Choosing A Cremation Urn

If your loved one has asked to be cremated after they pass away, their ashes will most likely be stored in a special urn. You can purchase an urn from the funeral home or directly from the place where the person has been cremated. If you are not sure about the process of buying an urn, read on for some helpful information that will assist you in making an informed decision.

Think About The Purpose

Some people choose to keep their loved one's ashes at home in an urn for storage or even display. Others may choose to have the urn interred at a mausoleum while others just need an urn to transport the ashes so they can be scattered. If you plan to keep the urn, choose one that will look attractive in your home. These types of urns are typically made of stone, ceramic, or wood. Mausoleums typically only accept urns made of plastic, metal, or ceramic, so ask before you make your purchase to ensure you select the correct material. Keepsake urns are available for those who plan to scatter the ashes but want something to serve as a memorial. These urns can be made of any material you choose. 

Look For Themed Urns

Today's urns provide a wide range of styles and themes. For example, if your loved one was a musician or had a love for music, you can purchase an urn that has an embellishment on it with a music note or instrument. Urns can have small badges added to them with any number of themes ranging from religious to sports and more. Color is also a good way to memorialize your loved one in a way that reflects their personality. Depending on the material, you can purchase an urn in their favorite color or in a color that reflects their personality. An engraved placque with their favorite quite is another good personalization option.

Consider Size

Urns can be purchased in several sizes. In most cases, a person who weighs one hundred pounds will produce approximately one hundre cubic inches of ashes. It is always a good idea to get an urn that is slightly larger than you plan so you can be sure it will have enough room to accommodate all of the ashes. If the urn will be placed in a mausoleum, make sure you get the correct measurements required before you select a size. This will ensure that it fits into the designated area without being too large or small. While losing someone you love is never easy, memorializing them with dignity can help make the grieving process easier. 

For more information on cremation, talk to a professional.