About Companion Urns
Of course, star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet were fictional characters. In truth, fiction abounds with unforgettable love stories. But so is real life. You may have been blessed to witness one. When it comes time to memorialize such a couple, an urn for two may be the right place to start. Such double cremation urns are often called ‘companion urns’ in the funeral industry.
Different Types of Companion Urns
Stylistically, there are two types of companion urns: individual urns which sit side-by-side, and those where the ashes of the two individuals are comingled and kept in a single larger urn. Both express a life-long relationship of closeness and mutual commitment.
How to Select a Companion Urn
Let’s return to the idea of side-by-side individual urns and compare it to that of comingled ashes residing in one double urn. The symbolism of each type is related to the quality of the relationship shared in life. Was it a partnership of two strong personalities – did two distinct individuals, come together in love? Were the partners, over time, indistinguishable from one another? Answering questions like this should help you to better understand how best to memorialize your loved ones and the unique relationship they shared on earth.
There are other factors involved in selecting a companionship urn, of course. These are a matter of personal preference, and include the intended use of the urn. Where will it be displayed? If it will be placed in a crematorium, you’ll need to adhere to the niche space allotted to it. If it will be kept at home, your decision will most likely be based on your interior décor.