Choosing Cremation Urns

When preparing for the final disposition of a loved one, some individuals and families choose cremation as an option to traditional burial. After the cremation, you have numerous choices about what to do with the cremains. For many, a permanent cremation urn is the best alternative as a final resting place.

How to Choose a Cremation Urn
Selecting an urn is an intensely emotional and personal decision. Urns come in various styles and designs; they can be a plain wood box or an ornately sculptured vase. A cremation urn can reflect an individual’s passion or hobby, military service, beliefs or vocation. Personalizing or customizing an urn is a fitting tribute to the deceased and creates a lasting memorial that brings comfort and joy to the family for many years.

When choosing a cremation urn, it is essential to consider whether the urn will rest indoors or in an outdoor setting because not all materials work well outdoors. Outdoor settings include a columbarium, burial in a grave space or displayed in a cemetery urn garden or home garden. Pewter, brass, stainless steel, glass and wood are among the most frequently used materials for cremation urns. Biodegradable urns made of salt, sand and paper/tree bark are also available.

Types of Cremation Urns
Urns come in assorted sizes to accommodate various amounts of ashes. Typically, ashes from an adult require 20 cubic inches. Our selection of cremation urns will help you reflect the lifestyle and personality of your loved one:

  • Individual urns are designed to hold the cremains of one person.
  • Companion urns have space for the cremains of two adults and are ideal for couples who prefer to remain together.
  • Child and infant urns are designed to commemorate a young life.
  • Keepsake jewelry holds a small amount of cremains in a locket or pendant, enabling you to always keep your loved one close.
  • Scattering urns are specially designed urns for families or individuals who prefer to have their ashes scattered. After the ashes are scattered, the urn is often used to hold mementos such as photographs, decorations or dried flowers.
  • Keepsake urns hold a small quantity of ashes and provide a way for multiple family members or friends to memorialize a deceased loved one. Keepsake urns are recommended to retain a small portion of ashes when the rest of the ashes are scattered.