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What to Engrave on an Urn Inscription

Standard Urn Inscrption Format:

In Loving Memory
John Doe
January 1, 1943 – December 31, 1999

Other first lines:

In Memorium

In Remembrance

In Fondest Memory Of

In Treasured Memory Of

In Honored Memory Of

In Cherished Memory Of

Happy Memories Of

Other epitaph date formats:

1/1/43 – 12/31/99

1/1/1943 – 12/31/1999

Jan. 1, 1943 – Dec. 31, 1999

1943 – 1999

Additional Lines:

Often a short epitaph, 2-15 words in length, will be engraved below the dates. See below for list of short epitaphs. The format would then look like this:

In Loving Memory
Jane Doe
January 1, 1943 – December 31, 1999
Faithful Wife, Loving Mother

Engraving a middle name:

John D. Doe

John David Doe

Engraving a nickname:

John “Jack” Doe

Bible Verses for Urn Inscription:

(For more Scripture verses fit for an epitaph, click here.)

Love is patient, love is kind.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

God is our refuge and our strength.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (NIV)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (ESV)

He gives His beloved sleep.

The Lord bless thee and keep thee;
The Lord make His face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace.

And so we will be with the Lord forever.

We live by faith, not by sight.

Short Epitaph Poems for Urn Inscription:

You are not forgotten, loved one
Nor will you ever be
As long as life and memory last
We will remember thee

Memory is a lovely lane,
Where hearts are ever true,
A lane I so often travel down,
Because it leads to you.

His charming ways and smiling face,
Are a pleasure to recall,
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all.

A silent thought, a secret tear,
Keeps his memory ever dear.
Time eases the edge of grief,
Memory turns back every leaf.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

Though absent you are very near
Still loved, still missed, and very dear

There is a link death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last forever

Remembered always with love sincere
Memories keep him ever near

You still live on in the hearts and minds
Of the loving family you left behind

Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide myself in Thee

Short Epitaphs for Urn Inscription:

Loving Father, Husband, Brother, and Friend

Loving Mother, Wife, Sister, and Friend

Faithful and Loving Husband

Faithful and Loving Wife

           (etc.)

Sadly Missed, Lovingly Remembered

Forever Remembered, Forever Missed

Safe In the Arms of Jesus

Asleep In Jesus

He, Being Dead, Yet Speaketh (Hebrews 11:4)

Absent From the Body, Present With the Lord

In God’s Care

I Know My Redeemer Lives

We Love You Always

He Loved and Was Loved

In the Cross of Christ I Glory

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Blessed Are the Dead That Die In the Lord

In His Keeping

In God’s Hand

Forever In Our Hearts

At Rest

At Peace

Though Gone From Sight To Memory Dear

Until We Meet Again

Safe At Last the Harbour Past

Forever In Our Thoughts

Rest In Peace

May He Rest In Peace

May She Rest In Peace

Much Loved

Peace At Last

— ~ —

At Urns Northwest, we offer engraving on nearly all of our wood urns. Click here for more information about our urn engraving

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Buying A Companion Urn

With cremation on the rise as an inexpensive alternative to traditional burial, couples making end-of-life arrangements in the current economy can explore companion urns as a simple and budget-friendly option in lieu of purchasing two separate urns.

Companion urns simplify the storage and display of the couple’s cremains by holding both in a single cremation container. This double urn box, while larger than a standard urn, is significantly smaller than two urns side-by-side. This makes for a simpler burial process, a smaller niche in a mausoleum, or easier storage, transportation, and display of the urn. Smaller space, in many cases, translates to lower costs.

Companion urns, also known as double urns or urns for two, are generally cheaper than two of their standard-sized counterparts. Companion urns are made using a variety of materials, including metal, marble, plastic, wood, and biodegradable materials. Within a given medium, style and designs will vary significantly.

Memory Companion Urn Shop Companion Urns

For instance, at Urns Northwest, we offer a wide selection of wood companion urns, such as a wood urn with a photo frame on the front, a book- or Bible-shaped urn with doves on the “cover”, or a rectangular urn box with three-dimensional inlay art scenes. But the options don’t end there.

The various scenes for the Companion Urn with 3 Dimensional Scene are crafted using various exotic and domestic hardwoods in their natural colors, cut and laser engraved then inlaid like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle to produce an intricately detailed image with a real sense of depth.

The available scenes for this double wood urn are extensive, including:

Idyllic outdoor scenes: a lighthouse against a rocky seacoast, a cowboy riding his trusty horse through the desert towards the setting sun, a farmer riding his tractor home to the farm one last time.

Animal scenes: an elk in the woods, dolphins leaping through the crest of a wave, a hummingbird or butterfly fluttering near lush flowers, a wolf howling at the lonely moon, ducks descending upon a rippling pond.

Bucolic pastime scenes: a rustic cabin nestled against a lake, a golfer finishing his final round, a sailboat rounding the final bend toward shore, a fisherman reeling in the big one.

Many wooden companion urns can be designed with or without an interior divider. This option allows the couple to choose to have their remains co-mingled inside the urn as a symbol of their unity in life and in death, or, alternately, to keep their ashes separated to represent their individuality while still being united forever in a beautiful companion urn as a token of the depth of their love.

The simplicity, economy, and nearly endless stylistic options make companion urns an affordable choice for the budget shopper, and the symbolism of two united as one makes companion urns the romantic choice.

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Companion Urns with Picturesque Wood Art Scenes

Wood Urn Double Urn
Companion Urns for Two
A companion urn is a timeless way to memorialize the enduring love of an inseperable couple. Also known as a double urn or an urn for two, companion urns make a lasting and beautiful memorial. 

The wooden urn box is built to hold the cremains of two individuals in oak, walnut, or maple wood, and can be designed with or without an interior divider. This option allows the couple to choose to have their remains co-mingled inside the urn as a symbol of their unity in life and in death, or, alternately, to keep their ashes separated to represent their individuality while still being united forever in a beautiful companion urn as a token of the depth of their love.

The various scenes for the Companion Urn with 3 Dimensional Scene are crafted using various exotic and domestic hardwoods in their natural colors, cut and laser engraved then inlaid like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle to produce an intricately detailed image with a delightful sense of depth.

The many enchanting scenes available for this double wood urn include:

Idyllic outdoor scenes – A lighthouse against a rocky seacoast, a cowboy riding his trusty horse through the desert towards the setting sun, a farmer riding his tractor home to the farm one last time.

Enchanting animal scenes – An elk in the woods, dolphins leaping through the crest of a wave, a hummingbird or butterfly fluttering near lush flowers.

Bucolic pastime scenes – A rustic cabin nestled against a lake, a golfer finishing his final round, a sailboat rounding the final bend toward shore.

These fine companion urns and many more are available at Urns Northwest. As with most of our wood cremation urns, these double urns can be personalized with laser engraved inscription.

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California Urns | Wood Urns Made in California

At Urns Northwest, we take pride in offering a wide variety of funeral urns made in the United States. Several of our series of wood cremation urns are made in California, USA. These urns are crafted with the finest worksmanship, and all of them can be laser-engraved with custom inscription of name, dates, or other text.

Our Dimensional Laser Cremation Urn series features engraved scenes are made of numerous pieces of fine hardwoods in their natural colors, and the urn boxes are available in your choice of oak or walnut. Many scenes to choose from, including lighthouses, seacoast scenes, “road home” scenes with motorcycle or horse, and more. Here are several of the most popular urns in this series:

 
 
Road Home Cremation urn Road Home Urn – $359.00
 
(click here to see entire selection. All of these are also available as companion urns)
Another series of wood urns made in California is our Scenic Photo Engraved Urns, which boast a thematic nature photograph stunningly engraved onto your choice of an oak or walnut urn. These CA urns are perfect for adding an engraved inscription below the photo. Scenes include Deer, Elk, Lighthouse, Mountain, and Dolphin (pictured below).
 
The Cherry Cremation Urn series is also made in California, USA, features gorgeous cherry wood urns with laser engraved or relief carved images cut into the wood. A variety of scenes are available in this series, such as:
Cherry Lighthouse Urn Lighthouse Scene Cherry Urn – $269.00    (relief carved)
 
Garden gate Cherry cremation urn Garden Gate Cherry Urn – $269.00   (laser-cut)
 
Cherry urn with Roses inlay Red Roses Cherry Urn – $289.00   (laser-cut and inlaid with exotic Paduak wood in its natural color)
And finally for our CA urns we would like to feature the Photo Engraved Cremation Urn. Simply upload or email us a photo and we will have it laser engraved onto a maple urn along with custom text inscription. An incredible urn for a beautiful memorial.
 
All the above urns are made in CA and shipped from California, and available at UrnsNW.com
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Oregon Urns | Cremation Urns Made in Oregon

UrnsNW.com is an Oregon-based company, and while we sell many cremation urns from a variety of woodworkers, artists, and manufacturers, our most popular series of funeral urns is made in Oregon.

Dimensionat Art Cremation Urns have lovely woodcut art scenes created by using laser cut pieces of hardwoods in their natural colors, inlaid with precision to create unique and touching scenes. Several dozen scenes are available, and the wood urns can be made in your choice of oak, walnut, or maple.

A perfect example of these Oregon urns is our Boat Fishing Urn in Walnut. Oregonians love to fish, and if your loved one loved to fish this hardwood urn will serve not only as a keepsake but also as way of remembering and honoring their life and passions. 

Fisherman Urn for Ashes

All of these Oregon urns can be custom engraved with name, dates, and a brief inscription on the top or back for an additional $40. These urns usually take about 2-3 days to produce, but arrangements can be made for overnight shipping depending on current stock; please contact us for rush shipping orders.  

Here is a small selection of these urns made in Oregon for you to see the variety of scenes and styles available; click here to view entire selection of our Oregon-made wood art urns.

Lighthouse Urn | Lighthouse Cremation Urn Lighthouse Urn $365.00
 
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Celtic Urns for Ashes

Ceramic urns are a beautiful and traditional way to inter your loved one. The timeless lustre of these hand-crafted pottery urns remain a standard choice for a lasting memorial.
If your loved one was of Irish descent, loved to visit the lush green hills of Ireland, frequented an Irish pub, or simply delighted in ancient and unique Celtic designs, here are two ceramic urns to consider.
 
  
 
Each piece is handmade with an exotic wood lid hand-turned to fit perfectly. Each cremation urn also has a hand-carved ceramic rock knob that is glazed to match. Each urn is a one-of-a-kind and signed by the artist on the bottom of each piece. The traditional pottery shape with the stylized Celtic design results in a timeless and unique memorial to your loved one.  
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Ceramic Art Cremation Urns

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.

These unique ceramic cremation urns are hand thrown on the potters wheel, and can easily be customized. Already affordably priced at $379.00, view our entire selection of pottery urns here and take advantage of an additional 7% off with our winter sale!
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Marble Cremation Urn | Michelangelo’s Hand of God

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
Hand of God Black Marble Urn
Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn
Hand of God Green Marble Urn
Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn
Hand of God White Marble Urn

Available here: Hand of God Marble Cremation Urn

Choose the marble color (black, white, or green), Hand of God plaque finish (bronze or pewter), and plaque with name and dates (additional charge).

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Photo Cremation Urn | Engraved Photo Urns

Photo Cremation Urns

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.

Engrave a photo onto a cremation urn

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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.

How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn

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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.

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Trucker Cremation Urn | Unique Cremation Urn

If you’re looking for the perfect cremation urn for a truck driver, our newest addition to the Urns Northwest product line may be the perfect memorial for your loved one.

Trucker Riding Home Cremation Urn

The Trucker Cremation Urn features an incredibly detailed semi-truck driving through the countryside, passing an idyllic farmhouse on an old country road, with the moon setting in the distance. A beautiful and fitting memorial for your big-rig driving loved one.

If this is the perfect cremation urn for your loved one, enter the following coupon code at checkout when purchasing the Trucker Riding Home Cremation Urn for $15.00 off our already-low-price of $365.00:

bigrigurn$15

Coupon code for cremation urn is valid until 12/1/2010. We offer free shipping on all orders over $130.00.