20 Memorable Epitaphs


Emily Dickinson: "Called back."

"Called back" may seem like too pithy a final statement from a poet who was well known for her way with words. Yet these words have a special significance. In 1885, while she was bedridden with liver disease, Dickinson sent a note to her cousins bearing this short phrase. Dickinson was likely foreshadowing her own death, which would come on May 15, 1886. Over her lifetime, Dickinson wrote almost 2,000 poems, many of which addressed the subject of dying. Her famous line, "Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me" would have made another fitting epitaph.