Plan Your Epitaph Day

If there’s one thing that’s for sure, we’re all going to die. It doesn’t matter how well we take care of ourselves, who we know, or how much we’re worth. It’s all eventually going to come to an end. And when it does, most people are going to choose to be buried.

That means they’re going to need a tombstone—a tombstone with an epitaph. What is going to be on that tombstone? How will it announce to the world the life of the person buried in that grave?

Well, most of the time, that will depend on what a family member decides to put on it. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. People can decide to write their own epitaph, and they can begin to do so on Plan Your Epitaph Day—a holiday that falls on April 6th every year.

The History Of Plan Your Epitaph Day

People have been writing epitaphs on graves since the beginning of written language. It has always been a way for people to commemorate their loved ones and/or members of their own tribe.

And ever since that time, people have come up with rules for what makes a great epitaph and what doesn’t. These rules change from culture to culture and from time to time, but one thing remains consistent: we all remember our dead. Unfortunately, we’re unsure of when Plan Your Epitaph Day became an official holiday.

It seems to have just come out of nowhere. We just don’t know who invented it or why they invented it. What we do know is that it’s a holiday that’s been around for at least a few years, and we also know that it has managed to get people talking about the difficult subject of choosing your own epitaph.

Observing Plan Your Epitaph Day

Look, we’re not dumb. We know that death is a subject that people don’t like to think about… ever. However, it is something that people really do need to think about, and think about now.

Otherwise, a person can end up leaving the difficult decisions of their funeral and burial to their grieving family. By taking the time to choose these details for themselves, a person can relieve a lot of the burden of death from their families.

So we encourage everyone to observe Plan Your Epitaph Day and to think about what you would like on your tombstone or crematory urn. We also encourage people to tell others about this holiday using the hashtag #PlanYourEpitaphDay online.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 6 Saturday
Next year (2025)
April 6 Sunday
Last year (2023)
April 6 Thursday
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