If you’ve just lost a loved one, figuring out how to handle their last rites and all the accompanying preparations can seem very overwhelming, especially when you also have to navigate the grieving process at the same time.
Choosing a cremation urn is one of the most important things you’ll need to do if you’re opting to cremate your loved one. This will serve as a reminder of them, especially if you are keeping their ashes, and choosing the perfect one is essential. However, if you’ve never had to choose an urn before, the process can be challenging. To make things easier for you, here are some tips to keep in mind.
If you’re traveling with an urn, especially via plane, there are special considerations that you will have to keep in mind when choosing it. The TSA recommends choosing something made of a lighter material, like wood or plastic. This is because these containers are easy to screen during security checks, especially if the urn is in your checked luggage.
Additionally, individual airline carriers may have their own requirements when it comes to cremation urns that carry ashes. TSA recommends choosing a temporary container while you’re traveling and finding a permanent option when you reach your final destination.
Urns are available in a variety of styles. You will first have to consider what you’re planning to do with it – will you be hanging on to it until you can afford to give your loved one a water burial, a burial in outer space, or as a way to hold their ashes so you can take them to a place to scatter them?
Alternatively, do you plan to keep the urn and display it in your home? If you do plan on displaying it at home, you will be able to find urns in materials like metal, ceramics, marble, bamboo, and more.
One way to decide which style you want is to take the deceased’s wishes and personality into account. As the team at greenmeadowmemorials.com points out, if your loved one was a military veteran, you may be able to find urns that are themed to their preference. Similarly, if your loved one was someone who was environmentally conscious, you may choose to opt for a bamboo urn.
You can also choose the shape of the cremation urn. There are numerous shapes available, from natural shapes and popular options (including angels, books, lighthouses, etc.) to customized and unique designs tailored to your loved one’s memory.
Another consideration to keep in mind is the size of the urn. Choosing the right size will depend on a number of considerations, including:
- The weight of the deceased person – a good rule of thumb is that your urn should be as many cubic inches in size as the person weighed in pounds.
- Whether you plan on keeping all the ashes in the urn. If the ashes will be split for whatever reason, a smaller option may do the trick. However, if all ashes will be in the same place, you’ll need to take the person’s weight into consideration.
If you are splitting the ashes between multiple people, you may want to consider buying several smaller urns. You can even buy multiple similar ones so that no one feels slighted.
This is one of the biggest considerations you will have to keep in mind. While you will undoubtedly want to have the best possible urn to remember your loved one by, it’s essential you keep your budget in mind as well.
Cremation urns are available in a range of price points. You can opt for a no-frills cardboard container, which is usually available for a nominal price. In general, wood veneer and cast resin urns range in price from $30 to $150. Higher-end materials such as metal, ceramic, and stainless steel cost. Finally, customized and artisanally handcrafted urns can set you back thousands of dollars.
Unless your budget is at the higher end, the cost of the urn will play a significant part in determining which one you should choose.
Cremation urns are an essential part of the way we mourn and they help us move ahead with our lives. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles, and you can easily find one in your price range. In fact, if you’ve lost your beloved pet, you can even find pet urns to remember them by! No matter which style you purchase, however, make sure you choose it carefully. After all, it will serve as a lifetime memory of a loved one who may no longer be with you but will always watch over you.