Funeral Ash Cremation Urns
Cremation urns are part of one of the oldest traditions known to human history. Although there is no record of the first civilization to use a vessel of any type to hold the cremated remains of a departed person, it is documented that cremation or cinerary urns were used to memorialize important figures in ancient societies, such as the Roman and Greek civilizations. This means that since our earliest days, we have been prone to leave our mark, to let our predecessors know about our time in this world. This stands true today, if not more so, because we memorialize all lost loved ones rather than just important political figures. Luckily, to meet this demand for those that choose to have themselves or a loved one cremated, cremations urns today are available in a variety of color, styles, materials, shapes, sizes and so much more. No matter what aspect of a cremation urn you are interested in, nearly everything is customizable, allowing even the most cost conscious families to create memorials befitting the personality of their precious loved ones. Here is a summary of the options one can keep in mind when choosing the perfect cremation urn.
What do I need to know about the Cremation Urn Size:
Cremation ash vessels are available in any number of different sizes, each suitable for a different type of use. Very large cremation urns usually hold 400 - 500 cubic inches worth of remains and are suitable for the many couples who are comforted by the thought of spending eternity together in one urn. Some of these large urns are designed to have the option of a single or double compartment, so they could even be used as 'oversized' urns if a family so wishes. Although most urns in this large size are described as 'companion urns' or 'urns for two', a good number of them are designed to look like a single vessel. Standard sized cremation urns typically hold 170 - 350 cubic inches worth of remains and are the usual choice for most people. But, that said, these “individual” sized cremation urns can vary a great deal in the exterior size and shape. For example, some urns feature a rather large sculpture, in which the cremated remains would be stored in the base of the piece, while others that may also look more like a sculpture than an urn, are smaller as they are designed to hold the ashes in the body of the piece, rather than in the base. While the individual or standard sized urns can range from 170 - 350 cubic inches, the average size of most full-size or adult urns is approximately 200 cubic inches. Finally, the smallest size of cremation urn, known as “keepsake” urns or youth urns, typically hold anywhere from a teaspoon to 60 cubic inches of remains. This small size of urn is usually utilized by those who have had the misfortune of losing a child, and are not intended to hold the entire set of remains of a single adult person. The small size urns are also perfect for families who want to divide the ashes of a loved one amongst several locales or family members, or for those who wish to keep a small portion of ashes that are otherwise scattered over some special place.
Is the Cremation Urn Color important:
Cremation urns are available in a variety of colors that span the rainbow, and can set any sort of tone for a memorial that a family can desire. Whimsical, playful personalities can be remembered through the ages with a bright color, or even mixture of colors on an urn, whereas more studious personalities are best memorialized with urns that feature a serious or even earthtone color. The design of an urn can even be completely set by the colors selected, and the pattern that they are placed in. In fact, one wood urn artist is well known for creating colorful, dimensional designs not from paint, but rather by using pieces of rare wood that are a multitude of different colors. The natural coloring of materials such as wood or marble, or even bronze can even be enough to apease the needs of many.
What Materials are Urns made from:
Cremation urns are made from all sorts of materials, ranging from long-lasting natural substances such as marble and granite to biodegradable materials such as gelatin or rock salt. This vast array of choices for materials means that cremation urns can be used for just about any memorial service imaginable. Studier materials, such as steel and bronze are suitable for placement in a niche or for direct burial of remains, while the less hearty materials such as glass or wood can become beautiful additions to any interior decor. One surprising choice of cremation urn material that is fairly popular is paper. Yes, it’s true that many people today desire to have an attractive urn at a funeral service but do not intend to keep the ashes stored in a single place for a long period. So, for these cases, biodegradable urns, relatively inexpensive, urns made from paper or cardboard are the perfect choice.
Are there different Urn Designs:
The most amazing thing regarding the diversity of cremation urns may just be the availability of multitudes of designs. Those who think of cremation urns as simple, vase-like cylinders will likely be surprised at what else earns the name cremation urn these days. Traditional “Grecian” urn designs, such as the urn to the left, are still quite common and popular, of course, but that is just the start. Beautiful urns are now available today that take the shape of jewelry boxes, kitchen ware, sporting goods, and even motorcycle gas tanks. It’s not uncommon today to see urns designed to be part of an outdoor memorial display -- such as in a hollow “memorial rock” that is installed in a garden of some sort. And, with the explosion of creativity in the memorial industry in recent years, elaborate or unusual designs of urns do not necessarily have to be custom ordered from an artist (though many people still do that). Plenty of ready-made, off-the-norm, and traditional designs are available from retailers at any time and can be shipped, in most cases, within a week. Funeral urns for ashes featuring baseball gloves, hunting scenes, and even a ball of yarn are among the many unique designs that are available for immediate purchase these days.
In conclusion, it is important to capture the history we make so our future generations can know where their ancestors were from, and how they lived. Anyone who does not have the priviledge of a well documented family history will tell you that it is important to be able to learn about the roots that we have grown from. With the mulititude of options available for cremation urns today, we can create cherished and unique memorials that will carry accross the essence of our loved ones for all eternity.
Quick Funeral Cremation Urn Question and Answer Section:
What do the cremation urns weigh?
The weight of an urn will vary from urn to urn and depends on the material used to make the vessel, as well as the size. The weight of every urn is listed in the 'Product Detail' section of the page featuring that item.
How do I get the ashes in the funeral urn?
For the most part, a lot of families are able to transfer the ashes from the temporary vessel into the urn of their choosing on their own. Usually, the funeral home places the ashes in a plastic bag that can be taken out of the temporary box and placed directly in the permanent urn. For those who do not feel comfortable handling the ashes, we recommend speaking with your funeral home, as they may be able to transfer the ashes into the urn for you. Some families even have the urn shipped directly to the funeral home, so the ashes can be placed directly in it, instead of the temporary vessel. If your family is planning to make this type of arrangement, we do strongly recommend letting the funeral home know of your plans, so they are aware that the urn is to be delivered to them.
How do I know if all of the cremation ashes will fit?
Our basic rule of thumb regarding the capacity of an urn is 1 cubic inch (a little less) per 1 pound of body weight. For example, if your loved one weighed 200 cubic inches in their healthy weight, they would need an urn that held at least 200 cubic inches. Typically, an adult person would need an urn that held at least 170 cubic inches.
How do cremation urns open?
The opening of an urn depends on the design of the urn. For example, a vase-shaped urn may have a top opening threaded lid, whereas an urn that is box-shaped may have a back or bottom opening plate that attaches with screws. The opening of the urn is listed at the end of the description of the page featuring that specific item.
Do you recommend sealing the funeral cremation urn?
Some urns have openings that are very secure, for example a bottom opening threaded plug, in which case further sealing is optional, but not usually necessary. For those who have an urn on which the lid just sits, or simply wish to further secure their urn, we recommend a small amount of silicone-based adhesive, which is usually available at your local hardware store (i.e.: Wal-Mart or Home Depot).
Can you tell me what a keepsake urn is?
A keepsake urn, also known and a token urn, is a small urn that is intended for only a very small amount of remains. These small urns are perfect for an office or if you scatter the ashes and would like to keep a small amount for yourself. Customers who decide to split the ashes up amongst siblings or family members would also use a keepsake-sized urn. With a keepsake urn you can create a small, personal memorial for your loved one.
How do I know which urn can be engraved by Memorials.com?
Any urn that can be directly engraved will list an option for engraving on the page featuring that item. For those that cannot be directly engraved, or if you would simply prefer to personalize the urn but not directly, there is a link under 'Helpful Links' on each page, that will take you the personalized engraving plaque and easel options.
Who would you recommend for engraving my urn?
In certain cases where an urn is engravable, but we do not have an engraver at that location, or if you have purchased and received your urn but did not opt for the engraving at that time, we would recommend checking with your local trophy shop or even jeweler to verify if they are able to engrave the urn.
Can you send me a funeral urn catalog?
Our only urn catalog is the one listed online. We do not keep printed catalogs as we are constantly adding and updating our items, also this helps us keep our prices as low as we can and helps reduce paper waste. We do try to list all of our items with as much information as possible, but if you come across an item you have further questions on, just give us a call and we will gladly answer any questions you have.
Is there any guarantee on the ash urns?
We guarantee the urns to be without any defects otherwise we will take the funeral urn back or if personlized replace the funeral urn.
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