What to Engrave on an Urn

Finding the right words to sum up one's feelings toward a loved one isn’t easy. Some family members are at a loss for words while others are ready to go with humorous, yet endearing phrases. Personalizing a cremation urn with more than a person’s name or dates is challenging but important. 

Personalizing an urn with a name, dates, and artwork can be comforting. Adding an additional quote or inspiring words could make the urn even more meaningful. Some families have engraved favorite phrases to remind them of the laughter they all once shared.

The Stardust Memorials engraving staff has put together a helpful list of common phrases and formats to consider when personalizing your loved one's cremation urn.

Common Engraved Inscriptions

Top 5 Traditional Engraved Phrases:

  1. Forever in our Hearts / Always in our Hearts

  2. Forever Loved / Always Loved

  3. Rest in Peace

  4. Beloved (Mother, Father, Brother, etc.)

  5. In (Loving) Memory of

Top 5 Non-Traditional Engraved Phrases:

  1. In God's Care

  2. Rest in Heaven

  3. Best Mom / Dad Ever

  4. My Dad / Mom, My Hero

  5. {A Biblical Verse of one's choosing}

Common Date Formats

Dates can be written in many different formats from the traditional mm/dd/yyyy format to spelling out the months in full such as October 24, 2016. Before you decide how you would like it engraved, consider the size or engraveable space available on the urn. While urns for ashes such as our Cultured Marble Urns or Wood Urns have a large area to engrave the full month, smaller sized cremation urns like Keepsake Urns would only have room for the years (i.e. yyyy - yyyy).

Recommendations for Date Formats

1/11/1947 - 10/23/2016

1/11/47 - 10/23/16

September 21, 1921 - February 3, 2008

1921 - 2008


At Stardust Memorials, we offer five different styles of fonts. Most people opt for Times Roman, but Clarendon is another popular choice. Some fonts look more charming on some urns than others -- for instance, our engraving staff prefers the look of Times Roman on cultured marble urns, while they prefer Clarendon on metal and brass urns.


At Stardust Memorials, we take personalization a step further. When we receive an order with engraving options, we make sure everything is exactly what the family envisions. If it seems like a name has been inadvertently misspelled, we take the time to call the individual who placed the order to double check that the spelling is correct.

Why does our website have two sets of artwork to choose from?


We have different types of engraving machines with art unique to each machine. Our Rotary Engraving Artwork is used for our brass and metal urns, while our Laser Engraving Artwork is suitable for our wood urns and cultured marble urns. The artwork for each machine has been carefully selected for the best results. Here are a few of our urns with samples of engraved artwork:


And just because we all need a laugh from time to time, our staff also wanted to share the top five funniest phrases that we've engraved on urns. What better way to make an exit, than to leave everyone laughing!

The Top 5 Funniest Engraved Phrases:

  1. Zero% Body Fat, Baby!

  2. I Finally Found My Niche

  3. Just Breathe

  4. Miserable, thank you

  5. Beam me up, Scotty

For more information on our engraving and cremation urns, visit our website.