How Will They Remember You?

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Reading Comprehension for November 2

Walk into a graveyard and you will see many headstones (also called tombstones). A headstone tells you who is buried there. It tells you when the person lived and died. Sometimes there is a short verse of praise or a tribute in gratitude to the memory of that person. A short poem or statement celebrating the life of a person engraved on a headstone is called an epitaph [EHP-uh-taff].

The word "epitaph" comes from the Greek language. The Greek word taphos meant "tomb", and the prefix epi meant "over". An epitaph can tell the world what was important about a person who once lived.

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