From the funniest quote ever to the most disturbing tombstone, here are 26 of the most UNBELIEVABLE gravestones ever made!
One woman's gravestone is going viral because of the epitaph.
Mona Harold Vanni passed away on Apr. 11, 1996 and is buried in Sedona , Arizona. Her children, Buddy, Jackie, and Mike, were in charge of her burial and had some choice words on her gravestone.
MONA HEROLD VANNI
OCTOBER 14, 1912 TO APRIL 11, 1996
YOU SPENT YOUR LIFE EXPRESSING ANIMOSITY FOR NEARLY EVERY PERSON YOU ENCOUNTERED, INCLUDING YOUR CHILDREN. WITHIN HOURS OF HIS DEATH, YOU EVEN MANAGED TO DECLARE YOUR HUSBAND OF FIFTY-SEVEN YEARSUNSUITED TO BEING EITHER A SPOUSE OR A FATHER. HOPEFULLY, YOU ARE NOW INSULATED FROM ALL THE DISSATISFACTION YOU FOUND IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS. BUDDY, JACKIE, AND MIKE
Interestingly enough, the tombstone of her husband, Guido William Vanni, reads:
TO MY FATHER
GUIDO WILLIAM VANNI
JULY 7, 1912 TO APRIL 26, 1994
DURING YOUR LAST FEW MONTHS I WANTED TO SIT WITH YOU AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAD DONE FOR ME, APOLOGIZE FOR THE TIMES I MIGHT HAVE DISAPPOINTED YOU, TELL YOU I LOVED YOU, AND SAY GOODBYE. I NEVER FOUND THE COURAGE TO START THAT CONVERSATION. ON THE CHANCE YOU CAN STILL HEAR ME: THANK YOU, I'M SORRY, I LOVE YOU. GOODBYE.
Turns out, Mona's first husband (Jack McReynolds) died in WWII. She then married Guido Vanni, who raised the children.
Why would her children go out of their way to write such an honest epitaph?
Jackie, Mona's daughter, responded to a blog post about her mother's tombstone:
I am the Jackie on Mona Herald Vanni’s tombstone. I had no knowledge of her death until my brother contacted me. I had not any contact with her since I was 18. I left home at 16 with the help of my high school principal. My sister eloped six months before to get out of Mother’s control. My brother left immediately after his graduation 7 years later. We’ve all become upstanding citizens. The sentiments on her grave barely covers the brutal treatment we each received. I got the worst as I looked and acted like my father who I never saw as a little child. He was killed in WW!!. I had no input in the epitaph, but Michael expressed it right on. I, on the other hand, would have just put on her name, her birth, and her death in the smallest letters possible. We all loved our father, but were never were allow to get close to him. Michael had the right to express his feelings, especially for his father. The real story is far worse than the epitaph.
Thanks Jon! I think we’ve all had rather wonderful lives. My personal nightmare will alway be with me, but it doesn’t affect my present life anymore. She beat us, kicked us, starved us, me for five days. I ran away many times just for a little peace. I wanted to jump a freight car just to get as far away as possible. I was a young child with a police record. When I woke up in my new home at 16, as a mother’s helper, I thought I was in heaven. My sister and I have always stayed close. I entered UCLA after I graduated and then the Air Force. My husband is a retired Air Force Surgeon and my children are very close to me. I loved my stepfather, as did my sister, but she never let us get close to him. It was a really strange family life. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Jackie
What will your children and loved ones say about you once you've passed?