Give Me the Simple Life: Epitaph


During my book tour through the south east, I had the opportunity to stop by the Billy Graham Library. One of the most touching parts was visiting the burial place of Ruth Bell Graham. A spot is saved next to her for Billy, who is in his mid-nineties and afflicted by Parkinson’s disease.



She chose her epitaph years ago, and it said so much—about her humor, her strength of character, her grace in living . . . . and in dying.



Have you ever thought of what you’d like your own epitaph to say?

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Jackie McNutt says:

    Very touching post.
    I hope it would say, I tried to serve my God everyday but I am grateful for His Grace every day I failed.

  2. Phyllis O. says:

    Mine would say: ” She lived, she died, she did it her way,—-the world goes on”

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    Thank you!

  4. MS Barb Dawson says:

    I already have my headstone (due to the untimely death of my oldest son, almost 4 yrs ago) & it says:

  5. Kathie from CA says:

    I like what Barb said. “In His Presence” says it all.

  6. Melanie Backus says:

    Great post! My epitaph would read, ” If in this life I have brought a smile to one’s face, then I have done something.”

    melback at cebridge dot net