painful memories of your son. Examples are "Gone but not forgotten" or "You are loved dearly." Your funeral home may also have some ideas, in case you can't find something that works for you.
Looking at a gravestone and not thinking about your son's passing is harder than you think. To make it a little easier, engrave an encouraging message on there to remind you of the good times.