Cremation Urns: A Guide to Choosing a Funeral Urn in Texas
Need help finding and choosing between cremation urns? Our guide provides a comprehensive overview of their types, cost, and where you’ll get them.
The idea of choosing a funeral urn may seem overwhelming and even a little scary, especially on short notice. But, it doesn’t have to be.
Burial Urns come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and compositions depending on what you plan to do with the remains that will be stored therein. Your crematory director can help you choose among a select few styles and types but you may also purchase your Urn directly through a wholesaler. Of course, he or she can also educate you about choosing an urn, but it may not all sink in right away.
Whether you’re browsing cremation urns for yourself or a recently passed loved one, this guide will help you understand what to expect. Keep reading to learn more.
A Guide to Choosing Cremation Urns
Choosing cremation in lieu of burial doesn’t make death any easier. But, the more you know about urns, the easier it will be when the time comes to choose one. Let’s take a look at some things you should know and consider when shopping for urns.
Of course, one of the first things you will ask is, how much are urns? Unfortunately, this question does not have a simple answer. Depending on the size of the urn and the composition and style will depend on the cost.
It may be difficult to think in terms of money when choosing an urn, but it’s important to understand that the prices vary significantly and setting up a budget may help you narrow down your choices.
The size of the urn you choose may also depend on a few different factors. First, the size of the deceased will make a difference in the size of the urn. Urns are based on the individual’s weight. Most standard urns will conceal the ashes of an individual weighing up to 200 pounds.
Some burial vaults have specific requirements on sizing for urns as well. Check with your crematory and funeral directors before choosing an urn that may be too large.
Urn styles vary from keepsake cremation urns to wood cremation urns and even biodegradable urns. You can also find ceramic and stone urns as well as some metals.
Keepsake Urns are small and will only contain a very small portion of the deceased ashes. These are generally meant to be used for distributing the ashes among friends and family.
Biodegradable Urns are just as the name implies. They will absorb into the earth along with the ashes over time. This is a beautiful option for someone that is especially earth-friendly.
Wood, ceramic, and metal urns all vary in style.
Who Will Keep the Remains?
Deciding who will keep the deceased remains may also factor into your decision about which urn to purchase. Of course, there is the keepsake option, but if just one individual will be the keeper of the remains, that individual should have some input about the urn style.
Where Will the Remains Be Stored?
Again, if you’re storing your loved one’s remains in a mausoleum or other burial type vault, there may be certain specifications that you’ll need to adhere to concerning the urn in question. ‘Green cemeteries’ for example may require the urn to be composed of biodegradable materials. Likewise, if you plan to bury the urn at home, there may be special permits required by your local government.
If you plan to keep the urn at home, you may also consider where at home you’ll be storing the remains. A ceramic urn is not suggested in a home with pets or children.
How Do You Want to Receive the Ashes?
Unless you provide the crematory with an urn prior to the cremation, your loved one’s remains will be returned to you in a temporary urn. Ashes are generally contained in a plastic bag making them easy to transfer to the permanent urn. Your crematory director will be more than pleased to assist you with handling and transferring the ashes.
Traveling With Remains
If you will be traveling with the remains, it’s best to check the specifications of the TSA (Transport Security Administration) first. Of course, this only applies if you are flying. Depending on which type of urn you decide on, you may want to complete your travels with a temporary urn and transfer the ashes later.
There are actually urns that are specially designed for scattering ashes. Considering that weather events like heavy wind can implicate a family gathering, you may want to opt for a specialized urn for this purpose.
Many urns are designed with personalization in mind. A wooden urn may be laser cut with designs, names, or even nature scenes and Bible verses. Likewise for metal urns.
Otherwise, you can find them in a variety of shapes including those replicating objects, like a teddy bear. Or, find something basic and have it designed to tailor your loved one’s personality.
The important thing to remember when searching for and selecting cremation urns is to take your time and consider all of your options. You should never feel pressure from a crematory to purchase something that you’re not comfortable with. And, know that you are not required to purchase your urn from the crematory.
If you have questions or would like to inquire about any of our selections, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are committed to assisting you in every way possible to make this an easier process.