Choosing a Cremation Urn

Choosing a cremation urn is a deeply personal and heartfelt experience.  It may be one of the hardest things a person will have to do for a loved one.  If the final wish of the deceased was to be cremated then thoughtful selection of an urn will be necessary.  Here are a few guidelines that you may find helpful.

A very important point is to not rush when making a choice in urns.  Many people assume the urn has to be available immediately after the cremation, but this is not the case.  Crematories typically package the cremains in a temporary container that is suitable for long time storage.  This gives you a window of time to carefully select your urn when you are feeling ready to do so.

There are an ever growing number of options in urns.  Remember, this is an important decision that is best not to make lightly or quickly.  It is not uncommon for people to choose their own urns or for individuals to wait a year or more when choosing an urn for a loved one.

The internet has become a common way to shop for urns, and often offers a wider variety than many funeral homes, this is now becoming a viable way for individuals to choose an urn.  Often the process of choosing is made by several family members and the internet can make that process easier as families explore the myriad of choices available. 

It is very important to know where the urn will be kept after the memorial service.  Urns that would be displayed in one’s home may be quite different of those to be buried or ashes to be scattered.

Take time to pick an urn that represents your loved ones taste and style.  Many materials are available, from wood, pewter, bronze etc… Simple to ornate.  Hand crafted to factory made and at varied price points.   Consider what your loved one would want for a resting place for their ashes.

Remember that many people purchase urns to be used for their beloved pet. There are many styles, sizes and materials of urns that cater to the remains of pets as well.

The most important thing to remember is to take your time, reflect on what is most suited to your needs and the style of your loved one and make it a sacred experience.


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