Choosing a select few word to represent and memorialize the life of a loved one is a daunting task. When putting an inscription on an urn, or an epitaph on a headstone, the important features to look for in a quote are significance, brevity, and relevance.
If you would like to honor the faith of a loved one by inscribing a Scripture verse on the urn or headstone, the significance of the quotation is already inherent. After all, the Bible is the Word of God, and what could be more significant than the very breath of God?
As for brevity, below we have gathered a selection of brief and fitting Scripture verses for an epitaph. These verses are listed in the English Standard Version of the Bible, with links to the traditional King James Version (KJV, which uses words like “thee” and “thou” and verbs that endeth in “-eth”) as well as the popular and contemporary New Living Translation (NLT). These Bible verses will fit on most cremation urns and memorial headstones in a readable font size. If the verse sounds familiar but not quite the way you remember it, it may be that you have heard the verse before in the King James Version or some other translation.
The last feature that should be considered for a epitaph inscription is relevance to the individual’s life and faith. Only you and those closest to the deceased can determine this, so peruse these Scriptures with an eye toward the verse’s relevance to your loved one.
Epitaph Scriptures are listed below in the order that they appear in the Bible.
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Choosing an appropriate Scripture verse for a memorial service is a poignant way to honor the faith of a loved one and provide comfort for those who remain. Here is a selection of Bible verses for funeral services in the English Standard Version (ESV), with links for each verse in the traditional King James Version (KJV) and also the more modernized New Living Translation (NLT).
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
– Psalm 23
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
– II Corinthians 4:16-18
It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
– Philippians 1:20-23
Urns Northwest is proud to introduce a new line of ceramic cremation urns featuring a variety of artistic pottery urns. These ceramic urns each are made with an exotic wood lid, unique artwork using a tattoo gun, and finished with the finest glazes.
Laser Engraved Mahogany Cremation Urns.
These solid mahogany cremation urns are richly engraved with beautiful scenes. Urns made in the USA from real mahogany and engraved with laser to give depth and character. Honor an ocean lover with the Dolphin Mahogany Cremation Urn, a lovingly-remember mother with the Rose Mahogany Cremation Urn, or the ten-gallon-hat-wearing rancher with the Desert Mahogany Cremation Urn.
Keepsake boxes are the perfect memorial to your loved one if you’ve decided on interment, scattering, or placement in a mausoleum or niche. We offer a line of gorgeous walnut wood memorial keepsake boxes, which are memory chests ideal for holding a small collection of special keepsakes. These boxes are ideal for a memorial gift for family members, and tthey can be customized with name plates or laser engraving for a lasting tribute to a loved one.
Our custom memorial keepsake boxes are beautifully constructed in the USA. Features include:
- A glass lid which can hold a 5×7 photo or card or can be left empty to view to contents inside
- A nameplate which can be customized with name and dates or a special comments
- The interior and underside of the keepsake box is lined with premium black felt
- Hinged lid opening revealing 2″ deep keepsake area
- Premium walnut wood with clear, natural finish
This beautiful item and many more memory chests and cremation urn combos in our keepsake category.
See one of these boxes in detail in the video below:
Here are a few additional angles of this walnut wood memorial:
This Memorial Keepsake Box is available here.
This one-of-a-kind marble cremation urn is made from either black, white, or green marble and features the famous Hand of God scene from Michelangelo’s Sistene Chapel paintings. The marble urn is a durable and beautiful way to memorialize your loved one.
Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn – $499.00
Choose the marble color (black, white, or green), Hand of God plaque finish (bronze or pewter), and plaque with name and dates (additional $40.00). Readers of this blog post may use the following coupon code for $60.00 off the listed price:
Cremation urn coupon code valid until 12/31/2010. Free ground shipping with all urn purchases over $130.00 at UrnsNW.com.
Update – 12/14/2015: We’ve expanded and updated the information in this brief article into a really helpful guide to engraved photo urns. You can see this new info here: How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn.
Laser-engraving a photo onto the wood of a beautiful cremation urn will make a stunning tribute to your loved one. We are proud to offer several varieties of engraved photo urns for your consideration.
The Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn is a masterpiece of technology and craftmanship. Made from solid walnut with a maple insert upon which the photograph and personalized name and dates are laser-engraved, this unique cremation urn is a wonderful memorial to your loved one.
Our Photo Engraved Cremation Urn is another marvellous work of art. Made from solid maple, this photo urn is available in an upright vertical design, as shown, or in a shorter and wider horizontal shape. Choose your design based on the shape or desired placement of the photograph. Personalized text engraving is included on this urn.
In addition to these engraved wood urns, we also offer a variety of cremation urns that hold an actual photograph in a picture frame built into the urn; see here.
At Urns Northwest, we offer several ways you can customize the cremation urn of your choice.
First, nearly all of our wood urns can be customized with personalized laser engraving, for information such as name (or names, for our companion urns), dates, quotes, Bible verses, a line or two from a poem, and personal inscriptions:
Second, most of our hardwood funeral urns are available in a variety of wood types or wood finish, including oak, walnut, cherry, natural cherry, maple, white maple, rosewood, and others.
Third, we offer many cremation urn appliques which affix to a flat surface on the urn. These beautiful and varied appliques are sold and shipped separately, so you can even purchase one for an urn you already own!
We are always ready to assist you via phone or email with any and all questions about our cremation urns and our urn customization.
If your loved one was always 15 minutes early, with clock set ahead 3 minutes, liked the daily routine of coffee, paper, breakfast, lunchbox and out the door at 7:39, and always knew if it was a leap year, a beautiful and fitting way to honor their life is through a gorgeous, stately and attractive Clock Urn from Urns Northwest.