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Key Factors When Selecting a Columbarium Niche Cremation Urn

Published: March 27, 2023
by Welch Funeral Home

When deciding on final arrangements for your loved one’s cremation services in White Oak, TX., you might be considering having their cremains be placed in a columbarium niche. Columbariums can be found in cemeteries and other memorial sites and are a very common choice for many families. These columbariums have niches where the urns are placed. If you are considering a niche for your loved one’s urn, there are some things that you should keep in mind when selecting the urn.

What Type of Niche?

Before you start shopping for your cremation urn, it’s important to know what type of columbarium niche you will have. The two main types that are typically seen are:

- Glass front- This type of niche has a glass front so that the contents of the niche are available for viewing by visitors. Because of this, families may choose for a more decorative urn. They may also choose to place small personal mementos or a photograph of their loved one to also be see.

- Metal Front -A metal front niche makes the contents inside the niche not be able to be seen as it is blocked by the metal front. Families may choose to go with a more durable and less decorative urn for this type of niche. These types of niches normally have a place on the outside for families to engrave their loved one’s name as well as a short epitaph.

Other Niche Considerations

Other than knowing if the niche is a metal front or glass front niche, you will also need to know the size of the niches to ensure the urn you choose will fit properly inside. Make sure you get the dimensions and know how high the niche is as well as how wide and how deep.

You will also need to check with the location that is housing the columbarium to see if there are any restrictions on what is or isn’t allowed. Some columbariums may have rules about certain materials or designs not being permitted.

Choosing the Cremation Urn Material

With urns being made from a variety of materials, it may be tough to know which one would be best to choose. While each material has its own set of pros and cons, the most popular choices for these types of urns is either stone or marble. This is due to the fact that natural marble and stone is very durable and also decorative. These urns look especially nice in glass front niches where the urn is visible.

Another popular choice is a metal urn. This is also because of its durability factor. Also, these urns also make great choices when the niche will be closed and the urn will not be visible to guests.

Glass and other decorative display urns might not be quite as durable, however, they make good choices when the niche contents will be available to be viewed by guests.

Final Thoughts

Columbarium niches are a wonderful choice for many families to house their loved one’s cremains. When selecting the urn just make sure you keep a few things in mind and you will have no problem finding the perfect vessel for your loved one. If you would like more information about urns, our pre-arrangement or cremation services in White Oak, TX. we are here and happy to answer any questions you may have. Call or come by any time.

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