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Choosing A Cremation Urn
With so many options available and dealing with the pain of losing a loved one, buying a cremation urn can be a little daunting. To help you make a decision easier, our memorial experts have put together a list of things to consider before choosing an urn. We hope it makes the process a little easier and helps you find some closure in this difficult time.
What To Consider Before Buying An Urn
Where will you store the urn?
Knowing where you’re going to store the memorial is going to help you narrow down a shortlist of suitable urns.
At Home: If you’re storing the urn at home, you’ll want a memorial that suits the style of your home and also reflects the life of your loved one. In any case, we have a lot of suitable cremation urns that are perfect for a home setting.
Cemetery: If you’re interring the urn into a grave or placing it inside a mausoleum or nice, you will need something sturdy. People choosing this method of disposition tend to use an urn made out of metal, ceramics, or marble.
Water Burial: If you’re looking for a cremation urn that will float and dissolve in a body of water, you will have to select a suitable biodegradable urn. Our selection of biodegradable urns are compliant with sea regulations and are not disruptive to sea life.
Scattering Ashes: For those who wish to scatter the ashes in a particular place, you may choose to buy a simple scattering urn.
Natural Burial: This is another burial option, however the urn is made out of biodegradable materials such as paper or sand. Some of these urns allow you to mix your loved one’s ashes with plant seeds, in order to make a tree. We have a number of these eco-friendly memorials in our biodegradable urns section.
What urn size do you need?
Cremation urns come in a number of different sizes. When choosing an urn, always pay attention to the size listed, which is measured in cubic inches or liters.
Small Urns: These are also more commonly known as keepsake urns, which usually fit anywhere from 1 to 6 cubic inches of ashes. Keepsake urns are typically used with families who want to share the remains, or when someone wants to have a small memento close to them.
Medium Urns: Also known as adult urns, these memorials are suitable for your typical adult. Although their size can vary between artists and manufacturers, their average capacity is around 200 cubic inches. This makes them suitable for a person that weighed up to 200 pounds.
Large Urns: These urns can also be called companion urns, because they can hold the ashes of two adults. Companion urns are also suitable for someone who was larger than 200 pounds.
What's the best urn material to choose?
The material you choose will ultimately come down to your personal tastes and needs for storing the urn. As mentioned before, we have a wide selection of handmade urns made of wood, ceramics, glass, clay, paper, and more. We always give a detailed description of each urn on each product page, but if you need some more information, feel free to contact our memorial experts.
How to personalize an urn?
As our cremation urns are handmade by artists, there are usually some options to make them more personalized. Some urns can be engraved, others you can combine different colors & designs, and some can even be infused with ashes.
Common Questions About Cremation Urns
What size cremation urn do I need?
It's not an exact science, but generally speaking is for every pound of the person's body weight, you will need one cubic inch of space.
So if the person weighed 200 pounds, you will need an urn capacity of 200 cubic inches.
That is of course if you choose to put your loved one's remains in one place.
What type of urn is best for ashes?
There are multiple materials and styles that are more than suitable for holding ashes.
Our artists create handmade urns made out of wood, ceramics, clay glass, brass, and paper to name a few.
Choose an urn based on the asthetic style you like, where you want to store it, and what size you need.
How long can you keep ashes in an urn?
Ashes can last for many life times, providing the urn is sealed correctly.
In fact, man archaeologists have recovered ashes from urns believed to be over a thousand years old.
Is it ok to divide the ashes?
It is absolutely fine to split ashes. We see this all the time when families want to share the ashes, or when someone wants to use the ashes for more than one method of disposition.
There's a lot of things you can do with your loved one's ashes. And you're are certainly not bound by one option.
How much do cremation urns cost?
The cost of an urn can be $40 all the way up to thousands of dollars. Like everything, you get what you pay for.
The cost of an urn will be higher when it is more creative and made by hand.
Other factors which affect price are the materials used, size, country of origin, and level of personalization.
How long does it take to receive my urn?
Most of our handmade urns are made to order by our artists. Therefore in busy times, in can take up to 8 weeks to receive your urn. There should be some idea of wait times in the product description. If you have a deadline, always reach out to us to confirm that we can fulfilll the order in time.