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ENGRAVED IN STONE is a book of humorous epitaphs
by Jo Erickson

Fundraising for hospice care with a book of epitaph humor

Epitaph humor dedicated to hospice care

About "Engraved in Stone"

ENGRAVED IN STONE - epitaph humor dedicated to the volunteers of hospice care everywhere.

"I wrote this book for four principal reasons. First and foremost, as a fundraiser for hospice care; secondly,
to raise awareness of the wonderful work done by so many selfless volunteers giving care and comfort to the dying (if you want to know more about this, please click on Links); thirdly, to amuse and entertain. Lastly, I hope that reading the book will inspire you to reflect on how you want to live your life and be remembered.

To give care and comfort to the dying is important work. It is the kind of work that defines our essential humanity. So a book of epitaphs - many of them flippant and humorous - might seem like an odd, some might say disrespectful, way to pay tribute to those who are both the agents and beneficiaries of hospice care.

Yet death is the one unavoidable reality. It is the endpoint at which our lives achieve a final perspective. And epitaphs, I believe, are simply an expression of this. They are ultimately celebratory and life-affirming.

So I hope that in reading this book, you will find time to pause (with the occasional smile), and consider the wonderful legacy of those who have left us." - Jo Erickson, Uxbridge 2004.

The book measures about 6 1/2" by 5 1/2" and is filled with 112 pages of timeless, humorous epitaphs.

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Lambarene, Gabon

A book of humorous epitaphs, fundraising for hospice care
Benjamin Franklin
Christ Church Cemetery
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Here lies Lester Moore
Four slugs
From a 44
No Les
No more

Lester Moore
Boothill Graveyard
Tombstone, Arizona
Nip’t in the bud to blossom in heaven
Cora D. Hainer. died Oct. 25, 1888
in her 3rd year
James W. Hainer. died Sept. 27, 1888
in his 5th year

Guysboro Cemetery
Elgin County
Ontario, Canada

Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare
To dig the dust encloased heare!
Blest be the man that spares these stones
And curst be he that moves my bones

William Shakespeare
Holy Trinity Church
Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

Emily Dickinson
Dec. 10, 1830
Called Back
May 15, 1886

Emily Dickinson
West Cemetery
Amherst, Massachusetts
Big deal! I’m used to dust
Erma Bombeck
Dayton, Ohio

Excuse my dust
Dorothy Parker
Died and cremated 1967
Ashes Interred
NAACP Headquarters
Baltimore, Maryland

I had it all
I did it all
I loved it all

Sid Luckman
Skokie, Illinois

I never met a man I didn’t like
Will Rogers

Claremore, Oklahoma
Looked up the elevator shaft
To see if the car was on the way down.
It was

Harry Edsel Smith
Albany, New York
Here lies
Ezekial Aikle
Age 102
The Good Die Young

Ezekial Aikle
East Dalhousie Cemetery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Here lies Ann Mann
She lived an old maid and
She died an Old Mann

Ann Mann
Bath Abbey, England


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