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The Most Appropriate Urn for Your Loved One’s Cremains

Published: February 13, 2023
by Welch Funeral Home

Urns have been around and used to house loved one’s cremains in for centuries. While the main function of the urn has not changed much, there types and designs have. Throughout the years, more and more urns are being created all with different locations or uses. While this can all seem overwhelming, providers of cremation services in White Oak, TX. explain the different types so that you can decide which one you should consider for your loved one.

If You Plan to Release Your Loved One’s Ashes

If you plan on scattering your loved one’s ashes after their cremation, you should look at scattering urns. These urns have a top that makes it easy for the releasing of the ashes. After the ashes have been scattered, many families choose to keep mementos, flowers, or other meaningful items in the urn.

When Placing the Urn in a Columbarium Niche

Most urns are suitable for placement in a columbarium niche, but you can find some that are specific for niches. These may be made of a more durable material or certain size.

When looking for an urn that will be placed in a columbarium niche, you need to make certain you know the measurements of the niche. Knowing the height, width, and depth of the niche will ensure the urn you choose fits nicely.

Another consideration when choosing and urn for a columbarium is to check with the cemetery and see if they have any policies on what is, or isn’t, allowed. Some cemeteries may have restrictions on certain designs or materials.

Burying the Urn

If you are going to bury the urn, you may wish to consider one that durable and sturdy over more intricately designed. This is because the urn will be placed in an urn vault for burial. Since placing an urn in the ground for burial may cause the earth around it to sink, these urn vaults house the urn inside to preserve the urn as well as help support the ground from sinking. When choosing an urn for an in-ground burial, you need to keep the dimensions in mind so that the urn container or urn vault can fit around it nicely.

Natural or Water Burial

Biodegradable urns are becoming a popular choice as more people are choosing to have their ashes released back into nature. While the scattering of remains is allowed is most public places (as long as you have the correct permits), biodegradable urns allow the actual urn to be placed at the site. Since these urns are organic and designed from materials meant to naturally break down when they come into contact with water or soil, families have many options of where they can lay the urn to rest.

Keepsake Urns

If several family members would each like an urn with a portion of the remains, then keepsake urns are your choice. These urns are typically smaller than regular display urns and allow several people to each have an urn of their own.

Display Urn

The most common type of urn is the display urn, and it is what you see in people’s homes. These urns can be found in materials such as glass, ceramic, wood, and metal and come in a variety of styles, colors, and designs. They offer ways to be personalized such as being engraved and can also come in unique shapes or themes.

You can see that there are several types of urns to choose from. Don’t worry if you still feel uncertain as to what type is best for your situation. As providers of cremation services in White Oak, TX. we are here to help and can answer any questions you may have for any service option you need.

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