Many of our families have requested a cremation container that will hold the ashes of two people. A double urn has the oversize capacity to provide a final resting place for parents, couples, partners and loved ones. Many of the companion cremation urns come with single compartments, allowing the co-mingling of the ashes, or divided compartments with separate storage for each person's ashes.
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.
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.
Let’s return to the idea of side-by-side individual urns and compare it to that of comingled ashes residing in a single double urn. The symbolism of each type is related to the quality of the relationship shared in life. What it partnership of two strong personalities – two distinct individuals, come together in love? Or were the partners, over time, indistinguishable from one another?
There are other factors involved in selecting a companionship urn, of course. These are a matter of personal preference, as well as intended use of the double urn. Where will the urn be displayed? If it is to be placed in a crematorium, you’ll need to adhere to the niche space allotted to it. If the companion urn will be kept at home, your decision will most likely be based on your interior décor.
For Most, It’s a Lifetime Decision
Rarely do people change their minds after selecting an urn for a loved one. That’s because, in their hearts, they know it’s a one-time choice, which can put a lot of pressure on the decision-maker. Still, it sometimes happens, and it can be a heart-wrenching event. One you want to avoid.
Here’s the good news: you don’t have to struggle with such a weighty decision. Here at Urn Garden, we’ve got the experience and knowledge to help you make the right decision the first time.
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