Choosing the Right Urn

Choosing the right urn which will contain the remains of your love one after they have been cremated is a big decision to make.

When the decision of cremation is made, you will need a proper urn. You will need to know the size in pounds of your special person, a rule of thumb is 1 pound equals 1 cubic inch. Please refer to our "How to Size an Urn" page for complete sizes. Another choice you will need to make is the material of the urn; there are many options which you can choose from. Cremation Urns are made from many different materials. Wood, Ceramic, Brass, Bronze, Stainless Steel, Cornstartch, Biodegradable Materials, Porcelain, and Lost Wax Cast Bronze, the choices are endless.

Cremation urns can be personalized by engraving directly on the urn, having an appropriate appliqué applied or an engraved name plate attached.


A combination of engraving and an applique is very popular. Price is a consideration which you should really think about. With the on going number of options that you can have you need to de Cubic Inchde how much are you willing to pay for an urn. There are attractive high quality urns at affordable prices. The final resting place of the deceased will help you de Cubic Inchde on the material and look of the urn. Will the urn be buried or kept at home on a mantle or similar spe Cubic Inchal place? One way of showing the love and respect that you have for them is to put them in a place where they can be remembered for always in the urn you have carefully chosen.

1.First: Take time if needed

Some people think you must select an urn as soon as your loved one dies; this is not true. Most funeral homes provide ashes in a container that can store for some time. Do not feel rushed into making your decision.


2.Second: Consider pre-purchase

These days, many people choose their own urns in advance. By looking at all the options, it is possible to choose a memorial urn that expresses who you are. When this urn is displayed at a funeral, everyone can realize the thought and care put into the selection.


3.Third: Consult with others

If a pre-purchase is not made, make sure everyone in the family has a chance to offer input on the urn selection. With email and video chat available now, getting opinions is easier. Someone in the family may have a special insight into a material or design that the loved one would have preferred; do not let this go to waste.


4.Fourth: Set a budget

The prices of today's urns vary - ranging as low as $100 all the way up to $2000 or more depending on material and style selection. Also, a vault for the urn comes at additional cost if one is needed. Setting a price range in advance saves time and reduces tension among family members. Consult your funeral director for advice on materials that are best for either burying or displaying the urn.