Cremation urns are both functional and decorative. Most people prefer a traditional, standard urn shape and construction, in a box or vase shape to hold the cremains, with minor customization on the exterior such as a butterfly design and an engraved inscription. This makes for a simple and functional urn with enough decoration to be attractive without being outlanding.
Others, however, prefer to honor their loved one with a fitting memorial that is unique in shape and design so as to reflect the unique personality of the departed. At Urns Northwest, we have a variety of these specialty cremation urns.
The simple answer is that all of these terms are describing the same sort of product: a container, whether it is a box or vase, whether it is made from wood, ceramic clay, bronze, porcelain, stone, marble, etc., intended to hold the cremated remains (the official term is “cremains”) of a deceased individual.
In other words, all those terms mean “urn”.
At Urns Northwest, we use many of these terms to describe our urns not to confuse, but to help you find what you’re looking for. If you search for “funeral urns“, we’ll try to use that phrase in our description of our “cremation urns” to let you know that you’re on the right track, even though we use a different name to describe the urns. If you search for an “urn box”, we want you to know that the “funeral urn” you’re looking at is the same thing.
If you have any questions about the details of our urns, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions via phone or email and help you find what you’re looking for.
In Loving Memory
January 1, 1943 – December 31, 1999
Other first lines:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
– Psalm 91:1-2
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
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