If you have a loved one that has passed away, and they have requested cremation, you will have to choose an urn. Choosing a cremation urn allows you to keep your loved one close to you, and keep their memory alive. Looking for the perfect urn, however, can be confusing. To help you with this, below are five different types you can choose form.
This type of urn is typically smaller, and is usually chosen by those who plan to distribute their loved one's ashes among their family members or close friends. Some people choose a keepsake urn to hold only a portion of their loved one's ashes before they scatter them. You can find this type of urn in a variety of materials, shapes, and styles.
A biodegradable urn is environment friendly and made from non-toxic materials. You can use this type of urn for scattering ashes or for burial. Some materials used when making this urn include unglazed ceramic, earthenware clay, paper clay, organic compost, newsprint, mulberry bark, blocks of salt, and cornstarch. These urns are handmade, and they degrade over time without harming the environment.
A companion urn is used if you have two loved ones who have passed away. It is an especially common choice for husband and wife, parent and child and other family relationships. These urns are larger when compared to others to accommodate the ashes. There are two types you can choose from: single or double compartment. This way you can either mix the ashes together or keep them separated.
This type of urn can display your loved one's religious beliefs. You can find these urns in many materials, designs, shapes, styles, and sizes. The one thing all of these urns have in common is there is something in the design that relates to their belief. For example, if they were a Christian, it may have a cross or a biblical verse on the urn.
A picture urn, also called a photo urn, is a way you can display a photo of the deceased. This type of urn looks like a photo frame. It has a secret compartment where the ashes are stored, usually in the back, and the photo is placed on the surface. If you choose this type of urn, you can have it laser engraved with a loving message, the person's name, etc.
When choosing an urn for your loved one, consider their dislikes, likes, and personality. You should also talk with the director of a funeral home, such as Suess Bernard Funeral Home Inc. He or she can show you your options.