Pointers &Things to Know Before Choosing an Urn


Choosing a cremation urn can be a challenging and confusing experience.  Most often, emotions are tender during a time in which an urn is needed and even the simplest decisions can seem daunting.  Here are a few tips to hopefully simplify the process.It is very helpful if you know the size of urn needed in cubic inch capacity.  Your funeral home/director or crematory will be able to assist with this information.  The standard adult size urn is approximately 200 cubic inches.  However, a larger urn may be required for a very large size individual and vise versa for a small person or child size urn.  Some prefer to have their ashes co-mingled with a spouse or partner or family member, in which case a companion size urn is advisable, 400-450 cubic inch is usually suitable.

Sometimes, ashes/cremains are divided among family members into “keepsake urns” which can be small to miniature.

If you are in the market for a pet urn, a very small urn may be fitting, such at 50 cubic inch or less for a small pet such as a cat and obviously bigger for large breed animals, sometimes requiring the same size as for a human.

Something to consider is… will the urn be a burial urn, placed in a niche or in a home or will the remains be spread?  This will help you decide if you want a more basic less expensive variety perhaps, or a more ornate, decorative urn to be displayed.

There are many styles of urns from simple to more opulent designs.  When choosing an urn it is nice to take into consideration the style of the individual you are memorializing and what he/she would like.  If the urn is to be displayed in a home it will blend best if the urn is comparable to the style of the home.  For example you would likely not want an Asian style urn in a rustic log cabin and vise/versa.

Think about if you want a hand-crafted urn or one from an assembly line, often made in China or India.  Either is fine, depending upon what you are seeking and what you want to spend.  Many of the urns on the market today and available in funeral homes are the standard “assembly line” style.  If your preference is something more “unique”, you can ask the funeral home for suggestions.  They often have crafters/artists in their files, but may not keep their urns in stock.  Hand-crafted urns can be but are not necessarily more costly. Often individuals choose cremation as a lower cost alternative to burial, in which many cases cannot or do not choose to spend a lot on an urn vessel. Thank goodness there are many price and style options available these days. Shopping on line is a very viable way to find something special.  Of course all of our Appalachia Urns are hand-crafted, made from wood, turned on lathe by artist Robert Woods.  These are all signed originals and truly a “one of a kind resting place”.  Each urn of our urns is crafted with reverence and care.

Sometimes one may feel it is urgent to buy an urn, but that is not always the case, unless you have a date for a service in which the urn is needed.  Remains will arrive from the crematory in a temporary vessel, after which urns can then be transferred to a final resting place.  In fact it may be advisable to wait until you feel rested and clearer to really give some thought to the purchase of the urn, obtaining exactly what you want and will be pleased with for years to come.

We at Appalachia Urns hope this helps clear some confusion about choosing an urn and assist in making your process a bit easier.

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