Calligraphy Memorials

Remembering Your Loved Ones


When someone passes, it’s so hard to find words to say to console the people left behind. I think it’s especially the case when a child dies.

Once of the saddest times in my life was when a very close friend’s teenage son was sick and eventually died from leukemia. My friend was unconsolable, understandably. It was very depressing for me as well. Many people avoided her because they didn’t know what to say, or how to react. Honestly, just being quiet and listening is probably the best thing can you do.

But I had found a quote  about a spiritual way of viewing death (not religious) and wrote it in calligraphy (you can see the example with the sail boat below). “Sail into the Sun” (see below) is a story that has moved many people by saying as the person you loved one disappears from your sight, beyond our vision they appear to others. 


I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails t the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hans like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, “there, she is gone.”

“Gone where?” I ask.

He replies, “Gone from site, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull as when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port”.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, ‘she is gone’, there are many other eyes watching her coming, and many other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”


My friend loved this quote so much that she brought it to her grief support group. From what she told me, they all had a cry over it, but felt slightly better.

Combining calligraphy with photography is a moving way to remember someone who has passed. It can make you feel consoled to see their picture and read the memorial someone has written about them. A professional memorial written in calligraphy is a way that businesses can also honor past employees.

There are many beautiful poems that speak of death in a way that is comforting for those left behind. “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep” is one of my frequently requested poems.

One of the saddest requests I have is for a memorial for a new baby. It’s hard to even to do the calligraphy while I’m tearing up… This poem about a short life was a beautiful way to look at losing a new baby….. heartbreaking.

Calligraphy is most often is happy work, commemorating special occasions. But Beautiful Calligraphy services also include writing memorials for those who have passed on. It’s a meaningful way to show how much that person meant to you by writing a memorial for them. If you’re not good at writing, go to a card store, or look online for the message that has meaning for you.  Calligraphy memorials are the perfect way to show your relatives and friends how much you care.

Here are some samples of previous custom made Memorial pieces:

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