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6 Things to Consider When Choosing an Urn

Buying an urn for a loved one can be a difficult decision. How do you choose? These 6 things to consider will guide you on choosing the best urn option.
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Things to Consider When Choosing an Urn

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Losing a loved one is hard enough, but being left to deal with their funeral services can make this difficult time even more stressful.

If you’re considering cremating your loved one, you might have questions about where to buy an urn and how to find the right match for your needs. Although saying goodbye to a loved one is never easy, it can be comforting knowing that choosing an urn can be simple as long as you do a little research in advance.

Do you need help finding an urn for your loved one? Keep reading for our ultimate guide on choosing the best fit.

1. What Is Your Budget for an Urn?

Unlike coffins, urns are actually quite affordable as long as you choose modest designs and sizes. Thanks to the internet, you can browse the web easily to find the perfect urn that meets all of your goals, including your budget.

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s possible to find beautiful urns for $100 or less. The good news is that these affordable urns don’t sacrifice quality for the price.

People who are willing to pay more to find the best urns on the market can expect to spend a few hundred dollars or even more than a thousand depending on their taste. The reason why some urns are more expensive than others is due to some materials and designs costing more than other types.

Since there are no rules, don’t feel pressured into buying an urn that’s outside of your budget. Ultimately, you need to choose an urn that you love and can afford.

2. What Will You Do With the Remains?

What is an urn used for exactly? The most common way people handle their loved ones remains is to display them in their home. If this is the case, then you’ll need to make sure you buy an urn that has a stunning appearance that also fits with your current decor. Shopping for a sturdier material like metal can also help prevent accidents.

If keeping your loved one’s ashes nearby is too sad, you also have the option to keep their remains in a columbarium that you can visit. Before you buy an urn for this occasion, you’ll need to check with your local columbarium to learn about their size limits.

3. Will You Have to Travel With the Urn?

What’s an urn that’s great for traveling? If you’re flying somewhere special to scatter your loved one’s ashes, then size and weight can be a big factor in choosing the right urn for your journey. Another important detail to consider is the lid. You’ll want to buy an urn that has a sturdy seal but can also be removed with ease once it’s time to scatter the ashes.

Since you’re letting go of the remains, you’ll need to pay the most amount attention to the functionality of the urn instead of the aesthetics. If you want to save the urn as a keepsake afterward, then you can also let the appearance impact your final decision as well.

4. Is Size Important?

Urns come in all different shapes and sizes. One factor that matters the most when choosing a size is your deceased loved one’s stature. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the person was, the more remains will be left behind.

In most cases, cremation will leave you with remains that weigh anywhere between 3 and 7 pounds. If you need help, getting in touch with your crematorium can make finding the right size for your loved one easier.

5. Is the Style or Material Important?

Urns come in lots of different shapes, colors, materials, and designs. If appearance is important to you, then you could spend a long time browsing the wide range of urns on the market.

Ceramic, steel, marble, glass, stone, brass, and wood are a few of the most common materials that are used to create urns. Not only does the material have an impact on the urn’s appearance, but it also affects its durability. People who want to display the urn in their home may want to choose more durable materials like metal that could withstand accidents over the years.

Another interesting option that has been gaining popularity over the years is cremation jewelry. For example, a necklace that contains your loved one’s ashes can keep them close to your heart literally and metaphorically. This option is great for families that want to divide the remains since each portion may be too small to justify buying a traditional urn.

6. Are Personalized Details Important?

If you’ve spent some time browsing different urns and haven’t felt a connection with anything yet, it’s also possible to create a personalized urn. Although this option is more expensive, it allows you to buy an urn that meets all of your criteria perfectly.

Another benefit is that you can also get the urn inscribed with meaningful words. Inscriptions could include a religious quote, something your loved one always used to say, or a simple epitaph

Do You Need Help Taking Care of a Deceased Loved One?

Saying goodbye is never easy. If you’re in charge of handling your loved one’s affairs, then you might be too stressed to focus on the grieving process. Since cremation is an affordable, straight-forward process, choosing an urn and paying your respects can be a meaningful, healing experience for you.

If you’re looking for cremation services that are affordable and environmentally friendly, Green Cremation Texas would love to help you through this difficult time. Contact us to learn more about our cremation services.

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Marlaena Gonzales

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