What You Need to Know About Cremation Urn Styles
January 14th, 2020
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Choosing a cremation urn is challenging and personal because of the sentiments you have about the person who passed away. You want to be able to find an urn that is special and represents your loved one’s personality. With so many styles, sizes, and shapes to choose from, the choice is even more difficult.
Nowadays, human cremation urns do not come in traditional designs but come in a wide selection to ensure you find the perfect urn. Some suppliers even offer the option to customize your urn or accessorize it to make it extra special.
Size and Volume
Before you start looking at styles and designs, you first have to decide on the size and volume of your urn. Individual cremation urns are the most common size for adults, with a typical capacity of 150 to 300 cubic inches of ashes. To see whether the size is right, one pound of weight equates to one cubic inch of cremains. Thus, if you want to add mementos or other significant tokens in the urn, you can opt to get a larger size instead.
Companion cremation urns, on the other hand, can hold the ashes of two adults. They typically have a maximum capacity of 500 cubic inches and can come with a single chamber or two separate chambers depending on your preference.
Once you have chosen the size of your urn, you can proceed to select its material. Traditionally, human cremation urns were made with wood, but nowadays, you have a more extensive selection of materials.
Ceramic is one of the most commonly used materials for urns because of its smooth surface and colorful designs. However, since ceramic is fragile, you have to make sure to store your urn in a place where it will not easily fall if you intend to use the material. Similarly, crystal and glass urns are popular due to their timelessness and beautifully hand-blown designs and patterns.
If you opt to go for a wooden urn, you also have a wide selection of wood to choose from-- oak, bamboo, mahogany, and a lot more! Typically, wooden urns go well for indoor displays and can also be customized with inscriptions.
One of the more modern additions to urns would be the use of accessories and jewelry, an optional step that you can take. The most common accessories are urn plates and pendants that you can hang around the neck of the urn. You can also engrave names or short messages on them to make the urn more personal.
Another personalizable accessory would be with an applique, which you can add to box-style urns. The design of the applique is up to you and can be an important symbol or seal for your loved one to make it more meaningful. A more functional accessory, on the other hand, would be urn stands, which are commonly used for heart-shaped urns and can help hold the urn on a side table or shelf.
As the demand for cremation rises, so does the need for cremation urns. Because of this, you will find many innovative urn designs made to suit more contemporary tastes. Although it may initially seem overwhelming to see so many cremation urns available, you can take it one step at a time and think about each of the factors until you narrow it down to the perfect urn.