Choosing a cremation urn for ashes

Losing a loved one is never easy. The cremation process can be confusing and choosing the right urn for your loved one's ashes can seem like an insurmountable task.

But we're here to help.

Ashes are the cremated remains of a person or pet. They are typically scattered, buried, or placed in a columbarium. However, some people choose to keep the ashes in an urn.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a cremation urn for ashes.



If you are considering this option, it is important to choose an urn that is the right size. Ashes typically weigh between 3lbs/1.3kg and 7lbs/3.2kgs, so you will need an urn that can accommodate this amount of weight and volume. In addition, you will need to consider the dimensions of the urn. You can use this handy guide to choosing a cremation urn size.


Ashes can take up a lot of space, so you will need to choose an urn that is large enough to hold them.

For some, that might mean a smaller keepsake urn is a better option, where you keep some ashes as a memorial and scatter the rest.


You should also think about the material of the urn. Ashes can be damaging to certain materials, so you will need to choose an urn made from a durable material that can withstand the elements.

Consider what would be most appropriate for your loved one.

Were they traditional or more modern? Would they want their urn to be something that could be passed down through generations or would they prefer that it return to nature? The answer to these questions will help you narrow down your choices.

When most people think of cremation urns, they picture traditional brass urns. But there are actually a wide variety of materials available, including wood, ceramic, glass, and even biodegradable materials.

The material you choose should be based on your loved one's personality as well as your own personal preferences.

If you're looking for something traditional, brass urns are always a good choice. If you're looking for something more unique or modern, there are plenty of other options available, especially if you are considering a keepsake urn for ashes and scattering the rest.

By considering these factors, you can choose an urn that is right for your needs.


The design of the urn is also important.

You want to choose an urn that reflects your loved one's personality. If they were a fun-loving person, you might want an urn with a playful design.

If they were more serious, you might want an urn with a more traditional design.

Personalisation Options

Most cremation urns can be personalised with engravings or other forms of customization. This is a great way to make the urn more personal and unique.

When considering personalization options, think about what would be meaningful to you and your family. Perhaps there's a special quote or phrase that was meaningful to your loved one. Or maybe you want to include a photo or image that captures their essence.

You can also purchase urn accessories that allow you to personalise the urn.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to personalizing cremation urns, so take your time and choose something that is perfect for your loved one.


Of course, price is also a factor when choosing an urn.

Urns can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the size, material, and design. It's important to find something within your budget but don't sacrifice quality just to save a few dollars.

This is something that will last forever so it's worth investing in something that you're happy with.


Choosing an urn for your loved one's ashes may seem like a daunting task but if you keep a few key things in mind, it can be surprisingly easy.

First, consider what size urn you need based on the amount of ashes produced by cremation.

Next, decide what material you would like the urn to be made from keeping in mind your loved one's personality and interests.

Finally, choose a design and price point that fits within your budget. By following these simple guidelines, you're sure to find an urn that is perfect for your loved one.

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