Selecting The Right Urn For Your Family Member: Two Tips

Being responsible for choosing a deceased family member's urn can be difficult for you, especially when you are still in the grieving process. Use the tips below to assist you in ensuring that you choose an urn that is suitable for your relative's cremains.

Select an Appropriate Material

When selecting an urn for a family member, it is important to think about what you plan to do with the urn in the future. If you plan to store the urn outdoors, for instance, you might opt for a sturdy stone model instead of a wood version that could warp or deteriorate over time.

There are even biodegradable urns that decompose over time, leaving no waste; that might be a suitable choice if you want to bury the urn or plan to set it free into the sea.

It is especially important to choose the right material for the urn if you plan to take an airplane to another location with the urn; metal urns and those lined with metal are likely to cause you to be flagged. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel do not open urns to examine what is inside them, even if you give them permission; you may not be able to fly at all with the urn at all.

You may seek to rectify that situation by putting the urn with your other luggage, but be aware that the airline you are using may not allow that. To avoid any problems when planning to travel by air with an urn, select urns that are compliant with the TSA guidelines. Plastic or wood urns may be suitable for this purpose.

Consider Buying a Set

During the period after a relative's death, everyone might disagree about what to do with the cremains; more than one family member may want to keep the cremains. To avoid disputes among family members, it is a good idea to consider buying a beautiful matching set of smaller urns that can allow all of you to share the cremains, rather than one urn.

A set of urns may also be suitable when your family plans to scatter the cremains over a body of water or in a particular location. The urns can serve as keepsakes.

Be sure to talk it over with other members of your family and ask the funeral home director for more guidance. For assistance, talk to a professional like Kimble Funeral Home.