A lot of people in the world wish to be “disposed of” in style when they die. Many would want to be buried in an ornate casket while many others would want simple yet stylish caskets to be their final resting vehicle. For those seeking to be cremated, many would want their remains to be placed in stylish and intricately-designed cremation urns. What is this urn? Such urns are receptacles meant to keep the cremated remains of one’s dearly departed.
This particular kind of urn is not a requirement, but rather an option. This is because the remains can be collected in a transparent plastic bag or temporary container given by the crematory. Nevertheless, one may want to have an urn to store the ashes when the remains are planned to be placed within a columbarium niche. One would also need an urn when seeking to entomb the ashes in a mausoleum crypt.
Cremation urns are also useful when one wishes to bury the ashes in an urn garden or family plot. For this use, biodegradable urns are good. Such environment-friendly urns are made from materials like plant fibers, maple, recycled paper, and natural clay. Family members who seek to keep the ashes in the house can get an aesthetic and meaning urn for display on a shelf or mantle for remembering a loved one and helping to create a happy memory. Urns for this purpose are made of granite, ceramic, crystal, wood, bronze, glass, resin, stainless steel, brass, or other materials. Not surprisingly, cremation urns come in various styles, sizes, and shapes.
Selecting an urn to keep a person’s dearly departed may be an overwhelming and distressing process. This is why there are some things to keep in mind while selecting an urn to hold the remains, which may look like gray or white sea shells (crushed).
In determining the cremation urn’s size, one can confer with the crematorium or funeral home in order to get an estimate. The cremated remains normally weigh 3 to 7 pounds and need a capacity of about 180 to 220 cubic inches. If one decides to place the remains in a columbarium niche, one should consult with local authorities about the size and type of urns allowed in the niches.
The quality of the urn should be taken into consideration and one should select the material that suits him or her best. For example, wooden urns are not durable if the ashes are to be displayed outdoors. Likewise, urns made of brass are not recommended for burial purposes. If one intends to float the ashes in water, one can purchase a biodegradable and water-soluble urn. Urns made from sustainable materials are desirable for interment as these urns decompose and are proven to be friendly to the environment.
If one seeks to carry an urn while flying, it is best to get an urn made of cloth, cardboard, transparent glass, or plastic. These materials can be easily X-rayed and are lightweight. Unlike stone, metal, or ceramic, urns made of light materials can pass through security with no trouble. One can keep the ashes in an airline-safe urn (temporary) before transferring the ashes into a more permanent urn. To do this, one must call the airline beforehand to determine the requirements regarding traveling with cremated remains.
Since cremation urns come in various styles and shapes, prices may also vary. It is very crucial to have a budget for this before getting an urn. For others, the best urns are the personalized ones. These urns may have Bible verses engraved on them. There are also other urns wherein one can insert photos of their departed loved ones.