When a loved one passes away and is cremated, you'll need to choose an urn to keep his or her remains in. There are many types of urns to choose from, so that you can honor and remember them in a personalized way.
No matter what your budget or preferences are, you can find a urn that matches your needs. From budget-friendly basic versions to fancy, decorative marble ones, there's an urn for every situation.
Here are some types of urns you can choose from:
1. Keepsake Urns
Smaller than typical wood, marble or metal urns, keepsake urns are designed to give several family members the chance to have a portion of their loved one's ashes in their homes. They can also be used if a portion of the deceased's ashes were scattered at sea or in another location.
Keepsake urns are generally boxes that open on hinges and are lined in velvet. The ashes are typically encased in a metal container and then placed inside the box. You can also choose a personalized container, such as a seashell shape if the loved one loved the ocean, as well as the keepsake box color and design.
2. Metal Urns
Polished metal urns can easily be engraved to display the deceased's name and birth and death date, as well quotes or special sayings. The most popular type of metal urns are bronze, copper and pewter, and they look regal when placed on a fireplace mantel or shelf.
You can also choose an artistic cloisonne urn, which are made of brass and vibrantly hued enamel.
3. Wood Urns
Rustic and earthy looking, wood urns are also easily engraved and are ideal for people who loved nature. You can choose from a very large selection of hardwoods, such as oak, maple, mahogany and even more exotic types of woods.
To keep with the natural style, you can have the wood engraved with pictures of trees, flowers, birds, or any other plant or creature that the deceased one loved.
4. Marble Urns
If money is no object when it comes to choosing the perfect urn for a loved one, consider a beautiful marble version. You can engrave the marble with a variety of designs, words and quotes, and the stone also comes in a large selection of colors.
Marble urns are extremely durable and can be kept by many generations of family members to come. For more information, contact companies like American Cremation Society.