Shopping for Cremation Urns

Our extensive collection of cremation urns can help in the search for that perfect vessel

Shopping for cremation urns is, of course, a task that few will look forward to, let alone, relish doing. Whether the urn is for yourself or a loved one, the need for the urn alone is enough to make anyone feel emotional. Even today’s huge variety of urns can make the job seem daunting, but armed with a little basic knowledge, consumers can turn shopping for a cremation urn into a surprisingly comforting experience. Many, in fact, have even told us that they found themselves a step closer to closure after finding an urn that they felt perfectly suited their needs. Knowing your options for obtaining an ash vessel is also very important, as many find themselves restricted to the urns offered by a local funeral home, which are often of a small selection that is highly priced. Our website is an excellent source for all your cremation urn needs, as we offer an extensive variety of urns that are at an unbeatable price. Below is some information that will be very helpful when searching for the perfect cremation urn.


The first thing to take into consideration when selecting your urn is the size that you will need. In general the average body creates 1 cubic inch of ashes for each pound that the person weighed. So basically, an individual weighing 180 pounds in their healthy weight will need an urn that holds at least180 cubic inches. While it is very (and we do stress very) important to find an urn that holds the minimal amount of cubic inches necessary for your loved one, it is common for an urn to be larger than necessary. For example, most individual urns made for adult ashes hold around 200 to 220 cubic inches, so it goes without saying that the individual weight 180 pounds will have ample room inside an urn of this size. So when looking for the size of the urn, remember, it is better to have a little extra room, than not enough. For more information on sizing a cremation urn, the urn sizes article can be of great interest.


Prices for urns can vary greatly depending on the materials and make of the urnPrices for cremation urns will vary greatly depending upon the intricacy of design, construction, and the availability of materials. Hand-made urns made from rare materials, such as the hand-turned alabaster urn to the right, can cost thousands of dollars, and urns made via an automated process from relatively common materials, such as brass, will often cost less then $100. There are even urns that are made of beautiful natural materials, such as marble or granite, that are reasonably affordable, it is just a matter of searching through to see what stands out to you and is in your price range.

Consumers should be careful about letting price considerations sway their decisions. More expensive does not, necessarily, mean “better.” To reach the best results in shopping for a cremation urn: Set a “high-end” amount that you are willing to spend on an urn, and select the urn the strikes you hardest within that price. Today’s urn retailers have an almost endless variety, and you will certainly be able to find “the perfect urn,” even if your budget is less than $100. In fact, you will find that, the higher your price range, the more difficult the choice will be. Also bear in mind that with the endless personalizations options that are available for most urns, even a plain urn can become a beautifully fitting tribute to your beloved. Do not be bashful about selecting an urn that is less expensive than you had expected. There is no shame in finding a bargain, even for a cremation urn, and this is exactly why we at have worked hard to bring forth an amazing collection of ash vessels at affordable prices.


Today, urns are available in huge variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but there are three basic urn types, based off sizes, that are described below. For those who would like a greater in-depth look at the wide variety of styles, the Urn Types article is very informative.

Individual urns are designed to hold the ashes of one person.  These urns usually range between 200 to 220 cubic inches for the capacity.

Urns for two are designed to hold the ashes of two (or more, in some cases) people. Some of these have one large compartment; some have two compartments, and still others have removable “walls” to make them interchangeable. Although these urns are usually intended to hold the remains of more than one person, many companion urns are stylized to look like a single urn, so they can even be used as an 'oversized' urn.

Keepsake ash vesels are designed to hold a small amount of ashes. Families often buy several of these urns so they can share the remains of their loved-one. Many keepsake urns are also made to be used as children, or youth urns, as they typically hold between 3 - 60 cubic inches.

Again, many families are troubled with the idea of having to find an urn for a loved one, which is definitely understandable. Many people are now even selecting or purchasing an urn for themselves so their family can rest assured that the urn is what the deceased would have wanted. This pre-need planning of the cremation urn can greatly help a family at the time of loss. In any case, wether pre-need or at-need, searching for a cremation urn can be a fullfilling experience for those who are prepared for the task at hand.

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