After the cremation, the family of the deceased needs to collect the ashes in order to carry out what they have decided upon in relation with the ashes. An important item at this point is the cremation urns where they can place the ashes of their loved ones. When shopping for an urn, here are some ideas to get the right one:
- Find out the size of your needed urn. If you are not sure about the information, ask the crematorium for ideas. An average remains weigh 3 to 7 pounds and would need a 180-220 cubic inch urn to contain the remains. If you are planning to keep the urn in a columbarium, ask the authorities for the size and type of urn that they allow.
- There are different types of cremation urns. There are various designs, colors, sizes and materials that they are made of but at the end of the day, your decision as to what you are going to do with the ashes should be considered. For instance, if you are planning to place the urn inside your house, choose an elegantly designed urn which is made of high quality material. However, if you intend to bury the ashes along with the urn, you can go for biodegradable types for it naturally decompose later on.
- Choose the right design when shopping for a cremation urn. There are urns that are made for couples or companion urns while there are those that are designed for infants. Some cremation urns are designed to suit the hobbies or personalities of the deceased so there are urns that connote religiosity, sports, environmental and other themes.
- Families who choose to scatter the ashes usually keep a part of the remains in small token urns. Choose token urns that are made of high quality materials to ensure that you could keep the ashes for the longest time.
- When choosing a cremation urn, take into consideration where you are going to place it. A wooden urn would not be suitable if you would place the urn outdoors. Brass urns, on the other hand, are not suitable to be buried.