Safeguarding the ashes is a very important function of the cremation urn, however, you can also use this an opportunity is to create a personalized memorial that will capture the very essence and personality of your loved one. Some families want the urn containing the ashes present at the the memorial service or funeral. The selection of an appropriate urn is the first step in properly memorializing the individual. Cremation urns are available in several different sizes to accommodate the size of the individual and the desires and needs of the family making these difficult decisions. Generally, the cremated remains from an average size adult require an urn capacity of approximately 200 cubic inches.
Let's review the types of urns available:
AN INDIVIDUAL ADULT CREMATION URN: sometimes referred to as a funeral urn, or memorial urn is designed to contain the complete cremains of one adult individual. Cremation urns are available in traditional vase shape and box style containers made from many different materials, including wood, marble or stone, crystal and glass, ceramic, metals, and even biodegradable paper, sand, and salt. Cubic inch volume is from 200-300.
A COMPANION URN: is an oversize or double size urn designed to contain the complete cremated remains of two individual adults. Cubic inch volume is from 400-500. Most of the urns built for two people have one chamber so that the ashes are co-mingled, together forever essentially, but there a couple of designs that have a removable panel that allows for separation if this is something the family desires. This type of urn is sometimes bought for a large individual, whose weight might prohibit use of the standard size.
KEEPSAKE URNS: Memorial jewelry and smaller versions of the full-size urns designed to hold a portion of an adults' ashes fall into this category. Keepsake urns are available in several styles and sizes to accommodate a variety of needs. In some cases, this size is used for the complete remains of a baby or child or even as a pet urn. Keepsake urns are often purchased by families that plan to scatter or share portions of the ashes to retain as a token remembrance.
Cremation Urns Are Available in The Following Materials:
If you are planning a burial or storing in a niche at the cemetery, check with your funeral director to make sure the materials below are not restricted. Some cemeteries may require a vault for grave burials or may not allow wood to be placed in the columbarium walls.
MEMORIAL ACCESSORIES and PERSONALIZATION: are designed to be used during the funeral or memorial service as mementos to personalize the ceremony such as a flag display or medal case for a veteran, a personalized urn with names and dates to identify the deceased can be used with laser engraving or name plates. Candle sticks, picture frames, bud vases, cremation jewelry, memory boxes and memorial chests are further accessories that add a personal touch to the funeral service.