43 Emotional Memorial Tattoos to Honor Loved Ones

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Memorial tattoos are a unique and personal way to pay tribute to someone special who is no longer here. For many, tattoos are way to show off their style, but tattoos can also express feelings. A tattoo can help keep memories alive long after someone has gone. Tattoos can honor the person and help you remember the good times. We have found 43 emotional memorial tattoos that will be a beautiful tribute to any loved one.

1. Memorial Tattoo Idea

Our first tattoo is a beautiful piece that features a bird and a quote. The quote reads “She lived and laughed and loved and left”. This is a tribute that says their loved one had a zest for life. It is a design that remembers the good times but also acknowledges the loss.

2. Handwriting Tattoo

When we lose someone, we try to hold on to them and remember them. A handwriting tattoo can be a lovely way to do this. It allows you to have a piece of your loved one with you forever. This tattoo design features a word out of a hand-written letter. It is a beautiful memorial tattoo design.

3.  Coordinates Tattoo

The next tattoo on the list features coordinates of a father and daughter’s favourite place. A design like this is a beautiful way to remember someone special. If you were thinking about a tattoo like this, you could get the coordinates placed anywhere on your body with any picture.

4. Always in My Mind

A quote is a lovely memorial idea. This tattoo features “Always in my mind, forever in my heart”. The quote is a way to express that you will always remember the joy and love that someone brought to your life. It is a stunning tribute. The birds are a beautiful touch.

Always in My Mind, Forever in My Heart Memorial Tattoo


5. Memorial Tattoo for Dad

When choosing a design, consider creating something that is personal to your loved one. This tattoo has a fishing theme to remember their dad. Ink like this will evoke memories of the times you had together. The quote is both emotional and beautiful.

Memorial Tattoo for Dad

Source: @inkmaine

6. Memorial Tattoo for a Child

There are no words powerful enough for the loss of a child. If you have lost a child and you want to remember them and mark their passing, consider a tattoo like this. It is a stunning design that shows the love between the parent and child.

7. We Only Part to Meet Again

The idea of meeting loved ones again provides great comfort in times of loss and grief. That is why a tattoo like this is a perfect choice for a memorial tattoo. It is a comforting phrase that will help you through a hard time.  You could have a design like this placed anywhere on the body.

8. Memorial Tattoo for Grandpa

Here is a stunning memorial tattoo for someone’s grandpa. The design features a grandpa and granddaughter in the sunset. This tattoo is heart-warming and emotional, it shows the love between the two. Something like is a unique design that will keep a loved one’s memory alive.

9. I’ll Be Missing You

Next, we have a beautiful arm tattoo with roses and a phrase. The phrase reads “I’ll be missing you, until the day we meet again.” This is another design that will provide comfort during the hard days of grief. You could have a design like this on other places on the body too. Make it personal by having your own fonts and roses.

I'll Be Missing You Memorial Arm Tattoo Idea

Source: @m_inni_

10. Memorial Book Tattoo Idea

Here is a tattoo that features a beautiful phrase. It reads “The chapters may have ended, but the pages still remain.” Something like this makes a great memory tattoo. It would also be good if you or your loved one enjoyed books. You could even just have the quote.

Memorial Book Tattoo Idea

Source: @joanndilley

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  1. Halie

    August 23, 2018 at 3:06 am

    My mom has just passed and I want to get a memorial tattoo. I don’t know what I want though. All I know is she was the world to me and her death is hitting me really hard. Getting tattoos makes me feel better so I’m gonna get one for her but I don’t know what yet.

  2. Brenda

    August 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I lost my mom 20 years ago and I still miss her like crazy. I lost my best friend to suicide 4 weeks ago am going to get my first tattoo for him. He loved karate and I think I and going to get his name written in Japanese. God bless u during this hard time. U will see ur mom again.

  3. Floey

    September 15, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I lost my mum in 2015 and then my pops in 2016. I have memorial tattoos for both of them. My only advice would be to wait at least 6 months before you do. Fresh grief does terrible things to your impulses. Take your time and really think your decision through. So it’s about memory and not loss.

  4. Jenna

    September 18, 2018 at 7:23 pm


    Thank you for that advice, I really needed it.

  5. Lisa Dobbs

    September 27, 2018 at 12:30 am

    My mom passed away August 29, 2018. I miss her so much!! I would like something special!! Any suggestions??

  6. Kay

    October 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I am 18 years old and I am looking to get my first tattoo, in memorial of one of my best friends who passed away when we were 15 from cancer but I can’t find any idea that I believe will do her memory justice. If anyone has any ideas of what I can do, please leave an suggestions 🙂

  7. Carol Patterson

    November 25, 2018 at 5:19 am

    Hi Kay, if you have anything handwritten from your friend, the tattoo artist can write something in your friends handwriting!

  8. Kirsten L Kinney

    December 22, 2018 at 9:27 am

    My 12 year old son Passed away on Nov 16th 2018. I am going to get my first tattoo in memory of him I have some ideas but not sure what to do.

  9. Pam P

    December 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    I lost my mom in 2002. I decided I wanted to get my first tattoo to memorialize her. It took me 10 years to decide what design I wanted. I decided to incorporate her three favorite things – roses, pearls and hummingbirds.
    I suggest to all of you who are considered a memorial tattoo – take your time, decide what means the most to you-what makes you think of them when you see or hear it? Then look at different tattoo artists and find one whose style you like.
    Last, but not least, decide on the size and placement of the tattoo. If I had to do it over again I wouldn’t have my tattoo on my shoulder where I can’t see it except in the mirror.

  10. Michelle Grimmius

    January 3, 2019 at 4:40 am

    My husband lost his twin sister unexpectedly 2 years ago in November. When we would get together, she played old maid with our kids. She would always put OM card higher in her hand and my son would take it every time. We would laugh and he would get so mad. My son got a tatt of four cards fanned from the OM deck, with the OM higher. I sgree, take your time and think of a great memory to tattoo!

  11. Janet Castellano

    January 5, 2019 at 10:48 am

    I lost my son on 4/14/2018. I want to get a tattoo in his memory. I know what I would like but I don’t know anyone who can draw it for me. I want 2 blue clouds with his face coming through the clouds. This will be my first and last tattoo.

  12. Dusti

    January 18, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    All of these tattoos are beautiful & each of them are very personal & meaningful to each person who has had something tattooed on their bodies as a way to commemorate, honor and remember the loved ones they’ve lost. But tattoo #20 has a misspelling. It should say “You’re instead of Your”… I would go back to the tattoo shop & have them fix this for free!! That was a mistake on their end! It’s apart of their job as a tattoo artist to make sure everything is spelled correctly & execute every tattoo with perfection!… That’s one of the things that makes me nervous about going to get a tattoo done.. It’s bad enough i constantly have typos in my texts i don’t need them on my body forever! 😊

  13. Kazol

    January 28, 2019 at 12:43 am

    I have lost my husband last week. Who was 20 years older than me. He looked after me like a father. Bringing me every to school like so many. I would like to get my first tattoo for my love. Any one have a idea

  14. Carrie

    February 1, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I lost my mom on my birthday of all days 2 1/2 years ago. Most devastating day of my life that I used to considering being a happy day celebrating my life. To lose my mom on the exact same day she brought me into this world exact 32 years later. I felt like I was being shredded apart from the inside out. Tattoos have always helped me through all my hard emotional times. I didn’t wait to think about a tattoo idea. I just went. My dad gave me a original signature document of my moms signature 2 days later it was on my arm and it is one of my favorite pieces.

  15. Tracey Stinson

    February 9, 2019 at 6:44 am

    I never wanted a tattoo before until i lost my 16 year old niece Chloe she passed away last year on april 15/2018 i don’t know exactly what i want yet was thinking maybe a Lilly because her mom often referred to her as Lilly because her middle name was Lillian, This would be my first time getting a tatoo would like to get it on the inside of my forearm I always want her story to be told

  16. Chasity Terry

    February 24, 2019 at 2:41 am

    My mom died a year ago and when she was dying she told me that she wanted to be creamated I got upset and told her I wouldn’t have a place to go talk to her and that it was to hard for me to just pour her in the wind she said to me that she could hear her dad and if I listen closely I would always be able to hear her voice I am in the tatoo shop and I need ideas on a saying to go with a cross to remind me of that please help

  17. mel

    March 27, 2019 at 6:52 am

    in 2010 I lost my grandmother to cancer. it hurt but I was young and didnt really understand. this last year within 6 months I lost 3 grandparents all unexpectedly. Losing all of them so suddenly really hit me hard, and knowing that I wont have them by my side for the rest of my life.
    I am still young so it seems impulsive but I want to get a tattoo to commemorate all of them because they played such a big role in my life. I’ve been thinking that I want all of their signatures with the dates under them but I dont have my heart set on this one specific design. any suggestions?

  18. Jessica

    April 7, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I lost my son in 2015 at the age of 10 to leukemia. On my inner forearm I have a tattoo that reads: For the love, For the life, For the fight. To me, this is not only for him, but also all my family and friends I have lost to illness.

  19. stephen

    May 19, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I lost my mum on 26th feb 2019 at 13.15pm it hurt some much we was close
    I was my mum,s carer I was holding my mum when she past away

    am going to get a great tattoo for my mum

  20. Jeanne Bump

    July 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Please please please double check your tattoo for spelling and grammar errors There are several in the tattoos above I think it makes it look really cheap

  21. Sherry

    July 31, 2019 at 1:41 am

    I lost my son 3 years ago to suicide. I’m looking for something w/ a dragonfly and his signature. I miss him like crazy

  22. Amber Nichole

    August 19, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I lost my mama February 3rd 2019 . 13 days before my 27th birthday. It’s been one of the hardest times in my life. Before then we’ve had a long road of drug addiction and it’s one of the main reasons she is gone. We’d had a fight a few hrs before an she took a walk little did I know it’d be her last walk an my last time seein her. She was struck by one truck which threw her into oncoming traffic where she was then struck by another truck which initially took her life. I have been sober since it’s been a long 6 months but she’s the reason for my sobriety I’d like to commemorate her wit a tattoo any ideas

  23. Joe

    November 8, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I lost my dad in 1999 and I still miss the crap out of him and i won’t to get a half of a slave of a memorial pace done in the memory of my dad

  24. AKelly

    February 14, 2020 at 1:49 am

    My daughter was born stillborn in March of 2000. I can only imagine how beautiful she would be today coming up on the age of 20. Would she be in college? Would she be a musician and an artist like her father? Would she have brown eyes like mine? Would she love nature that I use to share with her when I was pregnant? I love the tattoo with the date held in the palms of a persons hands. Thank you for sharing these beautiful memorial ideas.

  25. Neo

    March 5, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I lost my wife to asthma attack who was only 26 years couple of months after we got married. she had three tattos before her passing and was going to get another one more. she always told me that it is her way of expressing her pain from losing her mother while she was still 10 years old. And to be honest i did not understand until she passed on. Now i want to also to a tattoo in her memory because only now i understand what she felt. I miss her every single day of my life.

  26. Joy

    March 20, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Lost my sister 10 years ago. I was 9 she was 3. My life literally fell apart didn’t wanna leave the house hated everything and everyone. Today is her birthday and I haven’t found a way to say goodbye. Tattoos were the answer and my goodbyes.

  27. Gabriele

    May 31, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Lost my 33 old son just heading home from work by an 18year male1 year in July. I’m in pain, thought I get a tattoo not good with needles but nothing the pain he went through. I’m 61 , 12days after his angle anniversary Love him heaps and want something in memory of him. My first tattoo 🌻

  28. Ian

    June 30, 2020 at 9:33 am

    I want to get a tattoo for my brother I lost him last year in December to suicide and I was the one who found him it devastated me I miss him soo freakin much still and I wanna get something special but I just cannot think of anything:/

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