What goes on your headstone?
I think that “Late Fragment” by Raymond Carver is the perfect summary of what I would want on my headstone or memorial plaque.
And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.
Beloved wife, mother, friend. If that is how I was remembered, I would have had a good life.